20 Filipino gov’t officials to study in Japan under a scholarship grant

admin   •   July 10, 2017   •   8250

MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) recognizes the role that the human capital plays in accomplishing government projects.

That’s why the agency believes that overseas learning opportunities for Filipinos, especially in technologically advanced countries like Japan, are a big help.

“We hope that through the signing of the grant agreement for the JDS project, we will be able to further strengthen our institutions by producing highly skilled graduates capable of making immediate positive impact in their respective agencies,” NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said.

This morning, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a 264-million yen (approximately 117million pesos) Japan Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project with NEDA.

The grant aims to help build the capacity and skills of young Filipino leaders and let them share what they have learned for the country’s development.

This year, 20 government officials will have the opportunity to take post-graduate courses in some of Japan’s top universities including International University of Japan, Kobe University, Meiji University at Nagoya University, among others.

Meanwhile, JICA boasts of its Filipino scholars who now hold key positions in the government and already made contributions in their agencies.

JICA also hopes to mutually benefit from the Philippines by learning also from the country’s universities.

JICA Philippines chief representative, Susumo Ito said, “We really hope that the JDS scholars will learn not only the area studies but also Japan’s economic development experiences.”

“Japan also hopes to learn from the Philippines’ development experiences through this exchange of knowledge,” said Ito.

To date, 259 Filipinos have benefitted from the JDS Project. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Tokyo could declare new emergency if coronavirus worsens

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

Tokyo could declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus situation in the Japanese capital deteriorates further, its governor warned on Friday (July 31).

Yuriko Koike said Tokyo had confirmed 463 new cases on Friday – another single-day record – and implored residents to follow health guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.

“If the situation worsens, Tokyo would have to think about issuing its own state of emergency,” Koike told a news conference.

The Japanese government lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May after Japan appeared to have contained the outbreak, touting its mask-wearing habits and health system as some of the factors that helped it fare better than Europe and the United States.

But the virus has made a worrying resurgence. The number of daily new cases in Japan hit a new record on Thursday (July 30), with infections spreading rapidly not only in Tokyo but also in other regions. (Reuters)

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Japan says no plans to return to state of emergency following record rise in COVID-19 cases

UNTV News   •   July 30, 2020

Japan has indicated that the current coronavirus situation in the country does not require a return of a state of emergency, according to the government’s top spokesman on Thursday (July 30).

Asked about the record number of cases from a day earlier exceeding 1,000 for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga repeated that the current situation did not warrant a state of emergency, which would restrict economic activity.

“On the other hand, there has been a rise in the number of cases, including among older people,” he told a news conference. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

According to public broadcaster NHK, Japan saw a record increase of 1,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (July 29) alone.

The Nikkei business daily reported Thursday that Tokyo plans to urge shorter operating hours for restaurants and karaoke parlors in August to deal with the recent spike in infections. (Reuters)

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Japan accuses China of pushing territorial claims

UNTV News   •   July 14, 2020

Japan’s annual defense review accuses China of pushing its territorial claims amid the coronavirus pandemic and suspects Beijing of spreading propaganda and disinformation as it provides medical aid to nations fighting COVID-19.

“We’ve written some details about China’s persistent moves to attempt to alter the status quo surrounding the Senkaku Islands which is our territory,” said Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday (July 14).

The white paper approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government on Tuesday described “relentless” intrusions in waters around a group of islets claimed by both nations in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

In the South China Sea, it said Beijing was asserting territorial claims by establishing administrative districts around disputed islands, that forced countries distracted by the coronavirus outbreak to respond.

Japan sees China as a longer-term and more serious threat than nuclear-armed North Korea. Beijing now spends four times as much as Tokyo on defence as it builds a large modern military. (Reuters)

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