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Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

Oct 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

At least 1% of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users by September 2019

WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY. Improvements in travel and lodging will be made for the disabled in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from ShutterStock

Birth of firstborn Tokyo added motivation for Paul Lee

Oct 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Wondering why the Magnolia star and wife Rubie named their daughter after the famous city in Japan? He has a pretty direct explanation

INSPIRED. Paul Lee has been averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals in 5 games since his return from the national team for the Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images


Aung Suu Kyi promises 'transparency' over Rohingya atrocities

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Once hailed as a global rights champion, Suu Kyi has fallen from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority

Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.  World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Linus ESCANDOR II

Boxing's Olympic future in jeopardy

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The International Olympic Committee has warned that boxing could be axed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

CONTROVERSY. Boxing has never been free of controversy, even during the Asian Games where Filipino boxers like Eumir Marcial (left) fell victim to controversial decisions. File photo from Asian Games media pool

PSC tackles Hidilyn's weightlifting woes

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission makes sure that weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz will get enough support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid

OLYMPIC BID. Hidilyn Diaz is working to nab the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold with her core team. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Meralco falls prey to Japan's Alvark in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Imports Allen Durham and Diamond Stone combine for 59 points but the Bolts remain winless

WASTED. Allen Durham sees his 31-point, 12-rebound and 2-block performance go down the drain. Photo courtesy of FIBA


Mayweather to impress in Tokyo first before Pacquiao showdown

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The undefeated American boxer plans to extend his record to 51-0 before the Manny Pacquiao rematch

SERIOUS. Floyd Mayweather is dead serious of stealing the WBA regular welterweight belt from Manny Pacquiao.  Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Tokyo 2020 revives 1964 Olympic vibe

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Some venues used in the Tokyo 1964 Olympics will be part of history once more in the 2020 edition of the world's biggest sports event

SUSPENSION ROOF. The Yoyogi National Gymnasium is famous for its suspension roof design by Kenzo Tange. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

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

Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers

Aug 08, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Around 10,000 figurines of white cats seated with one paw raised are stacked and strewn around the Gotokuji temple, providing tempting fodder for social media mavens from Japan and abroad

CATS. 'Maneki neko' or beckoning cat ornaments are seen on display at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo on October 2, 2016. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Canceled Japan flights due to Typhoon Shanshan

Aug 08, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Typhoon Shanshan is heading for Japan, prompting the cancellation of certain flights on Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9

Japan executes last sarin attack cult members on death row

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) The execution of the 6 Aum Shinrikyo members draws a line under the horrific attack which shocked the world and prompted national soul-searching over the group and its crimes

1995 SARIN ATTACK. A woman walks past a screen flashing a TV news channel showing a picture of Masato Yokoyama, a member of the Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult behind the deadly 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, in Tokyo on July 26, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

PH Blu Girls step up 2020 Olympic bid

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Philippine softball team vies for an Olympic berth in the World Championship starting August 2 in Japan

CONSISTENCY. The Philippine women’s softball team, which finished runner-up in the Asian Softball Championships last year, hopes to sustain its solid run. Fille photo from Blu Girls

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Jul 23, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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LOOK: Tokyo reveals Olympic mascots’ names

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers formally introduce Miraitowa and Someity to the world

DEBUT. Mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games Miraitowa (L) and Someity appear at their debut event in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nori/AFP

France goes big on Japan with multi-million cultural program

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'The French, more than any other nation (in Europe), who know Japanese culture the best,' says Korehito Masuda, director of the 'Japonismes 2018' program

BIG IN JAPAN. A visitor looks at paintings at the Soulages museum in Rodez, as part of an exhibition on the Gutai artistic movement created ib Japan in 1995 by Japanese artist Yoshihara. Photo by  Eric Cabanis/AFP

Japan executes sarin attack cult leader, 6 followers

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(UPDATED) Japan's Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa confirms the 7 executions, saying the Aum members were responsible for 'extremely atrocious and grave acts that were unprecedented and should never happen again'

CULT LEADER. In this file picture taken on July 19, 1995, Shoko Asahara (C), head of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, is transferred from Tokyo police headquarters to Tokyo District Court for questioning. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Japan is often viewed as the Holy Grail of gaming in Asia due to a wealthy population, proximity to China and appetite for other forms of legal gambling, including horse racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game

CASINO SCHOOL. This picture taken on June 6, 2018 shows a student practicing baccarat at the Japan Casino School in Tokyo. Photo by  Martin Bureau/AFP

Trump to host Abe at White House on June 7

May 29, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump less than a week from the US-North Korea summit

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Japanese kimono makers seek to revive declining industry

May 04, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often a garment reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women

This photo taken on March 30, 2018 shows Kahori Ochi (R), owner of a kimono rental shop, fitting a kimono on Dutch tourist Ruby Francisco (L) at her shop "Sakae-ya" in Tokyo. Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often a garment reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women. Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

Tokyo digital art museum looks to 'expand the beautiful'

May 03, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The flower-filled waterfall is the work of Japanese collective teamLab, known internationally for their innovative "digital art" that combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create otherworldly, immersive experiences

VIRTUAL ART. In this picture taken on May 1, 2018 a Japanese member of Teamlab collective walks and poses in a digital installation waterfall room, filled with flowers which appears to flow over a hill, at Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan's Akita dogs melt foreign hearts

Apr 20, 2018 - 6:39 PM

In recent years, foreign ownership of one of Japan's most famous indigenous breeds has skyrocketed, outstripping domestic demand for the fluffy, perky-eared pooches

