Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he rejected a revived offer to auction the four immovable assets of the Philippines in Japan purchased as World War II reparations. Locsin stated that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) submitted a position paper against the sale to Congress, which he contrasted with another World War II attack launched on our own heritage by the Philippines. He said those behind the

Clinical Trials

Upon receiving the anti-flu drug from Japan, the Health Department said Friday, the country will launch clinical trials for Avigan soon upon. As part of its emergency grant assistance, Manila received Avigan tablets for 100 patients from Tokyo for countries “seriously affected” by coronavirus disease. Avigan — approved for use in Japanese flu outbreaks, and used to treat Ebola — is being studied as a possible cure for coronavirus. Health


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.