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Emperor Remains In Serious But Stable Condition

October 3, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Emperor Hirohito remained in serious but stable condition today. A leftist group opposed to the monarchy vandalized several imperial institutions in a series of attacks, police and palace officials said.

Court physicians administered blood platelets this morning to the 87-year- old emperor, palace spokesman Kenji Maeda said.

Hirohito, who has been bedridden since vomiting blood on Sept. 19, briefly lost consciousness when he discharged a large amount of blood from his bowels last Saturday. The emperor revived after doctors gave him emergency blood transfusions.

The platelets were administered to thicken the emperor’s blood, which has thinned after copious transfusions.

Radicals claiming to belong to the Revolutionary Workers’ Association spray-painted a sign at the burial mound of Emperor Jimmu, the country’s legendary first sovereign, and scattered horse feces on the ground, according to police officials in Nara, western Japan.

Leaflets demanding an end to the imperial system were also found at the site, said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the scraps of paper bore the name of the leftist group.

In neighboring Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, two suspected leftists ignited a smoke bomb in front of a local office of the Imperial Household Agency and scattered leaflets signed by the association near the smoldering device, said Kenichi Yoshino, spokesman of the Kyoto Prefectural Police.

Yoshino said several of the leaflets were also found near a caretaker’s office which overlooks the grave of Emperor Meiji, who died in 1912.

In Tokyo, two paper bags containing smoke bombs and batteries exploded after they were apparently ignited by firecrackers at subway stations near the Imperial Palace, police said. No one was injured in the incidents.

″The explosions were apparently the actions of radicals opposed to the extensive coverage by the media of Emperor Hirohito’s illness,″ said a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The world’s longest-reigning monarch has been bedridden since his internal hemorrhaging and has since received 10.2 pints of blood transfusions. The amount exceeds the total normally circulating in his body, news reports said.

Maeda said the emperor had a temperature of 98.6 degrees this morning, still higher than his normal 95.9 degree temperature. Hirohito’s blood pressure also remained high, threatening to strain his heart and worsen internal hemorrhaging.

Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita visited the palace this afternoon for a briefing on the monarch’s condition and said, ″We pray for his speedy recovery.″

The Imperial Household Agency today announced the annual autumn garden party, which was scheduled for next Wednesday, has been canceled due to the emperor’s illness.

The newpaper Asahi Shimbun, quoting sources close to palace doctors, reported the emperor has lost a ″considerable amount″ of weight, and that signs of jaundice had spread to his face, chest and neck.

The sources also reportedly said the emperor, who has eaten only some ice and few spoonfuls of porridge since Sept. 19, had complained of hunger. Hirohito is being fed intravenously.

The emperor underwent a bypass operation a year ago after an enlarged pancreas put pressure on the upper intestine, blocking the passage of food.

Palace officials have denied local news reports that Hirohito has cancer.

Under the Constitution, the emperor is a symbol of the state with little real power. His duties include receiving foreign dignitaries and placing official seals on documents. Crown Prince Akihito has taken over all of his father’s duties.

The leftist Revolutionary Workers’ Association is one of several extremist groups opposed to the imperial system and has about 500 members. Some groups maintain that Hirohito should be tried as a war criminal because he led Japan into World War II, while others say he should take responsibility for the war by abdicating.

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