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Nobuo Uematsu Takes Extended Leave Of Absence

Industry legend and long-time Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu has announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from work, citing health issues. While he did not go into further details, Uematsu stated that stress and fatigue has made it impossible for him to maintain his hectic work schedule, and that he needs time to recover.

His current plan is to take the rest of the year off to regain his strength, and hopefully he’ll be back on his feet soon enough.

Read his full statement below.

To My Dearest Fans,

Since the establishment of Dog Ear Records, I have found myself blessed with countless opportunities. From composing new works to holding concerts around the world, my days have been hectic, yet fulfilling. The resulting fatigue, however, has finally caught up with me, and I find it mentally and physically difficult to go on at my current pace. After giving serious consideration to all options, I have decided to take an extended leave of absence and give my mind and body the time they need to properly mend. If I am to return, I want to do so in full health. Do not worry. Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best.

My current plan is to rest for the remainder of the year, and while I cannot commit to a method or time frame for my return,I’m very hopeful.

I deeply apologize for the burden this decision places upon both my fans and my clients, and hope that you can understand and support the path I have chosen.

I thank you all for your continued support and only ask that you are patient until I’m on my feet once again!

Nobuo Uematsu

Dog Ear Records Co., Ltd.