Guterres Not To Attend Hiroshima A-bomb Event

Guterres not to attend Hiroshima A-bomb event

NHK has learned that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has given up on his plan to attend a ceremony in Hiroshima City, western Japan, to mark the 1945 US atomic bombing of the city.

Sources say the decision is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Japan has banned entry by foreign nationals from the United States. Even if the UN chief were allowed to enter Japan, he would be asked to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.

Abe Urges Event Organizers To Use Caution

Abe urges event organizers to use caution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants organizers of large-scale events to continue exercising caution by assessing the risk of coronavirus infections.

Abe spoke at a meeting of the government's task force on Friday, a day after a panel of experts came up with a set of proposals to contain the spread of the virus.

Panel Gives Proposals On Voluntary Event Bans

Panel gives proposals on voluntary event bans

A Japanese government panel of experts has given proposals on nationwide voluntary cancelations and postponements of events to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

The panel compiled the proposals on Thursday. It was headed by the director-general of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Takaji Wakita.

Outbreak Forces Change In Paralympic Test Event

Outbreak forces change in Paralympic test event

A test event for the Tokyo Paralympics will be scaled down and held without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak in Japan.

The Japanese Para-Sports Association says the boccia tournament will not be held as an international event.

Banks Prepare Atm Vehicles In Event Of Disasters

Banks prepare ATM vehicles in event of disasters

Banks across Japan are buying trucks fitted with ATMs so that customers can withdraw cash in the event of a massive natural disaster.

The vehicles were sent to areas hit by a major earthquake in northern Japan last June, and areas flooded by Typhoon Hagibis last October.

Year-end Rice-cake Making Event In Tokushima

Year-end rice-cake making event in Tokushima

Residents of the western Japanese city of Tokushima pounded boiled rice into rice cakes during a unique local festival music at an annual year-end event on Friday.

Participants rhythmically pounded rice with a mallet as about 10 members of a local Awa Odori dance festival group played music known as "Zomeki" on three-stringed shamisen, accompanied by gongs and taiko drums.

Sources: Sawajiri Got Mdma At An Event

Sources: Sawajiri got MDMA at an event

Investigative sources say Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri told police how she obtained the drug that led to her arrest.

The actress told investigators she got the substance at an event several weeks ago. Sawajiri was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of possessing the synthetic drug MDMA at her apartment in Tokyo.

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.

Hot Air Balloon Event Kicks Off In Saga

Hot air balloon event kicks off in Saga

Hot air balloons have added color to the blue autumn sky as one of Asia's largest balloon festivals opened in Saga City, southwestern Japan, on Thursday.

The 40th Saga International Balloon Fiesta has attracted 121 balloons from 16 countries and regions, including the United States, China and Australia.

Emperor And Empress Attend Sea Conservation Event

Emperor and Empress attend sea conservation event

Japan's Emperor and the Empress have taken part in the opening ceremony of an event which promotes conservation of marine resources and environments around the country.

The 39th event was held in the city of Akita in Akita Prefecture, northeastern Japan, under the theme of "nurturing the sea environment that leads to a rich future and regions". Around 1,000 people working at fisheries all over Japan participated.

Japan-s.korea Exchange Event Begins In Seoul

Japan-S.Korea exchange event begins in Seoul

An annual Japan-Korea exchange festival has begun in Seoul amid worsening ties between the countries.

Children from both countries celebrated the opening of the 15th edition of the festival on Sunday. They took to the stage and sang songs of their countries together.

'blade Jumper' Demonstrates Skills At Para Event

'Blade Jumper' demonstrates skills at Para event

A German long jumper with a blade-type prosthetic leg has demonstrated his skills at an event to mark one year until the opening of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Markus Rehm and other top athletes took part in the event held by the organizers of the 2020 Games in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Sunday.

Bach Attends Pre-olympic Event In Tokyo

Bach attends pre-Olympic event in Tokyo

An event to give people a taste of Olympic sports was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, exactly one year before the start of the 2020 summer games there.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach attended the event at the Tokyo International Forum.

Event To Prepare For Tokyo Mega-quake Held

Event to prepare for Tokyo mega-quake held

A three-day event designed to allow participants to experience life in the aftermath of a mega-quake has been held in Tokyo.

The aim of the occasion was to provide food for thought to survivors of the disaster in three stages -- namely, seven days following the mega-quake, three months later and three years later.