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.

Ceremony Held Ahead Of 8th Anniversary Of Disaster

Ceremony held ahead of 8th anniversary of disaster

A ceremony to commemorate victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011 was held on Sunday in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.

The tsunami washed away more than 400 homes in the city's Toyoma district on March 11th, 2011. Seventy-six people died, and seven are still unaccounted for.

Ceremony Marks 30 Years Of Emperor's Reign

Ceremony marks 30 years of Emperor's reign

A ceremony to celebrate 30 years of Emperor Akihito's reign has been held in Tokyo, with the attendance of the Imperial couple.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Speaker and President of both chambers of the Diet, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, members of the Diet, representatives of businesses and foreign ambassadors to Japan also attended Sunday's event at the National Theatre.

Yokozuna Perform New Year Ceremony

Yokozuna perform New Year ceremony

Three yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo, have performed a traditional ring-entering ceremony at a Tokyo shrine ahead of the New Year tournament.

About 2,000 people watched Kisenosato, Kakuryu and Hakuho at Meiji Shrine on Tuesday. The annual ceremony prays for the tournament's safety and success.

Honjo To Wear Kimono At Nobel Ceremony

Honjo to wear kimono at Nobel ceremony

The co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Tasuku Honjo, will appear at Monday's awards ceremony in Sweden wearing a traditional Japanese kimono.

Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, and US scientist James Allison shared the prize for the discovery of a cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Princess Ayako's Wedding Ceremony Held In Tokyo

Princess Ayako's wedding ceremony held in Tokyo

The wedding ceremony for Japan's Princess Ayako and company employee Kei Moriya was held on Monday at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo.

The princess is the third and youngest daughter of the late Prince Takamado, a cousin of Emperor Akihito. Moriya works for a Japanese shipping company.

Mourners Attend Ceremony In Nagasaki

Mourners attend ceremony in Nagasaki

Seventy-three years ago on this day, the city of Nagasaki was struck by an American atomic bomb. It killed more than 70,000 people in that year alone.

Thousands of people are commemorating the day at an annual ceremony in the city's Peace Park. This year is the first time a UN Secretary-General attended.