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Japan's Abe on course to retain majority in upper house election

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:01 PM

A win means Shinzo Abe will be able to stay in power until November 2019, when he will break the record of the nation's longest-serving premiership

PRIME MINISTER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bloc is expected to retain a majority in Japan's upper house. File photo by AFP

[OPINION] Projecting military power: Japan’s carrier fleet reborn

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Japan, together with the US, has an overwhelming superiority that is sure to keep Beijing in check...and which belies Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that China is more powerful than those arrayed against it

'Hell' fire in Japan anime studio killed dozens trying to escape

Jul 19, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Eyewitnesses describe a fire that was like 'looking at hell,' after a man apparently doused the production company office in the city of Kyoto with flammable liquid and set it alight

INFERNO. Residents pray for victims of a fire which hit the Kyoto Animation company studio the day before, killing 33 people, in Kyoto on July 19, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:45 PM

(4th UPDATE) A motive for the apparent attack remains unclear hours after the blaze. If arson is confirmed, the attack will be among the deadliest criminal acts in decades in Japan, where violent crime is extremely rare.

Overview of an animation company building which caught fire in Kyoto on July 18, 2019. A fire at an animation company in Japan's Kyoto on July 18 killed one person and injured dozens more, several of them seriously, a fire department spokesman said.  JIJI PRESS / AFP

Mighty Sports annihilates Japan, remains unbeaten in Jones Cup

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Birthday boy Renaldo Balkman and Eugene Phelps team up for 46 points as Mighty Sports-Philippines dumps Japan to cruise to a third straight win

Photo from Cignal-One Sports

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Japan - Jones Cup 2019

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Bookmark this page as Mighty Sports-Philippines takes on a fellow unbeaten squad in Japan on Sunday, July 14

PH boxer Taconing drops world title drive versus Shiro

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:52 AM

Filipino fighter Jonathan Taconing fails to snatch the WBC junior flyweight title from unbeaten Japanese Ken Shiro

DOMINANT. Japanese champion Ken Shiro (left) lands one against Filipino challenger Jonathan Taconing. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

South Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Japan recently ramped up long-running tensions over the use of forced labor during World War II by announcing restrictions on exports used by South Korean chip and smartphone companies

TALKS. South Korea's officers enters the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to hold a talk with their Japanese counterpart on the imposed restrictions, ending expedited shipments of chemical compounds used to manufacture microchips and smartphones in Tokyo on July 12, 2019. Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP

Japan firm says $32 million missing in cryptocurrency hack

Jul 12, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The apparent hack is discovered after an error appeared in the firm's outgoing funds transfer system on Thursday night, July 11

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid

Jul 11, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The touchdown is greeted with cheering and applause in the JAXA mission control room, with officials grinning and shaking hands

TEAM EFFORT. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 11, 2019 shows researchers and employees celebrating after receiving confirmation of Hayabusa2's touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Jul 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

JAXA says the probe had descended around 5 kilometers and is on track to touchdown Thursday on the Ryugu asteroid, some 300 million kilometers from Earth

HARD AT WORK. This handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on July 10, 2019, shows researchers and employees working at a control room for the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara city, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Yutaka Ijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Japan boyband star-maker Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Kitagawa is known for building J-Pop groups such as SMAP, TOKIO, and Arashi

1 dead, 3 seriously injured in Japan warehouse explosion

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Japan's fire department says the fire is now under control

Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency warns that life-threatening landslides are possible

RAINS. A train stops at a station during a heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Heavy rain prompts evacuation orders for 1.1 million in Japan

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Japanese authorities are urging people to take shelter early after disastrous heavy rains last summer in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people

EVACUATIONS. Residents take shelter in an evacuation centre in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Five ships from whaling communities around the country leave port in northern Japan's Kushiro with their horns blaring and grey tarps thrown over their harpoons

BACK TO WHALING. Whaling ships depart from a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, on July 1, 2019, as the country resumea commercial hunts for the first time in decades after withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

