Osaka news and updates

Rappler's latest stories on Osaka

ARTICLE FINDER

Osaka vows to come back stronger after WTA defeat

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Sloane Stephens silences the error-prone Naomi Osaka in the Singapore WTA Finals

COMEBACK. Japan's Naomi Osaka loses to by Sloane Stephens of the US during their singles match at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 22, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

US Open champion Osaka says fame won't affect her game

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Still grappling with her newfound stardom, Naomi Osaka vows to remain focused on tennis

STAR POWER. Naomi Osaka says all the attention feels ‘kind of funny.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka climbs to 4th in world women's rankings

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The 20-year-old is closing in on third-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany

UP TWO NOTCHES. Thanks to her US Open triumph, Japan's Naomi Osaka improves two places higher in the world rankings. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP


Li Na says Naomi Osaka needs 'desire' to go further

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The 20-year-old Japanese has admitted feeling burdened by expectations after winning the US Open against superstar Serena Williams

MENTAL FORTITUDE. Chinese tennis great Li Na (left) believes Japanese Naomi Osaka can maintain her status as world champion if she matches her physical abilities with the will to become a winner. Photos by Fred Dufour/AFP (Li) and Nicolas Asfouri/AFP (Osaka)


US Open title 'not the happiest memory,' says Naomi Osaka

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:35 AM

The 20-year-old Japanese compares her Grand Slam success to eating green tea-flavored ice cream

MOVING FORWARD. Naomi Osaka says she has been trying to move on from her US Open win that saw opponent Serena Williams call chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and later accused him of sexism. File photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP


Typhoon Trami pounds Japan, dozens injured

Sep 30, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) At least of 65 people are reported to have sustained injuries

STRONG WINDS. A pedestrian holds his broken umbrella a she walks against a strong wind after Typhoon Trami hit the city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu island, on September 30, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka blames US Open tears on 'notorious' nerves

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she burst into sobs as boos rang out following her emphatic win over Serena Williams in a controversial New York final

EMOTIONS. Naomi Osaka says she felt "very overwhelmed" after crying during the awarding ceremonies of her US Open triumph. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez


Typhoon Ompong, Peso plummets, Naomi Osaka | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel

Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Japanese champion refuses to criticize her childhood idol Serena Williams

GRATEFUL. Naomi Osaka savors her first Grand Slam despite the controversial final match against Serena Williams. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

AFP chief on Trillanes, Steph Curry, Naomi Osaka | Midday wRap

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Chito dela Vega

Mother of all meltdowns: Did Serena overstep the mark?

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association but the debate rages on whether the violations that sparked her meltdown are sexist

ARGUMENT. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the women's singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The American star is fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during the stormy final

OUTBURST. Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

At US Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos turned a minor infraction into a nasty controversy, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the controversial US Open women's singles final. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena: 'I am not a cheat,' accuses tennis of 'sexism'

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams says the controversial incident strengthened her belief that male and female players are treated differently

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open women's singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Serena Williams' outburst overshadows Japanese Naomi Osaka's historic triumph

HISTORIC. Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the US Open women's singles finals match against Serena Williams. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Duterte defers to court, Palace on inflation, Serena Williams | Evening wRap

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

US Open 2018: Japanese Nishikori, Osaka make history

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semifinals at the same Grand Slam

HISTORIC. Japanese players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are both thrilled to reach the last four. Photos from AFP

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to typhoon Jebi, September 5

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Philipine Airlines says in its advisory it is anticipating further disruptions to flights to and from Kansai as Typhoon Jebi batters Osaka

CLOSED DUE TO TYPHOON. Kansai International Airport is closed due to typhoon Jebi, prompting cancellations to and from Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shutterstock.

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to Typhoon Jebi, September 4

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Jebi causes the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport, disrupting a number of flights to and from it

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. A Philippine Airlines plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Photo from Shutterstock.

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'We express our condolences to the government of Japan over the loss of lives in this morning's earthquake in the Kansai Region,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA EARTHQUAKE. Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

Questions and comebacks in the French Open 2018 women's singles

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka compete in a Grand Slam together for the first time since the 2016 Australian Open

SEEDED. Russia's Maria Sharapova gets seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance over two years ago. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Ryza Cenon wins Yakushi Pearl Award for 'Mr and Mrs Cruz' at Osaka film fest

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:52 PM

Director Mikhail Red also wins the Most Promising Talent Award for his film 'Neomanila'

Tearful Osaka lays out broken heart after U.S. Open loss

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Naomi Osaka fails to advance to the fourth round of the 2017 US Open in tears

HEARTBROKEN. Naomi Osaka failed to match her expectations of advancing to the round of 16. File photos by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP and Facebook (@kaiakanepi)

Cebu Pacific to add holiday season flights to Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The budget carrier will increase its flights from Manila to Tokyo Osaka and Nagoya as well as Hanoi and Bali beginning 4th quarter of 2017 until the 1st quarter of 2018

Japan's Osaka overcomes US Open nerves, ousts defending champ Kerber

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:59 PM

19 year old Naomi Osaka bested world number 1 Angelique Kerber 6 3 6 1

CONQUERED. "I never played a defending champion and also, I was playing on Ashe again, which wasn't really the best memory for me." File photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Japan 2017: 7 days for P40,000 and some change

