Japan's Emperor Akihito resumes official duties

Emperor Akihito walks with a bouquet of flowers towards the main altar during the national memorial service in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 for firefighters who died on duty including 226 who died by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Akihito, 77, resumed his official duties by attending the event after being treated for a high fever and mild bronchial pneumonia at a hospital for 19 days earlier this month. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
Itsuo Inouye
Emperor Akihito walks with a bouquet of flowers towards the main altar during the national memorial service in Tokyo, Nov. 29, 2011, for firefighters who died on duty, including 226 who died in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.
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(CBS/AP) TOKYO - Japan's Emperor Akihito resumed his official duties on Tuesday following his hospitalization earlier this month.

The 77-year-old attended a memorial service in Tokyo for firefighters who died on duty, including 226 who died responding to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, according to the Kyodo News agency. He was accompanied by Empress Michiko.

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Akihito left University of Tokyo Hospital on Nov 24, after being treated for a high fever and mild bronchial pneumonia. He had been admitted on Nov. 6.

His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, took over his official duties while he was ill.

Akihito ascended the throne after his father, Hirohito, died in 1989.