Emperor Akihito, who was discharged from a hospital Thursday after receiving treatment for bronchial pneumonia for 19 days, will resume his official duties as early as Monday, sources said.The Emperor and Empress Michiko are expected to attend an award ceremony for the International Prize for Biology to be held in Tokyo,
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Japans 77-year-old emperor is currently in hospital, several days after coming down with a fever, a spokesperson with the Imperial Household Agency says.
Emperor Akihito, a ceremonial but revered figure in the Japan, was suffering from a worsening case of bronchitis and the fever he contracted Thursday, according to the spokesperson, who declined to be identified due to the agencys media protocol.
"He appears to be fatigued and has lost some resistance to fight against sickness," the spokesperson said. "To be on the safe side, he was hospitalized Sunday night at University of Tokyo Hospital."
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