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Japan passes controversial law allowing establishment of casinos

Japan on Friday enacted a controversial law to allow casinos that the government says will boost tourism and growth but was bitterly opposed by the opposition. In a last-ditch attempt to delay the vote on the bill in the upper house, opposition lawmakers called a confidence vote on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet, despite the premier being guaranteed an easy win by his large parliamentary majority. Japan's government has long touted the drive for mega "integrated resorts" (IRs) that will include casinos, entertainment venues, restaurants, hotel and conference halls, on the Las Vegas model. It argues the casinos will bring in tourist and business spending, like other regional...Keep on reading: Japan passes controversial law allowing establishment of casinos.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 11 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

Heat wave has Tokyo residents concerned about Olympics

People walk under intense sun at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo Friday, July 20, 2018. A deadly heat wave in Japan has many residents in the Japanese capital questioning the wisdom of staging the.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News13 hr. 43 min. ago Related News

SUPER 8: No regrets for Blackwater after super effort in Macau

MACAU --- As far as Blackwater is concerned, the foreign training in preparation for the PBA Governors' Cup is still a success. The Elite failed to advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament here, finishing third in Group B behind China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Korea's Samsung Thunders. However, Blackwater split its games against both teams, beathing Samsung and dropping one against the Lions. All three teams ended up with identical 2-1 records and the Elite barely missed out on the semis due to inferior quotient. Thursday in the final day of Group play, Blackwater handled its business, dominating Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of Japan, 90-66, but it wasn't enough to make up the quotient deficit. "Okay lang, basta kami na-achieve namin yung dalawang panalo," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Ako naman, sabi ko lang sa mga players, 'you did your part,'" he added. In Blackwater's foreign buildup for the next PBA conference, the Elite won a pocket tournament in Indonesia and played well here in Macau. That's a success for the Elite. "Syempre marami pa kaming kailangan improve, although meron ng mga points na nag improve ang team pati yung adjustment nila sa sistema na ginagawa ko, offensively and defensively, and naiintindihan na nila kung bakit ako nagagalit," Ramos said. "Chemistry maayos na, siguro yung toughness na lang mentally, isa yun sa mga dapat improve, tapos yung level ng energy and enthusiasm sa loob," he added. For now, it's time for some proper rest for Blackwater before heading back to work. "Break kami mga one week kasi di naman kami nagpahinga," Ramos said. "Pero active rest yun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 hr. 17 min. ago Related News

Excited and ready for Shake Shack opening in 2019

  Yes, it's finally happening! Shake Shack is headed to the Philippines in 2019. Known for its Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, flat-top Vienna beef dogs, fresh-spun frozen custard, crinkle-cut fries, craft beer and wine, among other items, Shake Shack has earned a cult following across America and the world over. Originally a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in New York, Shake Shack has been expanding the past years to Japan, the Middle East, Russia, South Korea, the UK and, most recently, Hong Kong. (The Hong Kong exclusive milk tea shake is delicious!) The SSI Group is bringing Shake Shack to Manila. "This is a testament to our company's vision of enh...Keep on reading: Excited and ready for Shake Shack opening in 2019.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 20th, 2018Related News

Japan prosecutors charge Kobe Steel in fake data scandal

Japanese prosecutors are charging major steelmaker Kobe Steel for falsifying data on a wide range of products. Japan prosecutors charge Kobe Steel in fake data scandal Japanese prosecutors are charging major steelmaker Kobe Steel for falsifying data on a wide range of products. Source link: Japan prosecutors charge Kobe Steel in fake data scandal.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

Spanish football star Andres Iniesta (R) signs autographs as he is greeted by Vissel Kobe supporters upon his arrival at the Kansai International airport in Osaka on July 18, 2018.Iniesta's tr.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 19th, 2018Related News

NEDA: ODA disbursement improved in 2017

The government’s capability to implement projects and programs that are funded through official development assistance, or ODA, improved last year, the National Economic and Development Authority said Thursday, with Japan still the Philippines’ top ODA source......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 19th, 2018Related News

Japan Airlines Business Class Manila to Tokyo Review – Manila Video

Here’s team member Jasmin’s daughter with a personal tour of the lie-flat seat in Japan Airlines Business Class from Manila to Tokyo! source link: Japan Airlines Business Class Manila to Tokyo Review – Manila Video.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

