Emperor to Undergo Surgery Tuesday
TOKYO (AP) _ Japan’s 86-year-old Emperor Hirohito, suffering from intestinal trouble, will undergo surgery Tuesday at the Imperial Household Agency’s hospital, the agency announced.
Tomohiko Tomita, the agency’s grand steward, told a televised news conference today that the emperor began complaining in August of stomach discomfort, and doctors ″found there was an obstacle to prevent passage in the intestine.″
″Taking consideration of his age, the people concerned ... have reached the conclusion that surgery should be carried out as soon as possible to clear the passage in the intestine,″ he added.
Akira Takagi, chief physician for the emperor, told the news conference, ″There is an obstacle to passage in a part of the intestine, but it is not known what it is.
″We will find the trouble by surgery. Therefore, at this moment, we cannot name the disease nor say how long it will take (to recover),″ he added.
Hirohito, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, decided that Japan would surrender in 1945, ending World War II.
The Imperial Household Agency handles the affairs of the emperor and his family.