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Japan – Emperor resumes official duties

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Laaska News  Apr. 10, 2012

Japan’s Emperor has resumed full official duties, after heart bypass surgery in February.

Emperor Akihito has been recuperating at home since he left hospital in early March. Crown Prince Naruhito has taken over most state duties on behalf of his father since the surgery.

His doctors gave the green light on Monday after confirming that his condition is improving, with less fluid building up in his chest.

On Tuesday, the Emperor met British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is visiting Japan, at the Imperial Palace.

Cameron reportedly conveyed a message from Queen Elizabeth II, saying that she prays for the Emperor’s early recovery. Cameron also conveyed the Queen’s message that she hopes to see the Emperor at celebrations next month for her 60th year on the throne.

The Emperor reportedly talked about his visit to Britain to attend her coronation ceremony, during his first trip overseas at the age of 19. The Emperor said he has precious memories of the tour.

His doctors say that it is necessary to reduce his physical and mental burden, as he has not fully recovered yet. The Imperial Household Agency plans to arrange the Emperor’s schedule to this end.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012 19:02 +0900 (JST)