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'World's oldest man' dies in Japan at 113

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Masazo Nonaka was born just months before Albert Einstein's publication of his special theory of relativity and two years after the Wright brothers' flight launch

WORLD'S OLDEST. In this file photo, Masazo Nonaka of Japan (R) receives a certificate for the Guinness World Records' oldest male person living title from Erika Ogawa (L), vice president of Guinness World Records Japan, in Ashoro, Hokkaido prefecture in April 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

France pushes Japan to accept Renault-Nissan merger – reports

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The French government is the biggest shareholder in Renault with a stake of more than 15%, while Renault owns 43.4% of Japanese carmaker Nissan with voting rights

FILES) In this file photo taken on October 20, 2016 Nissan Motors chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn answers a question during a joint press conference in Tokyo. Executives at Japanese car firm Mitsubishi Motors on November 26, 2018 decided to sack Carlos Ghosn as chairman as the once-revered tycoon faces allegations of financial misconduct that sparked his shock arrest. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:34 PM

A start-up based in Tokyo says it developed the micro-satellite for a celestial show over Hiroshima early next year which it calls a 'shooting stars on demand'

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT - AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the hoodoos named Thor's Hammer (L) and the Three Sisters (R) early on August 13, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth's orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Ghosn received 8M euro in 'improper' payments – Nissan

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Nissan views the payments Ghosn received from [Nissan-Mitsubishi B.V.] to be the result of misconduct and will consider measures to recover from Ghosn the full sum,' the firm says in a statement

GHOSN. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2005 then-Nissan's chief executive Carlos Ghosn gestures during the Renault general assembly in Paris. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Volcano erupts on small Japan island

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Images broadcast by NHK show large plumes of ash and grey smoke billowing above the island, which has regularly been affected by eruptions

KUCHINOERABU ERUPTION. This handout video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live webcam on January 17, 2019 shows an eruption on Kuchinoerabu Island in Yakushima, Kagoshima prefecture. Handout photo from Japan Meteorological Agency/AFP

Japan-funded projects for signing in Q1 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

More flood control and road projects are set to be funded by Japan this year

Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'Sovereignty over the islands is not up for discussion, this is Russian territory,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Video of Japan monkeys walking on electric cables goes viral

Jan 10, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'Look at this! Impossible!' a woman says in the 71-second video clip that has been viewed nearly a million times since it was posted on Twitter on January 7

HOT TUB. This file photo shows Japanese macaques, commonly referred to as "snow" monkeys, taking an open-air hot spring bath, or "onsen", at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan court rejects Ghosn release bid

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Carlos Ghosn stands accused of underreporting his income in documents to investors, apparently in response to criticism that he earned too much

GHOSN. In this file photo taken on November 8, 2016, Renault-Nissan Alliance chief executive Carlos Ghosn poses for a portrait after an interview at the Web Summit at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon. File photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP

Captain Yoshida wants Japan to fight Asian Cup pressure

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'But unlike the World Cup the expectation on Japan is different at an Asian Cup – where we are expected to win,' says Maya Yoshida

FLAVOR OF YOUTH. Takumi Minamino is one of the young Japanese players who will reinforce the Blue Samurais' offense. Photo from Takumi Minamino's Instagram

'Unfairly detained': Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn protests innocence

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Entering the court handcuffed and with a rope around his waist, the once-revered titan of the auto industry mounts a passionate defense against a string of financial misconduct allegations

DETENTION. Pedestrians look at a television screen showing a news program featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on December 21, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

LOOK: Adorable, one-of-a-kind Sanrio things, food to check out in Tokyo

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Hello Kitty'-themed hotel rooms, food featuring your favorite Sanrio characters, and other souvenirs you can take home – find all of these in the Japanese capital

HELLO KITTY IN TOKYO. The Japanese capital has plenty of delightful things inspired by Sanrio’s beloved cast of characters. Seen in this photo is Keio Plaza Hotel’s Hello Kitty-themed room in its Tama branch. Photo courtesy of Keio Plaza Hotel

Japan starts $9 departure tax for travelers

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The International Tourist Tax will cover everyone regardless of nationality – from business people to holidaymakers older than two years of age – and will be tacked on to the price of a airline ticket

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Self-styled 'Tuna King' Kiyoshi Kimura pays the top price, which doubled the previous record of 155 million yen also paid by him in 2013.

