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Emperor recuperating in Hayama

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Emperor Akihito is currently recuperating at the imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

The 78-year-old emperor, who underwent a four-hour heart bypass operation in February, and Empress Michiko arrived on Thursday after attending a concert in Tokyo.

Doctors have urged the emperor to refrain from any official duties at least until May. He made a brief appearance at a March 11 memorial service for victims of last year's tsunami, and was visited by the Kuwaiti emir last month, but otherwise, has not attended any functions. Crown Prince Naruhito has been carrying out the emperor's official duties for him.

The emperor and empress will remain at Hayama until Monday. On the weekend, they will be visited by their second son Prince Akishino, his wife Princess Kiko and their youngest child, Prince Hisahito.

The emperor and empress hope to visit Britain in the summer for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee.

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Great. I hope seeing the sakura now has a healing effect. Not just for him but for everybody.

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Emperor Akihito please get well soon.

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wishing good health.

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I know that place. Right on the beach. Glad he is finally getting some use out of that spacious pad.

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