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Emperor to resume duties Monday

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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Emperor Akihito of Japan in the Hospital

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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Japanese Emperor Visits Tsunami Evacuees

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, have visited an evacuation shelter for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

It was their first face-to-face meeting with survivors of the double disaster on March 11th.

They spent about an hour meeting evacuees at a centre in Tokyo which is normally used as a gym for martial arts.

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Japan emperor addresses nation in time of disaster

Japanese Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation on Wednesday, expressing deep worry about the crisis at damaged nuclear reactors and urging people to lend each other a helping hand in difficult times.

Looking somber and stoic, the 77-year-old Akihito said the problems at Japan’s nuclear-power reactors, where authorities are battling to prevent a catastrophe, were unpredictable after an earthquake he described as "unprecedented in scale."

TV stations interrupted coverage to carry the emperor’s first public appearance since last week’s massive earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people.

"I am deeply hurt by the grievous situation in the affected areas. The number of deceased and missing increases by the day and we cannot know how many victims there will be. My hope is that as many people possible are found safe," Akihito said.

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Japan’s Emperor Akihito diagnosed with heart condition

Japan’s Emperor Akihito was diagnosed with arteriosclerosis — hardening of the arteries — following hospital tests on Friday, a report said.

The 77-year-old monarch is expected to continue carrying out his normal duties but will need to take medication, Kyodo News agency said, quoting the imperial household agency.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress receive New Year’s greetings at Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Saturday received New Year’s greetings from other imperial family members and government leaders at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Among the well-wishers were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, heads of the Diet’s two chambers and the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

"It is certainly a pleasure to celebrate the New Year together," Emperor Akihito told his guests. "At the beginning of the year, I pray for the development of the nation and the happiness of the people."

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Emperor Akihito of Japan celebrates his 77th birthday

Emperor Akihito celebrated his 77th birthday Thursday and urged the people of Japan to pay heed to the needs of the elderly, as the number of older people in the country rapidly grows.

Akihito greeted thousands of well-wishers waving Japanese flags from a balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Empress Michiko and other royal family members — including Akihito’s eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako — appeared on the balcony.

Akihito has cut back on official duties because of health reasons. He did not make any foreign trips this year. The emperor underwent an operation for prostate cancer in 2003, and the Imperial Household Agency says he has been undergoing hormonal therapy to prevent its recurrence.

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Japan Celebrates Emperor Akihito’s 20th Anniversity as Emperor

Thursday in Tokyo, a parade was held for the 20th anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Akihito.

More than 50,000 people gathered around the Imperial Palace for the parade, a concert and other events marking Akihito’s ascent to the world’s oldest hereditary throne. Akihito and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama spoke at a celebration later in the day where Emperor Akihito urged the Japanese not to forget the lessons of World War II. The 75-year-old monarch said he was worried young people are forgetting their history. Akihito said Japan must not forget its past — and especially the turbulent years his father, Emperor Hirohito, was on the throne that included the country’s invasion and occupation of several of its neighbors.

“What worries me most is that the history of the past will gradually be forgotten,” he said. “The reign of my father began at a very difficult time,” he added, noting that Japan invaded Manchuria six years after Hirohito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne.

“There are many lessons that we can learn from the 60-some years of his reign.”

“He viscerally knew the importance of peace,” Akihito said.

“Some 3.1 million Japanese died in the war, and many lives of foreigners were also lost,” he said. “We must not forget that today’s Japan is built on those many sacrifices of the past.”

Akihito assumed the throne after the death of his father on Jan. 7, 1989, but was not coronated until later that year because the country was officially in mourning.

Japan has often been criticized by its neighbors — who bore the brunt of Japanese colonialism — for whitewashing the country’s role in World War II in its school textbooks. Although Akihito has visited China, he has yet to travel to South Korea, largely because of lingering animosities over the war.

Until Japan’s surrender in 1945, Hirohito was officially considered a living god and loyalty to the throne was used to rally the nation behind the war.

Source: AP NEWS