Misleading headlines by Anti-Du30 administration publications created a major stir in Japan when they were picked up by a foreign media. This deserved attention after Bongbong Marcos discloses his theory that there are groups who are trying hard to destabilize the government. Can they be a part of it? Here are some facts.
[VIDEO]: DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano warns that the Philippines’ ‘long-term’ relationship with Japan is at stake. This is due to the existence of the World War II comfort woman or sex slave statue along Manila Bay.
Reuters Highlights Du30’s Alleged Inaction
Reuters is an international news agency with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. It stresses that President Rodrigo Du30’s spokesman said that the presidential palace has no action regarding the Comfort Women statue. Tokyo objects on it. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano announces a day after this statement that a panel looks into Japan’s request for it.
Misleading News Titles
Misleading Headlines defeat its own contents. Most Japanese people are not happy with what they read after the Philippine visit of Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communication Minister, Seiko Noda last January 9 – when the President only explains to Noda that in the country’s democratic Constitution, he cannot stop the freedom of expression of these war victims or their families. However, this is not a national policy.
Clarification on the Issue
Du30 nor the DFA Department did not give the permit to build the statue in the first place. The last thing he wants is to cause conflict with the country’s relationship with Japan. The Filipino leader just emphasizes that he alone cannot impose anything on the group following the rule of law. Since it affects foreign relations, the DFA Secretary’s intervention is necessary. There may be some truth to Marcos’ speculation on destabilization if these media intended to portray the Filipino leader as someone who doesn’t value Japan’s friendship to bring in further chaos to his administration. Otherwise, just a mere case of bad taste or unpatriotic sentiments.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Japan’s P110-billion granting a loan to the Philippine for the Malolos-Tutuban railway which ‘is one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever’ – will be utilized in replicating Japan’s train platform that when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck Japan, around 38 high-speed rail trains were still running in the northern part of the country until they were halted safely. Although it is up to the Duterte administration to decide if it will also implement Japan’s technology on the trains 100 percent.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida discussed this project during the recent meeting. “The 38 trains actually came to a halt – safely. And nobody was hurt,” said Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary of the Japanese foreign ministry who attested to the trains’ reliability.
This North-South Commuter Railway Projec tis set to connect Tutuban in Manila and Malolos in Bulacan. The Japanese Embassy also said this railway project aims “to strengthen the transportation network and decongest Metro Manila.” This is seen “contributing to the expansion of Metro Manila’s economic sphere and alleviation of air pollution.”
Ohtaka further explained that the Philippines is “a very important partner” of his country, “and prosperity in the Philippines is very important.” He also stressed that the bulk of the Philippines’ economic activity “is concentrated in the greater Manila area.” He said he knows “how much problems transportation can create” if solutions are hampered and do not come in a “timely” manner. “We sympathize with the Filipinos, that this is a project that needs to be done very quickly,” he added.
By: Elena Grace Flores
‘BRP Tubbataha,’ which is is arriving on August 18 at the MAnila Port, is the first of 10 vessels that Japan is building for PH’s search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations now that the West Philippine Sea is under possible territory invasion by China. This is evident in their not honoring the Hague ruling that gives sovereignty of the areas involved to the Philippines.
The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, is set to leave Yokohama on August 11, and arrival at the Port of Manila is calculated on August 18. The formal turn over by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the Philippine government will be on September 1.
BRP Tubbataha’s special features include fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge. It’s a 44-meter vessel that was built at the Japan Marine United Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. The following are the specifics:
Length: 44 meters
Breadth: 7.5 meters
Depth: 4 meters
Output: 2,580 kw
Max Speed: Approximately 25 knots
Cruising range: 1,500 nautical miles
Complement: 25 persons
Japan continues to build 9 more MRRV’s for the Philippine Coast Guard as determined in the signed Declaration for a Strengthened Strategic Partnership and its Action Plan last June by the previous administration between the two countries that includes drills. Their names will signify the primary lighthouses locally to denote its importance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.”
