Actor Shiro Sano has been reported to be hospitalized due to Kidney dysfunction, today. Because of this he had decided to drop down from his role of Takeshi Mizoguchi in the TBS Drama "Rikokatsu". He will be replaced by Mitsuru Hirata from his role from Rikokatsu Episode 4.
In the comment released by Shiro Sano, he had mentioned that "It is embarrassing for me as a Professional Actor". But he continued to express his feeling to pass on his beloved role of Takeshi Mizoguchi to Mitsuru Hirata-san, he had thanked the staff of Rikokatsu and everyone.
Hope he gets well soon.
For those who don't know / don't remember about Shiro Sano. He is a famous Japanese Actor who had appeared in five Tokusatsu Series till now. Here's the list.
Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars - Morita Correspondent
Watashi ga Aishita Ultraseven as Tetsuo Kinjo (Screen Writer of Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultraseven)
Tokusatsu no Hero: Ultraman no Sekai (Documentary)
Ultra Q: dark fantasy - Narrator
Ultraman Max - Narrator
Ultraman Orb - Ryotaro Suganuma
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pacman Vs Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Rider - Zaizen Michiko (Dr. Pacman / Genomes)
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie - Ashurada / Weeval
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger the Movie: Time Slip! Dinosaur Panic - Valma / Gaisoulg
Bikuu - Zesshin
Godzilla 2000: Millenium
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Godzilla: FINAL WARS