Esports battle for a knockout at Tokyo game show

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Japan looks to improve its esports presence as the sector, worth billions of dollars annually, continues to grow

ESPORT RISING. Visitors try out games at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba City, suburban Tokyo on September 21, 2017. Top eSports players traded digital blows at a show near Tokyo on September 21 as laggard Japan moves to up its game in the booming spectator draw now worth billions of dollars annually. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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 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

Toshiba reports long-delayed earnings, posts $8.8-B loss

Aug 10, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Toshiba had repeatedly delayed the release of its financial statements saying it needed more time to gauge the impact of its US unit Westinghouse Electric on its balance sheet

TOSHIBA. The logo of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba is seen on a wall of a building in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo, on December 29, 2016. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/ AFP

Filipino fighters Rolando Dy, Jenel Lausa added to UFC Japan card

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Rolando Gabriel Dy will face Teruto Ishihara while Jenel Lausa faces Naoki Inoue at UFC Fight Night 117

ROAD TO REDEMPTION. Rolando Gabriel Dy will try to show UFC fans what he's capable of with a full training camp against a tough UFC veteran. File photo from Dy's Facebook

Japan PM Abe stung by huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote

Jul 03, 2017 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED The polls seen as a bellwether for national political sentiment come as Abe is buffeted by a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) speaks to the media upon arrival at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Tokyo votes in local polls with national consequences

Jul 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Governor Yuriko Koike is hoping her coalition can beat the local arm of Shinzo Abe s ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP which holds a majority in the 127 seat Tokyo assembly

CHOOSING THEIR LEADERS. Voters cast their ballots for Tokyo metropolitan assembly election at a polling station in Tokyo on July 2, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED Ex Tokyo Electric Power chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro all plead not guilty to charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury

Ex-bosses to go on trial over Fukushima disaster

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The indictments are the first – and only – criminal charges stemming from the tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the plant that set off the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986

STILL CONTAMINATED. 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. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/AFP

Tokyo jadi destinasi internasional terpopuler saat libur Lebaran

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Selain Tokyo kota kota Asia lainnya yang juga populer antara lain Bangkok Hong Kong Kuala Lumpur dan Singapura

TOKYO. Kawasan Shibuya di Tokyo yang selalu sibuk. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/Rappler

World's biggest fish market will be moved, says Tokyo governor

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Plans to uproot the more than 80 year old market have been in the works for years with advocates citing the need for upgraded technology as they pointed to Tsukiji s antiquated refrigeration systems

TUNA HAUL. This file picture taken on January 5, 2017 shows fishmongers checking bluefin tuna prior to the new year's first auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

3x3 basketball among events added to 2020 Olympics

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:38 PM

This is a historic day for FIBA and 3x3 says FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann

TRIPLE THREAT. Terrence Romeo is one of the players who have moonlighted in 3x3 for the Philippines. File photo by Josh Albelda

Menyusuri kisah nostalgia masa kecil di Museum Fujiko F. Fujio

May 18, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Berkenalan dengan kisah hidup sang seniman manga pencipta karakter Doraemon

Museum Fujiko F. Fujio terletak di wilayah Kawasaki, Jepang, memuat karya dan perjalanan hidup Fujiko F. Fujio. Foto dari akun Instagram fujiomuseum.

'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

Afghan women swimmers defy threats for Olympic dream

Mar 29, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A 25 year old coach s story epitomizes the struggle to swim in a conservative landlocked conflict plagued country that largely opposes women taking part in sports

OLYMPIC DREAMS. In this photograph taken on March 18, 2017, Afghan swimmer and coach Elena Saboori, 25, head of the newly created Women's Swimming Committee, gestures as she speaks during an interview with AFP in a house in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster

Mar 17, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Numerous lawsuits have been filed in relation to various aspects of the disaster but Friday s ruling marks the first verdict in a group lawsuit by evacuees seeking compensation from both the government and TEPCO over the catastrophe

REMEMBERING FUKUSHIMA. People offer flowers at the monument of the victim of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster during a memorial service in Namie, a no entry zone in Fukushima prefecture on March 11, 2017. Photo by kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Kim Jong-Nam sought North Korea reform – Japanese author

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:31 PM

Even if it put him in danger he wanted to tell his opinions to Pyongyang through me or other media Tokyo Shimbun senior writer Yoji Gomi says

KIM JONG-NAM. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Michael Phelps heads for 2020 Olympics - as swimwear salesman

Feb 17, 2017 - 6:39 AM

Phelps won t be competing in the pool but he s got a pair of swimming trunks he d like to sell you

TANKING. It just isn't the Olympics until Michael Phelps shows up. Now he'll be doing so as a salesman. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

CRACKS. Motorists pass a building damaged by the strong earthquake that struck Surigao City on February 10, 2017. Photo by Erwin Mascariñas/AFP

Tokyo Metro: It's time to build a subway in PH

Feb 12, 2017 - 5:10 PM

But before the Philippines builds its first subway the operator of Tokyo s 9 subway lines says the country should fix the congested MRT3 first

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited. Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

Radiation level in Fukushima plant at record high

Feb 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

We believe the captured images offer very useful information but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside says TEPCO spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi

RECORD HIGH. This handout video grab from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) taken and released on January 30, 2017 shows the inside of the No. 2 reactor, just below the pressure vessel, at TEPCO's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture. Handout photo by TEPCO/AFP

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

Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo's new fish market site

Jan 14, 2017 - 5:29 PM

The controversial project has been delayed over fears about toxic contamination which also impacted the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by the Japanese capital

