Ceremony Held To Send Off Rugby World Cup Trophy

Ceremony held to send off Rugby World Cup trophy

The trophy for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan is beginning a three-month tour across the country.

A departure ceremony for the tour was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, 100 days before the competition opens on September 20.

Russia Says Its Navy Held Missile Drill On Etorofu

Russia says its navy held missile drill on Etorofu

The Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper says the military fired new surface-to-ship missiles in a drill last autumn on one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.

Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Wednesday that a missile unit belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet conducted the exercise on Etorofu Island with the Bal system.

Counterterrorism Drill Held At Haneda Airport

Counterterrorism drill held at Haneda airport

A counterterrorism drill with an emphasis on providing guidance in foreign languages has been held at Tokyo's Haneda airport in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

The drill was held on Wednesday at two railway stations that directly service the airport's international passenger terminal. About 250 people, including railway officials and police officers, took part.

Memorial Held For 2005 Train Accident Victims

Memorial held for 2005 train accident victims

A memorial service has been held for victims of a train derailment accident in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, that occurred 14 years ago.

Thursday marked the 14th anniversary of the deadly crash on the JR Fukuchiyama Line that killed 107 people and injured 562 others.

Kono: Stance On Russian-held Isles Unchanged

Kono: Stance on Russian-held isles unchanged

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan has not altered its legal claim to four Russian-controlled islands, known as the Northern Territories, despite dropping a phrase from an annual foreign policy report.

Unlike in years past, the report does not state that "four Russian-controlled islands belong to Japan."

Anti-terror Drill Held At Narita Airport

Anti-terror drill held at Narita Airport

Officials at Narita Airport near Tokyo have held a counterterrorism drill as the country prepares for large-scale international events for two consecutive years.

The Rugby World Cup will be held this fall and the Olympics and Paralympics will take place the following summer.

Memorial Held For Kumamoto Quakes

Memorial held for Kumamoto quakes

A memorial service has been held in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, to mark three years since the start of a series of devastating earthquakes.

The quakes claimed the lives of 273 people, including those who died from causes related to the quakes.

Concert Held To Mark Emperor's 30 Years On Throne

Concert held to mark Emperor's 30 years on throne

A concert was held on Tuesday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 30 years on the throne and the 60th anniversary of the imperial couple's wedding.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the event, which was held at a concert hall in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Ceremony Held To Mark Switch Of Government Planes

Ceremony held to mark switch of government planes

The Japanese government aircraft will be taken out of service at the end of this month. A ceremony was held on Sunday to mark the switch to the new planes.

The two Boeing 747-400s have been in service for more than 20 years. They were used for overseas trips by the Emperor and the prime minister, and have flown to 100 countries and regions around the world.

Rally Held Ahead Of Sarin Gas Attack Anniversary

Rally held ahead of sarin gas attack anniversary

Relatives of people killed in the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system have held a rally in Tokyo ahead of its 24th anniversary.

The act of terrorism by the Aum Shinrikyo cult left 13 people dead and about 6,300 others injured.

Memorial Held In La For 2011 Japan Disaster

Memorial held in LA for 2011 Japan disaster

People in Los Angeles have paid tribute to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

More than 300 people attended a memorial ceremony held on Sunday in the US city's downtown area to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the disaster. Japanese living in the city have organized such an event every year to raise awareness of the disaster.

Ceremony Held Ahead Of 8th Anniversary Of Disaster

Ceremony held ahead of 8th anniversary of disaster

A ceremony to commemorate victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in 2011 was held on Sunday in the city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.

The tsunami washed away more than 400 homes in the city's Toyoma district on March 11th, 2011. Seventy-six people died, and seven are still unaccounted for.

Event To Mark Takeshima Day Held In Japan

Event to mark Takeshima Day held in Japan

A senior Japanese government official has pledged to continue efforts to resolve a territorial dispute with South Korea over the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan. South Korea controls the islands. Japan claims them.

Cabinet Office Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiroshi Ando was speaking at an event on Friday to mark Japan's incorporation of the islands into Shimane Prefecture on February 22nd, 1905.

Bean-throwing Ritual Held At Kyoto Shrine

Bean-throwing ritual held at Kyoto shrine

Geisha apprentices, called "maikos," have gathered at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto to take part in a traditional bean-throwing ritual.

The annual event took place on Saturday, on the eve of Setsubun. In the Japanese calendar, Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring.