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Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear program with Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first Japanese leader to visit Communist-ruled Cuba, called for a strong and unified international response to North Korea's nuclear program in rare talks with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 23rd, 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 hails Hachimura s NBA selection as new era for sport

By Jim Armstrong, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9 overall pick by the rebuilding Washington Wizards on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). "The Birth of the NBA's Hachimura, a huge step for Japan," read the headline in the Nikkansports newspaper's online edition. The 6'8", 235-pound (2.03 meters, 106 kilogram) forward averaged a team-leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a junior at U.S. college Gonzaga, where he was the West Coast Conference player of the year. The only other Japanese player drafted in NBA history was Yasutaka Okayama, who went 171st overall in 1981. He never appeared in a regular-season game, something just two players from the country have done: Yuta Tabuse for the Phoenix Suns in 2004-05, and Yuta Watanabe for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19. "The fact that Hachimura, a product of the Japanese basketball system, has been selected in the NBA draft makes us very proud," said the Japan Basketball Federation's Yuko Mitsuya. While it has grown in popularity with the introduction of a pro league in 2005, basketball still lags far behind baseball and soccer in Japan. Hachimura's NBA career is sure to help the sport grow in leaps and bounds. The son of a Japanese mother and father from the Republic of Benin, Hachimura is the latest Japanese of mixed race to make a splash in the sporting world following the likes of Naomi Osaka and Yu Darvish. "This is a huge step forward for Japan," said Keisuke Tsutsumi, an office worker who follows the NBA. "It will take the sport to a new level here." Hachimura's junior high school coach Joji Sakamoto welcomed the news of his draft selection. Sakamoto coached Hachimura in his native Toyama Prefecture and said he saw potential in his student from a young age. "I told him to visualize his dream, and now it will be a reality," the 59-year-old Sakamoto said. Japan's education minister Masahiko Shibayama said Hachimura had given hope to a generation of young players in his home country. "It's really wonderful," Shibayama said. "By taking a prominent role in a league that is difficult for Japanese players to enter, he will give hope to many Japanese people." Hachimura's rise couldn't come at a better time with Tokyo building to host the 2020 Olympics. Japan's national men's team has qualified as host country and Hachimura could play a leading role at both the Olympics and the World Cup in China later this year. Wizards interim general manager Tommy Sheppard mentioned the 21-year-old's play for Japan's national team. "For Japan to qualify for the world championships, he's the focal point. And when the (Tokyo) Olympics come in 2020, he's going to be the focal point of that country on that basketball team," Sheppard said. "To be able to shoulder that load at his age — the maturity he has — I think that's going to bode well for him in the NBA.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Palace: PH-Japan ties stronger after Duterte trip

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte returned home early on Saturday  with the Palace saying his working visit in Japan was successful and placed Manila and Tokyo’s strategic partnership “on an even stronger footing.” The President arrived at past 1 a.m. on Saturday after a four-day visit that saw him meeting with Japanese Prime Minister […] The post Palace: PH-Japan ties stronger after Duterte trip appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Duterte flies to most important partner country Japan

As the region braces for the impact of a trade war between the US and China, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to make his third visit here to boost the Philippines' ties with Japan, which was described by a Philippine envoy as Manila's "most important partner country.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Duterte, Abe to tackle economic, security ties

Enhancing security and economic cooperation as well as Asia’s role in regional development are expected to highlight President Duterte’s bilateral meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Philippine leader’s visit to Japan next week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

Isyu sa S. China Sea pag-uusapan nina P-Duterte, PM Abe sa bilateral meeting sa Tokyo

Manila, Philippines – Kabilang ang isyu ng South China Sea sa mga nakalinyang mapag-usapan nina Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte at ni Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kaugnay ng nakatakdang bilateral meeting ng dalawang bansa sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 24th, 2019