TO BE REPLACED. Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market will be replaced by a new facility. Photo from Wikipedia

Student-Olympian: Hidilyn Diaz balances training and her studies

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The silver medalist is taking up business at CSB while preparing for the 2020 Olympics

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency says it is the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since 1962

Snow falls across the rooftops of residential buildings during the early morning hours in Tokyo on November 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Filipino woman set on fire in Japan restaurant – reports

Nov 12, 2016 - 12:18 PM

A 52 year old Iranian man pours liquid over his 36 year old Filipina girlfriend before setting her alight at a restaurant in Ibaraki prefecture

'Heroes Above' takes asynchronous PVP to the skies

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:46 AM

We review Heroes Above one of the Filipino made games showcased at Tokyo Game Show 2016

Paolo Ballesteros wins Best Actor at Tokyo film fest, accepts award as 'Julia Roberts'

Nov 03, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Paolo Ballesteros receives Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his role in Die Beautiful

Actor Paolo Ballesteros celebrates at the award ceremony after his film "Die Beautiful" won the Best Actor Award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo on November 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

Vanilla Air to start flying Narita-Cebu on Christmas day

Oct 28, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has also asked the unit of ANA Holdings to explore the possibility of a Tokyo Davao route

NEW ROUTE. Vanilla Air will be competing with Philippine Airlines (PAL) in the regular direct service between Cebu and Narita. Rappler file photo

LOOK: Paolo Ballesteros walks Tokyo red carpet as Angelina Jolie

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:16 PM

Paolo Ballesteros arrives at the Tokyo International Film Festival event as Angelina Jolie

ANGELINA. Paolo Ballesteros transforms himself into Angelina Jolie for the Tokyo International Film Festival red carpet. Screengrab from Instagram/pochoy_29

Asia popularity gives 3x3 basketball new Olympic hope

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:16 PM

FIBA is pushing for 3 on 3 basketball to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the game increases in popularity in Asia

TRIPLE THREAT. Terrence Romeo is one of the players who have moonlighted in 3x3 for the Philippines. File photo by Josh Albelda

Nioh director acknowledges similarities to Dark Souls

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:36 PM

The PlayStation 4 exclusive promises a Souls like level of difficulty while giving you a unique look at Japanese fantasy

Half dozen taken to hospital in Tokyo train incident

Sep 28, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Police confirm there was an incident at Takadanobaba station without giving further details

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PH film 'Die Beautiful' to compete in Tokyo Film Festival

Sep 27, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Starring Paolo Ballesteros the film will be part of the festival s main competition

FOTO: Presiden Jokowi terima atlet Paralympic di Istana Merdeka

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Presiden Jokowi berharap para atlet paralimpik berupaya yang terbaik di Olimpiade Tokyo tahun 2020

TERIMA ATLET PARALYMPIC. Presiden Joko Widodo berfoto bersama atlet paralympic di teras Istana Merdeka. Indonesia berhasil meraih satu medali perunggu di ajang Olimpiade itu. Foto dari Kemenpora.

Here’s what we know so far about Titanfall 2

Sep 19, 2016 - 8:38 PM

Meet BT 7274 and the titans you’ll encounter in Titanfall 2’s multiplayer mode

COME TOGETHER. A pilot jumping into one of the titans on Titanfall 2. Image from Respawn Entertainment

What virtual reality racing on the PlayStation 4 feels like

Sep 19, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Crashing into a wall felt real enough that my body went rigid for a split second before I realized this wasn’t real

TEST DRIVE. Driveclub VR will be coming out this year but the specific month hasn't been published yet. Photo by Michaela Nadine Pacis/Rappler

Confirmed: The PS4 Pro does pump out nicer graphics

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Here are our impressions on Resident Evil 7 Infamous: First Light Uncharted 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn as rendered by the new and enhanced PlayStation

PRETTY LIGHTS. Infamous' neon lights show off the visual differences afforded by the more powerful PS4 model. Photo by Michaela Nadine Pacis/Rappler

Filipino game developers showcase titles at Tokyo Game Show 2016

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:21 PM

7 PH game studios represent the country at one of the world s most important gaming expos

FROM PH TO TOKYO. This group of indie developers got to showcase their creations to the international market present at Tokyo Game Show 2016. Photo by Allen Tan of Monstronauts

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare welcomes a cold-hearted Jon Snow

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Rappler speaks to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare s narrative director for more insight

TAKING COMMAND. Screen shot from YouTube Video

Japan's Nagoya and Aichi to bid for 2026 Asian Games

Sep 15, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The return to Japan for the Asian Games will be the first since 1994

US, Japan scramble for 'strongest' sanctions against North Korea

Sep 11, 2016 - 3:48 PM

The United States may launch its own sanctions in response to the provocative and unacceptable behavior by the North Koreans

Rekomendasi berwisata di Tokyo dari Silent Siren

Sep 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Band asal Jepang Silent Siren memberikan tips berwisata di Tokyo dengan menggunakan Tokyo Metro

Silent Siren menjadi duta Tokyo Metro. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/

Japan takes aid show to Africa, in China's shadow

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:24 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use the opportunity to meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa among them Kenya s President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa s Jacob Zuma

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a session with Kenya's Ministry of Health and world Bank group at the TICAD conference in August 26, 2016, in Nairobi. Simon Maina/AFP

Duterte on China, Leila de Lima, Tokyo Olympics | 6PM wRap

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:12 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with David Lozada

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Duterte & UN, war on illegal drugs, Tokyo 2020 | 6PM wRap

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz targets gold at 2020 Olympics

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Diaz the newest hero in Philippine sports returns to the country on Thursday