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LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China foreign minister

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry excludes a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun from a media pool covering the start of a meeting between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese vice foreign minister Takeo Akiba

JAPAN MEETING. Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) at the start of their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing on August 29, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

WATCH: Jake Zyrus stars in Japanese film with ex-KARA member Ji-young

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Jake plays the main character's best friend

JAKE ZYRUS. The singer stars in Japanese film Yaru Onna. File photo by Luigi Arce/Rappler

4 Japan athletes kicked out of Asian Games 2018

Aug 20, 2018 - 12:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Japanese basketball players are sent home for allegedly buying sex

SHAMED. Japan's delegation chief of the Asian Games Yasuhiro Yamashita bows during a press conference in Jakarta on August 20, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japanese nurse may have killed 20 patients – media

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:27 PM

Ayumi Kuboki is arrested Saturday over the alleged murder of an elderly patient in 2016, but she tells police she may have killed up to 20 people, local media say

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Abe also expressed a readiness to finance denuclearization costs in North Korea.

PUBLIC INTEREST. This photo illustration taken in Tokyo on June 13, 2018 shows Japanese daily newspapers with front page coverage of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Holy rap! 'Funky' Japan monk gets grannies in a spin

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Akinobu Tatsumi Tatsumi isn't your typical Buddhist monk. He has long hair, tied in a ponytail, and fancies himself as a human beatbox – a genre also steeped in hip hop culture.

DOUBLE LIFE. Akinobu Tatsumi leads a double life -- as a Buddhist monk who preaches about DJing. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Cry if you want to: Japanese governors back bawling babies

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 'We Love Babies Project' comes against the backdrop of Japan's slumping birth rate and shrinking population

CRY IF YOU WANT. Sumo wresters hold up crying babies in front of a referee dressedin a traditional costume during a "Baby-cry Sumo" event at the Kamegaike-Hachiman Shrine in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

4 Japanese treasure hunters arrested in Capones island

Jun 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

San Antonio police say that based on the depth of the tunnel that the Japanese treasure hunters and their Filipino workers had dug out, the suspects might have been operating for over a month before they were caught

TUNNEL. The Japanese treasure hunters and their Filipino workers had dug out a 16-foot tunnel on the rocky Capones Island when authorities caught them on May 31, 2018. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin – study

May 28, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight,' says a study by Japanese researchers published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record $29,300

May 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The figure – enough to buy a new car in Japan – tops the previous record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 3 million yen ($27,409) two years ago

AUCTION. A pair of Yubari melons, that fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at an auction, are seen in Sapporo on May 26, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

LOOK: Japanese destroyer ‘Setogiri’ arrives in Manila

May 25, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which has arrived with a helicopter and about 200 officers and crew, will be docked overnight at Pier 15 in South Harbor

Photo credit: Philippine Navy

Biggest Uniqlo store in Southeast Asia to open at Glorietta 5

May 14, 2018 - 12:10 PM

It will be the Japanese clothing brand's 15th global flagship store in the world

GLOBAL FLAGSHIP STORE. The biggest Uniqlo store in the country and the region will soon be opening in Makati City. Image courtesy of Uniqlo Philippines

13 Japanese students rescued from suspected traffickers in Davao

May 09, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Father and son Japanese nationals hold children from their country against their will and force them to work in a construction site in Samal

Philippines, Japan to repatriate Japanese WWII soldiers' remains

May 09, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Since 1958, the remains of only 100,000 out of 518,000 Japanese soldiers who died in the Philippines have been returned to Japan

PHILIPPINES-JAPAN TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seek to boost ties between the Philippines and Japan. Malacañang file photo

Applications for 2019 Japanese Government Scholarship now open

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for submission of applications is on Friday, May 18, 2018

Japanese tourist dies on Leaning Tower of Pisa

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Authorities say the 63-year-old was on the 4th floor of the tilted Tuscan monument when he fell ill and died on the spot as emergency services attempted to revive him

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dies at 82

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(2ND UPDATE) The co-founder of iconic Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli dies after a year of health issues

STUDIO GHIBLI CO-FOUNDER. This picture taken on April 7, 2015 shows Japanese animation movie director Isao Takahata smiling as he received the 'Officier of L'Ordre des Arts et des Letters' from French ambassador to Japan Thierry Dana at the French embassy in Tokyo. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Even monkeys need a spa day, Japan study finds

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:40 PM

A paper by Kyoto University says that stress levels in the monkeys were about 20 percent lower on average after bathing

SPA TIME. This picture taken on December 10, 2012 shows Japanese macaques, commonly referred to as "snow" monkeys, taking an open-air hot spring bath, or "onsen", at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

11 things you can now buy for cheaper from Muji

Mar 13, 2018 - 2:28 PM

That zen aesthetic doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg anymore

WATCH: Ichigo and Rukia face a Hollow in 'Bleach’ live action trailer

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Many are wary about the live action movie adaptation, and understandably so

