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Japan to get its 1st female paratrooper

Mar 04, 2020 - 12:28 PM

The gender bar on women joining Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force was lifted in 2017, but requirements that women have the same physical fitness as men had effectively prevented women from joining

PIONEER. Sergeant Reina Hashiba becomes Japan's first female paratrooper after formally finished training on Wednesday and is set to join the Ground Self-Defense Force's 1st Airborne Brigade. Photo by Kyodo News

Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

[OPINION] Projecting military power: Japan’s carrier fleet reborn

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Japan, together with the US, has an overwhelming superiority that is sure to keep Beijing in check...and which belies Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that China is more powerful than those arrayed against it

WATCH: Feeling unsafe on the streets? Try Krav Maga

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:29 PM

This form of self-defense teaches practitioners how to deal with danger – from a simple threat to a life-and-death situation

Screenshot by Rappler

5 missing after 2 U.S. military planes crash off Japan

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) One crew member has already been rescued and is thought to be in stable condition

CRASH. This file photo taken on July 15, 2014 shows a US Marine KC-130 air refueling tanker taking-off at the Futenma air base in Okinawa. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

LOOK: Japanese Navy flotilla visits Philippines

Sep 01, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The goodwill visit of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Escort Flotilla Four at Subic Bay will be until September 5

Photo from Naval Public Affairs Office, Philippine Navy

LOOK: Japanese destroyer ‘Setogiri’ arrives in Manila

May 25, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which has arrived with a helicopter and about 200 officers and crew, will be docked overnight at Pier 15 in South Harbor

Photo credit: Philippine Navy

Duterte pivots to China but his military turns to Australia, Japan

May 20, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'I think the Philippines has not entirely bowed down in the face of China. The political relationship clearly has been changed under President Duterte, but it’s more complicated than that,' says security analyst Euan Graham of the Australian think tank Lowy Institute

ENEMIES-TURNED-ALLIES. A P-1 patrol aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and a Beechcraft C-90 of the Philippine Navy fly over the West Philippine Sea for Exercise Balikatan 2018. Photo courtesy of JMSDF

WATCH: #Balikatan2018 speeches celebrate PH-US ties

May 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Balikatan 2018 exercises involves up to 8,000 forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, US Pacific Command, Australian Defense Force, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US militaries formally open the second Balikatan exercises under President Rodrigo Duterte

2 crew feared dead in Japan army helicopter crash

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera confirms the crash in the town of Kanzaki and says the two crew on board were retrieved 'in a state of cardiac and respiratory arrest,' Jiji news agency reports

Survivors of abuse empowered through self-defense lessons

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:03 AM

More than 70 girls from Marillac Hills, a DSWD shelter for abused women and children, and Barangay Old Balara learn basic self defense

EMPOWERMENT. Volunteer instructors from the Japanese Karate Association teach young girls basic self-defense. Photo courtesy of Mildred Fragante

U.S. warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea

Jul 07, 2017 - 9:32 PM

This is the first time US Pacific Command directed B 1B Lancers have conducted combined training with JASDF fighters at night the statement from the US Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs office reads

FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. Images from Wikipedia

Australia, Japan participate in Balikatan exercises

May 08, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Australia is the only other country aside from US that has a visiting forces agreement with the Philippines

MOA ON DEFENSE COOPERATION. Japan sent 20 soldiers to participate in the 2017 Balikatan Exercises. Rappler photo

Small planes for PH Navy signal Japan's growing security role

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements of dislike for US makes the country s relations with Japan very crucial

SMALL PLANES, HUGE LEAP. The transfer of TC90 patrol planes from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to the Philippine Navy is a huge leap for Japan. PH Navy photo

Japan's largest warship to visit Subic in June

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:36 PM

There s a plan to invite President Rodrigo Duterte to visit JS Izumo when it makes a port call in Subic according to Japanese media

FORMAL TRANSFER OF TC90. Japan State Minister for Defense Kenji Wakamiya and Phlippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado at the formal transfer of TC90 patrol planes. Navy photo

VLOG: PH Navy welcomes 2 TC-90 trainer aircraft from Japan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Japan s State Minister for Defense says the Philippines is a politically important nation because it is located in the sea line of communication to Japan

WATCH: Water cannon salute for TC-90 patrol planes

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:30 PM

The TC 90s from Japan complement the air assets of the ill equipped Philippine Navy

PH Navy awaits leased surveillance planes from Japan

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:54 AM

The first batch of 2 TC 90 maritime patrol aircraft is arriving on March 27

A file photo of a TC-90 plane of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Image courtesy JMSDF

Japanese troops mistake live rounds for blanks

Jun 22, 2016 - 8:22 PM

The blanks are discovered to be live rounds after a piece of an assault rifle is torn off slightly injuring two soldiers

Japan military jet with 6 aboard missing – defense ministry

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:02 PM

The U 125 aircraft leaves a base in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu island in southwestern Japan in the early afternoon

Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:24 PM

It was the latest example of Jakarta taking a tougher approach to defending its waters

Japanese minesweeper vessels arrive in Manila

Mar 02, 2016 - 7:31 PM

The visit aims to promote regional peace and stability and the enhancement of maritime cooperation between the neighboring navies

GREETINGS. Philippine and Japanese officers salute at a welcoming ceremony for the Japanese delegates. Photo by Naval Public Affairs Office.

