TOKYO – Emperor Akihito of Japan canceled his public acts and had to rest under medical observation due to a cerebrovascular dysfunction, the Imperial Household Agency of Japan confirmed to EFE on Monday.
During the early hours of Monday, Emperor Akihito, 84, vomited and suffered dizziness and nausea as a consequence of insufficient blood flow to the brain or “cerebral anemia,” a spokesperson for the agency said.
The medical team recommended that the Emperor take a rest and said that he will be under observation for several hours, according to the same agency.
Emperor Akihito was scheduled to receive Princess Ayako of Takamado on Monday morning before her official wedding engagement announcement with a Japanese businessman, but all of the Emperor’s agenda for Monday has been canceled.
The Emperor’s health has been declining for several years, and in August 2016 he announced his desire to pass the throne to his eldest son, the Crown Prince Naruhito.
However, the current Japanese Constitution does not allow an aging emperor to abdicate, an obstacle that prompted the legislature to pass specific bills for the succession to take place and delayed the date scheduled for the abdication until May 2019.
In 2012, Akihito underwent a bypass operation and, in 2003, he had prostate cancer after suffering from osteoporosis due to the treatment he was prescribed at that time.