Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer

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Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)--Globally renowned musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has been diagnosed with rectal cancer.

The 69-year-old Japanese musician got the diagnosis last year, according to an announcement made Thursday. He underwent a surgery earlier this month and is currently hospitalized for treatment.

Sakamoto contracted oropharynx cancer in 2014 but achieved a remission after receiving treatment.

"I will continue to work as much as I can while in treatment," Sakamoto said in a message posted on his official website.

He also said: "From now on, I will be living alongside cancer. But, I am hoping to make music for a little while longer."

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