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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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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