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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’s Abe sends offering to controversial shrine on World War Two anniversary

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Wednesday, the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Japan’s Abe avoids controversial shrine on war anniversary

Tokyo, Japan --- Japan's Prime Minister offered a ritual cash donation to a controversial Tokyo war shrine on Wednesday but did not visit in person, as the country marks the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II. Shinzo Abe sent an aide to Yasukuni Shrine, once again staying away from a site that honors Japan's war dead, including convicted war criminals. Visits by Abe and other senior Japanese politicians have angered China and other Asian neighbors, and the Prime Minister's decision to stay away comes as he works to improve ties with Beijing. Yasukuni honors some 2.5 million people, mostly Japanese, who perished in the country's wars since the late 19th century. I...Keep on reading: Japan’s Abe avoids controversial shrine on war anniversary.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

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

Boxing: Donnie Nietes not too keen on Palicte rematch or Pinoy-versus-Pinoy title bouts

Following last weekend’s controversial Split Draw decision at the end of the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte bout for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship, at SuperFly 3 in Los Angeles, California, the WBO’s 115-pound strap remains, well, vacant. Nietes and Palicte battled for twelve rounds, ending with one judge scoring it for the former, 118-110, the other judge scoring it 116-112 for the latter, and the third judge scoring it 114-114 for the Split Draw. Many thought that Nietes had done more than enough to earn a fourth-division world championship, so obviously, the Split Draw left a bitter taste in the mouth of the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion. As such, the most-likely scenario is that Nietes and Palicte lock horns once again, with the hopes of finally determining a new WBO Super Flyweight king. While no official announcement or decision has been made regarding the matter, Nietes isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to get back in there with his fellow Negrense. For Nietes, who was one scorecard away from joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipino four-division world champions, he feels that a rematch isn’t necessary given that many-including himself- believe that he won the 12-round affair. “Para sa akin siguro, sa akin lang ah, siguro wala na yung rematch dapat, kasi alam naman ng mga tao na ako talaga yung panalo,” Nietes told ABS-CBN Sports. “Siguro mas better na maghanap na kami ng ibang makakalaban, rated diyan sa WBO.” Obviously, there’s no shortage in contenders in the WBO’s 115-pound shark tank. Nietes and Palicte are 1 and 2 respectively. Still, Nietes has never been one to back down from any challenge, and the 36-year old Murcia, Negros-native says that he’s down for anyone. “Depende sa WBO tsaka sa manager ko kung sino gusto nila ipa-laban sa akin. Ako, open naman ako kahit sinong lalabanan.” Nietes says he’s targeting a return to the ring in February, but with rumours of a WBO title bout against Japan's Kazuto Ioka also swirling around, the Filipino boxing star says he has no problem coming back earlier. Ioka defeated WBO-ranked McWilliams Arroyo at SuperFly 3. Another name that’s being mentioned is compatriot Jerwin Ancajas, the IBF’s reigning 115-pound king. Ancajas defeated Nietes’ teammate Jonas Sultan earlier this year in what was the first all-Filipino world championship bout in 92 years. With Nietes’ jump to super flyweight, fans and pundits alike all salivated at the prospect of another high-level all-Filipino world championship clash between Nietes and Ancajas. While that would definitely be a must-see matchup, Nietes says he’d rather not have to share the ring against a fellow Pinoy, unless completely necessary. “For me, siguro hindi lang muna ako [lalaban] sa mga Pinoy siguro,” Nietes shared. “Much better kung mga ibang lahi lang muna. Kung sakali namang wala na talagang makakalaban kami na ibang lahi, okay ako mag-unify ng Pinoy against Pinoy.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Pope Francis intends to visit Japan in 2019

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced on Wednesday, September 12, he intends to visit Japan in 2019, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II.  "I would like to communicate my intention to visit Japan next year," the pope told a group of Japanese during an audience ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

NEW YORK, USA – Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka. The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Japan deals with ‘tourist pollution’ from surges in visitors

