• Kyodo


Conductor Seiji Ozawa has been hospitalized due to heart valve disease, his office said Thursday, adding that he will be replaced by another conductor at opera concerts later this month in Japan.

Ozawa, 82, had not been well since Feb. 27, and was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis on March 2, the office said. He is expected to be in hospital for treatment and further tests for around one month.

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