TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Kabuki actor Nakamura Shido has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer and will take a break from performances to undergo hospital treatment, theater operator Shochiku Co. said Thursday.
The 44-year-old actor, who is also popular for his TV and film appearances, was scheduled to perform in Kabuki performances next month and in July. He found out that he has lung adenocarcinoma during a regular health checkup.
In a handwritten statement released to media, Nakamura said he was told by doctors he "will be able to recover" if he "immediately undergoes surgery."
"I would like to overcome the illness and definitely (return) in better shape, and work more than ever to deliver good stage performances," he said.
Nakamura was once married to popular Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi. He remarried in 2015.