Philippine-Japan relations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine-Japan relations


Duterte flies to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine leader, bringing a supposedly ‘leaner’ delegation, will also attend the Emperor’s Banquet and Prime Minister's Banquet

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Golden Topper Corporate Launch at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City on September 25, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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

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 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

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

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

DTI expects $5 billion in signed deals from Duterte's Japan trip

May 27, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry also says the deals could generate around 80,000 jobs for Filipinos

BULLISH OUTLOOK. Having secured $1.24 billion in pledges last month and looking to bag another $5 billion in business deals, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said that Japan remains bullish on the Philippines' growth.

Japan signs P41-M assistance to 5 local government projects

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) The projects will benefit communities in Aurora, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

SUPPORTING DEVELOPMENT. The Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, Koji Haneda, says the grants should help improve the living conditions of vulnerable sectors. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan-Press

LOOK: Philippine Coast Guard gets high-speed boats from Japan

Mar 02, 2019 - 8:05 AM

These are part of the 13 high-speed boats package requested by President Rodrigo Duterte, says the Japanese embassy

POWER. The speedboats turned over by Japan to the Philippine Coast Guard on February 27, 2019, can travel at a maximum speed of 50 knots or 92 kilometers per hour. Photo courtesy of the Japanese embassy

[ANALYSIS] Manila and Tokyo need tighter security ties

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Japan is one of the countries invited to observe the PH-US war games, but it sent actual boots on the ground last year to take part in training exercises

Philippines, Japan sign $1.54-billion loan deal on North-South Railway

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The North-South Commuter Railway project will 'seamlessly' connect Philippine National Railways lines in Clark, Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna

RAILWAY DEAL. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency Director General Shigenori Ogawa sign the loan agreement for the North-South Commuter Railway. Photo from the Department of Transportation

[OPINION] Promises and pitfalls of cool Japan in Philippine geo-politics

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Japan exerts its soft power to become a strategic partner that balances against a rising China

Philippines, Japan sign P18-billion MRT3 rehab loan deal

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) With this agreement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government would finally be able to address the 'problem that is the MRT3'

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, on behalf of the Philippines, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka, on behalf of Japan, signed Thursday the 38.1-billion yen loan agreement for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 System Rehabilitation Project, which aims to improve the safety, reliability and level of service of the 16.9-kilometer light rail system with 13 stations spanning across EDSA. Also in attendance during the loan signing ceremony were Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada and Department of Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan. Photo courtesy of Dept of Finance

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

Comfort woman statue in Manila removed

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Photos show a backhoe digging at the site of the statue

REMOVAL. A backhoe is seen at the site of the 'Comfort Woman' statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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

LOOK: Duterte, Honeylet meet Emperor and Empress of Japan

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Their meeting with the royal couple is the Philippine president's last official activity in his two-day visit to Japan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Emperor Akihito exchange pleasantries as well as the President's partner Honeylet and the Emperor's wife Empress Michiko during their meeting at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 31, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to 'limit his mouth' in meeting with Japan's Emperor Akihito

Oct 29, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is off to Japan for an official visit

DIPLOMATIC. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will 'limit his mouth' when he meets Japanese Emperor Akihito for the first time. Malacañang photo

PH, Japan sign P117-M scholarship deal for Filipino gov't employees

Jul 10, 2017 - 8:55 PM

20 Filipino government employees will take post graduate courses in Japan s leading universities like Kobe University Meiji University and Nagoya University

Duterte tours Japan's biggest warship

Jun 04, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after visiting the JS Izumo also asserts he will push for a Code of Conduct in disputed waters

SHIPBOARD TOUR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is given a tour of Japan's biggest warship, the JS Izumo, docked in Subic Bay on June 4, 2017. Malacañang photo

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:36 PM

There s a plan to invite President Rodrigo Duterte to visit JS Izumo when it makes a port call in Subic according to Japanese media

FORMAL TRANSFER OF TC90. Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya and Phlippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado at the formal transfer of TC90 patrol planes. Navy photo

Philippines 'politically important nation for Japan'

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya notes the friendship between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

STATE MINISTER. Japan State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya leads the formal transfer of TC90 planes to the Philippine Navy. Rappler photo

PH Navy receives 2 TC-90 patrol planes from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED The planes will boost the capability of the ill equipped navy to conduct maritime aerial reconnaissance

NEW PLANES. The TC-90s at the Naval Air Group headquarters in Sangley, Cavite, March 27, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH Navy awaits leased surveillance planes from Japan

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

The first batch of 2 TC 90 maritime patrol aircraft is arriving on March 27

A file photo of a TC-90 plane of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Image courtesy JMSDF

Senate seals PH-Japan social security agreement

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The deal is expected to benefit an estimated 377 233 Filipinos in Japan and 17 021 Japanese nationals currently in the Philippines

WATCH: A look back at Mindanao's Little Tokyo

Jan 14, 2017 - 6:50 PM

After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s visit here s a glimpse of the history of Davao City s Japanese community

What will Duterte, Abe have for breakfast in Davao?