NEW YEAR AUCTION. A wholesaler checks frozen tuna lined up in rows ahead of the new year's first auction at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo on January 5, 2019. A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna on January 5 as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan makes console modding, save editing software illegal

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Japan's amendment to the Unfair Competition Prevention Act also bars the reselling of game serial codes or other software product keys

FIGHTING UNFAIR COMPETITION. Image from http://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/economy/chizai/chiteki/index.html

Eyeing China, U.S. to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important Okinawa this year for the first such drill by Japan's key ally

DRILLS. In this file photo, US aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads a US guided missile cruiser and 3 Japanese destroyers during the Keen Sword US-Japan military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, December 10, 2010. File photo by Shigeki Miyajima/Pool/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Why you need to add Central Japan to your travel bucket list

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Take a breather and enjoy the beauty of Japan’s countryside

South Korean forced laborers seek Japanese asset seizure

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The court order comes after Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal displayed an 'inhumane attitude and indifference' with the Supreme Court ruling last October and failed to comply with the provisions

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Tears as Japan emperor gives last New Year's address

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:11 PM

(UPDATED) The emperor delivers a brief New Year's greeting every year, and is expected to appear five times on Wednesday to address as many well-wishers as possible

FINAL ADDRESS. Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year's address on January 2 before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace. Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Malacañang says woman's statue in Laguna part of freedom of expression

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo adds although the public should commemorate sacrifices and lessons learned World War II, it would be 'counter productive' to antagonize Japan – a strategic ally of the Philippines

SPOKESPERSON. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

9 hurt as car rams into famed Tokyo street on New Year's Eve

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) With an 'intent to murder', 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drives a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo's fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman says

CRIME. Police inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019. Nine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said on January 1. Photo from JIJI PRESS / AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Mayweather TKOs Japanese kickboxer

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The American boxing legend demolishes Tenshin Nasukawa in the 1st round of their exhibition match in Japan

STILL GOT IT. At 41 years old, Floyd Mayweather proves he can still pack a punch. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


RAW Deal: The must-see matches of Wrestle Kingdom 13

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:41 PM

If you’ve been thinking about dipping your toes in the waters of Japanese puroresu, Wrestle Kingdom is the best time to take the plunge

HEAVYWEIGHT DUEL. Kenny Omega gets to face one of Japan pro wrestling’s best in Hiroshi Tanahashi. Photo from New Japan Pro Wrestling official website

Ghosn's detention extended to January 11

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The move comes as Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested on November 19, faces 3 separate sets of allegations involving financial wrongdoing during his tenure as Nissan chief

DETENTION. Pedestrians look at a television screen showing a news program featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on December 21, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Mayweather takes on 'Ninja Boy' kickboxer in Japan rumble

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Boxing superstar Floyd 'Money' Mayweather is reportedly getting $88 million for the exhibition match against Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa

ALL FUN. Hardly threatened by kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa (right), American boxing icon Floyd Mayweather says he can complete 3 rounds ‘in his sleep.’ Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

WATCH: For relaxed Mayweather, Japan fight 'all about entertainment'

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:02 PM

The US boxing legend's exhibition fight against Tenshin Nasukawa will be held under boxing rules over 3 three-minute rounds

POWER PUNCHERS. Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa are both seeking to knock out each other. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP


IN PHOTOS: Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland is a 'Hello Kitty' fan’s paradise

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Meet Hello Kitty and friends in Sanrio’s indoor theme park in west Tokyo

SANRIO PUROLAND. Found in the western part of Tokyo, Sanrio Puroland is a theme park that fans of Hello Kitty and friends will surely love. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler unless otherwise stated

NEDA: Japan still Philippines' top ODA provider

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Japan's loans and grants to the Philippines in the first 3 quarters of 2018 reached $5.98 billion or more than 40% of the total Official Development Assistance received by the Philippines during the period

INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH. The Philippines and Japan reaffirm their commitments to build roads and construct a subway system in Metro Manila. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Weapons radar row flares up between South Korea and Japan

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:43 PM

Japan claims a South Korean warship aimed its weapons targeting system towards their plane – an allegation South Korea denies

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Japan forges ahead with full-fledged commercial hunts off its coast, but stops its annual expeditions to the Antarctic

WHALE IN JAPAN. Huge tail of humpback whale in Keramashoto, Okinawa, Japan. File photo from Shutterstock

Japan hangs 2 for murder, bringing executions in 2018 to 15

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism

EXECUTION. Japan is among the few developed nations to retain the death penalty. Photo from Shutterstock

