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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

AFP sends soldiers to prevent chaos at Japanese-owned banana plantation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The military said on Saturday, October 13, that it will deploy soldiers to "prevent chaos" at a Japanese-owned banana plantation in Compostela Valley, which had been beset by a labor dispute since the start of the month. Major Ezra Balagtey, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson, said the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Creating meaningful solutions in the age of digital experiences

MANILA, Philippines – In Japan, compulsory classes in computer programming  are not supposed to be part of the national curriculum until 2020. One simple yet novel idea from an unlikely partnership changed all that. And it all started with Pocky biscuits. Japanese food brand Glico had just one goal: to “make ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Japan has the world s strongest passport, according to this index

MANILA, Philippines – Ever dreamed about being going to almost every country you please without having to worry about visa requirements and the dreaded visa fee? For Japanese citizens, flying to virtually anywhere hassle free isn’t just a dream – it’s a reality. Japan, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index , ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Amid rising tensions with China, Japan just sent armored vehicles to foreign soil for the first time since World War II

By Christopher Woody/businessinsider.com – A small contingent of Japanese troops and armored vehicles engaged in military exercises with the US and the Philippines in the Philippines on Saturday, assisting in a humanitarian role during an amphibious exericse simulating recapturing territory from a terrorist group. A total of about 150 troops Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Milan Melindo loses world title bid vs Japanese foe

     MANILA, Philippines – A fresher, faster Ken Shiro foiled Milan Melindo’s bid to become world champion again Sunday night, October 7, stopping the Filipino in the 7th round to retain his WBC light flyweight crown in Yokohama, Japan. Melindo did not go down, but the fight was cut short at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

ZAMBALES, Philippines – Japanese troops stormed a beach in the Philippines Saturday, October 6, in joint exercises with US and Filipino troops that officials said marked the first time Tokyo's armored vehicles rolled on foreign soil since World War II. The small Japanese contingent played a humanitarian support role ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

SAN ANTONIO, Zambales: Japanese troops stormed a beach in the Philippines Saturday in joint exercises with US and Filipino troops that officials said marked the first time Tokyo’s armored vehicles rolled on foreign soil since World War II. The small Japanese contingent played a humanitarian support role in the drill after US and Filipino marines [...] The post Japan military joins historic Philippine war games appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

WATCH: Kitkat stuns Japanese with ‘BAAM’ dance in Kyoto streets

Momoland's "BAAM" dance craze has taken the Philippines by storm. Comedienne Kitkat brought the fever to Japan during her impromptu dance numbers in the streets of Kyoto. While on a vacation with her husband Waldy Fabia in the land of the rising sun, Kitkat made sure she will forever be remembered by locals and tourists alike with her all outperformances, videos of which she shared via Instagramlast Monday, Sept. 17. Kitkat, who was channeling Korean fashion with her skin-toned, knee-length romper, printed sneakers and hair in pigtails, moved to the beat of the K-pop girl group's latest track at theFushimi Inari Taisha. Curious onlookers watched as she danced like no one's watc...Keep on reading: WATCH: Kitkat stuns Japanese with ‘BAAM’ dance in Kyoto streets.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: SMC stars get first shot as Gilas challenges Iran

Whether you will stick to Gilas Pilipinas or go with the simpler Team Pilipinas, the fact remains, a new era for the Philippine national team will officially start Thursday. Gilas continues its bid to return to the FIBA World Cup as round 2 of the Asian Qualifiers tip off, pitting the Philippines against Iran to start the action in the merged Group F. [Related: FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Chot Reyes steps aside as NT coach] It's unclear whether or not coach Yeng Guiao will take over full time from coach Chot Reyes, who officially stepped down two days ago, but the fiery mentor gets his first crack in these Asian Qualifiers as his version of Team Pilipinas look to score a road win against the Iranians, a longtime rival of Filipinos in international play. Coach Yeng's version of Team Pilipinas will feature Scottie Thompson, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, and Asi Taulava. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Scottie in, Greg out in Gilas vs. Iran] After round 1, the Philippines sports a 4-2 record, with the two defeats coming from Australia. Meanwhile, Iran has compiled a strong 5-1 mark and is in the middle of a five-game winning streak. The merged Group F also include the Boomers, Japan, Qatar, and Kazakhstan. To qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas needs to finish at least third in its new group. The Philippines is currently third, one full game behind Australia and Iran. A win against the Iranians on the road will be a huge boost to Gilas' World Cup bid without a doubt. The Philippines-Iran match will tip off at 8:30 p.m. Manila time.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

No tsunami alert in PH

THE Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-6 said the Philippines is safe from threats of tsunami following the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Hokkaido, Japan, according to the “There is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake,” RDRRMC-6 Chair Jose Roberto Nuñez said. Tsunami or harbour wave in Japanese is a […] The post No tsunami alert in PH appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 6th, 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

BOI, Japan bank tie-up to promote Philippines to Japan SMEs

The Board of Investments (BOI) has partnered with a Japanese bank to work together to encourage firms from Japan to do business and invest in the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Watanabe settles for silver in judo

Filipino-Japanese judoka Kiyomi Watanabe suffered another stinging loss from bitter rival Nami Nabekura of Japan to fall short in the 2018 Asian Games women's judo -63 kgs. gold medal match Thursday night.   Hopes were high for Watanabe to deliver the country’s fifth gold medal but the reigning back-to-back Grand Prix champion and former world junior titlist spoiled everything for the Filipina as Nabekura nabbed the mint with a 3:21 win via ippon. Watanabe pocketed the country’s first silver in the quadrennial meet. Nabekura bested Watanabe last month in the semifinals of the Zagreb Grand Prix in Croatia and in the quarterfinals of the IJF world masters in St. Petersburg, Russia December last year.    The Philippines’ gold medal haul came from weightlifter and Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, two from women’s golf and from female skateboarder Margielyn Didal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018