Emperor, Empress Rehearse Enthronement Ceremony

Emperor, empress rehearse enthronement ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have taken part in a rehearsal for their enthronement ceremony next week.

The imperial couple opened their car's window and waved to passersby as they arrived at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

Us Transportation Sec. To Attend Imperial Ceremony

US transportation sec. to attend imperial ceremony

The US government says Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will visit Japan later this month to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

The White House made the announcement on Friday.

Rice Harvested For Emperor's Daijosai Ceremony

Rice harvested for Emperor's Daijosai ceremony

Rice has been harvested at two sites in Japan to prepare for the Daijosai, or Great Thanksgiving Ceremony. The ceremony in November will be one of the key events to mark Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the throne.

The crop was harvested on Friday at two chosen paddies -- one in Tochigi Prefecture in the east and the other in Kyoto Prefecture in the west.

Pence To Attend Enthronement Ceremony

Pence to attend enthronement ceremony

Arrangements are believed to be underway for US Vice President Mike Pence to visit Japan in October to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

US officials and other sources say that the US government is preparing for Pence to attend the October 22 event. It serves as a formal announcement for the accession that took place in May.

At Least 95 Nations To Attend Hiroshima Ceremony

At least 95 nations to attend Hiroshima ceremony

The city of Hiroshima says at least 95 countries and the European Union are expected to send ambassadors and other representatives to an August 6 ceremony to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing on the city.

City officials announced an outline of the Peace Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday.

Emperor's First Rice Planting Ceremony

Emperor's first rice planting ceremony

Japanese Emperor Naruhito transplanted rice seedlings in a paddy at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.

The ceremonial event was the emperor's first since he ascended the throne on May 1. The annual tradition was started by his grandfather, the Emperor Showa.

Sokui-go-choken-no-gi Ceremony Ends

Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi ceremony ends

Japan's new Emperor has had his first audience with representatives of the people at the Imperial Palace.

The Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi started at 11:12 a.m. on Wednesday in the Matsu-no-Ma State Room.

Kenji-to-shokei-no-gi Ceremony Ends

Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi ceremony ends

A ceremony marking the new Emperor's succession of the sacred sword and jewel has ended in Japan.

The ceremony known as Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi began at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Matsu-no-Ma State Room of the Imperial Palace.

Emperor's Abdication Ceremony About To Start

Emperor's abdication ceremony about to start

Japan is mere hours away from the end of an era. Emperor Akihito will abdicate at the end of Tuesday -- bringing the three-decade-long Heisei Era to a close.

As that happens, people here will witness a new era begin. Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne immediately.

What To Expect In The Abdication Ceremony

What to expect in the abdication ceremony

The abdication ceremony -- the "Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi" --will be held in the State Room in the Imperial Palace. It will be the first of its kind in over two hundred years.

At 5:00 p.m., Emperor Akihito will enter behind senior officials of the Imperial Household Agency.

Japan To Hold Abdication Ceremony For Emperor

Japan to hold abdication ceremony for Emperor

Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate at the end of Tuesday, bringing an end to the three-decade-long Heisei Era. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the throne immediately after.

Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony will be held at the Imperial Palace in the early evening. The Prime Minister will convey gratitude to him on behalf of the public. The Emperor will then give his last words to the people in his current role. It will be the first time in over 200 years that a living Emperor will abdicate.

Departure Ceremony For Sdf Dispatch To Egypt

Departure ceremony for SDF dispatch to Egypt

A departure ceremony for two senior Self-Defense Force officials was held at Japan's Cabinet Office on Tuesday. They are leaving on a multinational peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.

This will be the first time for Japan to take part in such an operation outside the UN framework. Security legislation that was enacted in 2015 enables the country to do so.

Emperor's Abdication Ceremony Set For April 30

Emperor's abdication ceremony set for April 30

The Japanese government has officially decided to hold Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony on April 30 as an act of state stipulated under the Constitution.

The decision over one of the ceremonies related to the Imperial succession was made at a Cabinet meeting on Friday. The abdication ceremony will be the first of its kind in the history of Japan's Constitution.