Whirl’d Cup 2019 draws 27 teams, 550 players

MANILA, Philippines —While summer calls to mind a long, relaxing vacation, most Filipinos see the season as a great time to make plans with their friends or even a good time to get active and enjoy the outdoors. For Jamba Juice, summer is not just a good time to start enjoying a healthful and active routine, but to also blend this passion with finding and bonding with a community. To encourage more Filipinos to embrace and enjoy a healthful lifestyle, Jamba Juice hosted the second edition of Whirl’d Cup, a two-day mixed (read: co-ed) Ultimate Frisbee tournament organized with JMJ Sports Training Services, in partnership with the Philippine Flying Disc Association. Whirl’d Cup 2019 happened last May 11-12, 2019, at the Ayala Alabang Country Club. Over 550 players and 27 teams participated in the tournament, which was open to first-timers, regulars, and veteran players, with no age limits or other requirements. Aside from the matches, Ultimate regulars and newer players alike also tested their athletic prowess and worked up a sweat at the Whirl’d Cup Skills Challenge Games. “At Jamba, we believe in blending goodness into every moment. In our stores, we use real whole fruits blended with our juices to create our smoothies, juices, and bowls—whether the combination is unusual or expected—the experience and taste is still great,” shared Jamba Juice Marketing Manager Steph Elumba. “When we looked at Ultimate Frisbee, we saw how the community blended each individual player into one big family. From ages 15 to 50, men and women blended together for a weekend of Ultimate fun and Jamba Juice smoothies.” The Whirl’d Cup also served as a great introduction to Ultimate, a fast-paced, no-contact sport requiring only a disc and a well-lit space to play. The sport has rapidly grown since it was first introduced in the Philippines in the early 2000s, making the local Ultimate community one of the fastest-growing in Asia.   “For us, Ultimate is the sport that best encapsulates our values and our vision for how anyone can live a Better Blended life,” added Elumba. “Ultimate is a great way to blend people of different ages, sexes, professions, and backgrounds in one space, as the sport’s inclusive nature makes it easier for people who share a passion for sports, fitness, and good food and drink to come together.” Beyond introducing more Filipinos to Ultimate, Jamba Juice also provided players with an opportunity to support the sport’s growing community. A portion of the sales from the Jamba Juice food truck, the Fender Blender, will support Pilipinas Ultimate, the national Ultimate team, as they take part in tournaments in Japan and China. “Just as it’s important to nourish our bodies with delicious and nutritious food, we believe that it is important for more Filipinos to enjoy a more inclusive experience of sports. A better you starts with better food (in this case, our smoothies), and when you can tap into the better you, you can help create a better world,” said Elumba. “We hope that more people will be inspired by the Whirl’d Cup, start creating their vision of a healthful life, and get blended into Ultimate’s exciting and fun scene.” To catch up on the highlights of the Whirl’d Cup, check out facebook.com/jambajuiceph/.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2019

Duterte to visit Japan in late May

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to visit Japan from May 29 to 31 on a Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation, Cabinet officials said Tuesday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Strikers and Submission Specialists headline ONE Championship in May

A pair of explosive Muay Thai world title fights takes to the grand arena of ONE Championship this Friday (May 10) when Muay Thai superstars Nong-O Gaiyanghadao and Petchdam Petchyindee Academy take on separate foes in ONE Championship’s WARRIORS OF LIGHT card that will air LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, and iWant Sports starting at 9:30 pm. The two Thai superstars will be fighting for the ONE Muay Thai Bantamweight World Championship and ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship belts respectively. Nong-O will be competing against Japanese warrior Hiroaki Suzuki while Petchdam faces Elias Mahmoudi of Algeria. The largest fight promotions outfit in Asia also prepared an explosive MMA card for May 17, that will be ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki’s first defense against Singapore’s submission artist, Christian Lee, in ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON which will also air LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and iWant Sports at 8:30 pm.   Aside from the striking masters, Pinoy MMA fans can also look forward to the return of Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio to the cage, months after his defeat from Adriano Moraes, in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix against Korean Kim Kyu Sung. Former UFC fighter Sage Northcutt will also make his ONE Championship debut against Brazilian mixed martial artist Cosmo Alexandre. Fight fans will be able to witness explosive kickboxing and Muay Thai masterclasses from the likes of Italian stallion Giorgio Petrosyan, against Petchmorakot and Dutch striking master Nieky Holzken versus compatriot Regian Eersel, in the successive fightcards. The names of the fighters lined up may be new to Filipino fight fans’ ears with the exception of Eustaquio and Aoki, who put to sleep Filipino MMA hero Eduard Folayang in Japan, and Lee. But the competing Muay Thai and kickboxing masters have already been introducing themselves via the ONE Super Series that focuses on the art of striking with powerful roundhouse kicks, dangerous elbows, as well as flashy spin attacks.   Don’t miss the two explosive ONE Championship fightcards airing on S+A, S+A HD, and streaming LIVE on iWant Sports starting with ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT this Friday (May 10) at 9:30 pm. ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON will air on May 17 LIVE on S+A and S+A HD, with livestreaming on iWant, at 8:30 pm.   For more stories and news on Aisa’s largest fight promotions company, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas to make ABS-CBN debut

