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Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers unveil ticket prices

Tokyo -- Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday unveiled ticket prices for the 2020 Games ranging from 2020 yen ($18) up to $2,760, largely in...

Staying true to the manga

CHIHAYAFURU PART 3 is a sports film about a competitive Japanese card game called karuta where players have to memorize 1,000 classic Japanese poems — it’s a game completely unfamiliar to Filipinos but their enthusiastic reactions to the film surprised even the film’s director, Norihiro Koizumi.

Japan’s growing plutonium stockpile fuels fears

Tokyo -- Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a program to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern...

PHL signs social security deals with Germany, Japan

THE Philippines’ two major pension funds have signed social security arrangements (SSAs) with Germany and Japan to extend benefit coverage to Filipino residents of that country.

PAL to mount flights to Sapporo in September

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will start flying to Sapporo in September, as Japan gains popularity as a tourist destination among Filipinos.

Japan’s oracle octopus turned into sashimi

SAMARA, RUSSIA — An octopus who successfully predicted all of Japan’s World Cup group stage matches has been killed and turned into sashimi, according to local media reports.

Belgium rallies to defeat Japan in World Cup epic

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Belgium produced one of the great World Cup comebacks on Monday to beat Japan 3-2 and set up an attractive-looking quarterfinal clash against Neymar’s Brazil.

‘Japan nearly slayed the giant’ : cheers to tears for despairing...

Tokyo -- From Tokyo bars to a Buddhist temple, for millions of Japanese football fans the emotions were the same -- pinch-me optimism to...

Belgium wary of complacency as Japan chases history

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Dries Mertens has warned Belgium against the perils of complacency as they prepare to face Japan here Monday with one eye on a possible quarterfinal showdown with Brazil.

PHL, Japan eye ‘collaboration’ in Build Build Build program

Manila and Tokyo continued to engage in talks to deepen industrial cooperation amid the ongoing Build Build Build program of the government. In a statement...

Movies, literature, and martial arts in celebration of Phil-Japan friendship month

JULY is Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and to mark the occasion, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with various partner organizations, are co-presenting a variety of cultural events.

Peak Japan: Hello Kitty bullet train debuts this week

Tokyo -- Resplendent in shocking pink, a sleek "Hello Kitty" bullet train, complete with special carriages festooned with images of the global icon from...

PHL, Japan ink deal on power efficiency

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor THE Philippines and Japan have forged a technical cooperation agreement to improve electric infrastructure and power generation efficiency in the...

Banks see strong demand for PHL ‘samurai’ bonds

TOP JAPANESE banks have expressed their interest in participating in the Philippines’ return to the yen debt market following a meeting with the Finance department in Tokyo.

Officials head for Japan to pave way for planned ‘samurai’ bond...

A PHILIPPINE government team will head for Japan this week to present investment opportunities in the country, setting the tone for a planned “samurai” bond sale, the Department of Finance (DoF) said in a statement over the weekend.

Japan flags new suspected North Korea sanctions breach

Tokyo -- Japan said Friday it had reported to the UN a suspected sanctions violation by North Korea involving a ship-to-ship transfer, days after...

Philippines seeks parts from Japan for ‘Huey’ helicopters

The Philippines is talking to Japan about acquiring spare parts for its UH-1H "Huey" helicopters, the air force commander said on Monday, after a...

Japanese kimono makers seek to revive declining industry

Tokyo -- At a century-old workshop in a quiet Tokyo neighbourhood, craftsman Yuichi Hirose brushes dye across meticulously hand-cut stencils laid on fabric, using...

Wood you like a drink? Japan team invents ‘wood alcohol’

TOKYO — Discerning drinkers may soon be able to branch out after Japanese researchers said Tuesday that they have invented a way of producing...

Asian stocks decline; dollar retreats as yen gains

Asian stocks drifted and the dollar retreated from a four-month high as investors digested the latest earnings reports and many markets reopened after holidays....

Tokyo’s Nikkei up ahead of US data, Asian trade quiet

Tokyo -- Tokyo's Nikkei closed higher on Tuesday in quiet trade during Japan's Golden Week holiday period, as investors took to the sidelines ahead...

