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Old 02-18-2012, 12:06 PM
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Thanks for providing more detailed information about the surgery!
You are welcome!

I think it especially touching that former Princess Sayako visited her father at the intensive care unit. I am convinced that her presence was as comforting to her mother as to her father. This is exactly the sort of situation in which they need most their „little Miss Never-Mind“.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:35 PM
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Here is a video from Youtube that was produced before the surgery took place. It sums up some of the core facts about the situation of the Japanese monarchy. If you have been closely following events during the last months, there will hardly be anything new for you but if you should feel the wish to „update“ your knowledge on occasion of the emperor´s heart surgery, this video may prove helpful.

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Old 02-18-2012, 01:53 PM
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Here is a video from Youtube that was produced before the surgery took place. It sums up some of the core facts about the situation of the Japanese monarchy. If you have been closely following events during the last months, there will hardly be anything new for you but if you should feel the wish to „update“ your knowledge on occasion of the emperor´s heart surgery, this video may prove helpful.

i hope he pass surgery good
Get well Emperor
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:36 AM
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Emperor Akihito on recovery track, asks when he can read books

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Emperor Akihito, who underwent heart surgery on Saturday, is recovering well and was able to drink water on Sunday morning in an intensive care unit where he is being treated, Imperial Household Agency officials said. The agency said the emperor asked a doctor when he can start reading books.

Empress Michiko visited University of Tokyo Hospital to see her 78-year-old husband, while many people signed books for well-wishers in front of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
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People pray for Emperor / Many well-wishers flock to register names in visitors books
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Hoping for a successful outcome to the Emperor's coronary artery bypass operation, many well-wishers registered their names in visitors books prepared by the Imperial Household Agency on Saturday. The visitors books were set up at 13 locations, including the Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The Empress and Sayako Kuroda, the 42-year-old daughter of the Imperial couple, waited for the completion of the operation in a special room at the University of Tokyo Hospital. The operation ended successfully Saturday afternoon. The Empress has stayed at the hospital since Friday, the day the Emperor was admitted. On Saturday morning, Sayako, who left the Imperial family when she married in November 2005, visited the hospital and spent time with the Empress.

According to Kyoji Komachi, chief chamberlain to the Crown Prince's Household, the Crown Prince and Princess expressed concern for the Emperor's condition before the operation and prayed on Saturday for a successful completion of the surgery.

Princess Takamado, who had to carry out official duties in Kyoto on Saturday afternoon, asked the agency's staff to keep her constantly informed of the Emperor's condition, according to the agency.[...]

The hospital decided to carry out the operation on Saturday as it does not accept outpatients that day and ordinary patients would not be inconvenienced.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:59 AM
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Thankfully, prayers have been answered for a successful surgery, may the Emperor experience a smooth and speedy recovery!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:54 AM
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Japan emperor leaves ICU

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Japan's Emperor Akihito left intensive care on Monday, just two days after undergoing a successful heart bypass operation, the Imperial Palace said.
The 78-year-old emperor left the ICU in a wheelchair and was recovering well, according to the imperial household agency, while Jiji Press said he was reading books and newspapers.[...]
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Does anyone know if the emperor's daughter visited him in the hospital or knows about this operation ? Is she even allowed to visit the palace or be near the emperor in public?
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Does anyone know if the emperor's daughter visited him in the hospital or knows about this operation ? Is she even allowed to visit the palace or be near the emperor in public?
See post 624 which mentions the daughter and wife waiting in a special room for the operation results.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:02 PM
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Does anyone know if the emperor's daughter visited him in the hospital or knows about this operation ? Is she even allowed to visit the palace or be near the emperor in public?
See post 624 which mentions the daughter and wife waiting in a special room for the operation results.
Exactly! (See also my posts 617 and 619 that make mention of Sayako Kuroda.)

The empress passed the night from Friday to Saturday at the hospital, and in the morning, former Princess Sayako arrived to join her parents. Together with the empress, she accompanied Emperor Akihito to the surgery room.

This Yomiuri Shimbun article offers the most detailed description of the interaction between the emperor and his wife and daughter.
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The surgery was completed in about four hours. When hospital officials told the Empress it had gone smoothly, she was visibly relieved, hospital sources said. The Empress was pleased a blood infusion, which increases the risk of complications, was unnecessary, and expressed her deep gratitude to the doctors.

After awakening from anesthesia in the operating room, the Emperor nodded several times as doctors talked to him, the sources said. Then the Emperor was moved into an intensive care unit where he was visited by the Empress and their daughter, Sayako Kuroda, for a short time. When the Empress told him, "It's good the surgery ended successfully," the Emperor nodded.

