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Emperor Akihito Cancels More Public Engagements

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

A cerebrovascular dysfunction had led the emperor to cancel his public appearances on Monday and Tuesday.

“There has been an improvement in dizziness and slight pain in the stomach, although the doctor has decided to keep him on bed 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 meet with foreign ambassadors over lunch in Tokyo on Wednesday, which would now be attended by the Crown Prince Naruhito.

The emperor also canceled his meeting with Princess Ayako of Takamado before she officially introduced on Monday her fiancé and announced her wedding, scheduled for Oct. 29, and a lunch with several ministers on Tuesday.

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 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.

Naruhito, 59, is expected to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne in October 2019.

 

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