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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.


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I mean, he assures us, but.... he would say that! I know how his stories go! To be honest with the way he writes, I am surprised he’s only on his first heart! Such a lot of broken heartedness..........

I wish him a long life!