Japanese Emperor Akihito lays wreath at Canadian Peacekeeping Monument
Emperor Akihito of Japan signs the visitors' book for Colonel John Graham (right), curator of the Canadian Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa, at a wreath laying ceremony in recognition of peace between Canada and Japan on July 7, 2009. The Imperial Couple is visiting Canada to mark the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. (UPI Photo/Grace Chiu)
Japan set aside time Monday to mark the second anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disasters that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.
Japanese Emperor Akihito offered encouragement Wednesday to people still working to rebuild their lives from the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake.
Japan's Emperor Akihito marked his 79th birthday Sunday with a message of support for people still recovering from the deadly 2011 earthquake.
UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
Leadership changes in both Japan and South Korea may offer opportunities to improve ties strained by history and territorial issues, experts and officials said.
Naoto Kan, who had been deputy prime minister, was elected prime minister of Japan Friday, officials said.
Japanese Finance Minister Naoto Kan emerged Thursday as the leading candidate to succeed Yukio Hatoyama as prime minister, political observers said.
In contrast to the tough summits he faced in China and Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama perhaps felt more at ease during his meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday, reflecting bilateral relations that are on an upswing.
Japan's Prince Hisahito, son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, turned 3 on Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency says.
The Japanese government acknowledged the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday, apologizing for wartime atrocities in Asia.