Asia stocks supported by Wall St, but China drags

TOKYO — Asian stocks were supported on Thursday by robust corporate earnings that helped Wall Street quell concerns about the surge in U.S. bond...

Japanese ship arrives in Manila for three-day visit

Japanese Ship (JS) Osumi (LST-4001) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived in Manila on April 26 for a three-day goodwill visit. JS...

Jack Ma says nations need tech to sidestep US grip on...

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma argues that nations from Japan to China need to develop their own semiconductor technology to get around America’s grip on...

Japan ‘rare earth’ haul sparks hopes of cutting China reliance

TOKYO — The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable “rare earth” elements in sea sludge off Japan has raised hopes that Asia’s...

Japanese Navy destroyer arrives in Manila for goodwill visit

THE JS Akizuki, an Akizuki-class Destroyer from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived in Subic on Friday for a three-day goodwill visit until...

While the world cracks down, Japan emerges as a crypto haven

Japan’s emergence as a global center for cryptocurrencies didn’t start with open-minded lawmakers or prescient investments by the country’s financial giants. Instead, it began...

RCBC unveils credit card for frequent travelers to Japan

The credit card arm of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) launched a new prestige credit card in partnership with Japanese card issuer JCB Co....

Philippines, Japan sign first tranche of loan deal for subway line

THE PHILIPPINE government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) inked on Friday, March 16, the first tranche of the loan agreement for the...

Koshu: Japan’s proudest varietal wine

YAMANASHI, JAPAN -- Admittedly, I never thought much of Japanese wines. I had on quite a few occasions, either it be during my travels...

Japan projects in PHL will be free from red tape —...

President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to ensure that Japan’s projects in the Philippines will be free from red tape, Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L....

Davao’s cacao beans to reach Japanese market — DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) eyes better growth in the local cacao sector as Japanese department store giant Isetan Mitsukoshi Group will...

Philippines to secure first tranche of loan from Japan for subway...

The Philippines is targeting to secure next month an initial loan line from Japan for the construction of the country’s first subway line, as...

YouTube cuts star Logan Paul from projects over his video of...

NEW YORK — YouTube on Wednesday punished one of its stars, American Logan Paul, over a video that showed a suicide victim in a...

Japan’s Abe extends condolences

PRIME MINISTER Shinzo Abe in his message on Monday, Dec. 25, to President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he was “deeply saddened and worried to...

Japan to train Filipino construction workers

THE Philippines and Japan have agreed to cooperate in training construction workers to help address a shortage in skilled labor in the Philippines. The two...

Trump says Japan would shoot North Korean missiles ‘out of the...

TOKYO -- US President Donald J. Trump said on Monday that Japan would shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky” if it bought...

Legends of the fall

Kyoto in autumn. The changing colors of leaves. Rest for the weary. WORDS  CHIQUI JABSON CHUA In the foothills of western Kyoto, towering bamboo trees sway...

Japan pledges to help PHL rebuild Marawi

TOKYO -- Japan said on Monday it will help the Philippines rebuild conflict-torn southern Marawi City as well as other infrastructure in a deepening...

A creation of 1’s and 0’s

SHE WEARS extremely short skirts, sports blue pigtails to her knees and has the boundless energy of a playful puppy. During her 10-year career,...

Duterte begins working visit in Japan

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday, Oct. 30, will meet with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Shinichi Kitaoka regarding the Metro Manila Subway...

Duterte’s Japan agenda: infrastructure, Marawi rebuild

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit to Japan next week will tackle issues like infrastructure development, Marawi reconstruction, and security and counter-terrorism, officials said. The Department...

Duterte off to Japan ahead of ASEAN meeting

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is scheduled to visit Japan on Oct. 29 to 31, according to a statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs...

Abe’s rival party leader offers centrist choice to voters

TOKYO -- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Sunday her new party aims to offer voters a “middle of the fairway” choice, seeking to...

Philippines, Japan ink new currency swap deal

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has opened a new yen swap facility with the Bank of Japan...