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

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, July 10th, 2017

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


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New law bans flying drones while drunk in Japan

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

JAPAN – Flying a drone while drunk could lead to a year in prison following the passage of a new law.

The law aims to control the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Japan.

Aside from imprisonment, those found to be intoxicated while flying a drone could also face a fine of up to 300,000 yen or about P140,000.

The law puts limits on certain areas where drones can be flown and it also covers drones weighing more than 200 grams.

The new law also levies fines on pilots who perform dangerous stunts with their drone such as quickly plunging the device towards crowds which would incur fines of up to 500,000 yen or P230,000.

Restrictions on where operators can fly their device also applies under the new legislation.

Specifically, drones are not allowed within 300 meters over Japan’s Armed Forces and other “defence-related facilities” without prior permission.

There is no license required to fly a drone in Japan. However, operators must abide by a series of regulations which included staying below 150 meters; avoiding airports and crowded areas; flying only during daylight and keeping the drone in sight at all times.

The fine for violating the above regulations is up to 500,000 yen or P230,000.

The new regulation follows an earlier ban on drone approaching nuclear power plants, parliament buildings and the prime minister’s office.

Venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and stadiums are also off-limits to drone pilots.

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PH lifts 7-year-old ban on several fish species from Fukushima

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Cherry Salmon | Courtesy: OpenCage / Wikimedia Commons

TOKYO, Japan – Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Wednesday (May 29) announced that the Philippines officially lifted the ban imposed seven years ago on the importation of several fish species from Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture.

Piñol noted that the move was a ‘gesture of goodwill’ during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members in the island nation.

“The lifting of the ban which covers such species as Cherry Salmon, Sand Lance, Japanese Dace, and Ayu from Fukushima ends a 7-year issue which strained PH-Japan Agriculture and Fisheries Trade,” Piñol said on his social media account.

He called the ban, issued during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, as a ‘ridiculous bureaucratic exercise’ because the fish species included in the ban are not even imported by the Philippines.

“I consider the ban as just bureaucratic gobbledygook and an over-reaction to an issue which did not really affect the Philippines,” he said.

The Agriculture Secretary confirmed that he signed the order lifting the importation ban on May 27.

It will be officially presented to Japanese Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Yoshikawa Takamori during the four-day visit, according to the Secretary.

“With this move, the Duterte Administration is showing goodwill to the Japanese government as it moves to promote the entry of more Philippine agriculture products to the Philippines,” he concluded.

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Duterte in good shape, ready for Japan’s trip — Malacañang

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Questions about President Rodrigo Duterte’s health heat up following his performance at Sunday’s graduation rites for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Mabalasik Class of 2019.

Duterte arrived two hours late and seemingly wobbly when he almost fell while boarding the ‘white carabao,’ a military jeep commonly used for the traditional trooping-the-line ceremony.

But Malacañang was quick to defend the President.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo explained that the Chief Executive barely had sleep the night before the ceremony due to piles of documents that he needed to sign and reports that he needed to review.

Because the President is a night person, he usually stays up until 6:00 a.m. according to Panelo.

He added that it would explain why after awarding diplomas to the top two cadets of the graduating class, the President delegated the rest to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The Presidential Spokesperson assured that the President is in good shape and he is ever ready for his trip to Tokyo, Japan.

Duterte is set to fly to Japan on Tuesday (May 28) to attend the 25th Nikkei Conference on the future of Asia and to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a bilateral meeting. – (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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