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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

Booze alert as young Japanese women come of age

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Celebrated on the second Monday of the year from snow-swept northern Japan to the subtropical south, Coming of Age Day includes those who turned 20 the previous year or will do so before March 31

COMING OF AGE. 20-year-old women wearing kimonos ride a carousel after their "Coming-of-Age Day" ceremony at the Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo on January 8, 2018. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Different approaches to bitcoin in Asia

Jan 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Here's how some Asian regulators are handling the bitcoin phenomenon

The week in photos: December 30, 2017-January 5, 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 2:51 PM

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

People visit the Harbin Ice and Snow World, part of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 4, 2018.The festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, officially opens on January 5. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER

RAW Deal: The magic of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:02 PM

At New Japan's equivalent of WrestleMania, stars from Japan and abroad delivered big time

NIGHT OF STARS. Kenny Omega put on another classic against Chris Jericho, a match that few thought would be possible outside of WWE. Photo from Wikipedia

YouTube star apologizes for viral suicide video

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Logan Paul films the video in Aokigahara, known as 'the Japanese Suicide Forest' because of its reputation

VLOGGER. Logan Paul poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images North America / AFP

Japan’s discomfort with history and the PH dilemma

Dec 30, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Japan should just allow the Filipinos the liberty to commemorate their history the way they want to, while it continues to do some soul-searching on how to come to terms with its own past

Comfort women

Russia accuses US of breaking treaty over defense system sale to Japan

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:51 PM

"The US is deploying them at their military bases in Romania and Poland, that is near our western borders, which goes against the 1987 INF Treaty banning the deployment of such systems on the ground," Ryabkov said in a statement.

DRILL. This file photo taken on August 29, 2017 shows soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force setting up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. Photo by Toru Yamanaka / AFP

DOTr expects new MRT3 maintenance provider by May 2018

Dec 30, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Japan government – the Philippine government's ODA partner for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) – has promised to help mobilize a new maintenance provider by May next year

NEW SERVICE PROVIDER. MRT3 has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in system renewal requirements. Photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Non Verbal Cues

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The Philippines' biggest business deals in 2017

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The country's conglomerates have acquired everything from digital payment tech to coal power plants this year, as they acquire the tools they hope will shape the economy’s future

South Korea's Moon says 'comfort women' deal seriously flawed

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:03 PM

South Korea President Moon Jae-In says the 2015 deal with Japan over the 'comfort women' issue was faulty and had 'failed to reflect the victims' views'

ASEAN TIES. South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks before the ASEAN-South Korea 2017 Summit in Manila. Screenshot from the ASEAN live feed

China to help victims of Davao mall fire, Vinta in January 2018

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

China joins Japan in committing to aid Davao City after two tragedies affected its residents just before Christmas

CHINA AID. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte announces the Chinese government will help residents recover from two tragedies that affected her city. File photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

What's wrong with this statue of a comfort woman in Manila?

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Here are 3 issues surrounding the controversial statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard

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

LIST: Countries offering sympathy, aid after Vinta in PH

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Rappler is compiling a list of countries that have sent messages of sympathy or assistance after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) in the Philippines

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 26, 2017

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan ready to send help for victims of Vinta

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

'Japan stands with the Philippines in overcoming this time of difficulties. Japan is ready to provide assistance needed by your country,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

File Presidential Photo

WATCH: Tokyo crowds flock to see baby panda on first day

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Nearly 250,000 people applied to see the first public viewing of baby panda Xiang Xiang

Japan executes two murderers, including teenage killer

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The death penalty has overwhelming public support in Japan despite repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups

Ex-Australia coach Postecoglou to manage J-League Yokohama

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Ange Postecoglou heads to Japan to manage the Yokohama F-Marinos

NEW VENTURE. Postecoglou takes on a new venture in the J-League. Photo from Wikicommons

Japan to beef up missile defense system against North Korea

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Japan's government approves the introduction of the US military's land-based Aegis missile interceptor system

THREAT. In this file photo, a pedestrian walks in front of a television screen displaying file news footage of a North Korean missile launch, in Tokyo on November 29, 2017, following a new missile launch. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan firm says it will pay part of employees' salaries in Bitcoin

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:57 PM

GMO Internet will start paying up to 100,000 yen ($890) monthly by Bitcoin to its employees in Japan from February next year

In cute-obsessed Japan, capsule toys play big in age of social media

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:43 PM

One store, in Tokyo's famous Akihabara electronics district, is crammed with around 500 capsule toy vending machines stretching out as far as the eye can see

'KAWAII' OR CUTE. This picture taken on November 14, 2017, shows vending machines containing various series of capsule toys at a store in Tokyo's Akihabara district. Capsule toys have been around for more than 40 years but the craze really took off in 2012 when Tokyo-based manufacturer Kitan Club launched its "Koppu no Fuchico" ("Fuchico at the edge of a glass"). Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

First 'serious incident' for Japan bullet train as crack found

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Official: 'We recognize it as a 'serious incident' as it was an extraordinary case... It could have led to an accident'

LEGENDARY TRAIN. A Shinkansen bullet train passes over a street in Tokyo on July 1, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan tests app for helping pregnant women find train seats

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Pregnant can send a message to the app when she wants a seat, which will then look for pre-registered users who have said they are willing to give up theirs


Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid North Korea threat

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The drill will focus on "practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the 3 countries," a defense official says

PH to co-host 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan, Indonesia

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:03 PM

(3RD UPDATE) This marks the first time multiple countries will jointly host the basketball World Cup

'Japan's Babe Ruth' Shohei Ohtani joins Angels in U.S. Major League Baseball

Dec 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Shohei Ohtani agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels, but the US MLB team must pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani's Japanese club the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

JAPAN'S PRIDE. Major League Baseball Tweets Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese baseball sensation, agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels. Screengrab from @MLB

'Go home' drone seeks to stop overtime binge of Japanese workers

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The 'T-Frend' buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of 'Auld Lang Syne,' a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that a store is closing

Tokyo 2020 organizers unveil bug-eyed Olympic mascot hopefuls

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:57 PM

After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organizers left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren

MASCOT HOPEFULS. The competing mascots are instantly recognizable as "Made in Japan", ranging in appearance from sci-fi cool to a glum-looking fox closer in spirit to the country's beloved "yuru-kyara" (soft characters). From Tokyo Olympics website

Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refrained from sending an offering, as he has done in the past, a shrine official says

HONORING WAR DEAD. A Shinto priest (R) leads Japanese lawmakers visiting the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo on December 5, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 5, 2017

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:40 AM

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PH, Indonesia, Japan bid to jointly host 2023 basketball World Cup

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas joins forces with Indonesia and Japan to bid for the hosting rights of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023

BID. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head honchos Al Panlilio (right) and Sonny Barriors announced in a press conference at the Meralco Compound in Ortigas the country's combining with Japan and Indonesia in bidding for the hosting rights of the 2023 basketball World Cup.

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan emperor to abdicate in April 2019

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) 'The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor's abdication and the succession of the crown prince,' says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

ABDICATION. In this file photo, Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Japan donates 100 patrol vehicles to PNP

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda says the donation represents the 'golden age' of relations between the Philippines and Japan

Sumitomo 'closely considered' to handle MRT3 maintenance once again

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine and Japanese governments are discussing an agreement for Official Development Assistance, which will be the basis of the selection of the MRT3 maintenance provider

WAITING. A scene at the Shaw Boulevard MRT station. File photo by JR Belardo/Rappler

North Korea claims nuclear statehood with U.S. in missile strike range

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM

(UPDATED) The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snaps a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump

IN THE NEWS. A man walks past a television screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Fajardo silences doubters with gem of a game for Gilas Pilipinas

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says he talked to June Mar Fajardo about not starting the game and the 6-foot-10 behemoth told him he was perfectly fine to be part of the second unit

DOMINANT. June Mar Fajardo of Gilas sent Chinese-Taipei's Quincy Davis III into early foul trouble. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

10 bodies found on Japan coast opposite North Korea

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:19 PM

The discovery comes just days after a group of 8 fishermen, who said they were from North Korea, washed up on the same shore

Gilas Pilipinas survives Japan in Fiba WC Asian qualifier opener

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:06 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas takes on Chinese-Taipei at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday, November 27

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Nov 24, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The decision to abandon the search and rescue comes after two days of operations involving 7 ships from the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force, 3 helicopter squadrons and maritime patrol aircraft

WORKHORSE. A file photo of a C-2A "Greyhound" which is a re-supply workhorse for US aircraft carriers, routinely ferrying cargo, mail and people onto and off the globally deployed vessels. A similar C-2A with 11 people on board went down Wednesday afternoon, November 22, southeast of Okinawa. From wikipedia commons

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

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:16 PM

The SMART Gilas Pilipinas will face Japan on Friday, November 24, 6PM, Tokyo, Japan

Japan woman claims to have dumped babies in concrete buckets

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:43 PM

A mother who dumped 4 of her babies in buckets filled with concrete that she then kept in her apartment for two decades is arrested

Japan 'Twitter killer' faces first murder charge

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Japan's 'Twitter killer,' who is suspected of murdering and dismembering 9 people he met on social media, is charged with his first count of homicide

PRIME SUSPECT. Suspect Takahiro Shiraishi (C) covers his face with his hands as he is transported to the prosecutor's office from a police station in Tokyo on November 1, 2017. Jiji Press/Stringer/AFP