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The World

October 13, 1987

Japan's Emperor Hirohito was in much more serious condition than officially reported in the first week after his surgery to bypass an intestinal obstruction, newspaper reports said. Hirohito underwent a 2 1/2-hour operation Sept. 22 after complaining of nausea and a frequent sensation of having a full stomach. He was discharged Oct. 8 and has been recuperating at the imperial palace since then. The Daily Yomiuri and the Japan Times reported that the 86-year-old emperor had suffered from serious kidney and heart problems and showed signs of pneumonia after the surgery.

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