A ceremony marking the last trading day of the year was held at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday after the benchmark Nikkei Average marked its highest final-day close in 29 years.
Leading Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai, who will direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, was among those invited.
A ceremony has been held to mark the completion of the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Construction of the new National Stadium was finished late last month.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and architect Kengo Kuma, who was involved in design of the stadium, took part in the event on Sunday.
The Japanese co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Akira Yoshino, will collect his award at a ceremony in Sweden on Tuesday.
Yoshino, an honorary fellow at major Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei Corporation, is sharing the prize with US scientist John Goodenough and Britain's Stanley Whittingham.
Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, one of the three winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has left for Sweden to attend an award ceremony next week.
Yoshino, who was awarded the prestigious prize for the development of lithium-ion batteries, and his wife Kumiko spoke to reporters at Narita airport before their departure on Thursday.
EXILE AKIRA and actress Lin Chi-Ling held their wedding ceremony on November 17 in Tainan City, Taiwan.
The two began dating after co-starring in the stage play 'Red Cliff ~Ai~' back in August of 2011, and they officially submitted their marriage registration papers in in June. They chose to hold their wedding in Tainan because it is a special place of memories for Lin Chi-Ling's grandmother and her family. About 100 people, including the couple's family and friends, were invited to the wedding. After the ceremony, they held a reception at the Tainan Art Museum where over 3,000 local fans gathered outside to congratulate the couple.
People in Japan and around the world have witnessed a series of events marking the new Emperor's accession. Emperor Naruhito took the throne in May, and on Tuesday, dignitaries from Japan and other countries celebrated his enthronement.
After exchanging congratulatory greetings with the Imperial couple, they attended the first of four court banquets marking the occasion.
Leaders of Japan and dignitaries from around the world are here in Tokyo to witness something not seen in a generation, with traditions dating back centuries. In a short while, Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his enthronement.
He took the throne in May, but today his accession will be celebrated.