SUPER 8: Digregorio continues to believe in Blackwater

MACAU --- Late last season in the PBA, Blackwater was seen as a team on the rise. Blackwater was knocking on the door of the semifinals, as the then no. 8-seed Elite pushed no. 1 Meralco to the brink in the quarterfinals. The future looked bright for Blackwater. This current season, the Elite, with a top-5 All-Filipino player in JP Erram, missed the Philippine Cup playoffss due to bad quotient. Still respectable. But things fell apart in the Commissioner's Cup as a plethora of things, including a coaching change, doomed Blackwater. The Elite finished the tournament with a woeful 1-10 mark. They won their only game thanks to a last-second dunk by import Henry Walker. After that terrible stint, the Elite are busy preparing for the Governors' Cup, part of that buildup is the Summer Super 8 tournament here. In two games, Blackwater split its games with teams from South Korea and China. The Elite have the chance to advance against a team from Japan Thursday. The team is confident. "I'm confident. As long as the rims are 10 feet high and the ball still bounces, we're confident," guard Mike Digregorio said. "We have all the confidence in the world to win," he added. The rebuild has been a long process for Blackwater. But the team has more than enough talent to make it work. Digregorio has nothing but overwhelming belief on his team and previous close calls suggest that the Elite are on the verge of a breakthrough. The process just needs a little more push. "Every day is a work in progress. We had a coaching change and the Commissioner' Cup wasn't the conference that we wanted but I believe in this team, I really do," Digregorio said. "Last Governors' Cup we were knocking on the semis, last Philippine Cup we played really well. We're building towards coach Bong's system and adjusting to him. Every day is a learning process but we're getting better and we're working towards success," he added. There's success to be found in Macau and the Elite are one win away from advancing to the next round. They plan on doing so, obviously. "We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," Digregorio added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 19th, 2018Related News

Lee Vann Corteza wins Japan 10-ball

Lee Vann Corteza toppled Japanese Naoyuki Oi, 8-7, to complete a sweep and rule the men’s 10-ball crown of the 31st Japan Open 2018 Championship Monday in Tokyo, Japan......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 19th, 2018Related News

Chocolate mallows—inspired by our Sapporo trip

On a recent family trip to Japan, I was amazed at Sapporo's New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. It's probably the most unique airport I've seen. Part carnival, part shopping mall, it has everything to keep waiting passengers entertained, prodding arriving passengers to spend a few hours there before proceeding to their hotels in the city, and departing ones to arrive there early, so they can have time to enjoy all the facilities before boarding their flights. Imagine a world of chocolates, for instance, which occupies an entire section of the airport. Here, one shop after another sells pastries, ice cream and chocolates, particularly Japan's famous Royce brand. There's also a showc...Keep on reading: Chocolate mallows—inspired by our Sapporo trip.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 19th, 2018Related News

Jones Cup: Ateneo escapes Japan to end two-game skid

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines-Ateneo Blue Eagles fended off a furious second-half assault from Japan to hack out an 80-74 win and end a two-game skid in the 40th William Jones Cup in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on Wednesday, July 18. Ateneo squandered a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

