Emperor Akihito admitted to hospital

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  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

TOKYO: Japan's Emperor Akihito was admitted into a public hospital for the first time yesterday, where he will have surgery for prostate cancer, the Imperial Household Agency said. 

The 69-year-old emperor, accompanied by his wife, Empress Michiko, was admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital, where he will have the surgery tomorrow, a spokesman at the agency said. 

It is first time an emperor will be treated at a public hospital rather than an Imperial Household Agency facility, the spokesman added. 

The emperor would stay in a special room, but he had asked for little special treatment so as not to disturb other patients, the agency spokesman said. 

The emperor is expected to spend about a month recuperating. 

Crown Prince Naruhito, 42, assumed the constitutional duties of Akihito shortly before his father was hospitalised, the spokesman said. 

This is the first time the reigning emperor's duties have been transferred due to his illness and hospitalisation. – AFP  

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