TOKYO - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito cancelled his official duties for a second day Tuesday (July 3), after being treated for insufficient blood supply to the brain.
The 84-year-old shocked the country in 2016 when he signalled his desire to step down after nearly three decades in the job, citing his age and health problems.
Akihito has previously had surgery for prostate cancer and heart problems, and the state of his health is carefully watched in Japan.
A palace spokesman on Tuesday said the monarch "has a mild stomachache in addition to symptoms of vertigo".
"He will rest today... and postpone his official duties" he added, without elaborating on when Akihito would return to public life.