Tag - philippines-japan-relations



The Fukuoka Prefectural Police building in the city of Fukuoka
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 12, 2024
Fukuoka police arrest man in connection with 'Luffy' crime ring
The suspect, Takayuki Kagoshima, 55, had been detained by Philippine immigration authorities since March.
Defense Minister Minoru Kihara heads to a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-la Dialogue security conference in Singapore on June 2. Kihara will attend the upcoming meeting with Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, along with their Philippine counterparts.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 11, 2024
Japan and Philippines to hold ‘two-plus-two’ security talks in July
At the meeting, the two sides could sign a reciprocal access agreement to facilitate mutual visits by the Self-Defense Forces and the Philippine military.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel work as the 97-meter coast guard multirole response vessel, the BRP Melchora Aquino, arrives from Japan at the international port in Manila in June 2020.
JAPAN / Politics
May 18, 2024
Philippines to buy five patrol boats from Japan amid South China Sea tensions
Deliveries of the just announced five ships are expected to take place between 2027 and 2028.
From left: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Australian defense chief Richard Marles, Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro hold a joint news conference in Honolulu on Thursday.
May 3, 2024
With eye on China, defense chiefs agree to bolster interoperability
Although “China” was not uttered by the officials during their news conference in Hawaii, Beijing’s growing assertiveness was clearly on their minds.
Delfin Lorenzana
Apr 20, 2024
Philippines wants U.S. and Japan to take over rail deal eyed by China
The $868 million Subic-Clark railway will link former U.S. military bases turned commercial hubs and form part of the planned Luzon Economic Corridor.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. salutes during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington on Friday.
Apr 13, 2024
U.S.-Japan-Philippines trilateral deal to change dynamic in South China Sea, Marcos says
Still, the Philippine president sought to assure China it was not a target, saying the summit was "not against any country."
U.S. President Joe Biden escorts Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to their trilateral summit at the White House in Washington on Thursday.
Apr 12, 2024
Biden vows 'ironclad' defense of Philippines and Japan as China tensions rise
Biden reiterated Washington’s commitment to defending the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea.
Philippine, Australian, Japanese and U.S. warships take part in the four nations' first-ever joint military drills in the South China Sea on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 7, 2024
Philippines, U.S., Australia and Japan hold joint military drills in disputed South China Sea
The exercises came as the Chinese military held a “joint maritime and aerial combat patrol” in an unspecified area of the waterway.
Philippine Ambassador Mylene Garcia-Albano is interviewed at the country's embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2024
Closer defense ties expected after first U.S.- Japan-Philippines summit, Manila's envoy says
The statement comes amid media reports that the three countries plan to launch joint naval patrols in the South China Sea later this year.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden meet at the White House on Jan. 13, 2023. Kishida will hold talks with Biden in Washington on Wednesday.
Apr 4, 2024
Japan, U.S. and Philippines eye cooperation on mineral supply chains
Japanese and U.S. officials think that security cooperation with the Philippines is important for responding to potential conflicts in the Taiwan Strait.
Maria Theresa Lazaro (left), an undersecretary of the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department, Vice Foreign Minister Masataka Okano (center) and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell before their talks in Tokyo on Thursday
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 22, 2024
Japan, U.S. and Philippines vow to boost ties ahead of April summit
The countries' senior diplomats also said that any attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force cannot be tolerated.
Philippine Coast Guard's BRP Melchora Aquino and Japan Coast Guard's Akitsushima participate in the first trilateral coast guard exercise between the Philippines, Japan and the United States, at the coast of Bataan, Philippines in the South China Sea, in June.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 22, 2024
Japan policy paper targets U.S.-Philippine ties to counter China
Japan's regional concerns spotlighted in 2024's Diplomatic Bluebook
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo attend a working luncheon at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila on Tuesday. Blinken’s trip, which also touched upon economic cooperation, followed a trade mission visit by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo a week earlier.
Mar 19, 2024
Blinken pledges closer U.S.-Philippine security ties ahead of trilateral summit with Japan
The top U.S. diplomat and his Philippine counterpart also signaled the allies were eyeing ways to "operationalize" security cooperation with Tokyo.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife, Yuko, welcome Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and his wife, Louise Araneta, at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo last December.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Biden, Kishida and Marcos to hold first trilateral summit in April
The summit comes as economic and security ties continue to grow and the partners cast wary eyes on China.
A notice by Filipino police calling for information related to two missing women, Lorry Litada and her daughter Mai Motegi
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2024
Filipino woman admits to killing sister and Japanese niece, police say
A nephew of the sisters said the woman and her daughter were planning a property deal during their trip and were carrying $90,000 in cash for it.
Takayuki Kagoshima, 55, was apprehended by immigration operatives on March 4 based on a warrant for theft and is currently detained in the Philippines.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Japanese men held in Manila allegedly belong to syndicate running 'Luffy'-led ring
The ring was believed to have coordinated the crimes in Japan from the Philippine immigration detention facility via an encrypted messaging app.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo speaks during an interview in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 17, 2024
Philippines eyes hosting 'two-plus-two' security talks with Japan this year
The countries' foreign and defense ministers will likely meet toward the middle or second half of the year, with a key security pact on the agenda.
Ground Self-Defense Force members land using an amphibious vehicle on the shore of Tokunoshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture as part of large-scale joint drills with the U.S. Marine Corps in March 2023.
Feb 2, 2024
Japan starts 2024 with flurry of security deals
In January alone, Tokyo signed cooperation deals with at least four countries, strengthening and expanding its network of like-minded partners.
Jesus Crispin Remulla, Philippines' justice secretary, speaks during an interview at the Justice Department in Manila on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 22, 2024
Philippines says it has learned lessons from 'Luffy' crime ring case
One lesson is to place a limit on detainees access to smartphones and other communication tools.
Philippine Defense Minister Gilberto Teodoro arrives to attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta in November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Philippines hopes to sign troops pact with Japan early this year
Manila hopes to sign in the first quarter of the year a deal with Tokyo allowing the deployment of military forces on each other's soil, the Philippines' defense chief said.


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