TOKYO, June 8 (EFE) — Renowned Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has announced that he is battling stage 4 cancer, indicating a complex diagnosis, according to the Shinshu literary magazine, published this week.
The pianist, who had throat cancer in 2014 and recovered from it, confirmed in early 2021 that he had colorectal cancer, which would now have spread to other organs as metastases.
“Now that I’ve got cancer again at the age of 70, I don’t know how many times I’ll be able to see the full moon in my life, but in the meantime, I want to keep composing until the last minute, just like he did,” said the artist Tokyo in an interview with Shinshu. Bach and Debussy, and I admire them very much.”
The composer, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for “The Last Emperor,” had six surgeries in the past year, including a 20-hour operation to try to remove a primary rectal tumor and several others. It may have resulted from a malignant tumor.
The musician’s statements come in the context of a new project in cooperation with Shinshu magazine entitled “How many times will I see the full moon?” He intends to continue his 2009 memoir, talking about his projects and what it’s like to live with cancer.
Sakamoto is one of the most universal Japanese creators of his time, with a complex body of work consisting of several stages, from his first successful group, the Experimental Yellow Magic Orchestra, to the creation of the soundtrack.
In this section he received many awards and wrote some famous movie soundtracks such as “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, 1983), “The Last Emperor” (The Last Emperor, 1987) or “The Revenant” (The Revenant, 2015). EFE
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