Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated the possibility of downsizing an annual cherry blossom viewing party now under scrutiny. He expressed regret that the event grew so big, citing ambiguousness in selecting guests.
Opposition parties have been accusing Abe of using the publicly funded event to entertain supporters from his constituency.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will not hold a cherry blossom-viewing party next year, which is hosted every April by the prime minister.
Suga told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that the government will thoroughly review guidelines for the party, including the criteria for inviting guests.
Japan's opposition camp plans to continue grilling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his annual cherry blossom-viewing party. They say Abe is using a publicly funded event for his own interests.
Opposition lawmakers at a Lower House plenary session on Tuesday criticized Abe for inviting many supporters from his constituency to the event.
Japan's opposition camp criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's annual cherry blossom viewing party during a Diet session, questioning his use of a public event for private interests. The chief cabinet secretary said it does not pose a problem.
Takayuki Ochiai of the Constitutional Democratic Party referred to the event at a Lower House plenary session on Tuesday.
People in Fukushima Prefecture have hailed the blooming of a giant, 1,000-year-old cherry tree as Japan's "sakura" blossom front heads northeast.
The 13-meter-tall weeping cherry tree is located in the town of Miharu. It is known for its cascading blossoms, and has been designated a natural monument by the government.
The pink blossoms of a giant weeping cherry tree in Rikugien Gardens sparkled with bright lights during an illumination event held here on the evening of March 24.
Crowds flocked to see the dazzling cherry blossoms at the Tokyo metropolitan government-run park, which bloomed March 19, two days earlier than the official announcement of the start of somei-yoshio cherry blooming. They combined with the surroundings of the Japanese garden in the capital's Bunkyo Ward to create an enchanting atmosphere.
An avenue inside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo has been opened to the public for cherry blossom viewing. The Imperial Household Agency says more than 40,000 people visited the street on Saturday.
About 700 people were waiting outside a palace gate on Saturday morning for a chance to walk along Inui Street before Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30.