Crown Princess Kiko of Japan struck down with mystery illness

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Japan’s Crown Princess Kiko has been ill with a mysterious illness since December.

The Imperial Household Agency announced on 6 January that Kiko has not been well since late last year and is unable to eat normal meals.

She has tested negative for both COVID-19 and the flu.

The Imperial Household Agency is considering arranging a detailed check-up on the 57-year-old to try to determine what is making her sick.

Crown Princess Kiko was well enough to attend New Year events at the Imperial Palace on New Year’s Day, but the Imperial Household’s announcement, it’s caused worry Kiko’s health has deteriorated since the holiday.

It’s unknown if she will attend the Showa Tenno-sai ritual on 7 January.  It is believed a doctor will examine her ahead of the ceremony and determine if she will be able to attend.

The ritual honours the late Emperor Showa – Japan’s longest-reigning monarch who was on the throne from 1926 until his death in 1989. He is the grandfather of Emperor Naruhito and Crown Prince Akishino.

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