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Japanese Prince to undergo surgery

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A Japanese royal is set to undergo surgery.

Prince Hitachi, 87, will undergo ureteral stone surgery at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo.

The surgery will take place on 20 March and will consist of breaking apart the stones.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the uncle of Emperor Naruhito is not in any pain from the stones. He is spending his days as usual, and the stones have not caused any interruption in his daily activities.

Prince Hitachi was hospitalised in early March as a precautionary measure after a high fever. The Imperial Household Agency said the royal was hospitalised due to his advanced age.

He suffered from a stuffy and runny nose but tested negative for the flu and COVID-19.

The royal first visited the hospital on 28 February with close to a 37 C fever; he returned home when the fever reduced but was forced to return to the hospital when his fever got to 38 C.

He was discharged on 5 March.

Prince Hitachi is the younger brother of Emperor Emeritus Akihito; Hitachi will turn 88 in November.

The Prince is in third and last place in the Japanese line of succession that bars women from the throne.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.