Young Filipinos with Japan benefactor pay it forward

Jan 23, 2013

Young Filipinos with Japan benefactor pay it forward

Bemel Grace Arnaiz, a 15-year-old girl from the conflict-torn town of Makilala on the Philippine island of Mindanao, has been able to attend school for the last three years because of a sponsor from Japan. In 2010, she was offered a scholarship by the ...

Philippine rejection of U.S. bases an example for activists

Nov 23, 2012

Philippine rejection of U.S. bases an example for activists

Visiting activists from Japan have expressed hope that Tokyo will emulate Manila’s rejection of U.S. bases two decades ago, citing mainly the negative social impacts of maintaining the installations and the Philippines’ successful conversion of the sites into economic hubs. Mitsuo Sato of the ...

Nov 2, 2012

Filipino radio show promotes Japanese culture

Students of a Japanese college in a southern Philippines city are propagating Japan’s culture and language among locals via a commercial FM radio station. The show, “MKD Nihongo Radio,” has been broadcast since 2010 by students of Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (Mindanao International College) in ...

Mar 13, 2012

Worries on Guam linger despite reduced U.S. forces buildup

Despite revisions planned to the impending U.S. military buildup on this Pacific island territory, foremost of which is the expected reduction in U.S. Marines to be transferred from Japan, Guamanians remain concerned with the repercussions. Under a 2006 road map on the realignment of ...

May 12, 2011

Japan supply holdups strain Philippine industry

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan triggered supply chain disruptions that are posing challenges to the Philippines’ electronics, semiconductor and car industries. Carmakers continue to meet demand but based only on inventories on hand, with production currently running at 50 percent, ...