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Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Rescue work that is continuing into the night risks being hampered by additional rain falling in central and eastern Japan that officials warn could cause fresh flooding and landslides

AFTERMATH. Japan Self-Defense Forces evacuate residents from a flooded area during search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture on October 14, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press//AFP

Philippines to offer humanitarian aid to typhoon-hit Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang says the Philippine embassy in Tokyo 'is closely monitoring the situation and is now in coordination with members of the Filipino community' affected by Typhoon Hagibis

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Up to 35 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 AM

(6th UPDATE) Typhoon Hagibis weakens and backs off land, but leaves a trail of destruction in its wake

A damaged vehicle sits in a ditch next to a badly damaged house after strong winds brought by Typhoon Hagibis hit the area in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Japan braces for 'large, very strong' Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 12, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Hagibis is an unusually large storm and is expected to bring 'brutal winds and violent seas' to large swathes of the country

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

AirAsia cancels, reschedules flights to Japan due to Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:04 PM

AirAsia cancels and reschedules at least 40 flights going to and from Japan

1 dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) Hours before the worst of the storm arrived, outer bands of Typhoon Hagibis claims the first casualty in Chiba, east of Tokyo

STRONG TYPHOON. A pedestrian holds an umbrella as rain falls in Morioka, Iwate prefecture on October 12, 2019, ahead of Typhoon Hagibis' expected landfall in central or eastern Japan later in the evening. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan braces for powerful Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Hagibis is downgraded slightly from its 'super typhoon' status, but is still forecast to have maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour when it makes landfall late Saturday, October 12

TYPHOON HAGIBIS. Japan Meteorological Agency forecast division director Yasushi Kajihara holds a press conference on Typhoon Hagibis, at the agency in Tokyo on October 11, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

U.S., Japan, South Korea discuss North Korean denuclearization

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:58 PM

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun holds talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea boat collides with Japan sea patrol; 60 crew rescued

Oct 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The North Korean ship – believed to illegally fishing in Japanese waters – capsized after the collision, says Japanese the coast guard

This handout photograph received via Jiji Press and released from the Japan Coast Guard on October 7, 2019 shows a Japanese fisheries agency patrol boat at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat in the Sea of Japan, northwest of Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. A North Korean boat collided with a Japanese fisheries agency patrol vessel in the Sea of Japan on October 7, sending around 20 North Koreans overboard, Japan's coastguard said. Handout / Japan Coast Guard via Jiji Press / AFP

Djokovic stuns Japan Open with machine-like tennis

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'I am not a machine. But I did play like one today,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

BACK AT IT. After sustaining an injury, Novak Djokovic quickly recovers his winning form. File photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic advances to Japan Open quarterfinal

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Novak Djokovic says he's going in the right direction after playing 3 days in a row

QUARTERS. Novak Djokovic is confident of his chances in the 2019 Japan Open. Photo from Twitter (@Wimbledon)

Djokovic returns to winning in Japan after US Open injury

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says his shoulder feels 'fine' as he sweeps Australian challenger Alexei Popyrin

STEADY RECOVERY. Novak Djokovic returns to competition after pulling out of the 2019 US Open 4th round due to a left shoulder injury. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Naomi Osaka pokes fun at Japan comedians' 'bleach' comments

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:37 PM

Naomi Osaka has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that has been traditionally racially homogeneous

TAKING IT IN STRIDE. Naomi Osaka takes the chance to endorse a local brand following the Japanese comedians' comments. Photo from Instagram/@wimbledon

Travel to Japan for free: Japanese airline joins JICA for video blogging contest on PH youth

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The video blogging contest is open to Filipinos aged 18 to 24 years old

Flights canceled as Typhoon Tapah approaches Japan

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:04 PM

With gusts up to 162 kilometers per hour, Tapah is expected to draw near Nagasaki prefecture overnight

INCLEMENT WEATHER. A woman walks past a poster advertising the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup, while holding an umbrella in Oita on September 22, 2019. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Japan court acquits ex-TEPCO bosses over Fukushima disaster

