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

Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer.
Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer.PHOTO: AP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday (Aug 9), 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.