Empress suffering from shingles after trip to Vietnam, Thailand

Empress Michiko meets Japanese volunteers from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Hue, Vietnam, on March 4. AP pool photo

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    sensei258

    Wow. show some respect and delete this article. Telling us personal and graphic health information about the Empress is wrong

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    onomatopoeia

    There is mounting evidence that exposure to certain kinds of radiation in the upper atmosphere while on high altitude jet flights can trigger shingles outbreaks. Considering she had symptoms only after flying, she may want to travel overland or by sea next time.

  • 3

    PTownsend

    @sensei show some respect and delete this article

    I agree.

  • 11

    Fred Wallace

    show some respect and delete this article. Telling us personal and graphic health information about the Empress is wrong

    the Imperial Household Agency said

    Should probably aim your rage at them no?

  • -1

    sensei258

    Them too I agree, , but they didn't force JT to post this article

  • 1

    FightingViking

    ...and I agree with all who say "this is going too far..." There is absolutely NO NEED to broadcast her private health matters.

  • 7

    papigiulio

    The empress is expected to conduct her duties and attend events as scheduled, the agency said.

    82, and still having duties. Why dont they jsut leave her alone and let her just relax her final years.

  • 10

    paulinusa

    While I agree the royal couple has a right to a certain amount of privacy, the IHA reported this story, rightly or wrongly, as something they thought the public ought to know. Japan Today isn't wrong to pass it along. Don't shoot the messenger.

  • 2

    toshiko

    JT reported to let Japanese people know she is getting better.

  • 4

    tmarie

    Just let them bloody retire already!!

  • 1

    savethegaijin

    I feel so bad for them. For the love of god let these people live in peace.

  • 0

    Wakarimasen

    Why is this made public?

  • 0

    wontond

    Even with shingles they won't give her a break. From what I've heard, shingles in the belly area can be very painful.

  • 0

    Weasel

    From what I've heard, shingles in the belly area can be very painful.

    Pretty much everywhere on your body, and it's not going to be a day at the beach for more than a week (at least). Getting drunk daily does take some of the edge off...but not much.

    Agree with other comments, this is a rather private matter, and unless this has to deal with the likes of a session of national power or national security or of something of that magnitude - writing about this is borderline tabloid nonsense to sell ads or parakeet cage liner.

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    Shingles is quite common among the elderly and is painfully uncomfortable. It's related to measles. I actually had it on my chest when I was a teenager, which pretty much astonished the doctors as it was very unusual for a teenager to get them. Let's hope she makes a quick recovery and Japan lets them abdicate soon to let them enjoy their senior years.

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    Harry_Gatto

    Wow. show some respect and delete this article. Telling us personal and graphic health information about the Empress is wrong

    Quite so, it's fair to report that she is suffering from shingles but describing the location in this way displays a lack of good taste and poor judgement. Just because the IHA reported it doesn't mean that every detail has to be regurgitated, the "messenger" should know better.

  • 3

    Educator60

    Disillusioned at Mar. 17, 2017 - 12:27PM JST "Shingles is quite common among the elderly and is painfully uncomfortable. It's related to measles."

    It is NOT related to measles. It is the virus that causes chickenpox. Those who have had chickenpox can later suffer shingles caused by the dormant virus when it's "woken up", triggered by stress etc.

    I'm glad this time it seems to be not so severe. One the previous bouts suffered by the Empress involved a ten-day hospital stay.

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    CH3CHO

    sensei258MAR. 17, 2017 - 07:23AM JST

    Wow. show some respect and delete this article.

    It is interesting to see so many people here support censorship or self-censorship.

    Harry_GattoMAR. 17, 2017 - 12:27PM JST

    it's fair to report that she is suffering from shingles but describing the location in this way displays a lack of good taste and poor judgement

    The borderline between good judgment and poor judgment is very much unclear in this case. How about the following? Is it a poor judgment?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prince-philip-taken-to-hospital-with-bladder-infection-8050182.html

    Prince Philip taken to hospital with bladder infection

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    @Educator60 - Apologies, you are right! It is chicken pox, not measles. It was a long time ago for me, so I guess my memory is not as good as used to be. That would be why it has a herpes relation.

  • 2

    SaikoPhysco

    All they want to do is retire.....

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    J.T. Washi

    For the person who stated that radiation from flying could cause a shingles outbreak...false. Stress from flying can. So can high altitude climbing...due to the low oxygen and stress on ones body. The Empress like some people, with a higher rate in the elderly and/or ill, seems to have outbreaks from travel exhaustion. It would likely be worse if she extended her trip returning my ship, and one really can't travel to other countries from Japan (or vice versa) by land.

    At any rate, I do hope she recovers quickly.

  • 2

    1glenn

    I have had two episodes of shingles, which the doctor said is rare, although not rare enough, in my opinion. I have sympathy for anyone who has to suffer through this.

  • 0

    kurisupisu

    Hopefully , an viral suppressant can be used next time she flied!

  • 1

    Educator60

    Disillusioned at Mar. 17, 2017 - 01:56PM JST "@Educator60 - Apologies, you are right! It is chicken pox, not measles."

    Course knowing which virus it is unfortunately doesn't help any with the pain it causes ;-) I had chickenpox as a child and now I'm getting older and often under a lot of stress, I worry that it will hit me eventually. I've watched others go through shingles and it really wasn't easy for them. But not life threatening so guess we should look on the bright side. Hope Ted Empress is feeling fine again soon.

  • 0

    chisineko

    A real good reason to get the anti shingle shot. Imagine the severity if the expression had been in the form of Herpes Encephalitis. Like a stroke but much worse.

  • 0

    Educator60

    Hope Ted Empress --- Hope the Empress

  • 3

    Patrick Hattman

    I hope the Emperor can abdicate soon and he and the Empress can live peacefully and privately for a few more years.

  • 0

    MsDelicious

    I have it in my eye right now. Hurts like heck.

    She is taking a medication that interferes with the RNA replication and confuses the virus thus making it go back dormant. However, it i always there. Next stressful event or even a minor operation can cause it to come out and present itself again. She will have to take the same meds for at least before even if she gets a cavity drilled.

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