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Finalists for the 2018 Asian International Children’s Film Festival to fly to Japan

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:35 AM

High school students from all over the Philippines submitted 3-minute film entries under the theme “Self-Responsibility"

Mayweather to impress in Tokyo first before Pacquiao showdown

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The undefeated American boxer plans to extend his record to 51-0 before the Manny Pacquiao rematch

SERIOUS. Floyd Mayweather is dead serious of stealing the WBA regular welterweight belt from Manny Pacquiao.  Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Japan's Abe cruises to party vote win, to stay as prime minister

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's win sets him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. File photo by  Geoff Robins/AFP

Japanese MMA star Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto dies at 41

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The charismatic Japanese mixed martial artist passed away just three weeks after announcing his battle with cancer

GONE TOO SOON. Fans and peers mourn the sudden death of legendary Japanese fighter  Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Photo by Harry How/AFP

Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the drill, which he says does not aim to target 'a particular nation'

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (R) attend a debate for the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on September 14, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Sarah Geronimo to perform in music festival in Japan

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:32 PM

Sarah will be performing with other artists from around the region

SARAH GERONIMO. The pop star is representing the Philippines in the ASEAN-Japan Music Festival. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Australia, Japan offer Typhoon Ompong assistance

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:08 PM

(UPDATED) The United States also says it is ready to help the Philippines deal with Typhoon Ompong's effects

SEEKING SHELTER. Families set up temporary sleeping areas inside classrooms of the Delpan Evacuation Center in Manila as they voluntarily leave their homes due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Ompong on September 15, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Japan's foreign minister encourages the US to come back to the pact, speaking at a regional World Economic Forum (WEF) where concerns over trade protectionism have dominated discussions

TRADE DEAL. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (R) after the 10th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Committee meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on September 13, 2018. Photo by Minh Hoang/AFP

Putin proposes Russia, Japan agree to historic peace deal

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Putin's sudden proposal comes just two days after he said that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia was unlikely to be settled soon

PEACE DEAL? Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and China's President Xi Jinping (R) attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

Sep 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

'I would like to communicate my intention to visit Japan next year,' the pope tells a group of Japanese during an audience at the Vatican

VISITING JAPAN. Pope Francis on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Japan's 'Twitter killer' charged with 9 counts of murder

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Takahiro Shiraishi is charged with murder after admitting killing and butchering all 9 of his victims – all but one of whom were women aged between 15 and 26

Japan PM Abe visits quake-hit Hokkaido as toll rises to 42

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will release 540 million yen ($4.9 million) from a reserve fund for the disaster

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Around 5 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma

AFTERMATH. This picture shows an aerial view of houses damaged by a landslide in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's Kansai airport to reopen partially on September 7

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Kansai International Airport was battered by Typhoon Jebi, which made landfall Tuesday, September 4 as the strongest storm to hit Japan since 1993

STRANDED. Passengers stranded at the Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi wait for buses that will transport them from the airport in Izumisano city, Osaka prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Damage caused by Typhoon Jebi, Japan's strongest storm in 25 years

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:43 PM

At least 11 were killed, 470 injured, and many homes and infrastructure damaged in the wake of the typhoon

An aerial view from a Jiji Press helicopter shows passenger vehicles which were burnt after a storm surge and strong winds caused by typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya, Hyogo prefecture on September 5, 2018.The toll in the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century rose on September 5 to nine, with thousands stranded at a major airport because of storm damage. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Around 3 million homes have lost power after the quake damaged a major thermal plant supplying the region

AFTERMATH. Police and rescue workers search for survivors from a house that was damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's Hokkaido island – USGS

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:03 AM

The relatively shallow quake strikes 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to Typhoon Jebi, September 4

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Jebi causes the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport, disrupting a number of flights to and from it

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. A Philippine Airlines plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Photo from Shutterstock.

3 dead as strongest typhoon in quarter century batters Japan

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Typhoon Jebi makes landfall around noon local time, slamming into the west of the country packing winds of up to 216 kilometers (135 miles) per hour

JEBI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 02:30 UTC (10:30 am Manila time) September 4, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Beef, sushi on menu as Japan's Ikee scoops Asian Games MVP

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Teen swimming sensation Rikako Ikee of Japan becomes the first female athlete to win the Asiad Most Valuable Player award

HISTORIC. Japan’s Rikako Ikee highlights her incredible Asian Games campaign with several records, including becoming the first woman to win six golds at a single Games. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Robotel: Japan hotel staffed by robot dinosaurs

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The robo-dinos process check-ins through a tablet system that also allows customers to choose which language they want to use to communicate with the multilingual robots

LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China foreign minister

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry excludes a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun from a media pool covering the start of a meeting between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese vice foreign minister Takeo Akiba

JAPAN MEETING. Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) at the start of their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing on August 29, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Standhardinger rues missed medal: 'We all made mistakes'

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:27 AM

The Filipino-German workhorse believes everyone – and not just head coach Yeng Guiao – is responsible for the Philippines slipping to the consolation round

SCORING MACHINE. Christian Standhardinger vents his ire against Japan with a game-high 27 points as the Philippines secures at least a sixth-place finish in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Japan confesses to padding disability hiring data

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Thousands of able-bodied employees at 27 ministries and government agencies were wrongly counted as disabled, Tokyo admits

KATSUNOBU KATO. Picture from Wikipedia by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/Northern Ireland Office.

