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Emperor Akihito to take rest from duties after morning dizziness, nausea

Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko wave to the audience at a concert for children who are suffering from cancer and their families in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on June 25, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Emperor Akihito experienced dizziness and nausea due to cerebral anemia and has been told by doctors to take a complete rest along with follow-up examinations, the Imperial Household Agency announced on July 2.

According to the agency, at around 4 a.m. on the morning of July 2, Empress Michiko called the court physician because the Emperor was sweating profusely. He was examined, but was not found to have a fever. Emperor Akihito will take a rest from his duties on July 2, after which his schedule for July 3 and after will be decided depending on his condition.

Emperor Akihito had planned to meet Princess Hisako and her daughter Princess Ayako with Empress Michiko ahead of the Imperial Household Agency's announcement of Princess Ayako's informal engagement to businessman Kei Moriya. However, only the Empress met with the mother and daughter, passing on words of congratulations in place of the Emperor, the agency reported.

Emperor Akihito's planned meeting this afternoon with the Ambassador of Qatar and his wife has been postponed to a later date.

(Japanese original by Hiroyuki Takashima and Nao Yamada, City News Department)

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