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Japanese emperor to have heart bypass surgery

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:41 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 2012


 

TOKYO >> Japanese Emperor Akihito will have heart bypass surgery later this month, his palace said Sunday after the 78-year-old monarch was hospitalized for tests over the weekend.

Akihito returned to the palace on Sunday after the tests and has scheduled the surgery for Feb. 18, the Imperial Household Agency said.

A medical team from the University of Tokyo and Juntendo hospital will carry out the surgery at University of Tokyo Hospital, as his heart condition had worsened compared to tests a year ago, the agency said.

The palace’s statement said the surgery will help the emporer enjoy a relatively active life

Akihito has had various health problems in recent years, including pneumonia and prostate cancer. He has cut back on public duties but still appears regularly at events.

 







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KeithHaugen wrote:
We extend our best wishes to Tenno Heika. He reigns in an era called Heisei, for universal peace. We hope the surgery goes well and that he will get well quick. I remember photogaphing then Crown Prince Akihito and the new Princess Michiko on their wedding day in April 1959, and later at the Imperial Palace. It was to honor the only living emperor in the world that I wrote "He Pa`ipunahele no Tenno Heika." Keith & Carmen Haugen.
on February 12,2012 | 06:54PM
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