Gilas drubs 8-man Japan, eyes 5th place in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team picks up its first win with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson

BREAKTHROUGH. Jordan Clarkson didn't let Japan get in his way to score his first triumph with the national team. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Asian Games marathon winner accused of pushing rival

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Japan's Hiroto Inoue wins by a fraction of a second but Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi says he has been deliberately pushed

CONTROVERSIAL. Japan's Hiroto Inoue (left) and Bahrain's Elhassan Elabbassi run toward the finish line during the controversial Asiad men's marathon. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Japan's Ikee captures record 6th Asian Games swim gold

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Rikako Ikee becomes the first woman in any sport to scoop six gold medals at a single Asiad

TEEN TITAN. Japan’s teen star Rikako Ikee edges rival Liu Xiang of China by just a fingertip in the 50m freestyle. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Japan swimmer Ikee seeks Asian Games record haul

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Rikako Ikee continues to stamp her name all over the Asian Games while Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling pulls off a fingertip win

MEDAL CHASE. Japan's Rikako Ikee targets a record sixth Asian Games gold. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Strong typhoon hits flood-hit western Japan

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Cimaron Cimaron is seen packing maximum gusts of 198 kilometer (123 miles) per hour as of the evening, bringing heavy winds and rain to the western region

Overpowering Japan drubs PH in Asiad women’s volleyball

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:48 PM

After a straight-set loss to Southeast Asian giant Thailand, the Philippine women's volleyball team bows to another powerhouse

Photos from Asian Games media pool

Japan's Tsukiji fish market to stop tourist tuna viewings

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

After more than 80 years in operation Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market and a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move east to Toyosu

TUNA MARKET. President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura, displays a 190-kilogram bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2018. File photo Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

2018 Asian Games: Japan goes from prostitutes to podium

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Japan bags gold medals in swimming after its campaign got rocked by the expulsion of basketball players caught paying for sex

GOLDEN. Japan's men's 4x200m freestyle relay swimmers celebrate their golden finish. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Walk in the woods: Japan toddler missing for 3 days found alive

Aug 15, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The toddler's miraculous survival is all the more astonishing given the hot weather in Japan in recent weeks

Shootout in Bacolod kills 3, injures 3

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

The two suspects have just robbed a panel van of a cigarette firm in neighboring Bago City when police chanced upon them at the city boundary

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Typhoon Shanshan clips Japan coast, sparing Tokyo

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The fierce storm system is expected to begin moving away from land after brushing Japan's main island

SHANSHAN. Satellite image for Shanshan as of 01:00 UTC (9 am Manila time) August 9, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Around 10,000 figurines of white cats seated with one paw raised are stacked and strewn around the Gotokuji temple, providing tempting fodder for social media mavens from Japan and abroad

CATS. 'Maneki neko' or beckoning cat ornaments are seen on display at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo on October 2, 2016. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Canceled Japan flights due to Typhoon Shanshan

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Typhoon Shanshan is heading for Japan, prompting the cancellation of certain flights on Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9

Strong typhoon churns towards Japan

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:19 PM

Typhoon Shanshan could dump 350 millimeters of rain over the greater Tokyo region over the 24 hours by Thursday noon, August 9

SHANSHAN. Satellite image for Shanshan as of 5:30 UTC (1:30 pm Manila time) August 8, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

LOOK: Japan welcomes PH women's volleyball team

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:33 PM

The nationals are training in Okayama prefecture for the upcoming 2018 Asian Games

WARM WELCOME. The Philippine national women's volleyball team was present during the courtesy call of Okayama mayor Masao Omori. Photo from Larong Volleyball Pilipinas Inc

Japan remembers atomic attack on Hiroshima 73 years ago

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:39 PM

On a clear day in August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city of Hiroshima ultimately killing 140,000 people

73 YEARS LATER. People burn incense and offer prayers in the early morning prior to the 73rd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan overtakes China as world's no. 2 stock market

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Data from Bloomberg News in intra-day trade on Friday, August 3, show Chinese stocks are worth $6.09 trillion, compared with $6.17 trillion in Japan. The US market is worth $31 trillion.

WORLD'S SECOND STOCK MARKET. A man walks past a stock indicator showing share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (L) and New York Dow Jones closing numbers (R) in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan makes it easier for Filipinos to get multiple-entry visa

Aug 01, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The relaxed requirements for multiple-entry visas to Japan for citizens of the Philippines take effect August 1

The week in photos: July 21-27, 2018

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A burning home is reflected in a pool during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. One firefighter has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Typhoon slams into Japan, approaches disaster-hit regions

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers an hour, makes landfall early Sunday morning. Areas recently devastated by floods and landslides are in the storm's cross-hairs.

BRACED. A woman protects herself from the rain with an umbrella in Tokyo on July 28, 2018, as the country braces for Typhoon Jongdari. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Typhoon barrels towards flood-hit western Japan

Jul 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Typhoon Jongdari is currently packing winds of nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles) an hour and is forecast to hit the country's main island on Saturday night, Japan's Meteorological Agency says

PREPARE FOR MORE RAIN. This picture shows an aerial view of flooded houses in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 8, 2018. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP