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Hidilyn Diaz ramps up bid for top Olympic ranking

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz plans to intensify her training in China for two months to gear up for the 2019 Olympic qualifying events

GOLDEN GIRL. Hidilyn Diaz is one of the Philippines' hopes for a first Olympic gold medal. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Turning garbage into gold: Tokyo to award e-waste Olympic medals

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee has stockpiled electronic waste from smartphones and laptops to collect metal for the medals

ECO-FRIENDLY. In the 2012 Rio Olympics, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals also came from recycled materials. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

2019 SEA Games swimming to serve as Olympic qualifier

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:51 PM

FINA approves the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila as an Olympic qualifying meet

OLYMPIAN. Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna hopes to represent the country anew in the world's biggest sporting event. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Blackmail letters with suspected cyanide sent to Japanese firms

Jan 27, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The letters are sent under the name of executed members of the Japanese doomday cult behind the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo

Tokyo metro offers free food to early subway riders

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:46 PM

To decongest the most crowded subway line during rush hour, Tokyo Metro offers free meals of tempura and soba to early commuters

Ghosn awaits fate after vowing to stay in Japan if bailed

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'As the court considers my bail application, I want to emphasize that I will reside in Japan and respect any and all bail conditions the Court concludes are warranted,' says Carlos Ghosn

DETENTION. Pedestrians look at a television screen showing a news program featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on December 21, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo court denies ex-Nissan chief Ghosn's bail request

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The decision means the 64-year-old auto tycoon is likely to stay in custody until his trial, which even his own defense lawyer admits could take 6 months to begin

In this file photo taken on April 29, 2005 then-Nissan's chief executive Carlos Ghosn gestures during the Renault general assembly in Paris. A Tokyo court on January 15, 2019 rejected a request for bail for ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who faces three charges of financial misconduct and has been detained since November. Eric Feferberg / AFP

LOOK: Adorable, one-of-a-kind Sanrio things, food to check out in Tokyo

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Hello Kitty'-themed hotel rooms, food featuring your favorite Sanrio characters, and other souvenirs you can take home – find all of these in the Japanese capital

HELLO KITTY IN TOKYO. The Japanese capital has plenty of delightful things inspired by Sanrio’s beloved cast of characters. Seen in this photo is Keio Plaza Hotel’s Hello Kitty-themed room in its Tama branch. Photo courtesy of Keio Plaza Hotel

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new market

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Self-styled 'Tuna King' Kiyoshi Kimura pays the top price, which doubled the previous record of 155 million yen also paid by him in 2013.

NEW YEAR AUCTION. A wholesaler checks frozen tuna lined up in rows ahead of the new year's first auction at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo on January 5, 2019. A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna on January 5 as Tokyo's new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year's auction. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn's detention extended to January 11

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The move comes as Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested on November 19, faces 3 separate sets of allegations involving financial wrongdoing during his tenure as Nissan chief

DETENTION. Pedestrians look at a television screen showing a news program featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on December 21, 2018. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Tokyo's Sanrio Puroland is a 'Hello Kitty' fan’s paradise

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Meet Hello Kitty and friends in Sanrio’s indoor theme park in west Tokyo

SANRIO PUROLAND. Found in the western part of Tokyo, Sanrio Puroland is a theme park that fans of Hello Kitty and friends will surely love. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler unless otherwise stated

Teen gymnast Carlos Yulo finds winning rhythm in Olympic quest

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:42 AM

The 18-year-old is already a favorite to deliver a medal – possibly a gold – for the Philippines in the next Olympiad

PREPPING EARLY. Carlos Yulo begins his quest for a seat in the Olympics as early as January. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Chooks-to-Go 3x3 league boosts PH bid for Olympic berth

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:15 PM

The Philippines' inaugural 3x3 league will help the country accumulate much-needed points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

FIRST-EVER. League commissioner Eric Altamirano dreams of the Philippines qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics 3x3 event. Photo from release

Tokyo 2020 unveils new budget, spending unchanged at $12 billion

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers pledge that the bill will not increase amid concerns that ballooning costs are putting off potential Olympic host cities

Gold medals, grey zones: Tokyo 2020 budget sparks dispute

Dec 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Japan and Tokyo 2020 organizers clash in considering which projects are 'Olympics-related'

'NEW NORM'. The National Stadium in Tokyo is being reconstructed to host the opening of the Olympic games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Japan says 10 med schools altered admissions, some kept out women

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

An investigation finds out improper school admission practices at 10 Japanese medical schools, including 4 that tried to keep women out

The emblem of the Tokyo Medical University is seen on the building's entance gate in Tokyo on August 8, 2018. A Tokyo medical school on August 7 admitted entrance test scores for female applicants were routinely altered to keep women out and apologised for the discrimination after a probe. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

From superstar to suspect: Carlos Ghosn's crazy week

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:01 PM

When Carlos Ghosn's private Gulfstream jet touched down at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on November 19, the crazy week of the millionaire auto tycoon was about to begin

UNDER SIEGE. In this file photo taken, then Nissan Motors chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn during a joint press conference in Tokyo. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / AFP

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