Japan military chief in PH for Pacific Partnership 2015

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano is in the Philippines to observe the largest multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo Asia Pacific region

BAYANIHAN. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Hernando Iriberr presents Japan Self-Defense Forces chief of staff Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano with a token of golden men relocating a "kubo" (nipa hut) depicting the Filipino tradition of "Bayanihan" during his visit to Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo on August 12. Photo by Ssg Amable Milay Jr. PAF (PAO AFP)

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols – military

Jun 25, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Katsutoshi Kawano of the Japan Self Defense Forces: We don t have any plans to conduct surveillance in the South China Sea currently but depending on the situation I think there is a chance we could consider doing so

JAPAN'S PLANES. A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officer signals a P3C patrol plane at Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, western Philippines, June 24, 2015. Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Japan, PH navies fly together for the first time

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:52 PM

They say it is only a simulation of a search and rescue operation but this is also the first time that the Japanese navy is flying over the West Philippine Sea

SPY PLANES: Two P3-C Orion spy planes are in Palawan this week for maritime training exercises. Rappler photo

MOA allows historic PH-Japan maritime exercises

Jun 23, 2015 - 9:53 PM

21 officers from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and 15 from the Philippine Navy hold a joint search and rescue operation off Palawan

HISTORIC FLIGHT. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Philippine Navy conduct first flight together over the South China Sea

Philippines in US, Japan naval drills amid China sea row

Jun 22, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Manila has been holding the naval drills with its longtime ally Washington since 1995 but the exercise with Tokyo a World War II foe is only its second ever after one earlier this year

The US Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 25 November 2014. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos

PH sets US, Japan naval exercises as China row simmers

Jun 18, 2015 - 4:01 PM

The exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force will be staged separately but in the same week as the US exercise

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Philippines, Japan to hold fresh naval drills

Jun 09, 2015 - 5:14 PM

The June 22 26 joint maneuvers with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force would be only the second ever after an unprecedented one day exercise in the South China Sea last month

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH, Japan to hold joint naval exercise in South China Sea

May 10, 2015 - 7:36 PM

This is a port call of the Japanese navy and while they are here it would be good if we can practice this code of unplanned encounters at sea says the PH navy chief

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#PugadBaboy: Self Defense 101

Dec 29, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Sudden eruption of Japanese volcano 'very rare'

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:54 AM

The suddenness of the eruption of Japan s Mount Ontake volcano is an extremely rare phenomenon which makes it impossible to take precautionary measures says an expert

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Four people confirmed dead from Japan volcanic eruption: NHK

Sep 28, 2014 - 9:19 PM

The first deaths from the sudden eruption of a volcano in Japan have been confirmed local media reports

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

More than 30 feared dead on Japan volcano – police

Sep 28, 2014 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED More than 30 hikers are feared dead after being found near the peak of a Japanese volcano which erupted without warning spewing ash rocks and steam

A cloud of volcanic ash rise from Mount Ontake seen from Gifu prefecture on September 28, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan paper warns over China's 'dangerous acts' in sea, air

Aug 05, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Paper: Japan is deeply concerned about the establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ which is profoundly dangerous act that escalate the situation and may cause unintended consequences

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top C) inspects troops of Japan's Self-Defence Force during a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Historic shift as Japan expands scope of military

Jul 01, 2014 - 2:51 PM

UPDATED It is the most significant recasting of military policy since the pacifist constitution was written after World War II

PACIFIST NO MORE? In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top C) inspects troops of Japan's Self-Defence Force during a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

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Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

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Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his country favors the proposal to revise Japan s pacifist constitution

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the joint media statement after the Summit Meeting and Working Lunch at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Gun owners ask police: Why pick on us?

Jan 11, 2014 - 8:04 PM

Gun owners say the new law is unfair to the country s existing gun owners

AMEND, REPEAL. Heads of the PNP Civil Security Group and Firearms and Explosive Office face gun owners during a forum. Photo by Rappler

Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

Nov 16, 2013 - 6:48 PM

Aside from 1 180 troops Japan will send 3 warships 10 planes and 6 helicopters

MORE TROOPS. Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force troops searching for missing people after a landslide on Oshima island on October 18, 2013. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP FILE PHOTO

Japan triples PH aid package to over $30M

Nov 15, 2013 - 3:05 PM

Japan s total aid package would reach around US 52 million

SDF SUPPORT. Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force troops searching for missing people after a landslide on Oshima island on October 18, 2013. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP FILE PHOTO

Japan ready to send 1,000 troops to PH

Nov 13, 2013 - 5:36 PM

If Tokyo decides to send the contingent it would be the largest single relief operation team sent abroad by the SDF Japan s de facto military

LEAVING TACLOBAN. Filipino typhoon survivors are seen prior boarding a US C-130 plane in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, 13 November 2013. EPA/Dennis Sabangan

Abe vows to boost Japan defense amid 'provocations'

Sep 12, 2013 - 4:13 PM

Abe: I m pushing for the regeneration of our country s security by looking squarely at reality

ON ALERT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviews guard of honor at Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, on 12 September 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Your stilettos can save your life

Mar 20, 2013 - 10:00 PM

It s not your size but it can be your shoes Read to know what simple thing can save your life

TWIST IT. Mar Salvador teaches Pinky Serafica how to twist an opponent’s arm. All photos by Irene Chia

Preventing violence against women before it happens

May 26, 2012 - 9:27 PM

Steps women can take from taking a new route home to avoid a would be stalker