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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Will the Philippines make history this 2017?

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

Japan firm rewards non-smokers with additional holidays

Nov 01, 2017 - 6:01 PM

A Tokyo-based online firm gives non-smoking employees 6 additional days' holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work

INCENTIVE. Non-smokers in this Tokyo-based company get additional 6 extra days of holiday. File photo

Einstein's theory of happy living emerges in Tokyo note

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:32 PM

The note surfaces after 95 years and is up for auction in Jerusalem

NOTE FROM THE PAST. A picture taken on October 19, 2017, shows Gal Winner, owner and manager of the Winner's auction house in Jerusalem, displays two notes written by Albert Einstein, in 1922, on hotel stationary from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo Japan. Photo by Menahem Kahana/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

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

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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SHORT FILM: POPcorn Dreams

Jul 05, 2016 - 7:40 AM

What does it take to be a pop idol?

Tokyo selects Japanese design for 2020 Olympic stadium after cost row

Dec 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Under the new plan construction is to be completed in November 2019 ahead of the January 2020 deadline

NEW DESIGN. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2-R) speaks during a meeting of Cabinet ministers on a new national stadium construction plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In picture also attending the meeting is Toshiaki Endo (R), minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Photo by EUGENE HOSHIKO/EPA

Japan, US vow to push Okinawa base relocation

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:30 PM

The announcement comes two days after Tokyo pressured Okinawa in court to try and force its governor to support the controversial transfer of a US Marine air base

RELOCATION? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:43 PM

A UN special envoy calls on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring extreme sexualized images of children after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography

MANGA. Visitors looks at drawings in an exhibit of the "Milano Manga Festival," tracing the 200-year history of Japanese manga on May 2, 2013 during the press preview in Milan. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP

Top Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni war shrine

Oct 18, 2015 - 12:35 PM

The Yasukuni war shrine honors those who fought and died for Japan including a number of senior military and political figures convicted of the most serious war crimes

SHRINE. An elderly visitor takes pictures of Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on April 22, 2014. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The massacre often referred to as the Rape of Nanjing is an exceptionally sensitive issue in the often tense relations between Japan and China with Beijing charging that Tokyo has failed to atone for the atrocity

POLITICIZED? This picture taken on February 19, 2014 shows a staff member (R) holding documents concerning the 1937 Nanjing Massacre during a tour organized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the foreign media at the archives office in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province. File photo by AFP

Moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Tokyo

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:51 PM

UPDATED The US Geological Survey locates the epicenter of the 5 4 magnitude earthquake in Tokyo Bay

Two men killed in ultralight plane crash near Tokyo

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The ultralight plane went missing on Saturday August 15 after taking off from an airfield in Ibaraki prefecture

Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED Bells toll and tens of thousands of people observe a minute s silence at 11:02 am local time 0202 GMT the exact moment the blast devastated the port city on August 9 1945

Visitors are watching paper lanterns displayed for the Peace Candle Lights at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, 08 August 2015, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on 09 August 2015. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPAMAYAMA

Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

May 25, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Scientist say there is no risk of a tsunami from the quake which had a magnitude of 5 6 according to an early record by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo, Amman to save husband

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Kenji Goto a respected Japanese war reporter held by Islamic militants has two young daughters His wife breaks her silence hoping their children will grow up knowing a father

‘FRIEND BEHEADED.’ This image obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group on January 24, 2015, shows a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph allegedly showing Haruna Yukawa's slain body, with an audio recording in which Goto spoke of ISIS’ demand for a prisoner exchange to guarantee his release. AFP photo handout-SITE Intelligence Group

Japan ministers visit controversial Tokyo war shrine

Oct 18, 2014 - 1:59 PM

UPDATE China is gravely concerned over the mass lawmakers visit to the controversial shrine

National flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 30, 2010. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons program

Apr 12, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The Non Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative calls on leaders from countries equipped with nuclear arms to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tokyo in half a day

Jan 03, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Here are some places to go when visiting Japan s capital on a tight schedule

After giving to Haiyan victims, Shoichi gets a surprise

Dec 23, 2013 - 7:58 PM

A group of Filipinos anonymously sends 6 year old Shoichi a gift coming from the Filipino people

SURPRISE. A month after he gave up his piggy bank, Shoichi gets a surprise "from the Filipino people". Photo from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo

Rappler's Lozada named ADBI Young Dev't Journalist

Nov 23, 2013 - 7:00 AM

For his article on unpreparedness of the Southeast Asian citizens for the ASEAN Economic Community set for 2015

3 children injured in Tokyo stabbing spree

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:10 PM

A suspect armed with a knife stabbed 3 children in Tokyo

3 Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan

May 26, 2013 - 3:45 PM

Three Chinese government ships sail in waters around disputed islands controlled by Tokyo for about 5 hours Japan s coastguard says

Japan woman put skeleton brother in trash

Apr 03, 2013 - 12:18 PM

Tadano lived with his two sisters but confined himself to his room and had not communicated with them for many years

Sharp to suspend tie-up talks with Hon Hai: report

Feb 23, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Sharp plans to suspend tie up negotiations with Taiwan s Hon Hai and search for new capital partners

Boracay named No 1 destination for relaxation, No 3 for nightlife

Jan 03, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Hotel booking site Agoda com asked their clients and the party beach got their votes

HOT DAYS, HOTTER NIGHTS. Boracay's by-the-beach bars, day-long parties and white sand beaches make it a top Nightlife destination, say the clients of Agoda.com. All photos by Roopak Ramachandran Nair

Sperm donor offspring call for privacy changes

Jan 02, 2013 - 12:36 AM

It is a challenge shared by thousands of people in Japan and elsewhere who were the product of anonymous sperm and egg donors

Photo by AFP

Japan Nobel laureate gets washing machine as gift

Oct 20, 2012 - 6:11 PM

Japanese ministers are pooling together money to help purchase a washing machine for Nobel prize winner Shinya Yamanaka

Gilas flies to Japan with modest expectations for FIBA Asia

Sep 12, 2012 - 6:06 PM

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2 0 flies to Japan for the FIBA Asia Cup with modest expectations a similar approach to the Jones Cup where they won gold

Pufferfish a hit in Japan despite the risks

Jul 07, 2012 - 12:56 PM

That eating pufferfish could be fatal is part of the thrill

THE FATAL (AND TASTY?) Fugu. Screen grab from YouTube