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Paul McCartney hospitalized in Tokyo, cancels Japan tour

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May 20, 2014: Beatles fan Hitoshi Sekiguchi, 63, sings a Beatles song in front of a truck decorated with an advertisement for singer Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour, after the cancellation of McCartney's concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. (Reuters)

Paul McCartney has canceled the remainder of his tour of Japan and South Korea after being hospitalized in Tokyo with a viral infection.

McCartney, 71, apologized to fans last week when he had to postpone several concerts. Although there were initial reports that his condition had worsened, his publicist, Perri Cohen, said Thursday that the former Beatle is expected to make a complete recovery and will be taking time to rest.

“I’d like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding,” McCartney said in a statement. “I hope to see you all again soon. Love, Paul.”

Our emails to McCartney’s reps were not immediately returned.

McCartney has several more dates lined up in the U.S., starting in June. According to his “Out There” tour’s official website, those concerts are still on.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.