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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe fights stomach cancer

5:06pm IST - 00:38

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, a leukemia survivor, has been fighting stomach cancer. Sara Hemrajani reports.

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Acclaimed Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has revealed that he's been fighting stomach cancer. Watanabe made the announcement via Twitter, saying he was "shocked" to receive the diagnosis in January. He said that he underwent surgery "immediately". The Academy Award nominee, known for his roles in "The Last Samurai" and "Inception", survived two bouts of leukemia more than 20 years ago. Watanabe led a Broadway revival of "The King and I" last year and became the first Japanese to be nominated for a Tony Award. The 56-year-old was due to return to the stage from March 1st, but his Twitter statement said this would now be postponed. Watanabe told fans he's sorry to keep them waiting.

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Japanese actor Ken Watanabe fights stomach cancer

5:06pm IST - 00:38