November 30, 2008

Illness stops Princess Aiko birthday party

An Imperial Palace celebration for the seventh birthday of Japan's Princess Aiko has been canceled because the princess is sick, royal officials say.

The Imperial Household Agency said Sunday that events scheduled for Monday to honor the Japanese royal family member were canceled when a doctor diagnosed Aiko with a fever, the Kyodo news agency said.

An unidentified agency official quoted the princess's doctor saying it would likely be several days until she is feeling better.