CUTIE. This picture taken on April 3, 2018 shows an Akita dog in a kennel at a breeding centre in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture.  Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Tokyo works to boost Paralympic profile before 2020 Games

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:51 PM

With the Paralympics looming, Japan is running a raft of new campaigns ranging from television programs to manga comics, aimed at ending public ignorance of disability and celebrating the community's athletic accomplishments

GOALBALL. This picture taken on February 26, 2018 shows blindfolded children playing goalball, a sport for the visually impaired, during a class at a school in suburban Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nori/AFP

Kim says N. Korea to take part in 2020, 2022 Olympics

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) IOC chief Thomas Bach announces the news after landing in Beijing following Friday's 'fruitful' talks with Kim Jong-Un

PYONGYANG VISIT. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 31, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) meeting with President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

World-record, ultra-thin condom to debut in 2020 Tokyo Games

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Japan condom makers are proud its 'barely there' construction will encourage safe sex among the world's fittest athletes

ULTRA-THIN. An employee of Japanese condom maker Sagami Rubber Industries performs quality tests for randomly picked condoms at the company's testing facility in Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP.

Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered 7 years on

Mar 11, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Authorities are encouraging evacuees to return, but a government survey released earlier this month showed that about half the residents of Namie and Tomioka are not willing to return

REMEMBER. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) bows to Prince Akishino (2nd R) and Princess Kiko (R) during the seventh national memorial service for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Tokyo March 11, 2018. Photo by Shizuo Kambayasho/AFP

Futuristic superheroes picked as Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascots

Feb 28, 2018 - 11:11 PM

The mascots, which have yet to be named, were selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as "made in Japan"

SUPERHEROES. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots were presented to the public Wednesday, February 28. From Tokyo Olympics Facebook

Asia markets awash with red as rout spreads globally from Wall Street

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Tokyo led a collapse throughout the region, briefly diving almost 7% before closing down 4.7%. Hong Kong was down more than 4% and Sydney and Singapore each sank 3%

RED BOARD. A man gestures as he looks at stock price movements on a screen at a securities company in Beijing on February 6, 2018. Greg Baker/AFP

Sky's the limit for Japan's pint-sized Olympic skateboarding hope

Jan 28, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Sky Brown juggles her skateboarding with professional surfing too

9 YEARS OLD. Sky Brown has set her sights on Tokyo 2020, when the hipster sport makes its Olympic bow. Photo by Behrouz Mehri

U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:43 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologizes to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents involving American troops and facilities

This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017.  The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on April 22, 2017, amid high tensions with North Korea.  / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Ryan Harper / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Booze alert as young Japanese women come of age

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Celebrated on the second Monday of the year from snow-swept northern Japan to the subtropical south, Coming of Age Day includes those who turned 20 the previous year or will do so before March 31

COMING OF AGE. 20-year-old women wearing kimonos ride a carousel after their "Coming-of-Age Day" ceremony at the Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo on January 8, 2018. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan's historic Tsukiji fish market holds final New Year auction

Jan 05, 2018 - 5:48 PM

After more than 80 years in operation, the world's biggest fish market, a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move to Toyosu on October 11

TUNA MARKET. President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura, displays a 190-kilogram bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2018. Photo Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

Tokyo 2020 to use facial recognition identification for participants

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Athletes, officials and reporters can now breeze through checkpoints by simply having their faces scanned in Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 unveils 'significant' budget cuts as costs spiral

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tokyo is under pressure to keep costs low

WATCH: Tokyo crowds flock to see baby panda on first day

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Nearly 250,000 people applied to see the first public viewing of baby panda Xiang Xiang

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:53 PM

IOC's Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backs Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time

Tokyo 2020 organizers unveil bug-eyed Olympic mascot hopefuls

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:57 PM

After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organizers left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren

MASCOT HOPEFULS. The competing mascots are instantly recognizable as "Made in Japan", ranging in appearance from sci-fi cool to a glum-looking fox closer in spirit to the country's beloved "yuru-kyara" (soft characters). From Tokyo Olympics website

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Philippines' Mariel de Leon's Miss International 2017 journey ends

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:04 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Watch Mariel thank her family and supporters on her Miss International journey in this video by our pageant correspondent, Voltaire Tayag

LOOK: Mariel de Leon's national costume for Miss International 2017

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:50 PM

See Mariel's modern take on the terno, designed by Cary Santiago

FOTO: Dari final 'Miss International 2017'

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Sebanyak 69 kontestan dari seluruh dunia berlaga untuk meraih titel juara tahun ini

'MISS INTERNATIONAL 2017'. Tahun ini, sebanyak 71 kontestan akan berlaga merebut titel 'Miss International 2017'. Foto dari miss-international.org.

Predictions: Who will win Miss International 2017?

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Pageant writer Voltaire Tayag gives his thoughts on the upcoming competition that can change pageant history

Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI. Storage tanks for contaminated water are seen through a window of a building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017. File photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

The question of a back-to-back win in Miss International

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Will the Philippines make history this 2017?

Tokyo slashes Olympic 2020 costs further by $360 million

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Olympic planning officials make the cuts by changing construction methods and installing cheaper temporary seats in some venues

PRAISE. The Tokyo Olympic Committee will slash their projected expenses to respond to the budget concerns of future bidders. File photo by Toru Yamanaka

Trump dump delights peckish Japanese fish, outrages Twitter

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:27 PM

It turns out the US president is merely following his host's lead, as Abe has previously sprinkled out the remains of his box into the pond

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

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

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA