Two Children Held Hostage At Knifepoint In Fukuoka

Two children held hostage at knifepoint in Fukuoka

Police in Fukuoka Prefecture, western Japan, say a man armed with a knife holed up inside a restaurant in Fukuoka City on Tuesday morning and is holding two girls hostage.

They say the girls are aged three and six and are the children of the restaurant's owner. They also say the hostage-taker is a former employee of the store.

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.

Sumo Tourney To Be Held Without Spectators

Sumo tourney to be held without spectators

Officials from the Japan Sumo Association have decided that the spring tournament in Osaka starting on March 8 will be held without any spectators. They took the decision as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

The members of the association's board meeting have been discussing two options, holding it without any spectators or completely canceling it.

Entrance Exams Being Held Amid Virus Scare

Entrance exams being held amid virus scare

National and other public universities in Japan have begun staging their entrance exams, with precautions taken against the new coronavirus.

The education ministry says nearly 440,000 people have applied for the exams, down about 30,000 from last year.

Funeral Held For Slain Japanese Doctor

Funeral held for slain Japanese doctor

People in Japan are bidding farewell to a doctor who was killed last week in Afghanistan. More than 1,300 people attended a funeral for Tetsu Nakamura in his home prefecture of Fukuoka.

Nakamura was a humanitarian and an inspirational figure who worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan for decades, first as a doctor and then building irrigation systems.

Nakamura's Funeral Held In Fukuoka

Nakamura's funeral held in Fukuoka

Many people have gathered in Japan's southwestern city of Fukuoka to bid farewell to the doctor and aid worker killed in Afghanistan last week.

The funeral for Tetsu Nakamura was held in his home prefecture on Wednesday.

Traditional Ritual Held For Good Fishing

Traditional ritual held for good fishing

A traditional Shinto ritual has been held in western Japan to pray for navigation safety and a large fish catch.

Priests of Akama Shrine in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, boarded a boat and prayed facing a rock in the sea on Tuesday.

Papal Mass Held At Tokyo Dome

Papal mass held at Tokyo Dome

Pope Francis has held a mass at Tokyo Dome on Monday in front of a packed audience.

The pontiff arrived at the site on Monday afternoon after taking part in a meeting with young people in Tokyo.

Celebration Of Emperor's Enthronement Held

Celebration of Emperor's enthronement held

A celebration of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement has taken place in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The event got underway with a parade of marching bands and folk entertainment performers. It also featured floats and portable shrines used in festivals across Japan.

Memorial Held For Kyoto Animation Victims

Memorial held for Kyoto Animation victims

About 500 people from the anime industry and supporters gathered in Kyoto on Saturday to remember the victims of the deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation studio in July.

Thirty-six people were killed and 33 others injured in the attack.

Trial Tour Of Russia-held Islands Begins

Trial tour of Russia-held islands begins

A group of Japanese people has begun a trial sightseeing tour of two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The Japanese government organized the first tour of its kind as part of efforts to promote joint economic activities by Japan and Russia on the four islands.

Funeral Held For Former Unhcr Chief Sadako Ogata

Funeral held for former UNHCR chief Sadako Ogata

A funeral for former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata has been held at a church in Tokyo.

Relatives, friends and others paid their final respects on Tuesday to the first Japanese chief of the UN organization. They included Empress Emerita Michiko, who shares Ogata's alma mater.

Delayed Tour To Russian-held Islands May Go Ahead

Delayed tour to Russian-held islands may go ahead

Japan is making final arrangements with Russia to reschedule a postponed trial sightseeing tour to two of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

The tour for Japanese nationals would be the first of its kind. The Japanese government hopes the program will help promote Japan-Russia economic activities on the four islands and increase momentum toward the signing of a peace treaty.