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Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

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President Barack Obama says America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Americas,Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pirates kidnap three on Japanese tanker off Malaysia, says report

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Armed pirates boarded a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel’s shipment of diesel fuel, Malaysian media said Wednesday.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Obama on mission to quiet skeptics of US policy in Asia

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy’s content and staying power in the region this week.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan

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Even without an official announcement, and decision, for a visa-free travel for Filipinos to Japan, Netizens are all hyped up for the possibility.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe .AP FILE PHOTO

Visa-free travel could do wonders for Japan’s tourism, the Philippine envoy to the Land of the Rising Sun said Wednesday. Manolo Lopez, Philippine ambassador to Japan, said in a television interview that once Japan lifts the visa requirements of Filipinos, Indonesians, and Vietnamese, the tourism industry of Japan could spike up, especially in the advent of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japan backs PH in case before UN

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Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. AFP file photo

Japan, which is facing similar security issues with China, has reaffirmed its support for the Philippine recourse to international arbitration over its dispute with Beijing involving territories in an area of the South China Sea, called the West Philippine Sea by the Philippines, citing its basis in international law.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos

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Talks are underway to finally lift the tough visa requirements for Filipinos to visit Japan, a report said Wednesday.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

South Korea, Japan to hold talks on comfort women

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South Korea and Japan are likely to hold director general-level talks in Seoul next week to discuss the issue of Japan‘s wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, Seoul government sources said Saturday.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hiroo Onoda: Hero or villain?

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WAY TO THE CAVES Onoda Trail guide Gerry Villaflores shows the way to the caves inhabited by Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese straggler who hid in the jungles of Lubang Island for 30 years after World War II. LYN RILLON

In the book “No Surrender” that Hiroo Onoda wrote after surrendering in 1974 to then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, the Japanese officer detailed how he succeeded in convincing himself and his fellow soldiers Kinshichi Kozuka, Shoichi Shimada and Yuichi Akatsu that World War II wasn’t over, and that attempts to make them surface were enemy ploys to make them surrender.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US to China: We will protect Philippines

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by US Ambassador to China Max Baucus, listens during a meeting with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The defense chiefs of China and the US faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands, with no consultation.  AP PHOTO/ALEX WONG

In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the US, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

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

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