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Emperor Akihito met with Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, a day after having fluid extracted from his chest for the second time following heart bypass surgery in February.

The Emperor, accompanied by Empress Michiko, thanked the emir for wishing him a quick recovery, according to the Imperial Household Agency. After the audience, the Emperor left for the Imperial Household Hospital for a checkup on his chest condition.

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