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Japan anime giant Isao Takahata, 82

TOKYO — Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who cofounded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work Grave of the Fireflies, has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday. The winner of many awards domestically and internationally, Takahata was considered one of the greats of Japanese animated film and is often linked […] The post Japan anime giant Isao Takahata, 82 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 9th, 2018

Japan anime giant Takahata dead at 82

TOKYO: Oscar-nominated Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and was best known for his work “Grave of the Fireflies”, has died aged 82, the studio said on Friday. The winner of many awards domestically and internationally, Takahata was considered one of the greats of Japanese animated film and is often linked with [...] The post Japan anime giant Takahata dead at 82 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passes away at 82

Japanese anime director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has passed away at the age of 82. According to Japanese media, Takahata died from a long term illness at theThe post Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passes away at 82 appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Record $3.1 million paid in New Year s tuna auction at Japan s new market

TOKYO, Japan – A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday, 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. Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.6 million yen for the enormous ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Security worries hobble ambitions of China tech giant Huawei

  BEIJING --- While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation networks. They joined the United States and Taiwan, which limit use of technology from the biggest global supplier of network switching gear. This week, Japan's cybersecurity agency said Huawei and other vendors deemed risky will be off-limits for government purchases. None has released evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei, which denies it is a risk and has operated a labo...Keep on reading: Security worries hobble ambitions of China tech giant Huawei.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

WATCH: Miss Japan to reportedly transform into Sailor Moon for Miss Universe 2018

In the video, the 22-year-old model and actress can be seen wearing a costume that transforms from a modern version of the Japanese kimono into iconic Japanese anime character Sailor Moon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Sing Your Way to Japan, Join the 2019 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest

J-Pop Anime fans will have the chance to sing their way to Japan, as the Embassy of Japan is inviting all J-pop-loving amateur Pinoy solo or duo singers to join the 2019 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest. The contest is set on Feb. 16, 2019 at the SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Sing your way to Japan, join the 2019 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest

MANILA, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- J-Pop Anime fans will have the chance to sing their way to Japan, as the Embassy of Japan is inviting all J-pop-loving amateur Pinoy solo or duo singers to join the 2019 J-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Sing your way to Japan, join the 2019 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest

MANILA, Nov. 13 (PIA) -- J-Pop Anime fans will have the chance to sing their way to Japan, as the Embassy of Japan is inviting all J-pop-loving amateur Pinoy solo or duo singers to join the 2019 J-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more. "It's very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience," said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California. Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements. Osaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams. "What's more, tennis, especially women's tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it," Dorfman said. "And the sport's international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up." The big question is: Can she keep this up? Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert. "You know, it's going to be life-changing for her and very, very important," Evert said. "From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won't go Hollywood on us. We don't want that to happen." Osaka's multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere. Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over. "She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone," said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August. Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.'s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open. Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper's extra edition report of her win. Companies won't say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won't pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say. Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn't have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years. Japan is "just starving for a star," Evert said. Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors. Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas. Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year "brand ambassador" in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn't have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open. The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a "Naomi Osaka model" car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. He said her transformation from "every girl" to superstar parallels the automaker's commitment to technological innovation. "She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional," he added. Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says. Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including "onaji," or "the same," says Nori Shimojo, the company's official in charge of tennis player service. At just 21, Osaka's got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to. As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off. "I wouldn't really know because I have never been in this territory," she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. "For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I'm a tennis player, so I just play tennis." ___ Sandra Harwitt in Singapore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Modern Japanese-style house, first of its kind, built in PH

Japanese culture earned repute around the world through various pop-culture references, particularly through anime. While the young have adopted some of Japan's ways, are Philippine homeowners ready for the idea of a modern Japanese-style house? A company called Touei Solutions, which specializes in doing studies on the housing market in the Philippines, thought it might be worth a shot and built a three-story model home in Filinvest II, Quezon City. Looking at it from the outside, the house already appeared different, especially when compared with the traditional bungalow-style homes which surrounded it. The Touei home had a more boxy profile rather than triangular, and is alm...Keep on reading: Modern Japanese-style house, first of its kind, built in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Japan denounces South Korean court ruling on wartime forced labor

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's top court on Tuesday, October 30,  ordered a Japanese steel giant to pay compensation over forced wartime labor, triggering a new row between the two US allies and a denunciation by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. South Korea and Japan are both democracies faced with an ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

