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.
An anti-organized crime division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a pair of organized crime members in the quick-strike theft of nearly two billion yen from ATMs nationwide earlier this year, reports TBS News. (Tokyo Reporter)
A man in the Ground Self-Defense Forces was arrested for burning a hole in the skirt of a woman who was standing in front of him on an escalator, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Wednesday. (Tokyo Reporter)
Shizuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a cop-turned-fireman suspected in a series of arson attacks dating back to last year that targeted agricultural properties in Hamamatsu City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 23). (Tokyo Reporter)
A 14-year-old girl was seriously injured Tuesday after being stabbed by a man on a bicycle while walking on a road in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, while a 19-year-old female university student was stabbed elsewhere, police said. (Japan Today)
The slashing incident Sunday at a major amusement park in western Tokyo has caught operators of other major theme parks off guard, prompting concerns that current security might not be enough to prevent similar incidents. (Japan Times)
Eight women in western Tokyo suffered minor cuts in an apparent assault at a public pool crowded with swimmers enjoying a mid-summer weekend. Police are investigating the incident as a possible assault. (NHK)