What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

PH, Japan sign P51-B loan deal for phase 1 of Metro Manila Subway

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Under Phase 1, 30 kilometers of underground railway with 14 stations will be built from Mindanao Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Japanese bemused by Trump bowling ball car test claim

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:47 PM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters Trump is 'obviously... joking.' Some Japanese, however, react with confusion and derision for the statement.

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks next to Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Japan's Abe weighing talks with North Korea's Kim – reports

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

However, there have been no public proposals of talks by either Pyongyang or Tokyo

SUMMIT? Local media reports that Japan is considering a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photos by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

EU says no 'immediate' clarity from US on trade tariffs

Mar 11, 2018 - 12:02 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's new tariffs has stung the European Union, along with other major partners, and triggered warnings of an all-out international trade war

ALUMINUM TARIFF. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2014, an employee checks an aluminum roll at the Constellium factory in Biesheim, eastern France. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Japan official linked to Abe cronyism row found dead – reports

Mar 09, 2018 - 9:27 PM

A second key official steps down over the scandal, Finance Minister Taro Aso says

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee at parliament in Tokyo on February 5, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Without U.S., 11 Asia Pacific states sign trade deal

Mar 09, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The pact includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, representing together 13.5% of the global economy

TPP. In this file photo, trade ministers and delegates from the remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) attend the TPP Ministerial Meeting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 9, 2017. File photo by Na Son Nguyen/AFP

Japan punishes cryptocurrency exchanges after hack

Mar 08, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Financial Services Agency alleges FSHO 'does not have a proper system to monitor trading and has not given training to its employees,' while an employee of Bit Station 'diverted digital currency deposited by clients for his personal use'

COINCHECK. Koichiro Wada (L), president of Japan's virtual currency exchange Coincheck, and board member Yusuke Otsuka bow at the beginning of a press conference in Tokyo on March 8, 2018. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

'Explosive' eruptions at Japan volcano

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:24 PM

'The plume reached the height of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) for the first time since April 3, 2011,' following a total of 29 eruptions at Mount Shinmoedake, Japan's weather agency says in a statement

South Korea's Moon says Japan cannot declare wartime crimes 'over'

Mar 01, 2018 - 11:49 AM

'The true way of resolving a tragic history is to remember that history and to learn from it,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

'NOT OVER.' In this file photo, South Korea's President Moon Jae-In delivers a speech during celebrations marking the 72th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, in Seoul on August 15, 2017. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/AFP

Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:11 PM

The mascots, which have yet to be named, were selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as "made in Japan"

SUPERHEROES. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots were presented to the public Wednesday, February 28. From Tokyo Olympics Facebook

Parts pulled from Japan bullet trains over crack fears

Feb 28, 2018 - 9:38 PM

Kawasaki finds the likely cause of the crack was that steel frames connecting the wheels to the chassis were thinner than regulations stipulate

SHINKANSEN. A pair of Shinkansen trains are seen under a pedestrian overbridge in Tokyo on August 15, 2016. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

Japan reports fresh suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Tokyo says a military patrol plane observed the alleged transfer around 220 kilometers (136 miles) off Shanghai on Saturday night

Castro believes Ravena will take over as Gilas' starting point guard

Feb 26, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Jayson Castro also says the possible backcourt tandem of Terrence Romeo and Kiefer Ravena will be a potent combination for Gilas Pilipinas

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena continues to prove his worth for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bashers are 'going to find something else,' says Blatche

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:33 PM

After drawing flak for his subpar outing in Gilas' loss to Australia, Blatche redeems himself with a double-double in the win over Japan

REDEMPTION. Andray Blatche lets out a huge scream as Gilas turns back Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Big reveal: Calvin 'The Beast' Abueva cried upon returning to Gilas

Feb 26, 2018 - 4:22 PM

'When I told Calvin that he was going to Japan (Australia), he broke down in tears,' says Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes

FIBA PHI vs JPN Feb 25. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas beats Japan at MOA Arena

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Gilas Pilipinas shows composure in the endgame to keep Japan winless in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ANCHOR. Andray Blatche goes with a double-double to power Gilas' win over Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jayson Castro embraces role as Gilas' top dog in crunchtime

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Castro finishes with just 8 points and 3 assists but drains the biggest bucket as Gilas Pilipinas escapes Japan anew

TOP DOG. Jayson Castro proves he is still clutch. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot Reyes comes to defense of criticized Andray Blatche

Feb 26, 2018 - 12:28 PM

'Andray makes us competitive, regardless of what the numbers or the stats show,' says Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes

REDEMPTION. Andray Blatche proves he can also fill up the stats sheet. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas beats Japan again in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:23 PM

(2ND UPDATE) After 2 windows, the Philippines carries a 3-1 win-loss record in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ONE-TWO PUNCH. Kiefer Ravena and Andray Blatche combine for 31 points in Gilas Pilipinas win over Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Japan – 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Feb 24, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The home game will happen on February 25, 7:30 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena

Japan confirms oil from wrecked tanker hitting its beaches

Feb 23, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Analysis of samples of heavy fuel that began washing up on remote Okinoerabu and Yoron islands this month find similar components to the fuel used by the Sanchi tanker, coastguard spokesman Takuya Matsumoto says

OIL SLICK. This handout picture taken on January 17, 2018 by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters shows an oil slick on the East China Sea after Iranian tanker Sanchi burned and sank on January 6, 2018. Handout photo by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters/AFP

Hanyu defends Olympic title, snowboarder Ledecka pulls off ski shock

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Hanyu and Ledecka rule the ice and snow, respectively

MAGIC. Ester Ledecka and Yuzuru Hanyu take home Olympic golds. Photo by Martin Bernetti (Ledecka) and Aris Messinis (Hanyu).

