Japanese Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed With Throat Cancer, Cancels Performances

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Renowned Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has canceled all of his upcoming public appearances after revealing in a letter dated July 10 that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to take time off of work in order to concentrate on treating it,” Sakamoto, 62, wrote in the note. “I promise to return after a full recovery.”

Sakamoto, who played keyboards in the pioneering electronic group Yellow Magic Orchestra, was scheduled to be a guest director at the the Sapporo International Art Festival, which begins July 19. The Oscar-winning composer and anti-nuclear activist has also canceled a performance at the Park Hyatt Tokyo on July 30, where had had planned on performing new material.

Sakamoto won an Oscar for composing the score music for the 1987 film “The Last Emperor."

Read Sakamoto's full letter below.