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Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine

TOKYO, Japan – Dozens of Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday, December 5, made a pilgrimage to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which neighbors China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's militaristic past. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refrained from sending an offering, as he has done in the past, a shrine ........»»

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Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2016

Japan’s Abe forgoes visit to war shrine, sends offering

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual donation to a controversial Tokyo war shrine Monday &'8212; the 71st anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II &'8212; but avoided visiting in an apparent nod to China and South Korea. Yasukuni S.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 15th, 2016

Japan's Abe donates to controversial war shrine on anniversary

Japan's Abe donates to controversial war shrine on anniversary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2017

Turkish President Erdogan to visit Pope Francis on February 5

VATICAN CITY –  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican next month for talks likely to focus on the controversial US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Turkish leader and head of the Roman Catholic Church both strongly opposed the bitterly-contested move announced ........»»

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Gabriela laments Duterte admin’s lack of action on ‘comfort women’ issue

The Duterte administration, which Salvador said had promised to bring up the subject of Filipino comfort women during the chief executive';s visit to Japan last year where he met with Prime Minis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Palace: Statue to comfort women won t affect ties with Japan

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday downplayed the potential backlash from the Japanese government over the controversial comfort woman statue erect.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

YouTube cuts vlogger Logan Paul from Google ad deal; YouTube Red movie on hold

YouTube is taking disciplinary action on Logan Paul following the controversial video he shot in Japan's suicide forest. Polygon reports that the company removed him from the Google Preferred program, which allows brands to publish ads on the platform's top 5 percent content creators in the US. In return, creators earn from every click on their video. Paul is also out of web series Foursome while his YouTube Red projects are on hold. He starred in the YouTube film "The Thinning," with the sequel now up in the air. The 22-year-old vlogger has about 15 million subscribers to his channel and is said to be popular among tweens and teens. He began his rise to Internet fame with the now d...Keep on reading: YouTube cuts vlogger Logan Paul from Google ad deal; YouTube Red movie on hold.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Polish PM reshuffles his Cabinet ahead of key EU visit

WARSAW — Poland's new prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on yesterday, ousting the controversial ministers of foreign affairs, defense and the environment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

DoH chief presses dengvaxia watch

AS part of heightened monitoring of the 837,000 school children facing possible risks of severe dengue, starting next week Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will visit schools with students who have been administered the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. In a news forum Friday, Duque said he will visit a Marikina….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

DOH chief to visit schools to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

Starting next week, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will visit schools having students administered with the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, as part of heightened monitoring efforts for the 837,000 school children facing possible risks of severe dengue.   Source link link: DOH chief to visit schools to monitor Dengvaxia recipients.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

South Korea’s Moon says ‘comfort women’ deal seriously flawed

SEOUL -- South Korea’s 2015 deal with Japan over Tokyo’s wartime sex slavery was “seriously flawed”, President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday, telling officials to re-examine the controversial agreement. The issue of women forced into sexual slavery for Tokyo troops during World War II is a hugely emotional subject that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

South Korea s Moon says comfort women deal seriously flawed

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's 2015 deal with Japan over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery was "seriously flawed", President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday, December 28, telling officials to re-examine the controversial agreement. The issue of women forced into sexual slavery for Tokyo troops during the World War II is a hugely ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

UN to vote Monday on measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS, United States --- The UN Security Council will vote Monday on a draft resolution that would reject US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said. Egypt requested the vote Sunday, a day after it presented the measure that is likely to be vetoed by the United States. Breaking with international consensus, Trump this month announced that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, sparking protests and strong condemnation. US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Jerusalem on Wednesday, wading into the crisis over one of the most controversial issues in the Is...Keep on reading: UN to vote Monday on measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

IOC confident Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

TOKYO, Japan – Tokyo organizers are back on track and will complete their 2020 Olympic venues on schedule, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday, December 11, at the start of a 3-day visit. After bungling the rollout of the showpiece Olympic stadium two years ago, local organizers have come under ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Angels welcome Ohtani, plot course for 2-way Japanese star