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The 3 men are senior officials at the TEPCO firm operating the Fukushima Daiichi plant and face up to 5 years in prison if convicted

FUKUSHIMA TRIAL. Activists hold up placards in reaction during a rally in front of the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on September 19, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:54 AM

'It's worse than we thought,' says the Tokyo Electric Power, as authorities confirmed 45,000 homes were still without electricity 12 days after the powerful Typhoon Faxai barrelled through the Tokyo region

A man walks past a fallen utility pole downed by winds caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on September 9, 2019. The powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds killed two people, police said on September 9, as halted trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were cancelled. jiji press / AFP

Almost 80,000 homes still without power a week after Japan typhoon

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Some 78,700 households are still without power in Chiba, southeast of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Company spokesman Naoya Kondo says

AFTER FAXAI. A police officer inspects a fallen utility pole downed by winds caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on September 9, 2019. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Gymnast Yulo shares gold with Olympic medalist in Japan tilt

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Filipino teen standout Carlos Yulo ties seven-time Olympic medalist Kohei Uchimura in the floor exercise of the All Japan Senior Championships

STELLAR. Carlos Yulo (right) shares the podium with legendary gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan. Photo from Linzi Arellano-Co’s Facebook account

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis' and Father Pedro's Opeka arrives at the humanitarian association Akamasoa in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power

Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The comments from Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, are his first on the controversial issue since he was named in a cabinet reshuffle

DANGEROUS. A staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan's export curbs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:15 PM

South Korea accuses Japan of violating World Trade Organization principles

TRADE WAR. The trade dispute between South Korea and Japan heats up. Photo from Shutterstock

'Protecting rapists': Protesters accuse Japan of failing women

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:41 PM

While the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse has stormed through everything from Hollywood to the Italian opera, it struggles to take off in Japan

JAPAN'S ME TOO PROTESTS. This file photo taken on June 11, 2019 shows a demonstrator holding a placard during a protest against the lack of substantial legal protection for sexual assault victims in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan's Abe shakes up cabinet, brings in rising star

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Shinzo Abe appoints new foreign and defense ministers and promotes a political risings star in his cabinet reshuffling

TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI. Japan Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Typhoon stranded 17,000 at Tokyo airport

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Typhoon Faxai causes more than 100 flights to be scrapped and road and rail links to the airport were also badly affected, leaving many with no transport options to the city

Commuters wait to get on trains after some train services resumed in Tokyo on September 9, 2019. A powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain battered the Tokyo region on September 9, sparking evacuation warnings to tens of thousands, widespread blackouts and transport disruption. jiji press / AFP

1 dead after powerful typhoon hits Tokyo

Sep 09, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Police confirm one person is killed in the storm, a woman in her fifties who was found dead in Tokyo.

COMMUTER CHAOS. Commuters wait at Shinjuku Japan Railways station for the resumption of trains operation after they were suspended due to typhoon Faxai in Tokyo on September 9, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Powerful typhoon Faxai in direct hit on Tokyo

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216 kilometers per hour, makes landfall in Chiba just east of the capital before dawn, after barreling through Tokyo Bay

TYPHOON WEATHER. A man with an umbrella crosses a street early morning under the rain as a typhoon hits Tokyo on September 9, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tokyo braces for direct hit from Typhoon Faxai

Sep 08, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216 km/hr, is forecast to reach coastal areas near Tokyo in the late hours of Sunday into Monday morning

TOKYO. The Tokyo Tower is pictured at night in Tokyo on September 7, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan ex-empress undergoes breast cancer surgery

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Former Japanese empress Michiko's surgery begins 'as scheduled' at the University of Tokyo Hospital

MICHIKO. Japan's former emperor Akihito and empress Michiko attend a wreath laying ceremony at the monument to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in Manila on January 27, 2016. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Applications now open for assistant language teachers in Japan

Sep 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Applications are now being accepted for Assistant Language Teacher positions in the 2020 Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

1 dead, 30 hurt as train, truck collide near Tokyo

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) The crash derails the train's front carriage and pins the truck to a wall

CRASH. Rescue team work at the crash site, where a train is derailed after a collision with a truck at a crossing in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture on September 5, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

