Philippines, Japan to repatriate Japanese WWII soldiers remains

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Japan finalized an agreement to cooperate in repatriating the remains of Japanese soldiers who died in the Southeast Asian country during World War II. "The Philippines and Japan have officially concluded an agreement to cooperate in the humanitarian repatriation of the ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 9th, 2018

Book talk on civilian prisoners in WWII Philippines, June 30

SAN PEDRO, California --A book talk on We Were There Too, Uncle, a collection of stories and essays about civilian prisoners in Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War ll, will be hosted by Philippine Expressions Bookshop on June 30. The book talk, from 3:00 p.m.--6:00 p.m., will be held at the bookshop at 479 West Sixth St., Suite 105, San Pedro. It is free and open to the public. According to bookshop owner Linda Nietes-Little, the Japanese Occupation is a dark phase of Philippine history, and more young people should really know what happened then in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of those who died for freedom. Filipino soldiers fought bravely si...Keep on reading: Book talk on civilian prisoners in WWII Philippines, June 30.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Meet 2017 s ten most powerful people in sports in Asia

In Asia, sports equals passion, and these ten big names in the sporting world today have led their respective organizations to amazing heights this year. Let’s take a look at 2017’s Top 10 People Behind the Biggest Sports Media Properties in Asia.   #1 Gianni Infantino, President of the FIFA World Cup Gianni Infantino is a football administrator and the current President of the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup is an international football association and tournament held every four years. Men’s football is arguably the most popular sport in the entire world and the same is true for Asia. The sport retains large numbers in viewership and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Countries like Singapore, Korea and Australia all follow football religiously.   #2 Aleksander Ceferin, President of UEFA Champions League Aleksander Ceferin heads the UEFA Champions League, an annual football competition, unlike FIFA which is only held every four years. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and is participated by top-division European football clubs. Although it does not consist of Asian teams, UEFA remains popular among the Asian people due to the popularity of football as a sport.   #3 Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship When billionaire Chatri Sityodtong conjured up the idea for ONE Championship, he envisioned the entire Asia united under a single sport. ONE Championship has achieved tremendous success since its establishment in 2011. Martial arts is considered a Pan-Asian sport and for the first time in Asian history, it is a sport that has transcended regional and cultural boundaries. Currently the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Today, ONE Championship is broadcast to over one billion viewers in over 128 countries across the globe.   #4 Horacio Muratore, President of FIBA Having been president of FIBA since 2014, Horacio Muratore has continued to develop the sport of basketball, not just in Asia, but in the entire world. The FIBA Basketball World Cup was established in 1950 and is an international basketball competition held every four years since its inaugural year. It also has popular variations in the FIBA Asia Championships and FIBA EuroBasket. The next tournament is scheduled for Beijing, China in 2019. Basketball’s popularity in Asia remains concentrated in the Philippines, Taiwan and China where the sport enjoys a very strong and faithful following.   #5 John Malone, Owner of Formula One Although Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s colorful chief executive remains at the helm of business operations, new owner American billionaire John Malone purchased the company in early 2017 and has since continued to deliver fans heart-pumping auto-racing action. Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or simply as F1, is the highest class of single-seater international auto-racing tournament in the world. Held in different variations depending on the region, the races are held regularly on an annual basis on purpose-built F1 circuits or public roads. The most popular variation in Asia is the Singapore Grand Prix which normally takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Singapore Grand Prix was first held in 1966. It is the first of its kind in Asia.   #6 Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred was named the 10th Commissioner in the history of Major League Baseball a wildly popular sport not just in the United States, but also in Japan, Taiwan, and China. Major League Baseball or the MLB is the most recognizable professional baseball organization in the world. It is immensely popular especially in Japan where baseball is almost considered a national sport. Since 1986, an all-star team from the MLB is sent to a biennial end-of-season tour of Japan. It is called MLB Japan All-Star Series wherein exhibition games are held in a best-of format against all-stars from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Aside from MLB Japan Serie, there also exists an MLB China Series and an MLB Taiwan Series.   #7 Hemang Amin, Chief Operating Officer of Vivo Indian Premier League Heman Amin has been a part of the BCCI, which governs the Vivo Indian Premier League, for the past seven years. The IPL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league established in India which is held every April and May of every year. Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India. Although a relatively new organization, having been established as recently as 2008, the IPL is one of the fastest growing sports media properties in Asia. It is currently valued at US$1.6 billion which is a monumental achievement for such a young property.   #8 Chito Narvasa, Former Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association Former basketball player and coach, Chito Narvasa is the ninth Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Basketball is a wildly popular sport in the Philippines, and perhaps the most widely played in the entire country. The premiere proving ground of men’s professional basketball in the Philippines is the PBA, which owns the distinction of being the first professional basketball league in Asia, and the second-oldest continuously existing league in the world apart from the National Basketball Association (NBA). The PBA played its first game in 1975, and today fuels a hoop-crazy nation that loves its basketball.   #9 Cai Zhenhua, President of the Chinese Football Association China has a burgeoning football obsession, with support from Chinese President Xi Jinping himself who is helping to develop the sport. Cai Zhenhua is the current President of the Chinese Football Association, which governs the sport in China.China’s passion for football is manifest in the Chinese Super League (CSL), which is the highest tier of professional football in the country. With a season that starts in March and ends mid-November, the CSL features 16 football clubs in its current season. The league, the largest in China, now operates under the management of the Chinese Football Association. The current champions are the Guangzhou Evergrande.   #10 Mitsuri Murai, Chairman of Japan Professional Football League Inaugurated in 2014, Mitsuri Murai is the Chairman of the Japan Professional Football League, or more popularly known as the J.League. Japanese professional football league, J.League is one of the most successful football leagues in all of Asia. It is the top level of Japan’s professional football scene, which is one of the most popular sports in all the region. With an annual revenue of over $560-million, the J.League features three football levels: J1, J2, and J3. The league is also governed by FIFA on the global level......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Wrecks of Japanese and US warships — including first American vessel to fire shot in WWII — found off Philippines - The Japan Times