When Kuroda held the Emperor's right hand and the Empress held his left, the Emperor reportedly smiled and said, "That feels good." Just before the Empress left the ICU, she told the Emperor, "I'll come again tomorrow." The Emperor replied, "Thank you."
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:16 PM
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Emperor recovering, wants to read
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Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Akishino visited their father on Sunday afternoon.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:39 PM
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Emperor Akihito has started cardiac rehabilitation at University of Tokyo Hospital following Saturday's heart bypass surgery, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. The Emperor, 78, began with walking in his room and is gradually extending the distance by going into hallways, according to the agency.[...]

Empress Michiko has visited the Emperor and given him potted butterbur sprout and "hamamelis japonica," which produces red flowers, the agency said.
Shingo Haketa, grand steward of the agency, told a press conference that the agency would consider ways of reducing the Emperor's duties after he leaves hospital if he so desires.
The Japan Times

"If he so desires" - in all probability, that will be exactly the problem...
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Old 02-25-2012, 04:16 PM
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It is touching that Empress Michiko has given these lovely plants to the Emperor. My continued hopes and thoughts for a restful recovery.
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HM the Emperor Akihito is to meet the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the state visit March 20-24, 2012. - Source
The Emperor will also grant the personal audiences to the PM of Thailand and Speaker of Parliament of Ukraine during their official visits to Japan on March 6-9, 2012 and March 7-11, 2012 respectively.
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Thanks for the update!
I am looking forward to seeing photos of the upcoming state visit from Kuwait.
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HM the Emperor Akihito is to meet the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the state visit March 20-24, 2012. - Source
The Emperor will also grant the personal audiences to the PM of Thailand and Speaker of Parliament of Ukraine during their official visits to Japan on March 6-9, 2012 and March 7-11, 2012 respectively.
Thank you for the information.
I'm glad to lean of these engagements because it means His Majesty's health has improved sufficiently to allow working on regular level.
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This German source says that the crown prince and princess visited the emperor at the hospital, along with Prince Akishino. I do not know if it is true as this Spanish source says that it was the empress who accompanied the crown princely couple. Either they were all there together or one of the sources is wrong. Anyway, both sources agree in that if all goes as planned, the emperor may leave the hospital next weekend.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:17 AM
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Japanese Emperor Akihito leaves hospital after surgery

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Japan's Emperor Akihito has left hospital in Tokyo following a heart bypass operation, the palace has said. The 78-year-old head of state, who has suffered from poor health in recent months, underwent surgery in February at the University of Tokyo Hospital.

He was pictured walking on his own and bowing to doctors before getting in a car with his wife, Empress Michiko.
He is reported to be keen to take part in the anniversary events of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. [...]
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The Emperor, 78, is undergoing rehabilitation to restore cardiac function after undergoing surgery for angina Feb. 18. It was his first operation since 2003, when he went under the knife for prostate cancer.
He is recovering well and shows no signs of irregular pulse or infection, the sources said.
The Emperor must rest at home for around a week after he is released, but he and Empress Michiko are scheduled to attend a memorial service in Tokyo on March 11 to commemorate the victims of the last year's earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. [...]

On Friday, Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, visited the Emperor at the hospital.
The Japan Times

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After undergoing surgery for angina on February 18, the 78-year-old emperor went through cardiac rehabilitation programs, such as stair-walking and using exercise equipment. His doctors said the emperor needs one week or so of rest before returning to official duties.

But Imperial Household Agency officials said he strongly hopes to attend a government-hosted memorial service on March 11 in Tokyo to commemorate the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan.

The emperor and the agency will decide on his attendance after monitoring the progress of his recovery, they said.
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Here are three pics that show the emperor leaving the hospital, along with the empress, and bidding good-bye to the hospital staff.

Another pic of the emperor in the car, waving.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:31 AM
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I am glad the operation proceeded without complications and now His Majesty is back home.
The Emperor's commitment to his is definitely worth a praise; to attend an event so soon after a serious procedure and at his age - that takes real dedication. But then, 11 March is such a sad day for Japan and Japanese people that I'm certain the Emperor and Empress would do everything to be with their people, no matter what.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:48 AM
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I hope that the emperor will have the strength to attend the memorial service as I am sure it would mean very much to the people who suffered from the disaster. But I also hope that he will take care of himself and leave it to the crown prince to welcome the Prime Minister of Thailand and the Chairman of the Parliament of the Ukraine who will visit Japan next week.

The emperor´s committment and dedication are indeed admirable, but I am afraid that he has a tendency to demand too much of himself.
As much as I would wish him to be able to attend the service, I hope that the empress will convince him to refrain from doing it if it might endanger his health.

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I would agree with you had it been any other occasion, but I honestly don't think the Emperor will fail to attend the ceremonies on that particular day.
While he must of course take care of his health first, I think the entire Imperial Family will show unity and solidarity with their people on the one year anniversary of one of the most terrible days in modern Japanese history.

Several pictures of the Imperial couple leaving the hospital:
- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow to doctors before leaving the hospital
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