Japan's Prime Minister has met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince to discuss ways to ease political tension in the Middle East.
The talks between Shinzo Abe and Mohammed bin Salman were held on Sunday in Al-Ula, a city in Saudi Arabia's northwest. Earlier, Abe met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz in the capital Riyadh.
NHK has learned that Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino will visit Okinawa's Shuri Castle, which was severely damaged in a fire last month.
Sources say the couple will make the visit on December 15 during their two-day tour of the southern prefecture. They will attend an annual event that aims to raise awareness of greenery conservation.
Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino have planted a cherry tree in a Warsaw park to mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Poland.
The couple visited the Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the capital Warsaw on Monday as a part of centennial celebrations.
Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino will officially visit Poland and Finland next month to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and the European countries.
The Imperial Household Agency said it was formally decided that Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko will make their 10-day official trip starting June 27.
Tokyo police are investigating how two knives ended up beside the school desk of Prince Hisahito, the grandson of Emperor Akihito.
Investigators said the knives were found on Friday at Ochanomizu University Junior High School in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward which the prince attends. They said there was no one in the classroom at the time as the students were in another part of the school.
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.
The Crown Prince held a news conference ahead of his birthday at his residence in central Tokyo. He said that he feels solemnity when thinking of the path he will soon be embarking upon, but said he will continue to improve himself with the deeds of previous Emperors in mind.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held separate meetings with Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito. He is believed to have briefed them on governmental preparations for the upcoming Imperial succession.
Abe met the Emperor at the Imperial Palace on Thursday to report privately on matters of state.
King & Prince will release their third single "Kimi wo Matteru" on March 20.
The title track is described as a support song that backs the feelings of those who are wanting to change as well as those who are looking for a new self. The single will be released in Limited Editions A & B and a Regular Edition. All types will include "Kaze ni Nore" as the coupling track. The Limited Edition A DVD will contain the PV and making for "Kimi wo Matteru," while the Limited Edition B DVD will include a footage called 'King & Prince TV #2.'