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Kabuki star reveals wife has 'serious' breast cancer

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo appears at a news conference in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on June 9, 2016. (Mainichi)

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."

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