Rising Filipino boxing star Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas can’t wait for the bell to ring this Sunday (May 5) when he defends his IBF Superflyweight world title against Ryuichi Funai of Japan.   The match will air LIVE from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, USA on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD at 10 am, to mark the Pinoy “Pretty Boy’s” debut in the country’s premier sports channel. “Being aired on the biggest network is a big opportunity. I'm sure that my family and friends in Davao will get to see my fight,” shared Ancajas to ABS-CBN Sports during his press conference in his Cavite gym last April 11 for the announcement of the partnership between ABS-CBN Sports and his promoters. Ancajas has been rampaging for the past two years, having defended his title successfully for six straight times. With a 30-1-2 record with 20 knockouts, the Filipino is banking once more on his skill and power to pull through Funai, who at age 33 has amassed a 31-7-0 record spiked with 22 knockouts.  The power-punching Japanese is also riding on a three-fight win streak via knockouts and looks to trade power shot with power shot with the Filipino rising star, who is coming off a competitive draw last September 28 against Alejandro Santiago Barrios of Mexico. Don’t miss the S+A debut of one of Pinoy boxing’s exciting fighters Jerwin Ancajas as he stakes his IBF Superflyweight Belt against Japanese pugilist Ryuichi Funai this Sunday (May 5). Watch the fight LIVE on S+A and S+A HD from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California, USA at 10 am. For more stories about Jerwin Ancajas and boxing, head to sports.abs-cbn.com or follow @abscbnsports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Stronger Phl-Japan ties

The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife First Lady Akie Abe to the country went off without a hitch......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

A bigger role for Japan in regional security

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to the Philippines may have begun a major turn in Philippine foreign relations and in regional security......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Stronger Phl-Japan ties

The recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife First Lady Akie Abe to the country went off without a hitch......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

THE PHILSOUTH LINE:  Japan PM’s visit: a showcase of good tidings

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 January) &'8212; The recent official visit by Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in itself provides a showcase of good tidings that can either overwhelm or far from impress the Filipino most critical of President Rodrigo Duterte. Moreover, it can also have nuggets on culture and diplomacy. The invitation to the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

A telling silence

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the country, pledging billions of dollars in aid to the Philippines and promising to create more business opportunities through development assistance and private investments......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Japan Prime Minister's visit grabs investors' interest - Sun.Star

Japan Prime Minister's visit grabs investors' interest - Sun.Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Goodbye, Davao

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie wave before the spectators at the tarmac of Francisco Bangoy International Airport before their plane departs after a visit in Davao City on Friday noon,January 13. Mindanews Photo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

LIVE updates: Visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

MANILA, Philippines – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to conduct a two-day official visit to the Philippines starting Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Japan’s PM Abe: the second  head of state to visit Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) &'8212; Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the second head of state to visit Davao City after 23 years, when Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad came for the launching of the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA). Abe and his wife Akie arrived Thursday afternoon in Manila and arrived [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017