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Chage & Aska's Reunion Delayed Due to Aska's Cerebral Ailment

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55-year-old musician diagnosed with transient cerebral ischemic attack

The official website of the musical duo CHAGE & ASKA announced on Tuesday that their planned reunion has been delayed, out of concerns that Aska had a transient cerebral ischemic attack (TIA).

The 55-year-old musician had complained of dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea, and an examination last month diagnosed the problem as possibly TIA. The duo's management emphasized that the diagnosis was not deemed serious, but the doctors determined that treatment, rest, and medical observation were needed. According to the Sports Hochi newspaper, Aska is not undergoing hospitalization or surgery, but instead is undergoing treatment and resting at home.

As a result, the "On Your Mark" concerts that were planned on August 28, 29, and 31 at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium have been delayed. The duo have been on hiatus for four years, and it has been six years since their last live concert.

Chage and Aska debuted in 1979, and this summer will mark their 35th anniversary. The duo had said, “We hope that this year will be one we can spend with our fans, who walked with us for an amazing 35 years.”

Nearly two decades ago, Chage and Aska approached Studio Ghibli to make a music video for their "On Your Mark" song, and the result was the "On Your Mark" anime film short that studio founder Hayao Miyazaki personally directed. It played with Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart film when that feature opened in Japan in 1995. The duo's "Something There" song also became the ending theme song for the 1994 American Street Fighter film.

Source: Sports Hochi via Hachima Kikō

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