In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, Japan’s Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open a regular parliamentary session at upper house in a ceremony in Tokyo. The Imperial Household Agency says Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, Emperor Akihito, 77, will have thorough tests Friday at a Tokyo hospital following the discovery of a heart problem in checkups last month. The agency says Akihito will continue his duties Wednesday and Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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