JONES CUP: Ateneo gets back on track at expense of Japan

Ateneo de Manila University started strong and finished even stronger to barge back onto the win column in the 2018 William Jones Cup. Thirdy Ravena had all the answers in the endgame as the young Blue Eagles lost a 14-point lead, but dug deep to hold off the Team B of the Japanese national team, 80-74, on Wednesday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan. The UAAP champions established a 48-34 lead in the third quarter before the Japanese came roaring back with a 29-14 rampage to grab a 63-62 edge in the final frame. In the ensuing possession, UAAP Season 80 Mythical selection Ravena took the ball right to the rim where he made good on the basket plus the bonus. That uncorked an 8-1 burst that took back the advantage in favor of Ateneo, 70-63. Japan yet again threatened at 70-72 inside the last two minutes only to see Gian Mamuyac nail a tough midrange jumper and Ravena register a resounding rejection that closed the door on them once and for all. Incoming fourth-year forward Ravena wound up with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and one block. Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame had his own 15-point, 14-rebound double-double on top of two blocks. Behind the end-to-end play of Ravena, the Blue Eagles swooped back on the right track, evening their standing at 2-2. The Philippine team will now turn its attention to Indonesian club team CLS Knights on Thursday. Takuma Sato paced Japan with 12 points. BOX SCORES ATENEO PILIPINAS 80 - Kouame 15, Ravena 14, Wong 11, Nieto Ma 10, Mamuyac 9, Mendoza 8, Nieto Mi 5, Verano 4, Black 2, Go 2, Maagdenberg 0, White 0. JAPAN 74 - Sato 12, Takahashi 11, Imamura 10, Hashimoto 9, Tamaki 8, Namizato 6, Hiraiwa 5, Toews 5, Schafer 5, Nakanishi 3, Sugiura 0, Inoue 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 37-31, 60-55, 80-74. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Japanese city claiming to be birthplace of ninjas faces ninja shortage

  A small city in Japan, Iga city in Mie Prefecture, plans to boost tourism by using to the best of its abilities, its claim that it is the birthplace of ninjas. Ironically, the city faces one big problem: ninja shortage. Sakae Okamoto, mayor of Iga, is counting on the international interest surrounding the city's ninja heritage to bolster tourism, as reported by NPR's "Planet Money" podcast last Monday, July 16. While the city was known for its ninja tourism, it is currently facing competition from other Japanese cities--- Nagoya opens ninja schools where tourists, both local and foreign, can train as ninja apprentices; Tokyo is building a ninja museum similar to what Iga...Keep on reading: Japanese city claiming to be birthplace of ninjas faces ninja shortage.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan

Ateneo stopped its two-game skid and fended off Japan, 80-74, for its second win in the 2018 William Jones Cup Wednesday at Xinzhuang Gymnasium. The Blue Eagles improved to 2-2 after losing two straight games while Japan dropped to 1-3. Angelo Kouame put up 15 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks to lead Ateneo, which enjoyed balanced scoring in trumping the Japanese. Thirdy Ravena flirted with a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds to go along three steals while Adrien Wong and Matt Nieto had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Takuma Sato led Japan with 12 points while Koyo Takahashi and Keita Imamura had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Ateneo also...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

Tokyo Olympic venues make progress with 2 years to go

TOKYO --- The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying the project is 40 percent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony. Located in central Tokyo, the Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Games. The JSC, the government-funded stadium operator, says the 68,000-seat stadium is on schedule to be finished in November 2019. It will host the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020 as well as athletics and the closing ceremony. The construction was more than a year behind schedule when it started in December 2016, as an earlier stadium plan was scrapped because of spiraling cost...Keep on reading: Tokyo Olympic venues make progress with 2 years to go.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 18th, 2018Related News

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 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Japan, US renew nuke pact amid Japan plutonium stock concern

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2012, file photo shows a floor crane, foreground, and storage pits at the vitrified high-level radioactive waste storage center, a part of the Rokkasho spent nuclear fuel reproc.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2018Related News

SUPER 8: Elephants stun Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Day 1

MACAU --- Opening day for the 2018 Summer Super 8 is in the books. Filipino teams went 2-0 Tuesday at the East Asian Games Dome here with NLEX smashing Formosa, 94-68, and Blackwater holding off the pesky Samsung Thunders, 78-67. [Related: SUPER 8: Road Warriors crush Formosa's dreams to start Macau tilt] In the primetime games, KBL's Etland Elephants stunned the Xinjian Flying Tigers from the CBA. [Related: SUPER 8: Blackwater holds off pesky Samsung Thunders] Jeong Hyo Geun led the Elephants with 19 points on 70 percent shooting from the field while Kim Sang Kyu and Jung Young Sam scored 17 apiece. Hong Gyeong Ki added another 11 points for good measure. The Flying Tigers, who sent a strong 9-man contingent to Macau, got 17 points from team captain Sun Tonglin. In the final game of the day, the Guangzhou Long Lions scrapped their way for a 68-62 win over Japan's Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka. Ju Mingxin fired 24 points as the Long Lions got the Chinese on the board in Group B.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 17th, 2018Related News