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Filipina Kindergarten teacher wins Miss International 2016

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

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The Philippines won the crown again in this year’s Miss International beauty pageant held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

The Filipina beauty of Kylie Verzosa, shone in her traditional costume and blue evening gown.

Kylie showcased her intellect in her winning speech at the 56th Miss International beauty pageant:

“Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International: Culture, education, and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of the Miss International Beauty Pageant relevant to the global community and to our time.”

The 24-year old kindergarten teacher and model expressed her gratitude to those who supported her journey to victory.

“I cannot believe this moment right now and I am ecstatic and happy. Thank you so much to my family, to the Philippines, to everyone who supported me. I did not go through this journey alone,” said Kylie.

Kylie is the sixth Filipina to be crowned Miss International.

The last time the country won the title was in 2013 with Bea Rose Santiago.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is delighted by Kylie’s win.

It can be recalled that the beauty queen has posted in her Instagram account her photo with the president who was also in Japan at that time for a state visit.

“Of course I am happy. I am always happy if our beautiful women win all the titles because we are Filipinos. It gives us a bit of pride. We’re like proud,” said President Duterte.

Sixty-nine contestants from different countries participated in the prestigious beauty pageant. Australia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and United States were declared runners-up.

Mirasol Abogadil |UNTV News and Rescue

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Japanese elderly villagers protect themselves from heavy snow

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A man and his grandchild walk onva street at Tokyo’s Sugamo district, an area popular among the Japanese elderly, Wednesday. | REUTERS

A heavy snow swept across western Japan this week, causing traffic disruptions and trapping many elderlies inside a home.

Shinichi Koike is one of the elderlies. He lives with his wife in Takamatsu village of Niigata Prefecture, where most residents are in their 60s or 70s, as the youngsters have left for big cities to seek fortune.

Every winter, Koike and his wife have to be fully prepared for the heavy snow.

“It often snows near my hometown in winter, so when winter arrives every year, my house will be like this, with a special layer of protection on the outside preventing the effects of the snow,” said Shinichi Koike, a villager.

As fallen trees brought down by the heavy snow have blocked the only way out, power supply and communication were broken off from the village. After the local authority carried out rushed repairs, the power supply was resumed as of Sunday.

In most parts of Japan, elderly residents who live alone have to remove snow by themselves due to expensive snow removal services. Local governments have called on communities to provide help for each other.

There are some elderly people who live alone in my village. They will ask relevant departments for help when it snows frequently, and the staff will bring snowplows. Our village is not big, so everyone can keep on living with the help from each other,” said the villager.

Now, most regions of Niigata Prefecture are still covered with snow. The local government has warned residents to take security measures when removing snow. — Reuters

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Japan wants missiles with enough range to strike North Korea: sources

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera attends a news conference at Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Japan plans to put money aside in its next defense budget starting April to study whether its F-15 fighters could launch longer-range missiles including Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), which can hit targets 1,000 km (620 miles) away, said one the sources with knowledge of the plan.

“There is a global trend for using longer range missiles and it is only natural that Japan would want to consider them,” he said. The sources asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to talk to media.

Japan is also interested in buying the 500 km-range Joint Strike Missile designed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to be carried by the F-35 stealth fighter, Fuji Television reported earlier.

Neither of those two items are included in a 5.26 trillion yen ($46.76 billion) budget request already submitted by Japan’s Ministry of Defence, however additional funds would be made available to evaluate the purchase of these missiles, the sources said.

The change suggests that the growing threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles has given proponents of a strike capability the upper hand in military planning.

Restrictions on strike weapons imposed by its war-renouncing constitution means Japan’s missile force is composed of anti-aircraft and anti-ship munitions with ranges of less than 300 kms (186 miles).

Any decision to buy longer range weapons capable of striking North Korea or even the Chinese mainland would therefore be controversial, but proponents argue that the strike weapons can play a defensive role.

“We are not currently looking at funding for this,” Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday at a regular press briefing.

“We rely on the United States to strike enemy bases and are not looking at making any changes to how we share our roles,” he added.

Before he took up his post in August, Onodera led a group of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers that recommended Japan acquire strike weapons to deter Pyongyang from launching any attack on Japan.

North Korea has since fired ballistic missiles over Japan and last week tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000 km before splashing into the Sea of Japan within Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; writing by Tim Kelly; editing by Richard Pullin

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Japan detects radio signals pointing to possible North Korea missile test: source

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen during its test in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea July 5 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japan has detected radio signals suggesting North Korea may be preparing for another ballistic missile launch, although such signals are not unusual and satellite images did not show fresh activity, a Japanese government source said on Tuesday.

After firing missiles at a pace of about two or three a month since April, North Korean missile launches paused in September, after Pyongyang fired a rocket that passed over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.

“This is not enough to determine (if a launch is likely soon),” the source told Reuters.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported late on Monday that the Japanese government was on alert after catching such radio signals, suggesting a launch could come in a few days. The report also said the signals might be related to winter military training by the North Korean military.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing a South Korean government source, also reported that intelligence officials of the United States, South Korea and Japan had recently detected signs of a possible missile launch and have been on higher alert.

Asked about the media reports, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters the United States continued to watch North Korea very closely.

“This is a diplomatically led effort at this point, supported by military options,” he said.

“The Republic of Korea and U.S. alliance remains strong and capable of countering any North Korean provocations or attacks.”

Two U.S. government sources familiar with official assessments of North Korean capabilities and activities said that while they were not immediately familiar with recent intelligence suggesting that North Korea was preparing to launch a new missile test, the U.S. government would not be surprised if such a test were to take place in the very near future.

Other U.S. intelligence officials noted North Korea has previously sent deliberately misleading signs of preparations for missile and nuclear tests, in part to mask real preparations, and in part to test U.S. and allied intelligence on its activities.

Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo in TOKYO, Phil Stewart, Mark Hosenball and John Walcott in WASHINGTON, and Soyoung Kim in SEOUL; Writing by Linda Sieg; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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