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Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 file photo, Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during the 26th whale meat tasting event in Tokyo. AP

Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial “research” whaling mission in the Antarctic after a United Nations’ court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru is anchored at a port as the vessel and other two whaling ships returned from the Antarctic Sea, in Shimonoseki, western Japan. AP

Japan will target fewer whales when the Pacific hunt begins next week and will limit next season’s Antarctic whaling to observation.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

It was difficult having Japanese blood


Yesterday, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), the country remembered, as in previous years, the gallantry of the Filipino and American soldiers in Bataan that ended in humiliating defeat, leading to the infamous Death March.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Ayungin Shoal defenders hailed

HONORING NATION’S HEROES  President Aquino looks on as US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Japan Ambassador Toshinao Urabe shake hands at the 72nd commemoration of the “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor, also known as Fall of Bataan) at the Mt. Samat shrine in Pilar town, Bataan province, on Wednesday.  LYN RILLON

President Aquino on Wednesday hailed Marine soldiers for protecting the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as he led military rites to pay tribute to the Filipino war veterans.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Hagel to tour China’s new aircraft carrier

Accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, reviews the honor guard at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia, on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China’s first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US strongly committed to protecting Japan

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to members of a travel press pool, Friday, April 4, 2014, en route to Tokyo, from Honolulu. Hagel is en route to Japan, China and Mongolia. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

White barricade tape that reads in Spanish: "Danger," blocks off damage caused overnight in the port of Iquique, Chile, Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  AP

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometers away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile, officials said.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan issues tsunami alert after Chile quake


Japan issued a tsunami alert early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake across the Pacific Ocean in Chile.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Patrol boats from Japan to start arriving in 2015

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard prepare the fiber glass boat for Typhoon Labuyo at Pier 13 of Manila South Harbor in Manila.   PHOTO BY RICHARD A. REYES

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) expects delivery of two to three of 10 brand-new multi-role patrol boats from Japan by the third quarter of 2015, according to the PCG spokesman.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Japan nuke worker unconscious, buried in mudslide

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A worker is unconscious after being buried in a mudslide at the Japanese nuclear plant being cleaned up after the disaster three years ago.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

N. Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North’s security threat. AP/Kyodo News / JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Leaders of Japan and South Korea to meet next week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe AP FILE PHOTO

The leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet in Europe next week in what the United States hopes will be a step toward repairing relations between its two Asian allies.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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  2. Cagayan mayor shot dead after flag-raising ceremony
  3. Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  4. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  5. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  6. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  7. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  8. Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  9. New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  10. More bodies from ship; transcript reveals wavering
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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  • Lifestyle

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  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

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  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

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  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
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