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Chile's Pinera to meet Emperor Akihito next month in Tokyo
President Sebastián Piñera will meet the son of the late Hirohito for a bilateral meeting and a luncheon on a date to be determined in March, officials announced this week.
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El emperador Akihito de Japón es hospitalizado para un examen cardiaco | Realeza | Noticias hola.com

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A Voice of America reporter has just said that the Emperor is to undergo bypass surgery on Saturday:

https://twitter.com/#!/W7VOA/status/168577692504047617

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IHA: #Emperor Akihito to have heart bypass surgery Saturday. #Japan
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Emperor Akihito of Japan will undergo heart surgery
El emperador Akihito de Japón será sometido a una operación cardíaca

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This is a serious turn of events, pleas keep us posted!
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:14 AM
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Emperor Akihito to undergo heart bypass surgery

Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery Saturday at University of Tokyo Hospital, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday, after an angiogram performed the previous day showed the further narrowing of two branches of his left coronary artery. A team of doctors decided to conduct the surgery after consulting the emperor about it, the agency said. It will be the first surgery for the 78-year-old emperor since 2003, when he had surgery for prostate cancer. [...]

Compared with a similar test in February last year, the two branches of the artery providing oxygen and nourishment to the heart muscle had narrowed further, prompting doctors to decide coronary artery bypass surgery is necessary, according to the agency. Ichiro Kanazawa, the imperial household's main doctor, and Ryozo Nagai, professor at University of Tokyo, told a news conference they expect the surgery will enable the emperor to maintain his lifestyle, conducting official duties including visiting local cities nationwide and engaging in physical exercise such as tennis, and improve his quality of life. The surgery will be conducted by a team of doctors from the University of Tokyo Hospital and Juntendo University Hospital, the agency said. [...]

In the surgery likely to take about five hours, doctors will give the emperor a general anesthetic and work to bypass the obstructed branches while keeping his own heart beating, the agency said. The emperor is expected to be able to leave the hospital in about two weeks if there are no complications.


Japan's Emperor Akihito to undergo heart bypass surgery: palace

Japan's Emperor Akihito, 78, will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after tests showed the narrowing of his arteries has worsened, the palace said Sunday. The operation, scheduled for Saturday, will be performed “to maintain and to improve his majesty's daily life. We have decided to ask his majesty to have a coronary artery bypass surgery,” a palace spokesman said. [...]
The test showed that the narrowing of his arteries has progressed, compared with an examination he underwent a year ago, the spokesman said. Doctors have reached “a conclusion that a new action has to be taken” to stop the trend, he said. [...]
The surgery comes amid increasing concerns about Akihito's health. The latest angiogram was arranged after periodic electrocardiograms showed restricted blood flow to his heart. In November, the emperor spent 19 days in hospital suffering mild pneumonia.
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It sounds serious; he just got out of the hospital and must still be rather weak.
I hope he'll come through the surgery easily.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:47 AM
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I wish His Imperial Majesty speedy recovery.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:16 AM
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A surgery that will last about five hours would be serious for anybody.
The emperor is a true fighter and has a strong will. That showed again when, upon his return from the hospital in November, he declared that he would take up his official duties at once even if the doctors had recommended him to rest. However, already at the time things turned out differently: the tenno could not act as he intended – he could not return to his duties on Monday after he came back home but was obliged to go a bit slower at first.

After all, he is an elderly man who has been through a lot. It is to be feared that we will see this happening more and more: the emperor being obliged to pay tribute to his weakening, aging body.
Most of all, I wish him patience and peace of mind.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended an exhibition of 200 selected masterpieces
from the Palace Museum of Beijing at the Tokyo National Museum on February 13, 2012.



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** gettyimages/daylife gallery *
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:26 PM
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Heart bypass surgery highlights need to reduce burden on 78-year-old Emperor

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Doctors' decision to conduct heart bypass surgery on Emperor Akihito next weekend once again highlighted the need to reduce the burden on the 78-year-old monarch.
A team of doctors has reportedly decided to conduct surgery on the Emperor at the University of Tokyo Hospital in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, on Feb. 18 after considering that he is enthusiastic about performing his official duties, which place physical burdens on him such as those requiring him to take long-distance trips.
"We must try to reduce the burdens on him as much as possible," Kazaoka said. "After His Majesty undergoes surgery and is released from the hospital, we'll respond to the matter while considering his physical condition, listing to the opinions of the doctors and consulting with him." [...]
I am afraid they are trying to realize the impossible. On one hand they want to please the emperor who is enthusiastic about his duties and enable him to continue doing long-distance trips, on the other hand they want to reduce his workload...

