Doctors on Tuesday conducted a procedure to remove fluid from Emperor Akihito’s chest for the second time in two weeks.
The emperor, 78, was discharged from hospital on March 4 after undergoing heart bypass surgery, but he was becoming short of breath while walking and not showing much appetite.
On March 7, the procedure, in which fluid was removed with the use of a needle, was carried out at the palace hospital by doctors from the University of Tokyo and Juntendo University, who performed the heart bypass surgery on Feb 18.
The emperor has been recuperating at the palace, walking and doing deep breathing exercises, but continues to be short of breath, the Imperial Household Agency said.
The emperor's only official duty this week is a meeting with the emir of Kuwait scheduled for Wednesday, although Crown Prince Naruhito may fill in for the emperor.© Japan Today