TOKYO – Japanese Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed with influenza and is currently at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, down with fever, sore throat and light cough, according to the Imperial Household Agency Monday.
The emperor, 82, will rest at his official residence in the Japanese capital, said the agency, adding that the first symptoms appeared late Saturday and the diagnosis for flu was made on Sunday.
The agency canceled Akihito’s scheduled attendance at a public event Monday and said his attendance at events in the coming days will depend on his health.
The emperor underwent a coronary bypass surgery in 2012 and also suffered from prostate cancer in 2003.
Owing to his advanced age and health problems, Japanese public opinion in recent years, favored the possibility of reducing Akihito’s workload.
The emperor has already delegated some of his official duties to his son Naruhito.
Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, undertook a five-day visit to the Philippines in January to honor those who died in the Second World War.