About 250 Imperial Guard Headquarters members paraded solemnly through central Tokyo on Jan. 25 with unwavering determination ahead of the upcoming historical events in accordance with Emperor Akihito's abdication of the throne.
The members of the Imperial Guard Headquarters, dedicated to the protection of the emperor and his family, marched in perfect unison with 12 guard horses and three guard dogs during an annual parade through Higashi Gyoen (east garden of the Imperial Palace) to mark the beginning of the year.
The Japan Coast Guard says a small uninhabited island off the northern prefecture of Hokkaido may have disappeared due to erosion by waves and floating ice.
NHK has learned from coast guard officials that the island named Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, about 500 meters off the village of Sarufutsu in northern Hokkaido, may have vanished.
ABASHIRI, Hokkaido--A long-serving "prison guard" has finally clocked out after two decades on duty greeting tourists at the entrance to a jail museum in this northern city.
A replacement mannequin now stands in his spot, and some 20 more dolls representing inmates and guards at the Abashiri Prison Museum are also undergoing repairs.
A patrol boat (back) of Russia's border security authority for the Sakhalin coast chases a Japan Coast Guard ship playing the role of a smuggler during their joint exercise in waters off Otaru, Hokkaido, on June 22, 2012. Similar drills have been reciprocally held in Japan and Russia since 2001 to better counter smuggling.