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — General manager Billy Eppler rose from his seat in rapturous joy when he got the phone call telling him Shohei Ohtani wanted to join the Los Angeles Angels. When Eppler attempted to sit back down, he missed his chair completely, sprawling onto the floor. Ohtani has inspired strong reactions ever since the world became aware of the Japanese star's formidable talent as both a pitcher and a hitter. Now that the Angels have landed such a coveted prize, they can't wait to see who else he can knock over. The Angels formally introduced Ohtani on Saturday, one day after the franchise won the baseball-wide competition for his services. A lively crowd gathered in front of Angel Stadium cheered when Ohtani donned a red No. 17 jersey and hat on stage with team owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and Eppler. Ohtani doesn't speak much English yet, but he stepped to the podium and addressed the fans confidently: "Hi. My name is Shohei Ohtani." Ohtani already knows how to work a crowd, too: He had the perfect answer when asked whether he was more excited to get his first pitching victory or his first homer in the big leagues. "Hopefully, if I can pull it off, maybe both in one game," he said through a translator. Ohtani's grand experiment with the Angels is off to an entertaining start. The league-wide courtship ended Friday with his decision to join Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in Orange County. The 23-year-old former Japanese MVP is attempting to become the majors' most significant two-way player in several decades, and he will have every opportunity to fill two prominent roles with the Angels. Ohtani is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation next season, and he will be their designated hitter on many days when he isn't pitching, Scioscia said. Ohtani won't play in the outfield "at the outset" of his career, which likely includes at least his first season in Anaheim, Eppler said. Ohtani's decision was the culmination of years of hard work for the scouts and personnel executives led by Eppler, who has been traveling to Japan since 2013 to see Ohtani. "There was a wow factor to him," Eppler said. "He was a little bit of a show-stopper. Big fastball. The ability to throw three off-speed pitches for strikes. And have the presence in the batter's box that we gravitated to. He fits a lot of our offensive philosophy." Although Eppler felt Ohtani would be an ideal fit with the Angels, he had no idea whether Ohtani would agree. Moreno led the Angels' presentation to Ohtani on Monday after he selected them as one of seven finalists, and they waited nervously for four days before getting the news. Ohtani didn't reveal all of his reasons for choosing the Angels over the Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox and every other club. "I just felt a strong connection with the Angels," Ohtani said through a translator. That's enough for the Angels, who believe they can provide every opportunity for Ohtani to cultivate the two-way skills that have inspired comparisons to a young Babe Ruth. The Angels believe Ohtani has the intensity and focus to do something unprecedented in recent baseball history. "This guy consumes all things baseball," Eppler said. "There is not a lot else going on in his world but baseball (and) training. He does like to read a lot." Eppler also described Ohtani as "very humble," and compared his mental makeup to that of Trout, whose video phone call to recruit Ohtani apparently went quite well. Trout, on the East Coast for his wedding this weekend, called Eppler late Monday night after the meeting to ask: "What's he like? What's he like?" "He's like you," Eppler replied. "He's simple, humble, and he wants to be great." Ohtani took a moment during his news conference to send good wishes to the two-time MVP for his wedding. And when asked why he had chosen No. 17 after wearing No. 11 in Japan, Ohtani quipped: "I actually wanted No. 27, but somebody else (Trout) was wearing that number." About 200 media members were on hand for Ohtani's arrival, including dozens from Japanese news outlets. Ohtani and the Angels realize his every move will be chronicled on a daily basis with likely the same fervor around Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui in their heyday, but judging by his confident performance in his first major appearance, it's nothing Ohtani can't handle. Ohtani's performance on the field is more important, and the Angels expect him to be an immediate hit there as well. Angel Stadium's team shop already was doing a brisk business selling large piles of Ohtani jerseys and T-shirts on his first full day with the club. "I think it's going to be something very, very special for our fans," Scioscia said. "Every player, to a man, is so excited about this acquisition. Our job is to see exactly how you get a multidimensional, two-way athlete like Shohei to bring his talent on the field often enough where he leads us to that championship." ___ More AP MLB: www.apnews.com/tags/MLBbaseball.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

What is the future of museums?

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter IN COUNTRIES like Japan and Australia, their citizens, including children and the elderly, go to museums in much the same way that Filipinos like to visit their favorite shopping malls. Australia’s Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), for instance, welcomed 1.7 million visitors last year, […] The post What is the future of museums? appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

New Coast Guard vessels from Japan to fight piracy, patrol West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon deploy more vessels acquired from Japan to fight piracy in Mindanao waters, and to patrol the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr made the announcement on Thursday, November 16, during the visit of Kentaro Sonoura, Special ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017