Japanese actor Ken Watanabe was diagnosed with an early-stage stomach cancer, his agent said Tuesday, adding the actor, who starred in a Broadway musical in 2015, has already undergone endoscopic surgery to remove it.
The 56-year-old actor released a comment seeking understanding for the postponement of his reappearance in the musical "The King and I" in New York.
Watanabe had been scheduled to star again in the musical beginning in March.
"I am preparing myself in earnest for the (Broadway) stage. I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed."
The actor is currently recuperating at a hospital in Japan, the agent said. The cancer was detected in a medical checkup.
Watanabe has a history of overcoming leukemia, a type of cancer, and expanding his career abroad afterward.