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.

Ceremony Held To Send Off Rugby World Cup Trophy

Ceremony held to send off Rugby World Cup trophy

The trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan is beginning a three-month tour across the country.

A departure ceremony for the tour was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, 100 days before the competition opens on September 20.

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.

Ceremony Held To Mark Switch Of Government Planes

Ceremony held to mark switch of government planes

The Japanese government aircraft will be taken out of service at the end of this month. A ceremony was held on Sunday to mark the switch to the new planes.

The two Boeing 747-400s have been in service for more than 20 years. They were used for overseas trips by the Emperor and the prime minister, and have flown to 100 countries and regions around the world.

195 Nations To Be Invited To Enthronement Ceremony

195 nations to be invited to enthronement ceremony

Japan's government has decided to invite heads of state and representatives from 195 nations to the new Emperor's enthronement ceremony in October.

The decision was made on Tuesday by a government panel in charge of setting protocols for the Imperial succession.

Graduation Ceremony Near Damaged Nuclear Plant

Graduation ceremony near damaged nuclear plant

A junior high school in a village near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has held its first graduation ceremony since resuming classes after the lifting of an evacuation order there. The order was issued after the plant's nuclear accident resulting from the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Iitate Junior High School was forced to operate in Fukushima City after the March 11 accident, as the entire Iitate Village was subject to the evacuation order. The school reopened there last April after the order was lifted for most of the village. The disaster occurred on the day of the school's graduation ceremony that year.