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Singer Kyosuke Himuro, a veteran from the world of Japanese rock, announced Sunday he’ll be taking a break from stage performances.

The announcement came during a performance at the Shunan City Bunka Kaikan in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Sankei Shimbun reports that the decision to take a rest may have been made out of health concerns for the artist.

Himuro, 53, is best known for as vocalist for Boowy, one of Japan’s most influential rock bands of the 1980s. Some of the group’s most popular albums include 1986’s “Beat Emotion” and 1987’s “Psychopath.”

According to Himuro’s official website, next week’s shows at Yokohama Stadium on July 19 and 20, and a final tour that is set to happen next year, will be the last opportunities to see Himuro perform live before he takes his hiatus. However, reports say he will continue to actively record and release new material.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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