Duterte to attend Japan Emperor enthronement

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019   •   451

President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Japan on Monday (October 21) to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday (October 22).

Naruhito ascended to the throne on May 1 this year after his father, former Emperor Akihito abdicated a day before due to health reasons. Akihito is the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years.

This will be Duterte’s fourth visit to Japan. The Chief Executive also said Japan is among the countries that continue to provide aid to the Philippines.

The Palace has provided no further details on the said trip.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Tokyo 2020 expects to secure all venues for Games — local media

UNTV News   •   July 9, 2020

Tokyo Olympics organizers expect to be able to use all the venues as originally planned at next year’s rearranged Games, several Japanese media outlets reported on Thursday (July 9).

Securing venues was a top priority for organisers after the Games were pushed back to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kyodo and NHK, citing unnamed sources, said they were now confident they would be tied down for Olympics use again.

However, at his regular weekly news conference, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said the reports were “optimistic” and that nothing had been announced.

Last month, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said 80% of all venues needed had been secured, with the Athlete’s Village and Tokyo Big Sight, the planned media centre, among those yet to be fully secured.

Thursday’s reports also said the competition schedule would remain largely unchanged and that all tickets holders would be eligible for refunds, and that organisers would seek approval of these decisions from the IOC’s General Assembly on July 17.

Asked to confirm those details, Takaya said nothing had been decided and Tokyo 2020 did not expect to seek approval from the IOC next week. (Reuters)

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Commission on Women clarifies Chairperson Bucoy resigned not fired

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2020

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Chairperson Rhodora Bucoy.

The PCW clarified Bucoy tendered her resignation on July 7, which is yet to be transmitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“As of this writing, we have yet to receive any appointment papers of a new Chairperson from the Office of the President,” the post reads.

The Commission also reiterated they did not release any media advisory on the said replacement as well as the resignation of three other commissioners. AAC

Residents in southwestern Japan clean up after floods

UNTV News   •   July 9, 2020

People in southwestern Japan were busy cleaning up on Wednesday (July 8) following the aftermath of torrential rain that has pounded the area since the weekend killing dozens of people in floods and landslides.

In Hitoyoshi, a severe flood of the Kumagawa River destroyed houses along the riverbanks. Ruined home appliances and furniture lined local streets, while residents shovelled mud and bagged garbage. An excavator worked to clear debris.

As of Wednesday, 59 people have been confirmed dead, including 18 in Hitoyoshi. Seventeen people remain missing.

Meanwhile, the heavy rain moved into central Japan’s Nagano and Gifu prefectures. The country’s meteorological agency issued a heavy rain emergency in the two prefectures early Wednesday but downgraded the alert to a warning later in the day.

Water levels of rivers in the region were seen rising and officials are telling residents to stay vigilant. (Reuters)

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