The White Stripes have just announced that they have cancelled their upcoming Japanese Tour scheduled to start January 12.

They’re still planning on performing at Big Day Out festival at the end of the month, but in the meantime, Jack White cannot sing or speak for the next two weeks. Ouch. [via AngryApe]

The White Stripes are unfortunately postponing their upcoming Japanese tour dates because Jack White is suffering from an acute vocal cord problem.

As part of his treatment, the doctors have instructed Jack not to sing or speak for the next two weeks.

We sincerely apologize to our Japanese fans and friends and hope to reschedule dates as soon as we can. For our friends in New Zealand and Australia, the band looks forward to seeing you at the Big Day Out.