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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_net manilatimes_netApr 6th, 2018

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:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 9th, 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

2 dead after typhoon batters Japan

2 dead after typhoon batters Japan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

2 dead after Typhoon Trami batters Japan

TOKYO, Japan – Two people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, officials said Monday, October 1, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo's morning commute. By Monday morning, Typhoon Trami had cleared Japan, but its powerful winds and heavy rainfall caused damage that blocked roads ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 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

Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning

TOKYO --- An IOC inspector working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics says a powerful typhoon and a deadly earthquake that hit Japan in the last 10 days have been a wake-up call for organizers. The most powerful typhoon in 25 years left 11 dead in the Osaka area of western Japan when it struck Sept. 4. A few days later, a deadly earthquake hit the northern island of Hokkaido and killed about 40. John Coates, an Australian who heads the inspection team, says what happened "has hit home to me." Coates helped organize the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He says organizers there simulated disasters, but he adds "you don't have to dream anything up in this country, it's very sad to say." He s...Keep on reading: Threat of typhoons, earthquakes reality for Olympic planning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 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

No Filipinos hurt or killed in Japan typhoon — DFA

There are no Filipinos in the list of casualties and injured in Japan, as Typhoon Jebi wreaked havoc in the western part of the country, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Consulate General in Osaka have not received any reports of Filipinos among the 10 reported dead and more than 300 injured in the aftermath of the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years. READ: Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan DFA has offered its sympathies to Japan, a close ally of the Philippines. Typhoon Jebi made landfall on the country's west coast on Tuesday, packing strong winds that damaged several establis...Keep on reading: No Filipinos hurt or killed in Japan typhoon — DFA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 5th, 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

ASIAN GAMES: Olympic champion China whips PHI

Powerhouse China easily dismantled Asian Games newbie Philippines in a 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 beating in the quarterfinals of women's volleyball Wednesday night at the GBK Indoor Hall. The 2016 Rio Olympics champions advanced in the semifinals in a collision course with Japan.  Xiangyu Gong had 16 points while Xinyue Yuan finished with 15 for the Chinese. Xiaotung Liu tallied 10 points while Chinese superstar Zhu Ting registered five points, playing in the first two sets before sitting out the third frame. Defending Asian Games titlist South Korea faces Southeast Asian giant Thailand in the other Final Four pairing. The Filipinas, who are making their return in the Asiad after 36 years, were relegated into the classification round for 5th to eighth place. Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago led the way for the Filipinas with 16 points off 12 spikes, three kill blocks and an ace.  Team PHI will take on Kazakhstan on Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

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

22 dead in Italy motorway bridge collapse tragedy

GENOA, Italy (3rd UPDATE) – At least 22 people were killed on Tuesday, August 14, when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa, with several more feared dead in what Italy's transport minister described as an "immense tragedy." The collapse, which saw a vast stretch of the A10 freeway tumble on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Nintendo first-quarter profits up 44% to $275 million on Switch sales

TOKYO, Japan – Nintendo said Tuesday, July 31, its quarterly net profit jumped 43.9% year-on-year to $275 million, driven by the global popularity of its Switch console and game titles. The Kyoto-based game giant reported net profit for the 3 months to June of 30.6 billion yen ($275 million), with operating ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Sony profits rise on the back of PS4 game sales, Spotify shares

TOKYO, Japan – Sony on Tuesday, July 31, raised its full-year profit and sales forecasts after reporting a near-threefold increase in first-quarter profit, as its recovery continues under a new CEO. The electronics and entertainment giant now forecasts 500 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in net profit for the fiscal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

The dead do not always die

YOKOHAMA---The media here have been dominated by two stories: the intense, record-breaking rainfall that has caused massive destruction and loss of life in western, southern and central Japan; and the execution by hanging of the founder of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, Shoko Asahara, otherwise known as Chizuo Matsumoto. Six other members of the group were hanged as well. Six more remain on death row while six others are serving life sentences. The beliefs of Aum Shinrikyo, which means "supreme truth", is a syncretic assemblage of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, with apocalyptic Christian prophecies worked into the mix. The cult was founded in the 1980s and was proven to be behind the deadly 199...Keep on reading: The dead do not always die.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018