Emeritus Emperor Akihito of Japan undergoes cataract surgery

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Tokyo, 9/25 Emeritus Emperor Akihito of Japan traveled to Tokyo University Hospital today to undergo cataract and glaucoma surgery on his right eye.

Akihito’s 88-year-old vehicle was caught by photographers’ cameras on arrival at the hospital in the Japanese capital and was wearing special goggles, according to an image published by Yomiuri newspaper.

The Emeritus Emperor arrived at the hospital around 9:30 a.m. local time (00:00 GMT) and greeted people on the way, the newspaper reported.

Empress Emeritus Michiko arrived at the health center in another car around 10:05 (01:05 GMT).

The emperor emeritus has been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes and glaucoma in his right eye, according to revelations now made by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, which also said Akihito underwent cataract surgery at the same hospital last September 19 undergone in his left eye.

Akihito abdicated in favor of his eldest son Naruhito on April 30, 2019 out of concern for his advanced age and deteriorating health, and has since been withdrawn from public activities, although he has appeared with his son on several occasions, such as in New Year’s Greetings from the Balcony of the Imperial Palace in 2020.

In 2003, Akihito underwent surgery for prostate cancer and in 2008 he suffered a stomach hemorrhage, the same disease that claimed the life of his father Hirohito in 1989 at the age of 87.

In 2012, the now Emeritus Emperor was diagnosed with angina and underwent coronary “bypass” surgery.

He was diagnosed with heart failure last July, from which he developed satisfactorily. EFE


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