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Hirohito’s Condition Serious But Stable

October 3, 1988

TOKYO (AP) _ Radicals opposed to Japan’s monarchy desecrated several imperial institutions around the country as Emperor Hirohito lay in serious but stable condition Monday, police and palace officials said.

The 87-year-old Hirohito, who fell ill Sept. 19 after vomiting blood, was given another 0.4 pint blood transfusion to fight anemia, but otherwise remained in stable condition, palace spokesman Kenji Maeda told reporters.

Hirohito’s fever fluctuated during the day between 98.6 and 100.58 degrees, but fell back to the 98.6-degree level Monday night. Maeda said Hirohito, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, was ″resting quietly.″

Police said 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 in Nara, western Japan. Leaflets demanding an end to the monarchy 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, a police spokesman in neighboring Kyoto.

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.

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