Imperial Guard Members Show Determination In Tokyo Parade

Imperial Guard members show determination in Tokyo parade

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.

Coast Guard: Small Island May Have Disappeared

Coast Guard: Small island may have disappeared

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.

Changing Of The Guard At Popular Hokkaido Prison Museum

Changing of the guard at popular Hokkaido prison museum

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.

Japan Coast Guard, Russia Boarder Authority Conduct Joint Drill

Japan Coast Guard, Russia boarder authority conduct joint drillA 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.

Gsdf To Bring Loaded Guns To Guard Missile Interceptor

GSDF to bring loaded guns to guard missile interceptorJapan in an unprecedented move will allow its Ground Self-Defense Force units to carry pistols and rifles when guarding a ballistic missile interceptor deployed in advance of North Korea's planned rocket launch next week, senior Defense Ministry officials said Thursday.  

Japanese Coast Guard Officials Pay Goodwill Visit To Manila

Japanese coast guard officials pay goodwill visit to ManilaA Japan Coast Guard delegation from Okinawa arrived in Manila on Monday for a three-day goodwill visit.   The eight-member delegation led by Rear Adm. Kosaku Higaki, deputy commander of the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, flew in on a Japan Coast Guard jet.