Japan government not responsible for Fukushima – court

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:31 PM

A district court in Chiba says the government 'was able to foresee' but 'may not have been able to avoid the accident' caused by the tsunami that smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power plant

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Japan FM urges countries to cut ties with North Korea

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono estimates that North Korea would lose 90% of its export revenue if all nations implemented existing UN Security Council resolutions

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Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

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LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Japan deploys missile defense to Hokkaido – minister

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Japan deploys an additional missile defense system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island

In this file photo, a man watches a screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on September 15, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon slams Japan

Sep 17, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Authorities have issued warnings of rainstorms, high seas, possible landslides and flooding across the southern half of the Japanese archipelago

Japan PM eyes snap election this year – reports

Sep 17, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Abe floated the idea of holding a vote on October 22 or October 29 in meetings with senior ruling party officials, Jiji Press and the Asahi Shimbun report

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH to North Korea: Stop ‘provocative’ missile tests, start peace talks

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring Filipinos working in Japan

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. File photo from DFA

India's first bullet train project fast-tracks Japanese ties

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The project is seen as emblematic of warming relations between New Delhi and Tokyo who are seeking to combat China s growing regional influence

BULLET TRAIN. This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on September 14, 2017 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looking at a railway station model at a ground breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail project in Ahmedabad. PIB/Handout/AFP

Record rain as typhoon batters southern Japanese islands

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Authorities warn of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim batters the southern Okinawan island chain dumping the most rain seen over a 24 hour period in 50 years on the city of Miyako

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of www.build.gov.ph

Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Japan will provide 85 of the total project cost of 19 billion in soft loans

In Kyoto, 'Sampaguita' is for fashionistas

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines national flower is also the name of a shop in Japan s old capital selling elegant bags and hats made of Philippine fibers and assembled by Filipino workers

100,000 jobs for Filipinos to be available in Japan – DOLE

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Among the possible jobs to be opened in Japan are for nurses engineers and architects

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

Filipino arrested for 2004 rape, murder of Japanese student

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Lampano Jerico Mori along with two Filipinos who were minors at the time allegedly raped and killed university student Misato Harada on January 31 2004

Plan your travel calendar: Best times to go to Iceland, Peru, South Korea

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Want to see the northern lights Machu Picchu Jeju Island and more? Here’s a guide on when you should go

Japan Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

JAL: It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine during take off

In this file photo, the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower is seen with the city skyline as a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 777 takes off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on August 2, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan, China say no radiation detected after North Korea nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Fears of a leak from North Korea s detonation of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb came after Chinese monitors detected a second tremor shortly after the initial earthquake triggered by the blast

BORDER BRIDGE. The sun sets over the Friendship bridge on the Yalu River connecting the North Korean town of Sinuiju and Dandong in the Chinese border city of Dandong on July 5, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:31 AM

US Defense Secretary Mattis: We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely North Korea But as I said we have many options to do so

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Under a controversial tradition Princess Mako forfeits her royal status upon marriage to a commoner

North Korea declares H-bomb test 'a perfect success'

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:12 PM

6th UPDATE It marks a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force says a Pyongyang newsreader

IN THE NEWS. People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

‘Rescuing Angkor Wat a call to return to peace’ – Magsaysay Awardee Yoshiaki Ishizawa

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Japanese Yoshiaki Ishizawa has spent half a century to help Cambodians preserve and restore of their cultural heritage

HERITAGE PROTECTOR. Yoshiaki Ishizawa delivers his response speech during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Aug 31, 2017 - 9:23 PM

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Cebu Pacific to add holiday season flights to Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The budget carrier will increase its flights from Manila to Tokyo Osaka and Nagoya as well as Hanoi and Bali beginning 4th quarter of 2017 until the 1st quarter of 2018

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North Korea warns Japan of 'imminent self-destruction'

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The North s official KCNA news agency decries the former colonial power in a commentary saying: Japan has now come out with its sleeves rolled up in supporting its master s anti DPRK war moves

