Here is a translation of her blog entry:
I have a wild aspiration this year.
Last year, I went for an ear inspection and found out that my left ear has completely gone deaf. It's confirmed that there's neither therapy or cure for it. Despite this news, I still wish to be a singer.
I'm going to persevere and keep on singing even if it's going to take my right ear's ability to hear away too. I'm not going to give up. I'm not going to find any excuses. As a professional singer, I will definitely deliver my best vocals and performance to everybody.
I'm going to do my best! J don't like it this way either. I'm going to do my best! Definitely!
Until that day comes...
Hamasaki's latest album (and her 9th studio album total), entitled "GUILTY", was released during the last week of December and has been number #1 for each day it has been in stores so far. April 2008 marks her tenth anniversary in the music industry.