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.
Subway operator Tokyo Metro was forced to change the design of one of its official "Tetsudou Musume" mascots last week after an outcry over what some deemed as inappropriate elements, including a see-through skirt. (tokyoreporter.com)
In terms of response to rape victims, Japanese authorities are a century behind their U.S. and European counterparts, Catherine Jane Fisher, who was raped by a U.S. serviceman in Japan in 2002, said in a lecture on Saturday. (Jiji)
The average Halloween-related budget stands at some 5,000 yen among people in Japan who plan to make any spending on Halloween goods and events this year, a survey by Internet-based research firm Macromill Inc. showed Friday. (Jiji)
A labor standards office has found that a Kansai Electric Power Co employee who logged hundreds of extra work hours pursuing approval to restart and extend the operating life of two aging nuclear reactors killed himself in April due to overwork, according to sources close to the matter. (Japan Today)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly barging into a woman's residence in Minato Ward with the intention to commit rape, the Sankei Shimbun reports (Oct. 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
Last year, executives at Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV hit upon the idea of combining two things much of Japan has shown an unwavering interest in: the country's feudal period, and scantily dressed young women. (rocketnews24.com)
Crown Princess Masako has cancelled a three-day trip to Iwate beginning Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the national sports festival for the disabled, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. (Japan Today)
A gangster died in police custody on Wednesday after seven officers tried to restrain him during a possibly drug-fueled rampage that included him biting two of them, Fuji News Network reports (October 20). (tokyoreporter.com)