Jun Maeda, who has written classic visual novels Clannad and Kanon, is suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Via Twitter, he announced that he needs a heart transplant, but assured that he still has a long life ahead of him.
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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.