Jail term demanded for ex-bosses over Fukushima nuclear crisis

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:24 PM

The charges are the only ones to have stemmed from the tsunami-sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Japan says it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission 'in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year'

Tokyo stocks dive more than 5% on fears over U.S. economy

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:31 AM

(UPDATED) The Nikkei 225 index dips below the 20,000 level for the first time since September 2017

Ghosn's detention extended by 10 days through January 1

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The former Nissan executive is set to spend the holidays in jail

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 12, 2011, Carlos Ghosn, president of Nissan Motors, speaks at a news conference to announce the company's fiscal year 2010 earnings in Yokohama. - Nissan board members have sacked Carlos Ghosn as chairman, local media reported on November 22, 2018, which would be a spectacular fall from grace for the once-revered boss whose arrest for financial misconduct stunned the car industry and the business world. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP)

Japan rebukes South Korea for weapons radar lock on war plane

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Ties between Japan and South Korea remain icy for decades due to the legacy of Japan's brutal 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula

Tokyo 2020 unveils new budget, spending unchanged at $12 billion

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers pledge that the bill will not increase amid concerns that ballooning costs are putting off potential Olympic host cities

Prosecutors re-arrest Carlos Ghosn on new allegations – media

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The former Nissan boss has been arrested on suspicion of 'aggravated breach of trust,' report Japanese media

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 12, 2011, Carlos Ghosn, president of Nissan Motors, speaks at a news conference to announce the company's fiscal year 2010 earnings in Yokohama. - Nissan board members have sacked Carlos Ghosn as chairman, local media reported on November 22, 2018, which would be a spectacular fall from grace for the once-revered boss whose arrest for financial misconduct stunned the car industry and the business world. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP)

Gold medals, grey zones: Tokyo 2020 budget sparks dispute

Dec 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Japan and Tokyo 2020 organizers clash in considering which projects are 'Olympics-related'

'NEW NORM'. The National Stadium in Tokyo is being reconstructed to host the opening of the Olympic games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tattoos still give Japan the needle as Olympics loom

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Tattoos still provoke deep-rooted suspicion in Japan as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

In this picture taken on October 28, 2017, Japanese tattoo artist Horitatsu displays his tattoos as he poses for a photo at his studio in Tsurugashima, Saitama prefecture. Tattoos still provoke deep-rooted suspicion in Japan as the country prepares to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. People with body ink are refused entry to public swimming pools, bathing spots, beaches and often gyms, while visible body art can be harmful to job prospects. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP

Powerful blast at Japan restaurant injures 42

Dec 17, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) Images from the scene show large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the northern city of Sapporo

RESTAURANT BLAST. Firefighters carry on rescue works after an explosion at a restaurant in Sapporo, in the northern Hokkaido prefecture on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Balangiga Bells in Japan before return to the Philippines

Dec 10, 2018 - 3:25 PM

US embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says the return of the bells shows how important it is for Washington to maintain good relations with Manila

STOPOVER. Two US Air Force airmen stand with the 3 Balangiga Bells at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Photo courtesy of US Embassy in the Philippines

Japan's empress-in-waiting 'insecure' but vows to serve

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Even though I feel insecure about how helpful I will be when I think about the days ahead... I want to devote myself to the happiness of the people so I will make an effort to that end,' Crown Princess Masako says

[OPINION] Promises and pitfalls of cool Japan in Philippine geo-politics

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Japan exerts its soft power to become a strategic partner that balances against a rising China

Japan enacts controversial law to accept foreign workers

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Opposition parties raise questions about the law, claiming that it fails to consider its potential impact on Japanese society and does not protect foreign workers' rights

WORKFORCE. This picture shows Jaman, an Indonesian worker at Nakamoto Mfg factory in Oizumi, Gunma prefecture. Photo by  Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan electronics company Pioneer bought by Hong-Kong fund

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Pioneer, known for its audio equipment as well as car electronics systems, says Baring Private Equity Asia agreed on a 102-billion-yen ($904 million) plan to revive the struggling Tokyo-based company

Japan to ban government use of Huawei, ZTE products – reports

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Japanese government plans to revise internal procurement rules to exclude products made by Huawei and ZTE as early as on Monday, December 10


Japan to indict Nissan as well as Ghosn – report

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The report comes amid speculation that Carlos Ghosn and his right-hand man Greg Kelly will face new allegations related to underreporting of the auto titan's compensation