SHINIGAMI. In the new 'Bleach' live action movie trailer, Ichigo and Rukia face a Hollow. Screenshot from the movie trailer

Travel diaries: Discovering Isabela's rich history

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

One of the north's biggest province is getting attention thanks to emerging tourism attractions

Japanese, U.S. astronauts on spacewalk to fix robotic arm

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The spacewalk is the first for Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA) astronaut Norishige Kanai, and the fourth for his US counterpart Mark Vande Hei

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. This NASA image obtained February 2, 2018 shows the International Space Station viewed in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second taken on January 30, 2018 from Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

DOH on Dengvaxia deaths, Pimentel on Cha-Cha, LTFRB on new ride-hailing applications | Evening wRap

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Muji's new collection keeps it casual and cool

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:37 PM

The Japanese brand's trademark minimalist style is all over its Spring-Summer lineup

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

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

Tori Chizu: Comfort food with a Japanese twist

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:30 PM

You can't go wrong with rice covered in melted mozzarella cheese!

TORI CHIZU. The new restaurant serves plates of cheesy goodness. Rappler screenshot

7 of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Craving for sushi, ramen, or tempura? Get your fix at these places

OOMA. The casual dining venue is among the best Japanese restaurants in the Metro. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Ex-porn star Sola Aoi gets married

Jan 04, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The actress talks about the marriage on her blog

JUST MARRIED. The newlyweds share a sweet moment. Screengrab from Twitter.com/aoi_sola

This Japanese chef is bringing Michelin-starred ramen to Manila!

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:32 PM

Delve into the mind of the man behind the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen house, Tsuta

CHEF ONISHI YUKI. The Michelin-starred chef brings his ramen to Manila. Photo by Jill Tan Radovan/Rappler

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

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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

Mumuso Haul: 20 gifts under P200

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Fair warning: you may want to keep all of these things to yourself

'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

Makati students, LGU employees to get free Japanese encephalitis vaccines

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Vaccines will be administered to local government employees until end-December 2017, and to public school students, Kinder to Grade 6, starting January 2018

PREVENTION. Mayor Abigail Binay on Monday, November 27, 2017, gets the first shot of the 60,000 free Japanese encephalitis vaccines the city government will provide to public grade school students and local government employees. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

U.S. warship collides with tugboat in Japan

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold was participating in a scheduled towing exercise in Japan's Sagami Bay

Japan and the ASEAN: Economic partners

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:04 PM

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the regional coalition continues to build stronger economic ties with partners including Japan

#PugadBaboy: No cutlery needed

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

LIST: Horror crimes in Japan

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:09 PM

Heads found in containers, bodies found in suitcases, a subway gas attack – these are just some of the shockers in crimes committed in Japan

Dela Rosa on Undas, Japan invests in PH, Trump aides charged | Evening wRap

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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20 Japanese companies to invest in PH after Duterte visit

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:58 AM

If the 18 letters of intent are followed through with legally-binding deals, they will bring in P310 billion worth of investments to the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the exchange of business letters of intent (LOIs) between businessman Manuel Pangilinan and a Japanese business leader during a ceremony at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte hails 'golden age' of partnership with Japan

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:50 PM

During the Philippine President's second visit to Japan, business deals supposedly worth $6 billion are signed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he interacts with the pupils waving the Japan and Philippine Flags before entering the Malacañan Palace on January 12, 2017. The Prime Minister of Japan is scheduled for a two-day visit to the country. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential PhotoPresident Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he interacts with the pupils waving the Japan and Philippine Flags before entering the Malacañan Palace on January 12, 2017. The Prime Minister of Japan is scheduled for a two-day visit to the country. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Makeup, toys, gadgets, and more – here's what you can get at Miniso PH

Oct 17, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The inexpensive Japanese lifestyle brand is set to open many more branches in the Philippines

Ruthless Lewis Hamilton roars to Japan victory

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Hamilton stretches his Formula One championship lead over Vettel to 59 points with just 100 left to play for.

BIG WIN. Lewis Hamilton dominated from pole, steering his Mercedes to a crushing eighth win of the year. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Heat on Hamilton in Japan after Red Bull ambush

Oct 04, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari look to bounce back in Suzuka

2016 CONSPIRACY. Lewis Hamilton entered the Suzuka race last year with a foul mood that caused a 'Snapchat' row. File photo by C.L.DONALD LIM/AFP

Inagiku: Traditional Japanese cuisine with a seasonal twist

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 AM

This Manila institution has always been at the forefront of authentic Japanese cooking

Photo by Jonathan Baldonado

DOH, doctors say 'no need to panic' over Japanese encephalitis

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Food and Drug Administration warns parents against buying the Japanese encephalitis vaccine online Only Sanofi Pasteur is accredited to distribute the vaccine in the country

VACCINE PLANS. The DOH is planning to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine for free in 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH warns vs mosquito bites after 9 deaths from Japanese encephalitis

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the figure is 44 lower than the same period last year

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP