Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer-NHK

Reuters

Posted at Aug 09 2019 07:44 PM

Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, delivers a speech to well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace to mark his 85th birthday in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday. Issei Kato, Reuters

TOKYO - Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday, citing the Imperial Household Agency.

Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down in April after three decades in their roles.

An official of the Imperial Household Agency was not immediately available to comment.