Japanese emperor hospitalised

November 6th, 2011 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Nov 6 (IANS) Japan’s Emperor Akihito was admitted to hospital Sunday night with symptoms of a light form of bronchitis, Xinhua reported.

The 77-year-old emperor, who developed a fever Thursday and was diagnosed him with a cold, has refrained from his official duties since Friday.

The emperor was last hospitalised eight years ago at the University of Tokyo Hospital, where he underwent surgery for prostate cancer.

Accroding to Kyodo News, the emperor has been hospitalised as a precaution because of the deterioration due to the fever of symptoms of a light form of bronchitis that he has occasionally exhibited. He appears to be fatigued and has lost some resistance to fight the illness.

Cabinet members approved Sunday that Crown Prince Naruhito will temporarily take the role of the emperor in affairs of state.

Bronchitis is inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs. It may be short-lived or chronic, meaning that it lasts a long time and often recurs.

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