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Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, left the University of Tokyo Hospital on Friday following surgery earlier this month to narrow his throat to prevent the inhalation of saliva, which could cause pneumonia.

The 63-year-old prince had repeatedly suffered from aspiration pneumonia, but the operation should prevent that while enabling the prince to take liquid meals, Ryozo Nagai, his primary doctor, said Dec. 17 after the successful operation.

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