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Olympic gold lures Federer to Tokyo Games

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Roger Federer shoots for the Olympic men's singles gold medal – the only major prize he has yet to win

STAR-STUDDED. Roger Federer completed the Big 3 in the Tokyo Olympics as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also vow to compete next year. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:07 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

EJ Obiena proud to be 1st Filipino to make 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Oct 12, 2019 - 5:23 PM

'I didn't know I'm the first Filipino. That just changed my world. I take pride in that,' says pole vault star EJ Obiena

OLYMPIC BERTH. EJ Obiena focuses on his maiden Olympic berth. Photo from EJ Obiena's Instagram (@soon_ej)

Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SPECIAL. A household name in Japan, Naomi Osaka says it gives her a 'special feeling' to play for her mother’s birth country. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Tokyo training pays off for Olympic-bound gymnast Yulo

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Filipino teen gymnast Carlos Yulo transforms from a shy kid to a celebrated Olympic bet

TRAILBLAZER. Carlos Yulo performs on the pommel horse in the men’s all-around qualifiers of the World Championships in Germany. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Photo release

Carlos Yulo overcomes jitters to clinch Olympic berth

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Carlos Yulo's World Championships performance books him a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

HISTORY. Carlos Edriel Yulo does a difficult routine on the parallel bars of the all-around qualifiers in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Monday, October 7 at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo from release

Carlos Yulo qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo becomes the second Filipino to make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

IMPRESSIVE. Carlos Yulo qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at 19 years old. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Asia's first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Rugby takes its global showcase in Asia for the first time as Tokyo declares the World Cup games open

GLEAMING. Former New Zealand international Richie McCaw holds the Rugby World Cup trophy during the tournament's opening ceremony at the Tokyo Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Alvin Pasaol forgoes PBA Draft to chase PH 3x3 Olympic dream

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

A potential PBA first-round draft pick, Alvin Pasaol opts to focus on the Philippines’ bid to qualify in Olympic 3x3 basketball

DRIVEN. Alvin Pasaol (right) thinks the Philippines has a strong shot at earning a 3x3 Olympic qualifier slot. Photo release

Doncic's Slovenia handed Olympic qualifying chance

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:17 PM

NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic hopes to debut in the 2020 Olympics as Slovenia secures a berth in the qualifying tournament

LAST CHANCE. Luka Doncic vies to lead Slovenia's final shot at a 2020 Olympic seat. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Gilas expectedly misses Olympic cut as Serbia leads qualifiers pool

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Philippines won't see action in the Olympic qualifiers after failing to make the cut in the FIBA wild card

Photo from fiba.basketball

Japan's post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:54 AM

'It's worse than we thought,' says the Tokyo Electric Power, as authorities confirmed 45,000 homes were still without electricity 12 days after the powerful Typhoon Faxai barrelled through the Tokyo region

A man walks past a fallen utility pole downed by winds caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture on September 9, 2019. The powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds killed two people, police said on September 9, as halted trains caused commuter chaos and more than 100 flights were cancelled. jiji press / AFP

Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:39 AM

After Team USA's World Cup debacle, NBA stars like Steph Curry may see action in the Olympics for the first time

ALL IN. Steph Curry says he's looking forward to the Olympic experience. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

PH Blu Girls shoot for Olympics berth in continental qualifier

Sep 15, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine women's softball team tests its mettle against Asian powerhouses for a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

ANOTHER CHANCE. The Philippine Blu Girls get another chance in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from release

From 'Death Stranding' to Olympic Mario at Tokyo Game Show

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:24 PM

A new trailer for 'Death Stranding' comes out at Tokyo Game Show 2019

HIDEO KOJIMA. Japanese video game designer, writer, director and producer Hideo Kojima speaks on stage to present his new video game 'Death Stranding' during the Tokyo Game Show in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture on September 12, 2019.  Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP


Snowkyo 2020: Tokyo to test fake snow to cool Olympics

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Olympic organizers look for novel ways to keep fans and athletes cool during Tokyo's summer months

COOL DOWN. Tokyo may set up small snow-making machines in some Olympic sporting events. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Typhoon stranded 17,000 at Tokyo airport