Wrecks of Japanese and US warships — including first American vessel to fire shot in WWII — found off Philippines - The Japan Times.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Chinese ‘sworn brothers’ in 20th century Philippines

It's the 10th anniversary of the publication of Charson Ong's "Banyaga a Song of War," coming after the acclaimed "An Embarrassment of Riches," and this second novel is worth going back to or simply reading if you haven't done so. The "war" in the title refers not just to WWII and the Japanese Occupation---indeed the author devotes many chapters to this---but also to the silent war between Christianity and Buddhist, that is, between Filipino and Chinese culture; the war which Marcos unleashed with martial law; and the conflict between generations, specifically between fathers and sons. Almost epic in scope, the novel ranges in time from the 1930s, with militarist Japan invading...Keep on reading: Chinese ‘sworn brothers’ in 20th century Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

PSL Grand Prix to showcase record nine-team field

Philippine Superliga will cap off its fifth season with an explosive nine-team field Grand Prix, which will unfurl on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The competition gets even hotter with teams allowed to field up to three foreign players each. Two new teams will also be introduced in this edition of the season-ending conference with Iriga City and collegiate team University of Sto. Tomas joining the fray. “With a record of nine teams, this is going to be the biggest PSL ever,” said PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara during the press launch graced by PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico and Bounty Agro Ventures president Ronald Mascarinas Wednesday at Vikings Luxury Buffet at MOA in Pasay City. “We have a very competitive field and all teams are capable of coming up with a very good fight,” he added. “This is going to be a very great season and we know that only the strongest will survive.” Defending two-time champion Foton remains to be one of the teams to beat with Serbian coach Moro Branislav bringing in compatriots and tested talents Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic as well as Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic. Giving the Tornadoes a run for their money are perennial powerhouse squads Petron, Cignal and F2 Logistics. Powering the Blaze Spikers this time is seasoned reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer, who led Foton to its two titles, with another American Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda. The HD Spikers addressed their needs at the defensive end with the recruitment of Beth Carey of Australia, Alexis Matthews of United States and Mami Miyashita of Japan while the Cargo Movers will rest injured spiker Ara Galang, but her absence will be hardly felt with the acquisition of Kennedy Bryan of USA and former Olympian Maria Jose Perez of Venezuela. Also seeing action are regulars Generika-Ayala, Sta. Lucia Realty and Cocolife. The Lifesavers will parade Katarina Pilepic of Croatia, Penina Snuka of Hawaii and Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago, who is just fresh from leading her country to the FIVB World Championship in Japan next year. Sta. Lucia, meanwhile, will have Canadian national team members Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Ukrainian Bodhana Anisova at the forefront while Cocolife will bank on Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Milton of the United States. Iriga City would also be a force to be reckoned with despite being the league’s newest member. The Lady Oragons will parade Tamara Kmezic of Serbia, who is the tallest import ever to play in the PSL at 6-foot-6. Kmezic will be assisted by Japanese libero Minami Yoshioka as well as local star Grethcel Soltones. The Tigresses, meanwhile, is the only team without an import as they would be competing as a guest team in preparation for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament next year.   .....»»

