Aichi letter swaps deepen ties with Philippine kids

| Nov 30, 2015

Aichi letter swaps deepen ties with Philippine kids

Students in Aichi Prefecture are exchanging letters and pictures with children in the Philippines as part of a mutual understanding project led by a Nagoya-based nonprofit organization working in the impoverished nation. The International Children's Action Network, based in Naka Ward, launched the project seven ...

/ | May 15, 2015

Asia eyes Japan defense option


Since Japan has taken a major step toward defending other countries, nations in Southeast Asia are paying attention to the move as a potential way to rein in China's recent muscle-flexing. However, there are limits to what Japan's troops can do in Asia, experts say. "It ...

Oct 1, 2014

Visa requirements eased for Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

The central government has relaxed visa requirements for visitors from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The measure is part of a governmental bid to drive up the number of foreign tourists to 20 million a year by 2020, after hitting the previous target of 10 ...

Filipino woman meets Japanese kin for first time

May 26, 2014

Filipino woman meets Japanese kin for first time

On May 16, a 73-year-old Filipino-Japanese woman from the southern Philippine province of Davao met her Japanese relatives from Okinawa for the first time ever. The meeting between Conchita Miyazato Basilan, a second-generation Japanese descendant in the Philippines, and four of her Japanese father's grandchildren ...

Mar 14, 2014

Ship slams into fishing boat in Manila Bay; one dead

A cargo ship slammed into a small fishing boat in Manila Bay, causing the fishing boat to sink and leaving one of its 23 crew members dead and 10 others missing, Philippine authorities said Thursday. The incident occurred late Wednesday off Cavite province, south of ...

Dec 29, 2013

Abe takes fire from Philippine sex slave group

A group of Filipino women forced into sexual slavery during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the 1940s has blasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. In a statement Friday, Richilda Extremadura, executive director of Lila Pilipina (League of ...

Aug 13, 2013

Okinawa minister to tour ex-U.S. bases in Philippines

Cabinet minister Ichita Yamamoto may visit former U.S. bases in the Philippines next month to inspect how they were successfully converted into commercial zones, in hopes of applying their experiences to returned U.S. installations in Okinawa. Yamamoto, the minister in charge of Okinawa and affairs ...

Sex slavery victims rally in Manila

Jul 27, 2013

Sex slavery victims rally in Manila

Six Filipino former sex slaves staged a rally Saturday near the entrance of the Philippine presidential palace as Benigno Aquino III held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Justice for the grandmothers! Shinzo Abe, we are here, proof of the Japanese military's sexual slavery," ...