Emperor has mild pneumonia, Imperial Household Agency says
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Posted 11/20/11 , edited 11/20/11

Emperor Akihito is suffering from mild pneumonia, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday, as his stay in hospital extended to more than 10 days.

The 77-year-old emperor “has been diagnosed mild bronchial pneumonia” with prolonged bronchitis, a palace spokeswoman said.

The palace had earlier said his temperature had risen as high as 39 degrees Centigrade.

The spokeswoman said the fever had been dropping since Thursday but it was unknown when the emperor would leave hospital.

The sickness forced Akihito to miss a welcome ceremony for the visiting king and queen of Bhutan this week. It was the first time Akihito has missed a meeting with a state guest in more than two decades on the throne.

Akihito was admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital on Nov 6 for fever and symptoms of bronchitis.

His granddaughter Aiko—the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako—was hospitalized there for a short time with pneumonia earlier in the month.

Akihito, who ascended to the throne in 1989 following the death of his father Hirohito, underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2003.

As the titular head of state in Japan, he plays a largely ceremonial role but is held in deep respect by many Japanese.

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Posted 11/22/11 , edited 11/22/11
10 days? Hello hospital-acquired pneumonia on top of his existing one. Shift to piptazo, stat!

And congratulations for starting YET another thread with no input, whatsoever. Why do you bother adding content to the first post when it's just a copy-paste of what's on that link? I'll troll for the heck of it - but your posts are utterly pointless.
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Posted 11/22/11 , edited 11/23/11

Seeing as you are completely incapable of uttering your own opinions about these news - and put in zero effort to create discussion around this:

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