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Here s how you can enjoy Japan on a budget

JAPAN BUDGET TRIP. The author Andrea Javier and her family at Universal Studios in Japan. All photos courtesy of Andrea Javier

'Japanese Messi' becomes youngest to score in J-League at 15

Apr 16, 2017 - 5:26 PM

Takefusa Kubo fires the game winner against Osaka to enter the history books

YOUNG STAR. Takefusa Kubo doesn't like being compared to Messi but hopes to one day play like him. Screenshot from YouTube

Iza Calzado wins Yakushi Pearl Award at Osaka film fest

Mar 12, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Iza wins the award for her role in the movie Bliss

4 killed in plane crash at western Japan airport

Mar 26, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Television footage shows the front and back of the fuselage as severely damaged with the wing tips broken

Japan locator map

Theme park guide: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan

Mar 12, 2016 - 4:43 PM

All sorts of helpful tips to help you plan your trip to Japan s Harry Potter theme park in Osaka s Universal Studios

Hogwarts Castle view from Hogsmeade. All photos provided by Irene Maligat

Kiat jalan-jalan murah di Kyoto dan Osaka, Jepang

Nov 08, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Jalan jalan di Jepang selama seminggu hanya dengan Rp 8 7 juta

MAKE A WISH. What would you write on these blocks?

Transport ship beached off English coast

Jan 04, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The 25 crew members on board the 180 meter ship are safe and well

Tug boats move around the stricken cargo ship 'Hoegh Osaka' as it lies trapped on her side on the Brambles Sand Bank between Calshot Bay and The Isle of Wight, Britain, January 4, 2015. Photo by Gerry Penny/EPA

Rappler Newscast | August 1, 2014

Aug 01, 2014 - 11:32 PM

A video of men in uniform killing a man triggers a probe The Supreme Court fires a judge linked to a fixer in the judiciary Osaka police admit to hiding 81 000 crime reports

Osaka police hide 81,000 crimes to clean up image

Aug 01, 2014 - 1:48 PM

The deception which amounted to nearly 10 of all crimes in the area during that period meant that Tokyo appeared to have the worst national crime figures

OSAKA POLICE. File photo of Japanese police arriving at the Nagai stadium in Osaka on August 23, 2007. Robert Ghement/EPA

3 things the Philippines can learn from Japan

Jun 07, 2014 - 10:53 PM

What lessons from the Japanese way of life can the Philippines learn?

The budget traveler's guide to Japan

Jun 07, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Experience Japan on a shoestring budget with these tips

DOTOUNBURI, OSAKA. Shopping options 'til late at night.

New dining finds and rediscoveries at SM Megamall

May 24, 2014 - 6:19 PM

We take a tour inside a well known mall to find what s new in the foodie scene

Pinoy indie film 'Shift' wins big in Osaka Film Festival

Mar 17, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Shift starring musician Yeng Constantino wins the top prize at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival

BEST PICTURE. A story about unconventional love wins the top prize at the Osaka International Film Festival. Screengrab from the film's Facebook

Controversial Japan mayor to seek new mandate

Feb 03, 2014 - 4:19 PM

Toru Hashimoto who caused an international stir last year when he said women forced into sexual slavery by Japan s imperial army served a necessary purpose said he wanted to face the voters

RUNNING AGAIN. In this file photo, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2013. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Cebu Pacific to fly Manila-Osaka daily by Dec

Oct 04, 2013 - 8:15 PM

From 3 flights a week Cebu Pacific will increase its Manila Osaka flights to daily starting December 20

Turning Japanese: Kyoto and Osaka on a budget

Aug 22, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Our writer fulfills her lifelong dream of traveling to the Land of the Rising Sun

OSAKA CASTLE. Experience this and more for only P1,000. All photos by Tanya Lim

Pageants: It's a man's world, too!

Aug 07, 2013 - 5:31 PM

In 2012 two Filipino male representatives got noticed by the worldwide audience

RAINING MEN. June Macasaet (middle) with the Manhunt International 2012 runners up. Image from designer Jian Lasala's Facebook page

Big 4: The 'Olympics of beauty'

Aug 05, 2013 - 6:00 PM

What you need to know about the Big 4 beauty pageants

NEXT STEP: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. Binibining Pilipinas winners (from left to right) Mutya Datul, Bea Rose Santiago, Ariella Arida, Joanna Cindy Miranda and Pia Wurtzbach. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Japan 'comfort women' mayor to face censure - reports

May 30, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Council members in the western Japanese city of Osaka plan to jointly submit the motion against city supremo Toru Hashimoto

UNDER FIRE. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2013. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Osaka mayor apologizes to 'comfort women'

May 24, 2013 - 7:39 PM

He issues the apology hours after he was due to meet two former comfort women

‘I’M SORRY.’ Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto apologizes for saying comfort women were a military necessity. File AFP photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno

'Comfort women' cancel meeting with Japan mayor

May 24, 2013 - 12:40 PM

South Korean comfort women say they do not want to be part of Hashimoto s performance of apology

SPARKING OUTRAGE. Supporters of Korean comfort women, forcibly drafted into Japanese military brothels during World War II, hold a rally in front of the city hall in Osaka, Japan. AFP / Yoshikazu TSUNO