Ex-Japanese emperor loses consciousness




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President Benigno S. Aquino III shakes hands with His Majesty the Emperor Akihito of Japan during the Courtesy Call at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace for the State Visit to the Philippines on Wednesday (January 27, 2016). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Tokyo – Former Japanese emperor Akihito temporarily lost consciousness at his residence in Tokyo, local media reported on Thursday.

86-year-old collapsed on Wednesday, Kyodo News reported, citing the Imperial Household Agency. But palace officials found abnormalities in subsequent checkups.

His health condition back to normal on Thursday, Kyodo reported.

Akihito relinquished Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30 in Japan’s first abdication in 202 years. His son Naruhito ascended the throne the next day.

Akihito suffered several bouts of ill health in latter half of his term.

(dpa/NAN)