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Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Dec 12, 2019
In Philippines, once a key Japan-U.S. battleground, museums see spike in WWII interest
As time marches on from when World War II ravaged nations and claimed millions of lives in the Pacific over seven decades ago, the relevance of wartime memories and other memorabilia keeps growing in the Philippines.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 17, 2019
Japan's health care sector still a magnet for Filipinos
Job opportunities in Japan's health industry continue to attract Filipinos a decade since it started accepting candidate nurses and caregivers under a bilateral economic agreement.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 29, 2019
Aging Filipino war orphans race against time in bid for Japanese citizenship
Two groups working to help war-displaced descendants of Japanese in the Philippines acquire Japanese citizenship are redoubling their efforts as time runs out for the aging applicants, many of whom technically remain stateless.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 29, 2019
Philippine island preserves history of Japanese WWII soldier Hiroo Onoda, who hid in jungles for decades
The memories of Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda remain alive on the Philippine island of Lubang, southwest of Manila, 45 years after his surrender.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 15, 2019
Saipan residents reflect on Emperor Akihito's 2005 visit to pay respects to war dead
Even 14 years later, the trip by Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands remains one of the Pacific island's most memorable occasions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 23, 2018
Niigata firm Biotech Japan strives to introduce precooked rice to the Philippines
A local subsidiary of a Japanese company is introducing precooked, ready-to-eat rice products to the Philippine market using its parent firm's unique technology.
JAPAN
Apr 4, 2018
Guam hopes to attract more Japanese tourists after their numbers fell from top market
Guam is stepping up its effort to attract more Japanese tourists after they fell from the top spot of visitors who vacation on the Pacific island.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jan 22, 2018
Filipino and Japanese youngsters urged to remember infamous 1942 Bataan Death March
Philippine officials and executives involved in caring for the country's war veterans have urged younger generations of Filipinos to carry forward the memory of the 1942 Death March, and those in Japan to learn about it.
JAPAN
Jan 5, 2018
Former Philippine President Aquino praises Emperor's selfless decision to abdicate
Even ahead of his abdication in April 2019, Emperor Akihito, who turned 84 last month, continues to be admired by former Philippine President Benigno Aquino with whom he has interacted directly on a number of past occasions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 20, 2017
Occupation legacy: Marshall Islands residents use Japanese term for traditional handicrafts
The tradition is theirs, but the name is Japanese.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 20, 2017
ICAN Nobel Peace Prize resonates in radiation-hit Marshall Islands
The awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is resonating in the Marshall Islands, boosting hopes there will be no repeat of its exposure to radiation from nearly 70 U.S. nuclear tests from 1946 to 1958.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 26, 2017
Hopes run high for rebuilding ravaged Philippine city of Marawi
"Life in Marawi was quiet and peaceful. I awoke every day at the sound of the 'adhan' (Muslim call to prayer), to the astonishing view of Lake Lanao, and with a breeze of cold, fresh air."
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Aug 10, 2017
Corregidor stands as silent sentinel of Philippine history
Nearly five centuries after the Philippines was first colonized and more than 70 years since it was ravaged by World War II, Corregidor Island off Manila Bay continues to offer stark memories of its past.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 18, 2017
Love of anime prompts young Filipinos to pursue Japanese studies in select high schools
Schoolmates Beatrize Chee and Gio Franza from Manila's financial district of Makati are both self-confessed anime fans.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 4, 2017
Once-devastated Philippine city feels safe from floods thanks to JICA-funded projects
More than 25 years after being devastated by a massive flash flood that claimed the lives of thousands of residents, the central Philippine city of Ormoc has revived its sense of safety thanks to the ongoing effects of Japan-funded flood-mitigation projects.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 14, 2016
Siblings find peace after visiting lost father's Okinawa grave
Three Japanese-Filipino siblings were recently reconnected to their Japanese father, who was forced to leave them during World War II to serve the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines and eventually was repatriated to Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 16, 2016
In Philippines, wartime offspring of Japanese still fighting for citizenship
A group of Filipinos of Japanese descent are defying old age and rejection in their fight to obtain citizenship. Their Japanese fathers died, went home or otherwise disappeared before or during World War II, and the claimants often have only vague memories of them.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 18, 2016
Filipino health workers tout program offering careers in Japan
Filipino health workers training in Japan under an intergovernmental program are increasingly taking up the opportunity to learn about Japanese health care and practice their profession in the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 22, 2016
Hurdles cleared but disillusionment, homesickness prompt Filipino health workers to exit Japan
A number Filipino nurses and caregivers who seized the opportunity to train in Japan to work there have ended up returning to the Philippines, including some who passed the tough licensing exam.
JAPAN / History
Feb 10, 2016
Filipino 'comfort women' blast Japan for recent claims before U.N.
Four Filipino women who said they were sexually abused by Japanese soldiers during World War II held a protest on Wednesday in the Philippine capital to denounce Japan's recent claims before the United Nations that such claims could not be confirmed.

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world