Tokyo (AFP): Renowned Japanese composer and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto has been diagnosed with throat cancer, his record company said on Thursday. The 62-year-old, who shot to fame in the late 1970s with the pioneering techno-pop group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), apologised to fans in a statement for having to take a break from performing but promised to beat the disease. ‘I was diagnosed with cancer of the upper throat in June and will undergo immediate treatment,’ said Sakamoto.

‘I deeply apologise to my fans and everyone involved in my current projects for having to make this unavoidable decision.’