Getting to zero: Japan town trying to recycle all its waste

Jun 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

A Kamikatsu town official says: 'We thought: If we can't burn waste in the town, then let's recycle. It's cheaper to recycle waste than burn it'

This picture taken on March 14, 2019 shows a worker drying washed paper packaging material at a waste centre in the town of Kamikatsu, Tokushima prefecture. Plastic, paper, metal? In Japan's Kamikatsu, sorting rubbish isn't that simple. Residents face a mind-boggling 45 separate categories for their garbage as the town aims to be 'zero-waste' by 2020. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Trade negotiators hold talks ahead of Xi-Trump meeting

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Trump's highly anticipated meeting with Xi is scheduled on the second day of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan

FRIENDS. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2017, China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

North Korea reminds China of colonial history to strengthen ties

Jun 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

With Beijing and Washington at loggerheads over trade, China is keen to remind Trump of its influence with nuclear-armed Pyongyang

A commemorative stamp featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping is pictured at a shop in Pyongyang on June 18, 2019. - Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said on June 18, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Call for entries to the Asian International Children's Film Festival 2019

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

All Filipino high school students grades 10 to 12, except those who have already been to Japan as part of previous Asian International Children's Film Festivals, are encouraged to submit their entries before the deadline on August 16, 2019

Japan yet to deliver P430 billion in railway loans to Philippines

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Of the ¥1.3 trillion or P620.81 billion that Japan committed for Philippine railway projects, some ¥900 billion or about P430.58 billion still have to be delivered

LOANS. The Philippines will no longer be eligible for special loan funding terms with Japan once it is upgraded to upper middle income status. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Palicte TKO'd by Ioka in world title bout

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Aston Palicte misses out on the chance to capture the WBO super flyweight belt after falling prey to Kazuto Ioka

NO WORLD TITLE. Japanese Kazuto Ioka puts on a masterclass against Filipino Aston Palicte. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Palicte vs Ioka fight – WBO Super Flyweight Championship

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Filipino Aston Palicte and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title in Chiba City, Japan on Wednesday, June 19


Philippines, Japan sign $202-million loan deal for Mindanao roads

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Among the roads to be reconstructed and improved are those damaged in war-torn Marawi City, where delays have plagued the rehabilitation

SIGNED. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka after signing the $202.04-million loan deal in Mindanao. Photo from Department of Finance

Palicte, Ioka dispute vacant world crown

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Filipino Aston Palicte vies to stop Kazuto Ioka as the favored Japanese bids to become his country’s first four-division world titlist

POWER. Aston Palicte (left) hopes to display his punching prowess versus Kazuto Ioka. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Trump-Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:33 AM

Donald Trump says the leaders had a 'good' conversation, while Xi Jinping says the countries have more to gain by cooperating than by engaging in a protracted battle

TRUMP-XI. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Japan issues tsunami advisory following magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) A wave of one meter (3 feet) is expected to hit the coast of the Sea of Japan, north of Tokyo, the nation's meteorological agency says

Japan unveils moves to stop car crashes caused by elderly

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'We should not waste any time in ensuring that children's journeys to school are safe,' Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells cabinet ministers after the plans are approved

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a joint press conference with the Iranian President at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Police officer stabbed ahead of G20 summit in Japan

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:59 AM

The 33-year-old suspect, who denies the charges, possesses an ID document showing he was mentally disabled, an Osaka regional police detective says

STABBING INCIDENT. A police vehicle carrying a man (R) suspected of stabbing a police officer and stealing his pistol at a police box, arrives at Suita police station in Osaka Prefecture on June 17, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

The Papa I lost and found in Japan

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:55 PM

When I was 6 months old, Papa was killed in Japan. That was the beginning and end of the story that made up much of who I am.

My sister Bea and I at Akabane Kita-Ku in Tokyo, Japan.