KYOTO --- "Another bus bound for JR Kyoto Station will arrive shortly," announced a bus driver at a bus stop near Kiyomizu-dera Temple, one of Kyoto's most popular tourist sites. The doors closed as the bus drove off packed with passengers. It was the afternoon ofAug. 5, which saw a high temperature of 39.5 C in the city. The throng of foreign visitors unable to board appeared somewhat resentful as the bus departed, stranding them in scorching heat. Such sights are increasingly common in Kyoto as more and more tourists visit Japan. Some visitors had brought small portable fans after conducting research in advance. Even so, "Heat like this is really hard to bear," complained a man in ...Keep on reading: Japan deals with ‘tourist pollution’ from surges in visitors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

From the Bay to the PH: Stephen Curry s Manila Tour

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry made good on a promise he made to Filipinos three years ago -- to return to Manila.  Stephen’s game-breaking approach to basketball has scored him legions of adoring Filipino fans and followers from all around the globe who revel in every deep 3, every slippery drive to the rim, every sneaky steal.  His popularity has transcended borders, languages and cultures, and nowhere was that more evident than in Manila. Stephen’s first day began with a more than two hour on court workout with his trainer Brandon Payne. From shooting to speed and agility drills, Curry put in off season work as he continues to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. Steph Curry early practice in Manila ! pic.twitter.com/gCYsttNQIa — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 7, 2018 Curry wasted no time in tasting the local cuisine, and he couldn't have started with anything better, as he tried out some halo-halo.  Curry tries halo halo pic.twitter.com/Nn6Nm6zdGE — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 7, 2018   A cold dessert that includes shaved ice, and various fruits such as shredded coconut, mangoes, jackfruit mixed with gelatin and milk. After touring a Jeepney, he traveled to Mall of Asia for the Under Armour Southeast Asia 3x3 Finals which saw he and his father, Dell Curry, on court for a shooting contest with other local fathers, sons and daughters. The competition was fierce but Dell and Stephen secured the win. From a press conference with journalists who came from all around Southeast Asia to cover the UA Brand House ribbon cutting to a skills competition shootout with his dad Dell, everywhere Stephen went in public, his Filipino fans followed in lockstep, fascinated by the presence of the two-time MVP and three-time World Champion. The fans weren’t the only ones awestruck - Stephen himself was blown away by the incredible landscape and cultural significance of the dense and bustling Manila.  Taking a quick tour of some city sights, Stephen then toured a Jeepney, the flamboyant WWII era truck that still can be found transporting residents throughout Manila. Curry capped off the day with a relaxing Filipino scalp massage at Titan and a visit to his shoe brand's main store. Before leaving the country, Curry dropped by the opening ceremony of UAAP season 81, where he led the legions of student-athletes in reciting the oath of sportsmanship. .@StephenCurry30 officially opens #UAAPSeason81! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/GhSKYky44j — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 8, 2018 After a busy three-day visit to Manila, much is left for the MVP's Asian Tour. Curry still has scheduled visits to Japan and China, among other Asian nations. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

SAPPORO, Japan --- A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five of them seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted for after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake jolted residents from their beds at 3:08 a.m. Nearly 3 million households were left without power by the quake --- the latest in an exhausting run of natural disasters for Japan. It paralyzed normal business on the island, as blacko...Keep on reading: Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Warriors star Stephen Curry to grace UAAP Season 81 opening ceremony

UAAP season 81 will be starting with a splash. Host school National University announced earlier tonight that Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will grace the opening ceremonies of the collegiate league on Saturday, September 8, at the Mall of Asia Arena to "to inspire UAAP athletes and sports fans." JUST IN: Stephen Curry will be at the #UAAPSeason81 opening to inspire UAAP athletes and sports fans! pic.twitter.com/mRymysrRkk — National-U (@NationalUPhil) September 6, 2018 Curry will be in Manila as part of his tour of Asian countries that includes Japan and China, to promote his new Curry 5 signature basketball shoe.  This will be the former MVP's second time to visit the Philippines after his successful tour back in 2015.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Landslides leave dozens missing after quake hits Japan’s Hokkaido

TOKYO: A powerful 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Thursday, killing two people, collapsing homes, and triggering landslides that left dozens missing. Multiple, large-scale landslides struck the sparsely populated countryside, which was also hit by the edge of a powerful typhoon that surged through Japan earlier this week. Aerial views showed dozens [...] The post Landslides leave dozens missing after quake hits Japan’s Hokkaido appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Duterte On First Ever Israel Visit by Filipino President

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Philippines' controversial President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive Sunday for a four-day visit, on the heels of yet another statement that triggered fu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Duterte in Israel for first visit by a Philippines...

