Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo on June 9 revealed that his wife, television presenter Mao Kobayashi, has breast cancer.
Ebizo, 38, made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo after tabloids reported that his 33-year-old wife was receiving treatment for progressive cancer.
"Getting right to the point, it's breast cancer," he said. "She found out during a physical examination a year and eight months ago."
Ebizo appeared in the news conference wearing a navy colored striped suit. He responded to reporters' questions for 26 minutes, choosing his words carefully.
"It's progressed quickly. I understand that it's relatively serious," he said. "She's now exploring chemotherapy. She goes through a cycle of getting better and then being no good, so we're looking at surgery now."