The Japanese composer is returning to composition following a year-long period of illness.

Ryuichi Sakamoto has issued a statement saying that he is in “great shape” after being diagnosed with throat cancer last year, and intends to start work again.

“One year has passed since and I am in great shape,” he wrote on his website. “I am thinking about returning to work. For the time being I intend to prioritise composing work that I can do from home, and so, for my first job, I will be responsible for the music of Haha to Kuraseba (Living With My Mother), a film by the great Japanese director Yoji Yamada. I will be refraining from performing live for now.”

“Forgive me if this sounds corny, but the illness brought me a realisation, which I am truly thankful for. It truly is a sign from nature or heaven. Taking this sign, I will make sure to avoid my old habits and treat my days left with the utmost care.”

The ex-Yellow Magic Orchestra member revealed his diagnosis last year, when he cancelled all forthcoming live dates, including an appearance at the Sapporo International Art Festival two years in the making.




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