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Japan's emperor to have heart bypass surgery

The 78-year-old emperor of Japan is to undergo heart in next week, according to national reports.

Emperor Akihito with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Emperor Akihito with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II
Image: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A JAPANESE TELEVISION report has said Emperor Akihito of Japan is to have heart bypass surgery.

Public broadcaster NHK says the 78-year-old Akihito will have the surgery 18 February.

The Imperial Household Agency says the emperor returned Sunday from the hospital, where he received tests, but did not elaborate. The agency official in charge of commenting to the media was not immediately available.

Akihito was admitted to University of Tokyo Hospital for tests on Saturday.

Akihito has had various health problems in recent years, including pneumonia and prostate cancer. He has cut back on public duties but appears relatively healthy.

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