Iran leader rejects Trump talks despite Japan PM's mission

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) Iran 'has no trust in America and will not in any way repeat the bitter experience of the previous negotiations with America,' says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

ABE IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian supreme leader office shows, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tehran on June 13, 2019. AFP PHOTO / HO / KHAMENEI.IR

2 injured as Japan driver plows into kids

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Two children are injured after 69-year-old Rieko Ueda plows her car into a group of kids from a local nursery facility in Nishinomiya city shortly before 10 am, a police spokesman says

Japan PM meets Rouhani on mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Japanese government officials say Shinzo Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, but instead wants to play the role of neutral intermediary

RARE DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a welcoming ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in the capital Tehran on June 12, 2019. Photo by stringer/AFP

Japan's Abe in Tehran mission to ease Iran-U.S. tensions

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Shinzo Abe is expected to arrive in Tehran at around 1120 GMT (7:20 pm, Manila time) and go straight into talks with President Hassan Rouhani

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) waves to well-wishers upon his departure at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on June 12, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

‘Studio Ghibli’ theme park to open in 2022

Jun 05, 2019 - 2:56 PM

A theme park featuring Hayao Miyazaki’s animated Ghibli classics is opening in Japan

With #KuToo, Japan women kick back at high-heels at work

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

A group of Japanese women submit a petition to the government to protest what they say is a de facto requirement for female staff to wear high heels at work

ENOUGH OF HIGH HEELS. Yumi Ishikawa, leader and founder of the KuToo movement, poses after a press conference in Tokyo on June 3, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH, Japan forge stronger cooperation on defense, maritime security

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:16 AM

During their summit meeting in Tokyo, among the topics President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed was 'advancing the rule of law, including in the South China Sea,' a Palace statement says

SUMMIT MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliver a joint statement after their summit meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. Presidential Photo

Duterte slams climate change conferences for accomplishing 'nothing'

May 31, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The Philippine leader says United Nations climate conferences are a 'waste of time and money'

Japan unveils policy to curb plastic waste before G20

May 31, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Japan hopes to cast itself as a leader on curbing marine plastic waste, and will reportedly press for an international agreement to reduce the amount of plastic going into the ocean during the Osaka summit from June 28 to 30

Honeylet Avanceña offers touching tribute to OFWs

May 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

In a rare speech, the woman President Duterte calls his 'First Lady' speaks of her own experience as a migrant worker in the United States

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. Also in the photo is the President's long-time partner Cielito Avanceña. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: I've kept all my promises

May 31, 2019 - 11:10 AM

As his term nears the halfway mark, President Rodrigo Duterte reminds Filipinos that their choice of the next president will determine if the gains of his administration will continue

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 30, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte implies being gay is a disease

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Nagamot ko ang sarili ko,' says President Rodrigo Duterte after saying he used to be gay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte responds to the discussions during the meeting with the Japanese tourism partners at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 29, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

These PH celebs performed during Duterte's meeting with the Filipino community in Japan

May 30, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Rodjun Cruz, Dianne Medina, and Michael Pangilinan are among those who entertain the Filipino community during Duterte's Japan visit

#DuterteLive: With the Filipino community in Japan

May 30, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Watch President Duterte live on Rappler

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. The President is set to participate in the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sociologist Randy David wins grand prize in Fukuoka 2019

May 30, 2019 - 7:56 AM

Sociologist Randy David is the first Filipino to receive the grand prize in the annual Fukuoka awards

FUKUOKA PRIZE. Sociologist Randy David is the grand prize recipient in this year's Fukuoka awards. Screenshot from Rappler file video

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima fish imports

May 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the lifting of the ban is a gesture of goodwill as the Philippines also seeks to increase the market access of its agriculture exports to Japan

BAN LIFTED. The Department of Agriculture has lifted the 7-year long import ban on fish coming from Fukushima prefecture, which was affected by the nuclear powerplant meltdown in 2011. Photo from MannyPiñol's Facebook page

Duterte promises Japanese businessmen he'll 'kill' their problems

May 29, 2019 - 5:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also calls for an enhanced Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and greater access to Japanese markets for Philippine bananas and other products

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on May 28, 2019. The President is set to participate in the 25th Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO