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Empress has cough variant asthma: Imperial Household Agency

TOKYO -- Empress Michiko has been diagnosed with "cough variant asthma" by a court physician, the Imperial Household Agency announced on Nov. 1.

The Empress began to show symptoms of common cold on Oct. 2, and has since had a slight fever and coughs. She is continuing her official duties while receiving medication, said agency officials.

Cough variant asthma causes continuous coughing due in part to a sensitized respiratory tract.

(Japanese original by Nao Yamada, City News Department)

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