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Empress Emerita diagnosed with breast cancer

Pool file photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Emperor Emeritus and the Empress Emerita are seen at Tokyo Station before departing for Kyoto on June 11 for an event related to abdication procedures.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Empress Emerita has been diagnosed as having relatively early-stage breast cancer, the Imperial Household Agency announced Friday. She will undergo surgery in the near future.

According to the agency, the Empress Emerita will go on a previously planned retreat in the town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, and in the town of Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, later this month. She will undergo the surgery after recovering some strength, the agency said.

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