Japan’s Emperor Akihito is suffering mild pneumonia, hospital stay extended, AFP says

TOKYO (TR) – Japan’s Imperial Household said Emperor Akihito’s hospital stay is being extended after doctors diagnosed him with mild bronchial pneumonia, Agence France-Presse reported.

The Japanese monarch was hospitalized Nov. 6 suffering from symptoms of bronchitis and fever. The fever started dropping on Thursday, AFP said, citing a spokeswoman for the palace.

The 77-year-old emperor’s admission to the University of Tokyo Hospital came one day after his granddaughter Princess Aiko was discharged from the same facility after suffering her own bout with pneumonia. The Japanese emperor underwent prostate cancer surgery in 2003. He assumed the throne in 1989 after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.

Akihito was forced to miss a ceremony in honor of the visiting king and queen of Bhutan earlier this week, the news agency said. It was the first time for the emperor to miss such an event with a state guest in two decades, AFP reported.

Source: AFP

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