It has often been said that the emperor cherishes his duties and does not feel them as a burden. Imo, we had the same scenario in 2009 when much was said about alleviating the emperor´s workload but in the end, it came to little more than nothing, imo because the leading character of the story refused to cooperate... (No Time For Rest – Emperor Akihito’s Busy Schedule) They mean well but they are imo trying to have their cake and eat it, too. They cannot reduce the emperor´s duties and please him at the same time. Either one or the other.
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I get so worried every time I hear of the emperor being hospitalized. I wish every time that all turns out well otherwise crown prince naruhito will unexpectedly be emperor. Long live HIM may he live in good health for another 5 years or more
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:48 AM
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Emperor Akihito enters hospital for heart surgery

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Emperor Akihito entered the University of Tokyo Hospital on Friday morning to prepare to undergo heart bypass surgery the following day. The coronary-artery bypass surgery will be conducted from Saturday morning by a team of doctors from the hospital and Juntendo University Hospital, and is likely to take about five hours, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
The doctors will explain the surgery's results at a press conference afterward. The emperor is expected to be able to leave hospital in about two weeks if there are no complications. [...]
The emperor, who has noticed no particular symptoms, performed his official duties until Thursday, including meeting with ambassadors who have returned to Japan. However, Crown Prince Naruhito will carry out his duties during his hospitalization.
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In some way quite touching that official arrival pictures were allowed to be taken..

(Note that not all pictures from the daylife gallery above are from today as no date was added to the search field)


Here's an additional article:



** hellomagazine: Japan's Emperor Akihito enters hospital ahead of heart surgery **
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The emperor of Japan, Akihito, is 'stable' after operation 'BYPASS' which has undergone
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I'm so relieved that the operation has now been performed and that HIM the Emperor is in a stable condition. It must be such a relief for HIM the Empress and his family. I hope his recovery is steady and that he gains benefit from much rest over the next couple of weeks.
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Japan’s 78-year-old Emperor Akihito has successful heart bypass surgery, palace says

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Japan’s 78-year-old Emperor Akihito underwent successful heart bypass surgery Saturday and should begin rehabilitation in a few days, doctors and palace officials said. After the operation, Akihito was being monitored in an intensive care unit at the University of Tokyo Hospital, his surgeons said.

The operation went smoothly as planned,” Minoru Ono, a University of Tokyo Hospital heart surgeon, told a news conference with three other doctors. “We confirmed a sufficient blood flow back in the arteries.” [...]
Akihito even said “It feels good” when his wife, Empress Michiko, and their daughter Sayako gently massaged his hands as they visited his intensive care unit, Ono recounted. Akihito is expected to be released in about two or three weeks if there are no complications, the palace official said. […]

Asked if the surgery was a success, Amano said: “I’d like to save the word success until the emperor returns to his official duties and everyday life that he had hoped. We will continue to provide treatment, and we all look forward to the day.” Ono said Akihito can start taking solid food on Sunday, and can get out of bed and stand up by Monday and return to his royal unit at the hospital later that day. By midweek, Akihito should be on rehabilitation programs so he can return to the palace as soon as possible, Ono said.[...] “We expect the emperor can play tennis again, but when it comes to official duties, he is not so young, and he is not going to get any younger,” Kanazawa said. “So we still need to make special considerations.”[...]

A special notebook has been set up at the palace for get-well messages, but the emperor does not accept gifts or flowers, the palace said.
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It is great to know that the surgery went smoothly. Hopefully His Imperial Majesty will take full time to recover.
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As far as operations go, it probably could not have proceeded any better,’ Minoru Ono, one of the doctors at the University of Tokyo Hospital who performed the four-hour operation, told reporters. The doctors said they would keep a close watch on the emperor’s conditions until he is deemed fit to leave hospital. ‘The operation’s success will be measured by whether the emperor can regain the normal lifestyle he had wished for. We are looking forward to that day, but until then, we’ll use the word success sparingly,’ said Juntendo University’s Atsushi Amano, another surgeon who operated on the emperor. […]

The latest surgery could prompt the royal agency to further limit the emperor’s activities. ‘Considering the fact that the emperor will not be getting any younger, we will continue to review the amount of duties he performs,’ said Ichiro Kanazawa, the Imperial Household Agency’s medical supervisor. […]

Akihito’s hospital stay last year gave Japan a rare opportunity to see his heir Crown Prince Naruhito, 51, step in for his father and perform public duties. While Akihito’s reign was defined by his reconciliation efforts, it is less clear what role the scholarly Naruhito may play, though royal commentators expect him to continue his father’s efforts to reach out to ordinary citizens.
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Japanese media reported doctors intended to use "off-pump" surgery and that the medical team included a specialist in the method, Atsushi Amano from Juntendo University Hospital. By not using an artificial cardiopulmonary machine, "off-pump" surgery is considered easier on a patient. It wasn't immediately known if that method was used. Doctors were to provide details of Akihito's operation in a news conference later Saturday. Nearly 20,000 heart bypass operations were done in Japan last year. About half of those used the off-pump method, according to the Japanese Association for Coronary Artery Surgery. […]

Michiko accompanied the emperor overnight and their daughter, formerly known as Princess Nori who married a commoner and became Sayako Kuroda, visited the hospital Saturday.
The Washington Post article in my previous post includes a little picture gallery, for example a pic that shows Empress Michiko returning to the Imperial Place on Saturday and a pic of well-wishers who visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to send get-well messages to Japanese Emperor Akihito on a special notebook. I think it is well worth to take a look at it.
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Thanks for providing more detailed information about the surgery!
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