Last month, it was rumored that Southern All Stars member Keisuke Kuwata (54) would be making a special guest appearance on the upcoming Kouhaku Uta Gassen. On Monday, his management agency and record label officially confirmed the news.
Although he will not be part of a team, this will count as his first solo performance at Kouhaku. The last time he was on the show was in 1983, when Southern All Stars made their third appearance.
Currently, it is still not known which songs he will perform or when in the program he will appear. It also has not been decided whether he will be at the event itself or will perform through a live video feed.
Kuwata has not performed in public since July, as he underwent treatment for esophageal cancer. He resumed work in October and recently finished his new album.
The Kouhaku Uta Gassen will begin at 7:30pm on December 31.