Norman P. Aquino

For Norman P. Aquino's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Learning to bow: Japan reluctantly opens door to foreign housemaids

National Jan 10, 2017

Learning to bow: Japan reluctantly opens door to foreign housemaids

In a Japanese-style apartment, Maria Del Bago learns how to properly bow, clean traditional tatami floor-matting and decipher instructions for a high-tech toilet. But she's not in Tokyo. She's 3,000 km away in Manila. Del Bago, a 37-year-old computer science graduate who previously worked as a ...

Duterte’s tilt toward China may upend U.S. pivot to Asia

Asia Pacific Sep 16, 2016

Duterte’s tilt toward China may upend U.S. pivot to Asia

Just when some of China's neighbors were seeking to curtail its expansionism, along came Rodrigo Duterte. In less than three months on the job, the 71-year-old Philippine president has used expletives in talking about U.S. President Barack Obama and vowed to end cooperation with the ...