Category: Source:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Japan remains top ODA source

MANILA, Philippines — The Japanese government remained the top provider of official development assistance (ODA) loans to the Philippines in the first half o.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Japanese SMEs keep Phl on investment radar

MANILA, Philippines -  The Philippines remains on the radar screens of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Japan as a possible investment site with the gr.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2017

WWII prisoners buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

  HONOLULU --- Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed.   On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a memorial stone to their loved ones. The marker lies within a national cemetery in Honolulu where the men are buried in 20 separate graves as "unknowns."   Kragh only learned her father, Army Maj. Clarence White, was buried in Hawaii about 15 years ago thanks to research conducted by the son of another prisoner of war. The ceremony, she said, brought to close a long journey of finding her father's final resting pl...Keep on reading: WWII prisoners buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Trade negotiators pushing Japanese gov’t to lift tariff on PH bananas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug) –Trade negotiators from the Philippines are pushing for elimination of the tariff rates on Cavendish banana in Japan as the countries are undertaking a general review on the market access of key export products from both sides, Bureau of International Trade Relations director Anne Claire C. Cabochan said. During […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Japan makes it easier for Filipinos to get multiple-entry visa

MANILA, Philippines – Japan is further relaxing its visa requirements for citizens of the Philippines, this time by expanding its list of those eligible for multiple-entry visas.   The program took effect starting Wednesday, August 1.  In a statement sent to the media, the Japanese embassy ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Pinoy pool bet Lee Van Corteza pockets Japan Open 2018 title

  MANILA, Philippines – Filipino cue artist Lee Vann Corteza toppled Japanese Naoyuki Oi, 8-7, to rule the men's 10-ball in the the 31st Japan Open 2018 Championship on Monday, July 16, at the New Pier Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Corteza outlasted the hometown bet in a thrilling finale ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Japan s Sumitomo set to return as MRT3 maintenance provider

TARLAC, Philippines – Japan's Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) takes over this month as new maintenance provider Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Wednesday, July 4. In a press briefing at the site of the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Tugade said that Japanese ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Japan Extends 1.84-B Yen Grant Aid to PH

The Japanese government is extending 1.84-billion yen (roughly PHP892.69 million) grant aid to the Philippines for a flood control project in Cagayan de Oro River Basin and for human resource development scholarship. Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Chief Representative Yoshio Wada on Monday signed the grant aid for […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Japan to finance MRT rehab

Japan plans to extend official development assistance (ODA) loans to the Philippines with an additional P20.6 billion to fund two infrastructure projects, including upgrading the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 railway in Manila, as it strongly supports the sustainable economic development of the country. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed his country’s intention to extend […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Manila, Tokyo agree to improve power infra

THE Philippines and Japan intend to team up to improve the infrastructure and generation efficiency of Manila’s power sector, the Department of Energy (DoE) said on Friday. In a letter of intent for a technical cooperation agreement signed by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and Japanese Economy Ministry Deputy Director General Kazuhisa Kobayashi in Tokyo on [...] The post Manila, Tokyo agree to improve power infra appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

PH Among Best Economic Performers in Region: Pernia

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Ernesto Pernia on Tuesday told the Japanese business community and other stakeholders that the Philippines remains one of the best performing economies in the region. “National and international observers have remarked that the Philippine economy has entered the golden age, on its goldilocks years. It’s easy to agree […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

BDO Unibank, Bank of Fukuoka tie up to assist Japanese firms in PH

The country's leading lender BDO Unibank has teamed up with Japan's third largest regional bank, Bank of Fukuoka Ltd. (BoF), to serve Japanese firms doing business in the Philippines. BDO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

’Dead’ husband returns after Japan police send wrong body

TOKYO (AP) --- A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later. Tokyo police acknowledged Wednesday that the body found in a river in eastern Tokyo in June 2017 was of another man reported missing at around the same time. Police apologized for the mix-up and said the remains would be returned to the right family. Police initially believed the body was of a man in his early 40s reported missing by his family three days earlier, and handed it over to them after positive identification by the wife and two relatives. The body was then cremated by the family. The family earlier th...Keep on reading: 
’Dead’ husband returns after Japan police send wrong body.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Jaja Santiago sets sights on Japan Div 1 stint

MANILA, Philippines – UAAP Season 80 MVP Jaja Santiago will take her talents to the land of the rising sun, but remains mum on which team as she waits for the official announcement from a division one team in the Japan Premier League. The former National University star was not ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

4 Japanese treasure hunters arrested in Capones island

ZAMBALES, Philippines – Four Japanese treasure hunters and their 13 Filipino workers were arrested on Thursday, May 31,  for unauthorized treasure hunting in Capones Island in Barangay Pundakit, San Antonio town. Senior Inspector Jonathan Bardaje, San Antonio police office-in-charge, identified the suspects as Domyo Ukari, 56, of Kagoshima, Japan; Shinchi Kawano, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018