Japan’s Emperor may attend first quake anniversary

7 years ago by in Featured, Japan

Japan’s Emperor Akihito may attend on Sunday in Tokyo a memorial service dedicated to the victims of last year’s earthquake and tsunami, if a medical check on Friday will show no serious health problems, officials of the Imperial Household Agency said on Thursday.

If the doctors find that there are no particular health problems with the Emperor, the agency will formally announce his presence at the Tokyo memorial service which commemorates the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

The officials of the Agency added, according to Kyodo, that the Emperor may stay at the ceremony less than the 40 minutes they initially considered. On Wednesday, Japan’s Emperor underwent a medical procedure at the Imperial Household Hospital for removing fluid from his lungs. He was subject to heart bypass surgery on February 18th.

Emperor Akihito repeatedly expressed his wish to attend the anniversary of the events of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.