By: Elena Grace Flores
Threats must not be taken lightly because often, people with mental illness are telling the truth no matter how bizarre or exaggerated the intention may be. This is the fact the police learned from Japan’s worst knife attack at Sagamihara where 19 residents of the care centre died. Read the full story here:
BBC reported: Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara.
Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan – the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted people with disabilities to “disappear”. The attack has shocked Japan, one of the safest countries in the world. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was “a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims”.
Letter to politicians
The suspect was named in local media as 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu.
Local police have said he sent a handwritten letter to politicians in February in which he threatened to kill hundreds of disabled people. He was kept in hospital for almost two weeks before being released. Staff at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility, in a suburban area of Kanagawa prefecture about 50km (31 miles) from Tokyo, called police at 02:30 local time (17:30 GMT) to report a man with a knife inside the building.
It added: Local media reports say the suspect broke a window to get inside and then began stabbing people. One local resident, Chikara Inabayashi 68, told AFP he had been woken by the sound of sirens at about 03:00. “I was astonished, that’s the only thing I can say.” The facility, set in extensive grounds, had about 150 residents at the time of the attack, according to local officials. Eight staff members were on duty at the time. The victims were aged between 19 and 70, the Kyodo news agency, said citing the Sagamihara City Fire Department. Another 25 people were injured, 20 seriously. Both men and women were reported to be among the dead. One doctor told NHK: “The patients are very shocked mentally, and they cannot speak now.” It appears that the attacker then left the facility himself, and drove to the Tsukui police station where he turned himself in. Pictures have emerged of what is reported to be the steering wheel of his car, stained with blood. “When Uematsu turned himself in, he was found carrying kitchen knives and other types of knives stained with blood,” a Kanagawa official told reporters.
One woman who said she used to work at Tsukui Yamayuri-en told local media: “They are truly innocent people. What did they do?”
Officials have ruled out any link to terrorism.
Mass killings are extremely rare in Japan, in part because strict gun control laws means almost no-one has access to a firearm.
8 June 2008 – a man drove a truck into a packed shopping district at Akihabara in Tokyo, before climbing out and randomly stabbing people. Seven people died.
8 June 2001 – man with a history of mental illness stabbed eight children to death at an Osaka primary school in 2001.
20 March 1995 – 13 people die and thousands are made ill when members of a doomsday cult release sarin gas in the Tokyo subway.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Perhaps not many people realized that as technology evolves, we tend to forget the cool creations of the past like the video cassette recorders or VCR machines. People were just overwhelmed when VCD, LCD and Mp3 devices manipulated the market with its handy, futuristic designs and most of all affordable automated features gave buyers no option but to take them without thinking much. Now, since VCRs are going obsolete, Japan has to stop making them. Not that many would care but this can be historic. Read through:
BBC wrote: The last videocassette recorder (VCR) in Japan will be produced by the end of the month, according to the Nikkei newspaper. Funai Electric has been producing VHS-playing VCRs for 33 years, most recently in China for Sanyo. But last year it sold just 750,000 units, down from a peak of 15 million a year, and has been finding it difficult to source the necessary parts. VCRs were introduced in the 1970s but were superseded by DVD technology. Last year, Sony announced it would stop selling Betamax video cassettes – a rival to the VHS. VCRs were required to play or record such tapes. It was 12 years ago that UK High Street retailer Dixons decided to phase out the sale of VCRs due to the popularity of DVD players.
It added: Some vintage technologies – such as vinyl – have enjoyed a renaissance. However, Tania Loeffler, an analyst at IHS Technology, does not think the same nostalgia will ever be felt for VCR-playable formats. “I don’t see VCR becoming like vinyl, where a lot of people appreciated the warmness of how something sounds on vinyl,” she told the BBC. “The quality on VHS is not something I think anyone would want to go back to.” However, she added that a niche market for accessing VHS content, perhaps for archival purposes, would probably mourn the loss of VCRs if they became unavailable.