Diet Split On Longer Session Over Cherry Party

Diet split on longer session over cherry party

Japanese opposition parties are trying to extend the current extraordinary Diet session to grill Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the guest list for the annual state-funded cherry blossom viewing party.

The Diet session is scheduled to end next Monday.

Abe Hints At Reviewing Cherry Blossom Party

Abe hints at reviewing cherry blossom party

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.

Abe To Explain Cherry Party At Diet If Asked

Abe to explain cherry party at Diet if asked

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will explain at the Diet his alleged use of taxpayers' money on a cherry blossom party for his constituents.

Abe told reporters on Friday that if the Diet asks for an explanation, the government will naturally comply.

Govt. To Cancel Cherry Blossom Party Next Year

Govt. to cancel cherry blossom party next year

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.

Abe Faces More Questions Over Cherry Blossom Party

Abe faces more questions over cherry blossom party

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.

Government Grilled Over Cherry Blossom Event

Government grilled over cherry blossom 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.

Abe Under Scrutiny Over Cherry Blossom Party

Abe under scrutiny over cherry blossom party

An annual cherry blossom viewing party organized by the Japanese prime minister has come under scrutiny.

The opposition Japanese Communist Party says the number of guests and cost of holding it have been increasing year after year.

Osaka Mint Begins Cherry Blossom Viewing Event

Osaka mint begins cherry blossom viewing event

On Tuesday, the day a redesign of Japan's banknotes was announced, thousands of people are flocking to a cherry blossom viewing event at the Japan Mint.

The annual event at the headquarters of the mint in Osaka, western Japan, dates back more than 130 years.

Ancient Cherry Tree Delights In Fukushima

Ancient cherry tree delights in Fukushima

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.

Cherry Blossom Blooming In Northeast Japan

Cherry blossom blooming in northeast Japan

People in northeastern Japan are starting to enjoy blooming cherry blossoms.

In Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture, many people are coming to see and photograph more than 300 cherry trees that are in full bloom in the grounds of a restored castle.

Emperor And Empress Enjoy Cherry Blossoms

Emperor and Empress enjoy cherry blossoms

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have gone for a walk outside the Imperial Palace to take in the cherry blossoms.

The Imperial couple started their stroll at Kitahanebashi-mon gate early Sunday. They walked with their arms linked as they made their way to Inui-mon gate.

Cherry Blossom Buses Tour Fukushima No-go Zone

Cherry blossom buses tour Fukushima no-go zone

Passengers on an exclusive cherry-blossom tour have ridden buses through a no-entry zone near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Tomioka Town in Fukushima Prefecture is renowned for its two-kilometer stretch of about 400 cherry trees.

Majestic Cherry Tree In Tokyo A Crowd Magnet After Blossoming

Majestic cherry tree in Tokyo a crowd magnet after blossoming

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.

Public Views Imperial Palace Cherry Blossoms

Public views Imperial Palace Cherry blossoms

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.