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Mika Nakashima cancels all activities as a singer + official apology

October 21, 2010 @ 7:11 pm
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that the 27 year old singer will temporarily stop all activities as a singer to focus on correcting a deterioration of her ears. The singer is currently suffering from an opening in the eustachian tube, a condition that has already made it very difficult for her to continue singing.

It was also revealed that Nakashima, who is currently celebrating her 10th year since debut and the imminent release of her newest album "STAR" on the 27th of October, has suffered from this condition for years but has kept up her activities and busy schedule despite it worsening. However, it has come to a point where the singer herself has taken up the seriousness of the condition and as an effect, it has been decided that her current tour, "MIKA NAKASHIMA 10th ANNIVERSARY'S SPECIAL LIVE 'FANS AND BEST'", which included a stop at the famed Budokan, will be cancelled. Moreover, all television and radio program appearances have been cancelled as well.

The singer herself left a message for fans on her official site, stating that she continued to work with this condition for several years, but could not keep up for her 10th anniversary as the condition worsened.

The condition itself affects the eustachian (or auditory) tube, which connects the middle ear to the pharynx, near the top of the throat. Usually, this tube is closed, but in some cases an opening will make hearing, let alone singing, more difficult than it should be. Most cases find that it affects the volume at which they hear things, as well as the pitch of their voice; to others, it may seem lower, causing the sufferer to seem congested. For Nakashima herself, she has a feeling of her ear being blocked and trouble when it comes to her voice being heard.

"STAR", Nakashima's first album in nearly 2 years, will go on sale next week, while the concert tour for the album is scheduled for next spring.

Here is a translation of the message the singer left on her official site:

"This time, for a little while
Because of [this condition],
Please allow me to take a rest from singing and activities as a singer.
Until now, [for years] I had been allowed to work while suffering from [it].

Now I greet my 10th year,
And cannot sing due to deterioration
So I want to concentrate on treatment.

However, I am energetic.
Only my ear has caused me this slump [and]
As a singer, it's mortifying.

To the fans who looked forward to the lives,
I apologize deeply and sincerely.

If I can deliver a song to everyone, even a day earlier,
I'll be happy. *

- Mika Nakashima"

Source: natalie, Mika Nakashima Official Site

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