Nov 3, 2014

Japan to bestow awards on 4,029 people in autumn decorations ceremony

Japan will bestow government decorations in recognition of contributions to the state on 4,029 people, including 370 women, the central government announced on Monday. The awards will also include 57 foreigners from 30 countries and territories. The top decoration, the Grand Cordon of the ...

Jan 29, 2014

Palace park to be used in disasters

The park surrounding the Kyoto Imperial Palace will be declared a base for the Self-Defense Forces, police and fire services in the event of a natural disaster, prefectural officials said Wednesday. The city of nearly 1.5 million people currently has no base for coordinating ...

Off-limits areas of palace to open

Dec 17, 2013

Off-limits areas of palace to open

To commemorate Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday, the Imperial Household Agency will open previously inaccessible parts of the Imperial Palace to the public next spring and fall. The Emperor turns 80 on Dec. 23. A special weekend tour will give some 300 people a first ...

Joggers told to mind manners around palace

Oct 2, 2013

Joggers told to mind manners around palace

Japanese joggers are being warned to mind their manners when they run around the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, after a recent spate of rudeness. Officials say tourists and older visitors to the grounds have complained of runners crashing into them from behind and ...

Foreign dignitaries honored with spring decorations

May 10, 2013

Foreign dignitaries honored with spring decorations

Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, former Namibian Premier Theo-Ben Gurirab and Edgardo Angara, a former Philippine Senate president, received state decorations Thursday along with 20 Japanese from the Emperor at the Imperial Palace. Fillon, 59, Gurirab, 75, and Angara, 78, were selected for ...