3 dead in Japan rains, some evacuation orders lifted

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The third victim in the rains is discovered in a flooded home in southwestern Saga prefecture, officials say

JAPAN'S RAIN. A flood-affected resident receives help following heavy rains in Omachi, Saga prefecture on August 29, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Matcha made in heaven: Can the global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:58 PM

As the demand for Japanese green tea declines, the worldwide interest in matcha-flavored sweet treats increases

Stronger PH-Japan economic ties create more demand for MBA holders

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:15 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Studying and working in Japan enable Filipino students to learn necessary skills that their careers demand and open doors to more opportunities

2 dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Nearly a million more people are advised to leave their homes after the country's weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu

HEAVY RAINS. Pedestrians walk in floodwaters after heavy rains outside Saga station in the southwestern city of Saga on August 28, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Tokyo tests athlete transport ahead of 2020 Olympics

Aug 26, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Organizers are trying to gauge the effect of the Olympics on traffic with 11,000 athletes due to participate in the Games

BIGGEST SPORTING STAGE. Expectations are high as Tokyo hosts the upcoming Summer Games. File Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Hachimura: Japan's basketball star who once 'hid from the world'

Aug 26, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Rui Hachimura is raising the profile of biracial sportspeople in a homogenous country where mixed-race children still face prejudice

POSTER BOY. Rui Hachimura will lead Japan in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Trump says 'not happy' about latest North Korea missile test

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes the opposite view, saying North Korea's latest missile test was a clear violation of UN rules

BILATERAL MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Bellevue in Biarritz, France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., Japan agree on trade deal 'in principle'

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirms the US and Japan 'successfully reached consensus' after 'intense' negotiations

TRUMP AND ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump look at each other during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The 'East Sea territory defence training' aims to solidify the South Korean military's resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and its surrounding areas

South Korea says will share military intel with Japan through U.S.

Aug 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

South Korea will 'actively utilize the trilateral information-sharing channel with the United States as the intermediary' in place of the accord with Japan

TRILATERAL. In this file photo, Korean minister Kim Hyun-chong arrives in Ottawa, Ontario, on October 25, 2018. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Japan 'strongly' protests South Korea defense pact move – FM

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Japan's foreign minister Taro Kono says 'the decision to end the pact by the South Korean government is a complete misjudgment of the current regional security environment and it is extremely regrettable'

PROTEST. This file photo shows Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. File photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

South Korea says to scrap military intel sharing pact with Japan

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The dispute between the two US allies has raised concerns over the potential implications for their security cooperation in the face of North Korean missile tests, and the possible impact on global supply chains

China hosts Japan, South Korea in show of regional unity

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The East Asian nations hold a three-way summit in Beijing this, with China positioning itself as mediator in a growing trade spat between Japan and South Korea

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) joins hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) ahead the ninth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing on August 21, 2019.  WU HONG / POOL / AFP

In high-tech Japan, cash is still king

Aug 21, 2019 - 12:54 PM

It may not be happening now in Japan but Rakuten boss Hiroshi Mikitani says that 'one day soon, money as we know it – notes and coins that we carry with us – will be as outdated and collectable as vinyl discs are now'

CASHLESS. This photo taken on July 25, 2019 shows a transaction for payment via PayPay – a tie-up between Softbank and Yahoo – by using a smartphone at a Koguma restaurant in Tokyo. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

Powerful storm lashes Japan, snarls holiday travel

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Severe Tropical Storm Krosa – one notch below a typhoon – is churning slowly through southwestern parts of Japan, packing wind gusts of up to 144 kilometers per hour

KROSA. Ryuta Kurora, a chief forecaster of Japan meteorological agency, holds a press conference on typhoon Krosa approaching western Japan at the Japan meteorological agency in Tokyo on August 13, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito's comments are monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow at an altar during an annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost at war, on August 15, 2019, as the country marks the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

Aug 12, 2019 - 6:25 PM

South Korea creates a new category for countries that have signed the world's top 4 export control agreements but 'violate international norms.' It places Japan alone in that category.

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