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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.
Philippine Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro speaks at a ceremony held at a former U.S. military base in San Fernando, the Philippines, on Wednesday.
Dec 20, 2023
Japan hands over air radar system to Philippines
The system, which can detect approaching fighter jets and missiles, will help bolster the country's defense amid China's growing aggressiveness.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida waves with Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim during his official visit to Malaysia, in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday.
Nov 5, 2023
Japan turns to Southeast Asia to boost security network
The leader sought to strengthen Japan's security and defense ties with Malaysia and the Philippines, amid growing concerns over Chinese assertiveness.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. review an honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Manila on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2023
Japan and Philippines to start talks on reciprocal troops pact
Japan will pledge to provide defense equipment to the Philippine military under a new aid framework.
A screengrab taken from a video — released by the Chinese coast guard in October — shows a collision between a Chinese coast guard ship (right) and a Philippine resupply boat.
Nov 1, 2023
Japan to offer surveillance radars to Philippines
The Japanese security aid comes as a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China is intensifying in the South China Sea.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. following a joint news conference after their talks in Tokyo on Feb. 9. The two are set to meet again in November in the Philippines.
Oct 25, 2023
Japan and the Philippines consider talks on new security pact
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are expected to greenlight negotiations for a "reciprocal access agreement."
A Filipino woman looks at pictures of fellow wartime survivors of sexual servitude at a resource center, in Quezon city, Manila, in August 2015.
Sep 25, 2023
For Filipino wartime rape survivors, a last hope for reparations
For the few remaining elderly survivors, the reparations demand issued by a U.N. committee earlier this year is realistically their last hope.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 17, 2023
Japan, U.S. and Philippine national security chiefs hold first meeting
The senior officials are looking to expand cooperation in the face of China's military threats in the East and South China Seas.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2023
Japan, U.S. and Philippines eye first national security advisers' talks
The gathering would highlight a commitment to strengthening deterrence against China's growing maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas, including the Taiwan Strait.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
Japan and China defense ministers agree to operate defense hotline properly
The meeting came as the defense chiefs of Japan, the United States, Australia and the Philippines held their first-ever four-way talks.
Japan Times
May 2, 2023
U.S. and Philippines reaffirm ‘ironclad’ alliance while eyeing cooperation with Japan
Joe Biden and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. agreed to new defense guidelines, while Washington also clarified that mutual defense obligations would cover the South China Sea.
Japan Times
May 1, 2023
U.S. and Philippine leaders look to craft closer trilateral security ties with Japan
A summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. could help pave the way for a reported tripartite defense framework with Tokyo.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2023
The Japan-Philippine-U.S. trilateral alliance in the making
The emergence of new trilateral security groupings in the Indo-Pacific region has been driven by a combination of factors including an aggressive China.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
The geopolitical trajectory of the Philippines is changing
Growing anxiety toward China, improved U.S.-Philippine relations and growing momentum to advance trilateral-security cooperation that includes Japan is changing Philippine diplomacy.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2023
Bilateral defense deals between Tokyo and Manila could reshape Indo-Pacific security
Philippine President Marcos visited Tokyo seeking key partners in the region to play a pivotal role in Manila’s new foreign policy direction.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2023
Philippines considering trilateral defense pact with U.S. and Japan
The move follows the signing of separate defense deals with the United States and Japan, and comes amid tensions with China and concerns Manila could be pulled into a Taiwan conflict.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2023
Subic and Clark bases not included in U.S. defense pact, Philippine leader says
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. also said a tripartite agreement with the United States and Japan was discussed during his five-day visit to Tokyo from Wednesday.
Japan Times
Feb 10, 2023
Concerns over China drive Tokyo and Manila closer together
As Japan emerges as a more prominent regional security actor, Tokyo is looking beyond its alliance with the United States to help deter China and meet other regional challenges.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals