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National Feb 6, 2015

APEC sounds alarm on Asia-Pacific terror threats

The recent killings of two Japanese by Islamic State militants are among the telling signs of an increased terror threat in the Asia-Pacific that puts the world's most populous region and leading growth engine at "elevated risk," the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum said on ...

National Jun 22, 2010

Philippines' aerial banana spraying slammed

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The government of the Philippines is being forced to make a tough choice between its drive for export dollars and its responsibility to protect public health as opposition to aerial spraying of pesticides continues to mount. Environmental campaigners want to enlist ...

National Jan 12, 2010

Makeover to turn Guam into key U.S. fortress

HAGATNA, Guam — The United States plans to fortify Guam, upgrading its military infrastructure on the island into a strategic staging post that would allow rapid access to potential flash points in the Pacific region. More service members, including 9,182 marines, soldiers and their dependents ...

National Dec 31, 2009

Guam bracing for human tsunami

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is bracing for a deluge. Thousands of American service members and their families are to relocate to the island from Japan in what could be the biggest such shift in forces since the war. Already concerns are being raised over the "boomtown ...

National Sep 26, 2009

30 more Filipino caregivers bound for Japan this month

MANILA — The Japanese Embassy in Manila has awarded certificates to 30 Filipino health workers who won scholarships entitling them to free language and skills training for caregivers in Japan. Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Makoto Katsura distributed the certificates to the 30 care workers ...

War-era Japan photos surface in Philippines

National Apr 28, 2009

War-era Japan photos surface in Philippines

MANILA (Kyodo) A Filipino man who found a collection of Japanese photographs in an old abandoned house in the northern Philippines that was used by the Japanese military during World War II wants to return them to their rightful owners. An album containing more than ...

National Mar 9, 2009

Japanese descendants in Philippines get citizenship

MANILA (Kyodo) The long wait is over for Primorosa Hamada, a 63-year-old Japanese-Filipino teacher from the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga. For 63 years, the Philippine government classified her as a "stateless national." But last month, the Tokyo family court granted her Japanese citizenship, along with ...

National Dec 20, 2008

Filipino caregivers face hurdles

MANILA — Filipino caregiver Stella Lelis trained in Japan for three years and speaks basic Japanese. Like thousands of Filipino nurses and caregivers, the 28-year-old hopes to be among the first batch who will be allowed to care for Japan's seniors. But notwithstanding the Japan-Philippines Economic ...

Japanese-Filipino children begin new lives in fathers' homeland

National Oct 14, 2008

Japanese-Filipino children begin new lives in fathers' homeland

Thirteen Japanese-Filipino children and 14 Filipino mothers left for Japan on Monday, realizing a long-held dream to live in their Japanese fathers' or husbands' homeland. Akira Oka, chair of the Cebu-based Shin-Nikkeijin Network Association, Cebu Inc., said the children, aged 6 to 19, and their ...

Abandoned 'Japinos' search for fathers

National Feb 14, 2008

Abandoned 'Japinos' search for fathers

Like most teenagers, Asuka Toyoshima spends hours trawling the Internet. But unlike most of his peers, he isn't downloading games or videos. He is searching for information about his Japanese father, whom he last saw when he was 3 years old. Last month, the 18-year-old ...