JERUSALEM (AP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been accused of condoning human rights abuses in his deadly drug crackdown and who has made controversial comments about the Holocaust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Escort Flotilla Four of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived at the Alava Wharf in Subic Bay on Saturday, September 1, for a goodwill visit to the Philippines. The fleet is composed of helicopter carrier Japanese Ship (JS) Kaga (DDH-184) with 5 embarked SH-60K patrol ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Boxer Ladon settles for silver after head butt ends bout

JAKARTA — No thanks to a head butt, Rogen Ladon will go home with a silver medal in men’s flyweight of boxing in the 18th Asian Games. Ladon was the last man standing for Team Philippines who had a shot at a fifth gold medal. But an ugly wound in his right eyebrow oozed with blood from that head butt by Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov, forcing the ring doctor to stop the fight. But even the boxing announcer was at a loss on how to declare Latipov the winner in the gold medal match that was stopped only 22 seconds into the second round. The games announcer at the JI Expo called it a Referee Stopped Contest-Second Round, but the verdict was decided by the judges’ scorecards which, except for the Indonesian, went the Uzbek’s way, 3-1. “It’s a big disappointment,” Ladon said after the medal ceremony that had a sullen Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas handing him his silver.  “It’s a major disappointment. Not only me, but the entire country aspired for the gold medal,” he added. Latipov received the gold medal tainted by allegations of cheating. Ladon ended up a wounded silver medalist —the left side of his forehead just above the eyebrow almost heavily bandaged to cover a wound that not only hurt his bid for a gold medal, but the entire Filipino nation’s heart. “He [Uzbek] was in the ropes and when he sprung back, he gave me the head butt,” said Ladon who believed he took the first round by connecting clearer scoring punches. Vargas, POC Chairman Abraham Tolentino and Alliance of Boxing Associations in the Philippines secretary general Ed Picson could only shrug their shoulders over the controversial loss absorbed by Ladon—the third after Nesthy Petecio in the preliminaries and Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial in the semifinals last Thursday. Picson said several federations also expressed dismay over the judging in the tournament. “There are several federations who felt that they were robbed as well,” said that Vargas “will make suggestions and try see to it that reforms are made in the boxing communities. “In the AIBA, there are no protests. The best we could do is to go to the congress,” he said. With the loss, the Philippines ended its campaign with four gold, two silver and 15 silver medals—a tally that was good for No.19 in the medal standings and far better than the lone BMX cycling gold Daniel Caluag won in Incheon in 2014. Ladon’s coaches—Ronald Chavez and Nolito Velasco—were wary of the cut before the final bout and had to scramble for any remedy. They got one—Dermabond, derma glue that closes wounds temporarily, thanks to a social media post by volleyball player Mika Reyes, whose Indonesian fan gave the adhesive for free. But the derma glue could not withstand a head butt by the Uzbek. Ladon’s wound, which was about an inch, opened prompting the referee to summon the match doctor, who eventually stopped the fight. With four gold medals—courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go—the Philippine delegation goes back home starting on Monday with a better haul than Incheon. But China remained as the most dominant in Asia with 273 medals—123 of them gold—followed by Japan with 70 golds and South Korea 45......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Japan’s largest warship visits PH

    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT- Japan's largest warship arrived here on Saturday morning (Sept. 1) for a five-day good will visit.   Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four (JMSDF) --- helicopter carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184) docked at the Alava Wharf at about 6 a.m.   It was escorted by Akizuki-class destroyer JS Suzutsuki (DD-117) and Murasame-class destroyer JS Inazuma (DD-105), which also docked behind the warship.     The warship's visit to the Philippines is part of its two-month tour around the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, according to Commander Jonathan Zata, director of the Philippine Navy's (PN) public a...Keep on reading: Japan’s largest warship visits PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018