Tsunami-hit City Resumes Cherry Tree Planting

Tsunami-hit city resumes cherry tree planting

People of a city in Iwate Prefecture that was hit by a tsunami in March 2011 have resumed cherry tree planting on a smaller scale after suspending it due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A non-profit organization continues tree planting in Rikuzentakata City to pass on to future generations the reality about the devastating force of tsunamis and the importance of evacuating to higher ground.

Japan Life And Cherry Blossom-viewing Party

Japan Life and cherry blossom-viewing party

Lawyers for the victims say Japan Life solicited clients by displaying on company materials an invitation to a party funded by the Japanese government. The invitation was addressed to the firm's former chairman.

The company allegedly showed potential clients documents at seminars and other events in 2015. The documents reportedly said, "Chairman Yamaguchi Takayoshi has received an invitation from the prime minister" to an annual cherry blossom-viewing party.

Cherry Blossoms In Full Bloom In Tokyo

Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo

Weather officials declared on Sunday that cherry trees are in full bloom in Tokyo.

The Meteorological Agency's announcement came 12 days earlier than average and was five days earlier than last year. Central Tokyo was as warm as in late May, with a daytime high of 23.7 degrees Celsius.

No Parties Held At Cherry Blossom Viewing Spot

No parties held at cherry blossom viewing spot

People have been enjoying walking beneath cherry blossoms at a popular viewing spot in Tokyo on Saturday, but there are no gatherings this year due to the new coronavirus threat.

Ueno Park attracts more than 3 million people to admire the cherry blossoms in a normal year.

Start Of Cherry Blossom Season Declared In Tokyo

Start of cherry blossom season declared in Tokyo

Japan's Meteorological Agency has declared the start of cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

Agency officials confirmed on Saturday afternoon that at least five blossoms had opened on the benchmark tree of the Somei-yoshino variety at Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo.

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.