Popular ‘My Hero Academia’ manga to get Hollywood adaptation

Superhero manga and anime series "My Hero Academia" will get a live action feature film adaptation by Legendary. The project will be overseen by Mexican producer Alex Garcia ("Kong: Skull Island") and Jay Ashenfelter. Meanwhile Ryosuke Yoritomi will represent Shueisha, the company which publishes the "My Hero Academia" Japanese manga through the comic magazine Weekly Shnen Jump. Toho will distribute the film in Japan upon release, reports Nerdist. "Hero Academia" first leapt off the pages when it was adapted as a TV anime series. The show premiered on April 3, 2016 and recently concluded its third season on Sept. 29, 2018. An animated feature film titled "My Hero Academia: Two ...Keep on reading: Popular ‘My Hero Academia’ manga to get Hollywood adaptation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Japan s Abe begins a rare visit to China

BEIJING, China – Japan's Shinzo Abe arrived in China Thursday, October 25, the first visit to the Asian giant by a Japanese prime minister since relations between the two countries soured 6 years ago over a territorial row. Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to discuss how to improve ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Japan envoy hosts dinner for National Artist and ambassador

Metro Manila was due for a storm visit that night, but the foreboding weather didn't stop a few longtime friends from stepping out to a special dinner in the residence of Japan's ambassador to the Philippines. What they had in common? Japan holds a special place in their hearts. Industrialist Manolo Lopez was the Philippine ambassador to Japan for six years until 2016, a sojourn made significant by giant strides, which included the growth in Japan's investments in the country, the visits of then President Benigno Aquino III to Tokyo and dinner with Emperor Akihito, and the reciprocal visits of His Majesty to Manila. It was also during the posting of Ambassador Lopez that a coff...Keep on reading: Japan envoy hosts dinner for National Artist and ambassador.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

It’s a girl! Japanese zoo invites public to name new baby giant panda

Have a knack for naming animals? A Japanese zoo is inviting the public to name its newest family member, a baby giant panda that recently made her public debut this month. Born at 10:32 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture in Japan, the baby is the smallest of all giant pandas born at the park, weighing in at 75 grams at birth. Too small to drink from her mother Rauhin's breast, the baby had to be fed breast milk from a pump, and was kept in an incubator but regularly returned to her mother. Her weight and body temperature have stabilized, and the pattern of her black and white fur has emerged. She is expected to open her eyes in the coming weeks...Keep on reading: It’s a girl! Japanese zoo invites public to name new baby giant panda.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Let’s a not go! Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street karting

TOKYO, Japan --- Nintendo said Thursday it has won a court battle against a popular go-kart operator that allows drivers to dress up as Super Mario and other game characters to zip through the streets of Japan. Visitors to Tokyo and other major Japanese cities are often stunned to see convoys of karts driven by people--- usually tourists --- dressed up as Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach and other popular Nintendo characters buzzing around busy streets. Unlike many countries, Japan has no ban on people driving go-karts on public roads. But the court ruling looks set to bring such Nintendo-themed antics screaching to a halt. The video gaming giant said the ruling blocks the "MariC...Keep on reading: Let’s a not go! Nintendo wins Japan court battle over Mario street karting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

5 giant storms that have caused chaos around the world

September has been beset by stormy weather, from the US to the Philippines to Japan. See some of the storms that have swept the globe.WATCH: World's strongest storm this year hits the Philip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

5 giant storms that have caused chaos around the world

September has been beset by stormy weather, from the US to the Philippines to Japan. See some of the storms that have swept the globe.WATCH: World's strongest storm this year hits the Philip.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Japan fisheries institute, Google to work on system to monitor illegal fishing

TOKYO --- The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA) will work together with Google and others to operate a system to monitor poaching at sea, as an increasing number of foreign ships fish illegally in waters around Japan. The move aims to step up efforts to investigate marine poaching, because illegal operations by foreign vessels are believed to be one of the reasons behind recent poor catches in Japan of sanma saury and other marine products. The envisioned scheme will use a system called Global Fishing Watch, which was developed by the U.S. information technology giant and other entities. The system can display ships' positions and courses on a map, based on informat...Keep on reading: Japan fisheries institute, Google to work on system to monitor illegal fishing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Robotel: Hotel in Japan staffed by robot dinosaurs

The reception at the Henn na Hotel east of Tokyo is eerily quiet until customers approach the robot dinosaurs manning the front desk. Their sensors detect the motion and they bellow "Welcome." It might be about the weirdest check-in experience possible, but that's exactly the point at the Henn na (whose name means 'weird') chain, which bills itself as offering the world's first hotels staffed by robots. The front desk staff are a pair of giant dinosaurs that look like cast members of the Jurassic Park movies, except for the tiny bellboy hats perched on their heads. The robo-dinos process check-ins through a tablet system that also allows customers to choose which language -- Jap...Keep on reading: Robotel: Hotel in Japan staffed by robot dinosaurs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018