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Hirohito Enters 63rd Year of Reign

December 26, 1988|From Reuters

TOKYO — Japan's ailing Emperor Hirohito, the world's longest-serving monarch, entered the 63rd year of his reign Sunday in stable condition, palace officials said.

They said the 87-year-old emperor, critically ill since Sept. 19, lost a small amount of blood for the second successive day.

Crown Prince Akihito, his wife and other members of the imperial family attended a ceremony at the palace to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Emperor Taisho, Hirohito's father, on Dec. 25, 1926.

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