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Emperor Akihito Cancels Public Engagements Again over Ill Health

TOKYO – Japanese Emperor Akihito one again canceled his public appearances on Tuesday over continuing ill health, the Imperial Household Agency of Japan confirmed to EFE.

Akihito had canceled his public engagements on Monday, after he suffered a cerebrovascular dysfunction, the symptoms of which have been persisting.

“The emperor is still suffering from some effects of cerebral anemia, such as light dizziness, as well as belly pain, so it has been recommended that he continues to rest today,” a spokesperson of the Agency said.

Early Monday, Akihito, 84, had vomited and complained of dizziness and nausea, which the doctors said was caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain or cerebral anemia.

The emperor was scheduled to have lunch with several ministers, which has been postponed for another day.

On Monday, Akihito was scheduled to receive Princess Ayako of Takamado before she officially introduced her fiancé and announced her wedding, scheduled for Oct. 29.

The emperor has been battling ill health since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 and underwent a bypass surgery in 2012.

In August 2016, the Emperor had expressed his desire to abdicate in favor of his son Crown Prince Naruhito, citing old age and fragile health.

However, since the current Japanese Constitution does not allow an aging emperor to abdicate, the Japanese legislature had to approve specific bills for the succession to go ahead, delaying the abdication until May 2019.

 

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