The Kyodo News agency has reported 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.
Also, according to the source, Matsumoto had undergone a head examination at the hospital, but the examination did not detect any serious symptoms.
According to Italian media, Matsumoto was hospitalized in Turin, Italy on November 15, 2019 after collapsing. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that it was suspected that he had a stroke and that he was in serious condition. 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.
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.