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Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with throat cancer

Ryuichi Sakamoto has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has cancelled all forthcoming shows to concentrate on treatment. Sakamoto apologised for the cancellations, including his appearance at the First Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, where he was guest director, along with other planned performances of new material. In a statement he wrote that "the first wealth is health", saying that he plans to return to performing after a full recovery.

Read the full statement online here.