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Tsunku, responsible for Rhythm Heaven's music, diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer

Mitsuo Terada, also known as Tsunku, has been diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer. This was announced on March 6th on the official website of the artist. Tsunku is a name you might know from the Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven series, as he has been responsible for the music in those games. In the statement, he said that he had something wrong with his left vocal cord for 7-8 years. It was causing issues with high pitches and it made his voice a bit huskier. He went in for an inspection in February and the cancer was diagnosed as in being in early stages. He was surprised, but decided to accept it as a positive that he discovered it so early. Tsunku has been away for a while, because the treatment has been intense. He thanked the fans and assured them that he is mentally fit and ready. He plans to continue to work.

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05 Apr 2014 21:36

+1 because this is a positive outcome. He's a very lucky man.
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05 Apr 2014 22:03

i hope everthings works out well.
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05 Apr 2014 22:52

Such a positive person and I love this guys music. I Hope everything works out in the end for him.
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05 Apr 2014 23:05

Sad to hear, hoping everything turns out okay!
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05 Apr 2014 23:08

Plus one for support him!!! get well soon!!!
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06 Apr 2014 00:08

Hoping that he will beat this. He is positive and motivated-- and that's really important! Sending love his way <3
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06 Apr 2014 01:03

Outside of Rhythm Heaven, Tsunku is considered a rather prolific music writer and manager. He's been managing many Japan's most famous performing groups for quite a few years now.

I'm glad to hear that things are looking positive. I hope we get more Rhythm Heaven from him down the road. I absolutely love the series.
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06 Apr 2014 04:02

Wow. Here's hoping he manages to get back to normal soon.
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06 Apr 2014 05:33


What? The guy behind Rhythm Heaven is Tsunku?

Well that explains a couple of things.
Hope he gets well soon.
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06 Apr 2014 09:02

So, after having issues for 8 years and then discovering the cause, they say that it was caught "early".

Just imagine if he'd went to get it checked 8 years earlier...

What we they have called that?

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