Japanese speed skater vows to clear name in first 2018 Olympics drug case

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test prior to the event, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says in a statement

SPEED SKATING. This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea's Seo Yira (L) and Japan's Kei Saito (R) taking part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. Mladen Antonov/AFP

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

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Japan’s elderly will soon be cared for by robots

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:54 PM

With its 5-year 'New Robot Strategy,' the Japanese government will soon be relying on robots to care for its large elderly population

ROBEAR. Japanese company Riken has developed a robot that can carry patients and assist them in other physical ways. Photo from Riken

Fevered speculation as Japan princess postpones engagement

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) The wedding of Princess Mako and her college sweetheart will be postponed until 2020 due to lack of 'sufficient preparations,' news reports say

ENGAGEMENT. Princess Mako (R), the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro (L), smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at the Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo on September 3, 2017. Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi/AFP

2 Japan pilots confirmed dead after army helicopter crash

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government would investigate the crash, and apologizes for the incident

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee at parliament in Tokyo on February 5, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

2 crew feared dead in Japan army helicopter crash

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera confirms the crash in the town of Kanzaki and says the two crew on board were retrieved 'in a state of cardiac and respiratory arrest,' Jiji news agency reports

Tax collected from Mighty up by P4 billion monthly since JTI takeover

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Excise tax payments on Mighty brands surge by 262% to P20.22 billion from September to December 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, when Mighty was still controlled by its previous owners

RAID. Customs officials inspect cigarette cartons inside a container van belonging to Mighty Corporation in Tacloban City on March 8, 2017. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Fujifilm says to slash 10,000 jobs at Fuji Xerox subsidiary

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Tokyo-based firm announces 'personnel reductions of 10,000 people domestically and overseas' at the subsidiary as part of a cost-cutting package

The Niigata Center, Fuji Xerox Manufacturing. Courtesy of Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

Japan sanctions Coincheck after massive cryptocurrency heist

Jan 29, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Units of the cryptocurrency NEM worth $530 million are taken – based on the exchange rate on Friday – exceeding even the $480 million in bitcoin stolen from the MtGox exchange in 2014

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

DFA vague on number of Benham Rise research requests

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Did DFA approve 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications in Benham Rise for the US alone? Not necessarily.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines approved 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications from the US, 2 from China, 9 from Japan, and 4 from Korea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Logan Paul returns to YouTube with suicide prevention video

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Logan Paul is back after his much-criticized antics in Aokigahara forest in Japan

Japan reports suspicious contact with North Korea tanker

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

A Japanese patrol spotted the tankers alongside each other in the East China Sea on Saturday night, January 20, Japan's foreign ministry says in a statement

Fresh tremors halt search ops after Japan volcano eruption

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:55 PM

New volcanic activity forces Japanese police to suspend search operations a day after an eruption near a popular ski resort that killed a soldier and injured several other people.

WHITE AND GRAY. This handout image taken from the Kusatsu Mt. Shirane Gondola Unjo Camera and released by the Kusatsu Town Office on January 23, 2018 shows thick black smoke sliding down the snow-covered side of the volcano towards a ski slope after an eruption. Kusatsu Town Office/AFP

Thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo

Jan 23, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Japan's weather agency records as much as 23 centimeters (9.2 inches) of snow in some parts of Tokyo, the biggest snowfall since February 2014

CLEARING SNOW. Residents shovel snow outside their house in the Meguro ward of Tokyo on January 23, 2018, the morning after a heavy snowfall. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan, Australia push for defense pact amid regional tension

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Diplomats are putting the finishing touches to the proposed defense pact, which would be the first of its kind for Japan and would make Australia Tokyo's closest military partner after the United States

INSPECTING HARDWARE. Visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (2nd L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) listen to a briefing on the PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher while visiting the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces' Narashino camp in Funabashi, Chiba on January 18, 2018. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Duterte says comfort woman statue part of free expression

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'That is a constitutional right which I cannot stop. It's prohibitive for me to do that,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of comfort woman along Manila Bay generated controversy after Japan complained about it. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan broadcaster mistakenly flashes missile alert

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

After just 5 minutes, NHK admits the alert was sent in error

Japan's SoftBank Group soars on listing reports

Jan 15, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The Nikkei economic daily, which first reported the plan, says the listing could bring in two trillion yen ($18 billion), one of the largest initial public offerings ever for a Japanese company

SOFTBANK OFFERING? The logo of Softbank Corp. is displayed at a press briefing on Softbank's new service in Tokyo on January 15, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Tokyo's statement comes on the same day that China announced 3 of its 'Coast Guard vessels conducted a patrol in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands'

DISPUTED. This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan pool via Jiji Press / File /AFP

Cayetano: Japan ties at stake over comfort woman statue

Jan 13, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'You can't strengthen your relationship long term if you keep bringing up things that you think are settled,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japanese crime boss held in Thailand after 'yakuza' tattoos go viral

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The fugitive, Shigeharu Shirai, is arrested by a SWAT team on Wednesday in the sleepy central Thai market town of Lopburi while he was out shopping

SHIGEHARUI SHIRAI. This handout photo taken on January 10, 2018 and received by the Royal Thai Police shows retired Japanese crime boss Shigeharu Shirai (C), 72, being paraded to show his gang-style tattoos to reporters at a police station after his arrest in the central Thai province of Lopburi. Photo by Thai Royal Police/AFP

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In calls for a 'heartfelt apology;' from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemns a 2015 agreement as a 'wrongful' solution

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. Protestors sit next ot the statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:43 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologizes to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents involving American troops and facilities

This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017.  The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on April 22, 2017, amid high tensions with North Korea.  / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Ryan Harper / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS