Leiji Matsumoto Is Stable With No Serious Head Symptoms Detected.
(English Italian news)
The Kyodo News agency reported on Saturday that manga creator Leiji Matsumoto’s condition is now stable after being transported to a hospital in Italy. According to Kyodo’s source who has ties with Matsumoto, the creator is expected to be eventually discharged from the hospital and return to Japan following his recuperation.
Matsumoto was in Turin to attend a series of events that celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Captain Harlock anime’s debut on Italian television. According to the Leiji Matsumoto Cultural Association, Matsumoto was scheduled for an autograph signing at the Cinema Massimo on Friday, but was only able to sign a few autographs before retiring to his hotel room and undergoing medical supervision. The association added that Matsumoto’s schedule on Saturday and Sunday was being evaluated.
According to Italian media, Matsumoto was hospitalized in Turin, Italy on Friday after collapsing.
The newspaper added that according to Italian media, after Matsumoto started speaking inarticulately at an event, staff took him back to his hotel, and he was then taken to hospital via emergency transport.
The Kyodo news agency previously reported on Saturday through the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper that Matsumoto had been hospitalized for a suspected stroke and was in serious condition, but the agency did not confirm the other details noted by Asahi Shimbun.
Leiji Matsumoto è in prognosi riservata all’ospedale Molinette di Torino, città dove si trovava per i 40 anni di Capitan Harlock, il suo più celebre personaggio. Il disegnatore giapponese, 82 anni, è stato intubato e si trova nella Rianimazione. Matsumoto si era sentito male nel pomeriggio di venerdì e, per questo motivo, aveva annullato la serata al Cinema Massimo.
Riaccompagnato in albergo, nel centro cittadino, un’ambulanza del 118 lo ha trasportato alle Molinette, dove è stato sottoposto ai primi accertamenti. Per approfondire le cause del malore ci vorranno almeno altre 24 ore.
Tutti gli eventi del tour italiano di Leiji Matsumoto, non solo quelli di Torino ma anche di Bologna e Reggio Emilia, sono annullati. “Ci scusiamo con tutti gli appassionati anche nome del maestro ed auguriamo a lui pronta guarigione”, dicono gli organizzatori dell’associazione che porta il suo nome.