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Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP

Going solo: 'Ohitorisama' or the Japanese art of doing it alone

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

More and more people in Japan prefer to do activities by themselves, from belting out songs at karaoke parlors to visiting theme parks

In this photo taken on September 26, 2018, 33-year-old Japanese man Masaki Kitakoga sings alone in a tiny booth at a karaoke parlour in Tokyo. - Kitakoga is part of a growing trend in Japan favouring solo activities that is now so widespread it has its own name: "ohitorisama" or "on your own." (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) / TO GO WITH "JAPAN-LIFESTYLE-CONSUMERS-DEMOGRAPHICS" FEATURE by HIROSHI HIYAMA

Philippines, Japan sign P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan deal

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) With this agreement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government would finally be able to address the 'problem that is the MRT3'

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, on behalf of the Philippines, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka, on behalf of Japan, signed Thursday the 38.1-billion yen loan agreement for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 System Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve the safety, reliability and level of service of the 16.9-kilometer light rail system with 13 stations spanning across EDSA. Also in attendance during the loan signing ceremony were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada and Department of Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan. Photo courtesy of Dept of Finance

PH, Japan finalize details of P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The signing of the P18-billion loan agreement will be done on Thursday, November 8

Photo from Embassy of Japan

Filipinos can now apply as assistant language teachers in Japan

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for submitting application materials for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is January 7, 2019

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 'Berks' cast is #squadgoals in Japan reunion

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Early-2000s flashback!

REUNITED. The cast of the early-2000s hit show comes together again in Japan. Screenshot from Instagram.com/sarahchristophers

Filipina fatally stabbed in Japan

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media identify the 48-year-old victim as Rowena Haga, who was reportedly attacked by her former boyfriend. Japanese police have the suspect in custody, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

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Japan Cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:18 PM

Among the sectors in Japan suffering from labor shortages are agriculture, construction, hospitality/tourism, and nursing

BLUE COLLAR. If the proposed law is passed, Japan will allow the hiring of foreign construction workers.  Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Japan to get 2TB PlayStation 4 Pro this November

Nov 02, 2018 - 1:30 PM

This is currently exclusive to Japan and will set you back 44,980 yen, or around $399

Japan anti-trust authorities to investigate tech giants

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'We will probe whether 'platformers' are obstructing the technological innovation of Japanese companies,' says the head of Japan's anti-trust commission

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP


Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Japan’s Princess Ayako weds commoner

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Under Japan's imperial law, female members of the royal family forfeit their titles and status if they choose to marry someone who doesn't have royal or aristocratic family ties

This picture taken on October 29, 2018 shows Japanese Princess Ayako (R) and her husband Kei Moriya answering questions from journalists after their wedding ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. JAPAN OUT JIJI PRESS / JAPAN POOL / AFP

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticizes a South Korean court ruling, saying it was 'impossible' under international law to order Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay compensation over forced wartime labor

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

PH-made microsatellite Diwata-2 flies into space

Oct 29, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Diwata-2 is launched directly into orbit through the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-IIA F40 rocket

 LAUNCH. Japan’s H-IIA F40 rocket carries Diwata-2 from the Tanegashima Space Center on October 29, 2018. Screengrab from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on U.S. base move

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

While the referendum has no legal standing, a vote against the move is likely to pile fresh pressure on the central government, which backs the move as the best way to deal with anger in Okinawa about the base

FUTENMA. This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, ahead of Okinawa's gubernatorial election. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Shinzo Abe's visit is the first by a Japanese premier since 2011 and is part of a years-long process of repairing relations in the wake of a disastrous falling-out in 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that "the gig is up." GEOFF ROBINS / AFP

Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:45 AM

‘Japan faces an aging society and lacks labor force, while the Philippines is abundant with young labor force with great potential,’ Ambassador Koji Haneda says

Photo from the Philippine embassy in Japan

Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

At least 1% of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users by September 2019

WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY. Improvements in travel and lodging will be made for the disabled in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from ShutterStock

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations

ABE IN CHINA? This file photo shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership during the 31st ASEAN summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Manila. File photo by Russell Palma/Pool photo

Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda say they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data shows the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

First tuna auction at Japan's 'new Tsukiji' market

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:17 AM

The new market, located around two kilometers to the east at Toyosu, boasts state-of-the-art refrigeration facilities and is nearly twice as big again as Tsukiji, already the world's largest

FIRST AUCTION. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (3rd L) looks at tuna while attending the first tuna auction at the new Toyosu fish market, the first day of the market's opening in Tokyo on October 11, 2018. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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Oct 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

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Japan has the world's 'strongest' passport, according to this index

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Guess where the Philippines ranks? Spoiler alert: We aren't in the top 10, or even the top 50.

'STRONGEST' IN THE WORLD. Japanese passport holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to the most countries around the world. Shutterstock image

JICA opens agri-business, tourism training in Okinawa for young Filipinos

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The course will run from February 7-23, 2019 and application is open until October 31, 2018

Japan military officer killed during U.S.-Philippine drill

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Suguru Maehara, 38, was killed in a car crash while delivering food supplies to members participating in the drill

CAR CRASH CASUALTY. The exercises marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The exercise, codenamed Kamandag (Venom), marks the first time Japanese armored military vehicles were used on foreign soil since the country adopted a pacifist constitution after its 1945 defeat

WAR GAMES. US Marine Brig. Gen. Chris McPhillips watches as members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) board the USS Ashland at Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kevan Dunlop

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, lands safely on asteroid Ryugu and is in contact with its team

TOUCHDOWN. This photograph received from Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 3, 2018, shows the shadow of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 (L) over the asteroid Ryugu. Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Hayabusa2 Twitter account

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

2 dead after Typhoon Trami batters Japan

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Both men are believed to have died on Sunday, when the storm made landfall in western Japan

TYPHOON TRAMI IN JAPAN. A woman walks against the strong winds after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima on Kyushu island on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Pinoy golfer Angelo Que wins lucrative Japan Tour event

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:00 AM

The 39-year old banks P10.44 million in his maiden win in Japan

BACK ON TOP. Angelo Que snaps an eight-year winless drought. Photo from Japan Golf Tour Facebook page

Typhoon Trami pounds Japan, dozens injured

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) At least of 65 people are reported to have sustained injuries

STRONG WINDS. A pedestrian holds his broken umbrella a she walks against a strong wind after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu island, on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Trami injures at least 5 and forces 600 people to evacuation centers as it pummels through Okinawa, Japan

TRAMI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 06:30 UTC (2:30 pm Manila time) September 28, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Japan PM Abe open to summit with N. Korea's Kim

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians

Japan's space robots start asteroid survey

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

ASTEROID SURVEY. In this handout photograph taken and released by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerosapace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 21, 2018, researchers and employees work at a control room to operate the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

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