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Britain's May visits Japan with eye on Brexit fears

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED Aside from trade Theresa May will also be discussing issues tied to global terrorism and regional security

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) as she tours the Alexander Dennis bus and coach manufacturers factory in Guildford, south of London, on August 23, 2017. Jack Taylor/Pool/AFP

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Aug 30, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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UN Security Council unanimously condemns North Korea missile test

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The 15 member body maintains its unity after Kim Jong Un s latest provocation with China and Russia agreeing to sign up to a statement condemning his isolated regime s action

A wide view of the UN Security Council meeting during which it adopted a statement on the recent launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), August 29, 2017. UN Photo/Mark Garten

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Trump: 'All options' on table after North Korean missile launch over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world the White House says in a statement

MISSILE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je / AFP

JTI-Mighty Corp buyout, Rockwell-Mitsui venture get PCC nod

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says neither of the deals would hurt consumers

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Aug 29, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Japan wakes up to North Korean missile warnings

Aug 29, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Millions of Japanese awake to ominous text messages warning them to take cover as a North Korean missile flies overhead

EMERGENCY BROADCAST. A woman looks at a television news displaying warnings via the 'J-alert' system in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH slams North Korea for missile over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano urges North Korea to halt these dangerous and provocative actions which heighten tensions increase instability and the risk of miscalculation and could possibly endanger lives

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano conveys the ASEAN position on North Korea's missile tests to to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho in a meeting on August 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of DFA

Abe, Trump agree to hike pressure on North Korea

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Abe: We must immediately hold an emergency meeting at the United Nations and further strengthen pressure against North Korea

MISSILE PATH. A pedestrian passes by a television screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:20 AM

UPDATED No North Korean missile had overflown Japan for years and the launch comes after a strained period on the peninsula following Pyongyang s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs last month

This picture taken on August 14, 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Japan hits nuclear-armed North Korea with fresh sanctions

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:09 PM

We will continue to make strong calls for North Korea to take actions toward denuclearization says Yoshihide Suga the Japanese government s top spokesman

Japan 2017: 7 days for P40,000 and some change

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Here s how you can enjoy Japan on a budget

JAPAN BUDGET TRIP. The author Andrea Javier and her family at Universal Studios in Japan. All photos courtesy of Andrea Javier

Japan Tobacco buying Mighty Corp for $1 billion

Aug 22, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Japan Tobacco says it will pay 46 8 billion pesos 936 million for Mighty which has a 23 share of the Philippine market

Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Commander dismissed after U.S. Navy ship crashed off Japan

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:33 AM

About a dozen sailors are expected to be disciplined in total

DAMAGED. US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald arrives at its mother port US Naval Yokosuka Base, Kanagawa prefecture on June 17, 2017. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Warning from history: Could Japan-style crash hit China?

Aug 16, 2017 - 1:32 PM

China is starting to look like Japan before its economic bubble burst in the early 90s – but China is not a mirror image of Japan 30 years ago

An investor looks at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai on March 16, 2017. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Japan's Abe donates to controversial war shrine on anniversary

Aug 15, 2017 - 11:53 AM

A member of Japan s ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Abe had sent the monetary offering this year in his capacity as president of the party not as prime minister

In this file photo, people visit the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on August 15, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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Tokyo zoo releases video of 'fluffy' baby panda

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The footage shows the as yet unnamed cub being weighed and measured by keepers at the zoo and napping crawling and playing with her mother Shin Shin

BABY PANDA. This handout picture taken on August 11, 2017 and released from the Tokyo Zoological Park Society on August 14, 2017 shows Ueno Zoo's two-month-old female baby giant panda in Tokyo. Tokyo Zoological Park Society / AFP

Japan economy posts longest expansion in over a decade

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:40 AM

The growth in Japan s GDP – 4 0 at an annualized rate – blew past market expectations for a 0 6 rise and was well up from a 0 4 expansion in the first quarter

A general view shows the skyline of Shinjuku in Tokyo on August 13, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP