MANILA – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas sees no problem of local Filipino players signing up to play basketball abroad following the top collegiate basketball star Thirdy Ravena’s decision to skip the PBA draft and play in the Japan B-League. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas in a virtual forum said it’s up to the players if they want to join a league in foreign countries despite enticing offers from PBA. According to

The Philippines and Japan sealed two loan agreements

MANILA – The Philippines and Japan sealed two loan agreements worth P75.5 billion (around 154 billion yen) for two major infrastructure projects in Visayas and Mindanao. The loan will help foot the bill as the government pushes through with its “Build, Build, Build” to recover the ailing economy brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic. The first loan, amounting to P57 billion will be used to finance the construction of the


MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated P18 million for the clinical trials of Japanese anti-influenza drug Avigan on coronavirus patients, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday (May 18). Around 80 to 100 patients are expected to undergo clinical trials. Avigan is an anti-flu medication approved for use in flu outbreaks in Japan. It has also been deployed to treat Ebola in the past. “The DOH, through its Advancing

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Malacañang welcomed the formal ascension to the throne of Emperor Naruhito, saying that it bodes well for the diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Japan. The Philippine Government is confident that this historic opportunity will bring new momentum to further strengthen the already excellent relationship between the Philippines and Japan, built on the legacy of friendship that future generations will continue to treasure and cultivate. The Philippines also shared its

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Global stocks barely moved as weak US retail sales data raised concerns about the health of the world’s largest economy and the possibility of the global recession on Thursday, while sterling was volatile as negotiations on a Brexit agreement persisted. Both Asia-Pacific’s broadest index of shares outside Japan and Japan’s Nikkei was slightly altered in early trade, while US stock futures lost 0.15%. The S&P 500 shed 0.20 percent the

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Rescues staff in Japan searched on Wednesday for the people they lost as the death toll of one of Japan’s strongest typhoons increased to 74. NHK said many residents were killed by floods, as many rivers rushed down their shoreline. Public radio NHK said that 12 people were missing and over 220 injured following a weekend in which Typhoon Hagibis hit the Japanese archipelago. 52 rivers flooded over the eastern

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Rescue workers in Japan worked around the clock on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a strong weekend typhoon that killed almost 70 people and caused widespread destruction. On Saturday night, Hagibis crashed into Japan, unleashing powerful winds and intense rain that triggered landslides and burst their banks with hundreds of rivers. Local media placed the toll at nearly 70 on Tuesday afternoon, with around a dozen


Typhoon Hanna has worsened further as it moves to southern Ryukyu Islands in Japan, said Monday night state weather office PAGASA. Hanna was spotted at 10 p.m. at 510 kilometers north of Basco northeast, Batanes. It was packaging 155 km / h peak winds and 190 km / h gusts. At 20 km / h, Hanna moved northwest. Friday morning it is anticipated to leave the Philippine region of responsibility.


Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it had called on the Japanese ambassador in Moscow to complain about what it said was Tokyo’s criticism bordering on an effort to interfere with Russia’s national affairs. Earlier this month, Tokyo called on Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit one of four islands that Japan and Russia claimed to be highly regrettable and encouraged Moscow to take positive measures to advance


Asian stocks pushed higher on Wednesday amid advances in the Sino-US trade saga, while the dollar reached double-month highs on the euro as investors wagered on a dovish result from the forthcoming policy conference of the European Central Bank. A Bloomberg study assisted the sentiment that US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would travel to Shanghai next week for conferences with the Chinese office. Economic consultant to the White House Larry