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Typhoon Faxai causes more than 100 flights to be scrapped and road and rail links to the airport were also badly affected, leaving many with no transport options to the city

Commuters wait to get on trains after some train services resumed in Tokyo on September 9, 2019. A powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain battered the Tokyo region on September 9, sparking evacuation warnings to tens of thousands, widespread blackouts and transport disruption. jiji press / AFP

Popovich 'thrilled' as U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 basketball

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Team USA secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth as it chases its 4th straight FIBA World Cup crown

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers leads US against the Brazilians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Photo from FIBA

1 dead after powerful typhoon hits Tokyo

Sep 09, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Police confirm one person is killed in the storm, a woman in her fifties who was found dead in Tokyo.

COMMUTER CHAOS. Commuters wait at Shinjuku Japan Railways station for the resumption of trains operation after they were suspended due to typhoon Faxai in Tokyo on September 9, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Tokyo braces for direct hit from Typhoon Faxai

Sep 08, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216 km/hr, is forecast to reach coastal areas near Tokyo in the late hours of Sunday into Monday morning

TOKYO. The Tokyo Tower is pictured at night in Tokyo on September 7, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas' Olympic bid still alive as China gets boot

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines may be winless in the FIBA World Cup, but it still has a shot at the best Asian team honor that comes with an outright Tokyo Olympics berth

IN THE RUNNING. Gilas Pilipinas needs to win its remaining two games in the classification stage to have a chance at an automatic Olympic berth. Photo from fiba.basketball


EJ Obiena nails Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The Filipino pole vaulter resets his Philippine record for the third time this year to secure a maiden Olympics stint

QUALIFIED. EJ Obiena makes the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cut. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Tokyo tests athlete transport ahead of 2020 Olympics

Aug 26, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Organizers are trying to gauge the effect of the Olympics on traffic with 11,000 athletes due to participate in the Games

BIGGEST SPORTING STAGE. Expectations are high as Tokyo hosts the upcoming Summer Games. File Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


PH tankers make Tokyo 2020 Olympics B cut

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule are the first Filipino swimmers to make the Olympic Selection Time B for Tokyo 2020

STAR SWIMMERS. Remedy Rule (left) and Luke Gebbie moves a step into qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photos courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

Philippine football chief appointed chef de mission to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Mariano Araneta is set to lead Team Philippines in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Mariano 'Nonong' Araneta  of the Philippine Football Federation is responsible for the national athletes bound for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Daniel Caluag picked for Tokyo 2020 Olympics BMX test event

Aug 09, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Former Asian Games gold medalist Daniel Caluag is one of the 64 riders in the world picked to join the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' BMX test run

OLYMPIC BID. Daniel Caluag shows promise in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz receives P2 million for Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid

Aug 09, 2019 - 3:58 PM

The country's top weightlifter gets financial support to pump up her bid to win the country's first Olympic gold medal

TOP WEIGHTLIFTER. Hidilyn Diaz wins the 2018 Asian Games women's 53kg weightlifting gold. File photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Japan and South Korea trade tit-for-tat export blows

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's move comes with the countries mired in a long-running dispute over the use of forced labor during World War II

NO ABE. South Korean protestors hold placards reading 'No Abe!' during a rally against Japan's decision to remove South Korea from a so-called white list of favoured export partners, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 2, 2019.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Going for gold: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics medal designs

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The Olympic medals, made from recycled materials collected from old electronics, come on ribbons that use traditional Japanese checkered patterns and graphics

GLITTERY. The 2020 Olympic medals reflect myriad patterns of light to symbolize the energy of the athletes. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Final countdown: Tokyo marks one year till 2020 Olympics

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:44 AM

From driverless airport transport to robot greeters and mascots, Japan vows to dazzle Olympic visitors

SPORTING SHOW. Olympic rings stand as markers at the Japan Sport Olympic Square beside the new National Stadium. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Mayweather made 'special advisor' to China boxing team

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:12 AM

China hopes to boost its boxing medal count at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with retired superstar Floyd Mayweather

NEW CHALLENGE. Floyd Mayweather, whose perfect 50-0 record includes a conquest of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, reportedly plans to 'go all-out' with the Chinese team. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

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