Jan 12, 2017 - 11:29 PM

In Davao City Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife will have breakfast not in some fancy hotel but in the house of President Rodrigo Duterte

SIMPLE WELCOME. This is President Rodrigo Duterte's home, where he will welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife for breakfast on January 13, 2017. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Abe trip to Davao shows PH, Japan 'more than brothers'

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:00 PM

This is an eloquent reflection of the existing confidence and trust between the two leaders says Japanese Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura

'MORE THAN BROTHERS.' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) shake hands during a joint press briefing at the Philippine presidential palace in Manila on January 12, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

In Manila, Abe hails improving PH-China ties

Jan 12, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stresses the significance of the rule of law peaceful resolution of disputes and non militarization

OFFICIAL VISIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a joint press briefing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Philippine presidential palace in Manila on January 12, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Japan pledges $8.7-billion aid package to PH

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:51 PM

One of the 5 agreements the Philippines and Japan signed is the Memorandum of Cooperation between their coast guards to promote maritime safety and security

FIRST VISITOR. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first head of state to visit the country under President Rodrigo Duterte, pledges to give more than $8 billion in aid package. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Abe visit gives hope to Davao's Japanese descendants seeking recognition

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife will visit the community in President Duterte s home city where many 2nd and 3rd generation Japanese have remained since World War II

FAMILY HISTORY. Third-generation Japanese descendant Juseven Austero still hopes to be recognized as such by the Japanese government. Images by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Japan's Abe arrives in PH to meet Duterte

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the first head of government to visit the Philippines under the Duterte administration

JAPANESE LEADER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in the Philippines on January 12, 2017, for a two-day official visit. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera/Rappler

Trump, Duterte nudge Japan to new normal

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:32 PM

Abe’s diplomatic skills are put to a test by two leaders with a similar volatile temperament

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

LIST: Deals Duterte brought home from Japan

Oct 28, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The President brings home mostly agreements on beefing up the Philippine Coast Guard and assistance for agribusinesses

WITH 'TRUE FRIENDS.' President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Philippines delegates and Japanese officials, watches the capability demonstration of Japanese Coast Guard at Yokohama headquarters on October 27. Photo by SIMEON CELI/Presidential Photo

Duterte underscores PH's 'exemplary partnership' with Japan

Oct 28, 2016 - 6:59 AM

Duterte calls the trip another defining moment for the solid and strategic partnership between our countries

President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe, along with the Philippine delegation, gesture while having their picture taken during the State Banquet at the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Japan on October 26. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Abe to Duterte: Japan stands in solidarity with PH

Sep 03, 2016 - 11:17 PM

Japan stands with the Philippines when Your Excellency and people of the Philippines are overcoming this difficulty in solidarity Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a message to President Duterte

SOLIDARITY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) sends a message to President Rodrigo Duterte (left) condemning the attack on Davao City. He also condoled with the families of the victims.

Philippines, Japan to China: Respect the law

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

The Philippines and Japan invoke and urge China to make sure that maritime security and the rule of law must completely and uncompromisingly be respected

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (R) shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida (L) prior to their joint press conference in Davao City on August 11, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

Japan's top diplomat arrives, to meet with Duterte

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is also scheduled to meet with his Filipino counterpart Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

JAPAN'S TOP DIPLOMAT. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is visiting the Philippines to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. File photo by Nguyen Huy Kham/Pool/EPA

NAIA runways closed on January 26, 30 for Japan emperor state visit

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED Cebu Pacific and Cebgo have cancelled flights during the scheduled runway closures and offer guests free rebooking or refund

Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

PH visit of Japanese emperor, empress set for January

Dec 04, 2015 - 10:28 PM

The state visit of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will happen on the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. File Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japanese Emperor, Empress to visit PH early 2016 – Palace

Oct 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

It will be the first time for a reigning Japanese Emperor to visit the Philippines says Malacañang

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. Tens of thousands came out to hear the emperor's annual speech and see the royal family at the Imperial Palace. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Palace: PH, Japan strategic partners on peace, security

Aug 09, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is in response to China s supposed claims that the Philippines is conniving with Japan over the West Philippine Sea dispute

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the Signing Ceremony on June 4, 2015, during Aquino's state visit to Japan. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Illegal garbage dispute: Why can’t Canada be like Japan?

Aug 06, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The Canada garbage controversy brings back memories of a similar situation with Japan in 1999 Japan took back its garbage Will Canada do the same?

#AnimatED: Manila, Tokyo elevate ties

Jun 08, 2015 - 9:50 AM

The strengthening of security relations does not come at the expense of economic and humanitarian programs

Aquino open to second term for PH president

Jun 05, 2015 - 4:34 PM

Aquino cites other constitutions that allow a sitting president to run again after the intervention of another administration He says this is something that the Philippines can consider

SECOND TERM? President Benigno Aquino III tells Japanese media in Tokyo on June 5, 2015, that he does not support the lifting of term limits in the Philippines.  Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino: PH-Japan ties 'global example of cooperation'

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Our bond has grown to transcend diplomacy and set a global example of cooperation and friendship that leads to security in every possible aspect President Benigno Aquino III tells Japanese business leaders

PH-JAPAN TIES. President Benigno Aquino III keynotes the Nikkei 21st International Conference on the Future of Asia-Special Session at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, on June 3, 2015. Photo by: Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

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