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Facing Olympic hotel shortage, Tokyo looks offshore

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Docked ships operating as floating hotels may soon be a common sight as Japan braces for an expected surge of Olympic fans

Olympic rings are pictured near the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on May 22, 2019. - Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9 next year. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

LOOK: PH flag gets personified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The Philippines is represented by Rizal the Warrior in the World of Flags project

FILIPINO WARRIOR. The Philippines' personification is named after its national hero Jose Rizal. Photo from World Flags

Boxing governing body stripped of Olympic status

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Amid allegations of bout fixing, AIBA becomes the first sports federation to get stripped of its right to organize its own sport in the Olympics

KNOCKED OUT.  With AIBA still embroiled in a crisis, the IOC is set to oversee the boxing competition in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Curry targets Tokyo Olympic challenge

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Pulling out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad, Steph Curry appears set to join a Dream Team for the 2020 Games

MORE CHIPS. Steph Curry looks to add another gold medal to his haul. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP


PH sports legends 'confident' of 1st Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Celebrated former national athletes Elma Muros-Posadas, Akiko Thomson and Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta continue to support the Philippines' Olympic buildup

INSPIRATION. Former long jumper Elma Muros-Posadas (center) and para triathlete Andy Avellana (left) kick off the torch relay featuring 5 pairs of Olympians and Paralympians. Photo release

The Papa I lost and found in Japan

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:55 PM

When I was 6 months old, Papa was killed in Japan. That was the beginning and end of the story that made up much of who I am.

My sister Bea and I at Akabane Kita-Ku in Tokyo, Japan.

Hidilyn Diaz, PSC reconcile in support of Olympic gold dream

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:31 PM

'We have pledged our support before, and we will continue to do so,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

RESOLVED. The Philippine Sports Commission pledges its support for Hidilyn Diaz' Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid. Photo from release

Hidilyn Diaz on Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid: 'I need financial support'

Jun 04, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz asks for financial support in her journey back to the quadrennial meet

TEARFUL. Hidilyn Diaz turns emotional after winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

With #KuToo, Japan women kick back at high-heels at work

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

A group of Japanese women submit a petition to the government to protest what they say is a de facto requirement for female staff to wear high heels at work

ENOUGH OF HIGH HEELS. Yumi Ishikawa, leader and founder of the KuToo movement, poses after a press conference in Tokyo on June 3, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Trump to get royal treatment on Japan emperor visit

May 23, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The decision by Japan to put Trump at the head of the line for Naruhito illustrates the unique bond between the one-time bitterest of enemies, while delivering rival China a timely reminder that the United States is not alone in Asia

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S.

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:36 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers among 11 nations representing nearly 500 million consumers in the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to counter China's growing economic influence

AGREEMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint media availability in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 28, 2019. Photo Lars Hagberg/AFP

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The step comes after Japan launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population

DANGEROUS. In this file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

PH women's football team ends 2020 Olympic bid

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Philippine women's football team fails to advance to the third round of the Olympic qualifiers

BOWING OUT. The Philippines national women's football team caps off its Olympic bid with a 7-0 drubbing of Palestine. Photo from Qatar FA

Mark Karpeles: Bitcoin baron brought down with a bump

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:42 PM

In many ways, the trajectory of Mark Karpeles mirrors the volatile rise and fall of the bitcoin currency itself

KARPELES. French national Mark Karpeles, former CEO of collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox, attends a press conference after his first hearing in Tokyo on July 11, 2017. Photo by Quentin Tybeghien/AFP

Tokyo is McJim’s spectacular backdrop in new ad campaign

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Trusted leather goods brand McJim Classic Leather puts the modern Filipino gentlemen in his best form and style

Ghosn out on bail after more than 100 days

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn leaves the detention center in northern Tokyo flanked by guards, wearing a blue cap, a white medical face mask, and a work jacket with orange reflective stripes

ON BAIL. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo Detention House following his release on bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Moon shot: Toyota, Japan space agency plan lunar mission

Mar 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

It will be the car manufacturer's first full-fledged entry into space exploration, after the company jointly developed a small robot sent to the International Space Station

Ex-Nissan chief Ghosn wins bail in Japan

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An appeal by prosecutors against the decision to grant Carlos Ghosn bail is thrown out late Tuesday, March 5

CARLOS GHOSN. Men walk past a screen showing a news program featuring Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on November 20, 2018. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Teen golfer Yuka Saso targets Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Asian Games gold medalist Yuka Saso can qualify for the Olympics sooner than expected

OLYMPICS BERTH. Yuka Saso aims to debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn makes fresh bail request

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:27 PM

It is the first bail request filed by the 64-year-old since he shook up his legal team as he crafts his defense to 3 charges of financial misconduct

BAIL REQUEST. This file photo taken on September 15, 2017 shows then-Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gesturing as he addresses a press conference in Paris. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Mini miracle: 'Record-breaking' premature baby leaves Tokyo hospital

Feb 27, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The tiny tot weighed just 268 grams – under 10 ounces -– when he was delivered at 24 weeks, reportedly after he stopped growing in the womb. He was so small he fit in an adult's cupped hands.

This undated handout released by Japan's Keio University Hospital on February 27, 2019 shows a five-day-old baby, who weighed 268 grams at birth, at the hospital in Tokyo. A baby born in Tokyo weighing less than 300 grams (10 ounces) has gone home healthy, become the smallest newborn boy in the world to leave hospital safely. After five months of treatment, the baby boy now weighs 3.238 kilos, is breastfeeding normally, and has been discharged, Keio University Hospital said. Handout / Keio University Hospital / AFP

Saludar keeps WBO world title over Taniguchi

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Saludar earns the nod of the 3 judges for his first successful title defense of the 105-pound crown

STILL ON TOP. Filipino Vic Saludar (right) wins via unanimous decision over Japanese Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Vic Saludar stakes WBO title in Tokyo

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Saludar and Japan's Masataka Taniguchi make weight for boxing’s lightest weight division

TITLE DEFENSE. Vic Saludar of the Philippines (L) fight dangles his WBO minimumweight title boxing bout in Tokyo, Japan. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

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