It was announced today February 11, 2011, via the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, that HIM Emperor Akihito of Japan has been diagnosed with Arteriosclerosis. Currently, the 77 year old Emperor will be “… under medication…” and will continue to carry out his duties as well as activities as usual.
According to the Mainichi Daily News:
The stiffening of the arteries was discovered during a medical check using contrast agent on his artery leading to the heart at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the agency said.
The Emperor will stay the night at the hospital and return to the Imperial Palace on Saturday, according to the agency.
‘The Emperor can continue his official duties and exercise such as tennis and walking’, said Ichiro Kanazawa, imperial household medical supervisor. ‘I asked the emperor to let his personal doctor know immediately if he feels any kinds of symptoms such as pain in the chest,’ Kanazawa said.
It’s good to hear that he will continue his duties as Emperor of Japan, but at the same time I hope he takes it easy for a while.
If any new information shall come through the news wire I will definitely post it for all of you.
Source: Mainichi Daily News