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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

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

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 […].....»»

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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

UAAP volleyball phenom Marck Espejo joins Japanese club team

    MANILA, Philippines – Marck Espejo has decided to take his talents to Japan. Espejo, a five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, will play for  Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler after an incredible collegiate career with the Ateneo Blue Eagles. He will play with the Japanese club team starting this September until May 5, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Espejo takes talents to Japan, joins club team White Eagles

Marck Espejo compiled a resume worthy of envy when he was playing in the UAAP men's volleyball tournament, and after five years with Ateneo he is ready to take his talents to the "Land of the Rising Sun." The five-time UAAP MVP signed a one-year contract with Japanese club team Oita Miyoshi Aeisse Adler in the V.League, Japan's top-tier volleyball association. "One of the highest goals an athlete here in the Philippines is to play abroad," said Espejo in Filipino at Buffalo Wild Wings in Conrad Manila. "I feel really happy right now and of course I have the jitters." Espejo was the anchor of Ateneo's championship-winning run in the UAAP that produced three titles in five yea...Keep on reading: Espejo takes talents to Japan, joins club team White Eagles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

WHITE EAGLE: Marck Espejo is taking his talents to Japan

From Blue Eagle to White Eagle. Five-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo is taking his talents to Japan, following the official announcement and contract signing Sunday in Pasay. Espejo will play for Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler and the team will compete in the Japanese V1 League for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. The V1 League is the premier tournament in Japan. "It's once in a lifetime opportunity. I really have to work harder talaga, double ko yung effort ko kasi yung level of competition sa Japan is different dito sa Philippines," Espejo said. Espejo dominated the UAAP with Ateneo for five years, winning three straight championships. However, in his last playing year in Season 80, his Blue Eagles lost to rival NU in two games. The high-leaping Espejo will wrap up the current PVL Reinforced conference for Cignal before leaving for Japan. He will return next year in time for the new PVL season and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines will host. Oita Miyoshi was established in 1996. Weisse Adler means "White Eagle." The club played in the Philippines back in 2014, competing in the Asian Men's Club Championships.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

RCBC partners with 2 banks from Japan

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) has partnered with Japan’s Kansai Mirai Financial Group Inc. to help small and medium-sized Japanese firms advance their businesses in the Philippines......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Young Paras falls to Japanese champ Kyoguchi in 1st world title fight

Japan's Hiroto Kyoguchi (R) and Philippines' Vince Paras fight during thier IBF world minimumweight title boxing bout in Tokyo on May 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI Vince Paras tas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Paras falls prey to Japanese champ in world title bout

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Vince Paras suffered his first loss in the worst possible time as he fell prey to defending champion Hiroto Kyoguchi in their International Boxing Federation world minimumweight title bout in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, May 20. Paras was primed to become the next Filipino titleholder ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Strong finish in worlds a stepping stone for Pinoy golfer Rupert Zaragosa

Filipino golf standout Rupert Zaragosa believes his sixth-place finish in the World University Golf Championships is a sign of brighter things to come. The Canlubang, Laguna native is nothing but positive about his experience, especially since he's eyeing to represent the nation in the upcoming Asian Games, and is mulling about going pro next year. "Magandang experience ito para sa akin, lalo na para sa nalalapit na national qualifying tournament sa darating na Asian Games," added Zaragosa, who led Lyceum to three national inter-collegiate championships. Zaragosa, a Foreign Service student at Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite hit a 3-under 69 on the final day of competition at the Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga on Saturday. He birdied 3 of the last 6 holes on a hot afternoon to end with a 4-day score of 1-under 286, finishing 8 shots behind Daiki Imano of Japan. "I did my best. I played well in the last 2 rounds despite the hot weather condition. It was not enough (to win), but masaya na din ako," said Zaragosa, who plans to turn pro next year. After rising to prominence by winning title in the boys' 11 to 12 years old division in the Callaway World Junior Golf Championship in San Diego, California in July 2010, Zaragosa, 20, is just soaking it all in. "Magandang experience ito para sa akin, lalo na para sa nalalapit na national qualifying tournament sa darating na Asian Games," added Zaragosa, who led Lyceum to three national inter-collegiate championships. Another Japanese, Yuto Katsuragawa (69, 280) finished second while Henry Tschopp of Switzerland settled for third place (73, 281).  The two other Filipino campaigners — Jonas Christian Magcalayo of Mapia and Lanz William Uy — came in 22nd and 23rd, respectively......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Cebu Pacific to expand footprint in Japan with new office

MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific  opened an office in Japan, as the budget airline continues to expand in Asia Pacific and boost its presence in the Japanese market. Located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, the airline's Japan office will serve as the hub for Cebu Pacific's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Japan, Germany emerge victorious in inaugural FIVB Manila Open

Despite coming from countries which experience the cold confines of winter, Japan and Germany sizzled and came out as the Queens and Kings of the sand court at the conclusion of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open at the SM Sands by the Bay. The Japanese tandem of Nishibori Takemi and Kosano Ayumi defeated Spain's Paula Soria Gutierrez and María Belén Carro Márquez de Acuña despite the scorching bayside afternoon heat in straight sets, 21-14, 21-18. With the victory, the gold medallists have gone undefeated in the tournament, 6-0, while the silver medalists ended the tournament with a 5-1 slate.  Meanwhile, their countrymates were not as lucky in the bronze medal match, as the top-seeded Paraguay tandem of Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla managed to eke out a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Tanaka Shinako and Sakurako Fujii in the preceding match. Takemi and Nishibori advanced to the Finals after beating Tanaka and Fujii, 21-13, 21-16, in the semis while Bobadilla and Amarilla won over Soria Gutierrez and Carro Márquez de Acuña, 21-16, 21-15. #FIVBManilaOpen Women's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Japan 🇯🇵 2nd: España 🇪🇸 3rd: Paraguay 🇵🇾@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/PLxetGh9aN — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 In the men's division, the Germans defeated the Russians as they came back and won a grueling three-set affair,15-21, 23-21, 15-9, to be crowned the kings of the Manila sand court. Max-Jonas Karpa and Milan Sievers took advantage of the visibly tired Russian duo of Petr Bakhnar and Taras Myskiv, finding open holes in the defense and winning jousts to take home the gold an a $1000 cash prize.  Meanwhile, Switzerland's Michiel Zandbergen and Gabriel Kissling won third after stifling Spanish brothers Javier and Alejandro Huerta Pastor in a thrilling match, 22-20, 19-21, 15-13. It was a see-saw third set which saw both teams exchanging leads. However, it seems the final change of the sides of the court did wonders for the Swiss nationals as Zandbergen emphatically rejected two straight attacks to clinch the third spot.  Bakhnar and Myskiv went to the finals by defeating the Huerta Pastor brothers, 21-18, 17-21, 21-18, while Karpa and Sievers won over Zandbergen and Kissling in the semis, 21-17, 21-16. #FIVBManilaOpen Men's Division Podium Finishers: 1st: Germany 🇩🇪 2nd: Russia 🇷🇺 3rd: Switzerland 🇨🇭@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/hwwXsj5w75 — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018  The four-day tournament, which featured teams from 23 different countries, featured eight teams, four each for the men's and women's bracket from the Philippines. #FIVBManilaOpen winners celebrate at the podium with champagne @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/VdVEvPU3Ew — Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 6, 2018 UAAP beach volleyball veteran Sisi Rondina and Beach Volleyball Republic founder Dzi Gervacio, used their wit and skill up to the quarterfinals, where they bowed to Japan's Shinako Tanaka and Fujii Sakurako, which went to three sets and went in the favor of the Japanese, 13-21, 21-17, 11-15, Saturday afternoon. READ MORE: Kaya nating sumabay, kaya nating manalo -- Rondina “Sana ito na talaga ang reason why the Philippines should have a good, long term and continuous program for beach volleyball,” said Gervacio to ABS-CBN Sports' Mark Escarlote after their loss against Japan. “Kita naman natin na with just two weeks of practice, never ko ‘tong naging partner si Sisi and never ko itong naging teammate kahit saan but we’ve managed to play until the quarterfinals.” The former Ateneo Lady Eagle also hopes that this will be a springboard for the development of the popularity of the sport in the country. "Sana ito na ang heads up to everyone na, ‘Tara let’s start a beach volleyball program.’ We’ve won against USA and Canada and I think that’s a good turnout for someone who’s very young and a young team in beach volleyball." With the win in the one-star tournament, the participants recieved a $1000 prize for first, $700 for second, and $500 for third, coupled with their corresponding FIVB ranking points.       -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018