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Most powerful typhoon in 25 years strikes Japan

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

 

Strong waves brought by Typhoon Jebi in Japan | CCTV via REUTERS

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, at around 12:30 Tuesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The typhoon brought torrential rain and powerful gusts of winds across western Japan, causing at least one dead.

It is said to be the most powerful typhoon in Japan in 25 years. It has moved on a northward trajectory at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour since its landing.

Affected by the typhoon, rainstorm battered the Tokushima Prefecture Tuesday morning, dumping 83 millimeters of water an hour.

JMA on Tuesday morning urged the public in seven prefectures to be vigilant against high waves, potential floods, and landslides.

More than 600 local and international flights have been canceled and Japan’s top two carriers, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have canceled 289 and 180 flights, respectively.

The Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train lines have been suspended and parts of major highways have also been closed.

Some stores in Osaka and Kyoto prefectures and other parts of western Japan have shut down for the day.

JMA said the typhoon will pick up speed as it passes, which will then bring strong winds and heavy rains across Japan.

It is also said that Typhoon Jebi will be downgraded to an extra-tropical cyclone by Wednesday and will badly affect Tokyo. — Reuters

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PH, US, Japan and India navies sail for maritime cooperative activity

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). | Photo credit: Philippine Navy

The Philippines, United States (US), Japan, and India navies sailed together in the South China Sea as part of the maritime cooperative activity.

This is the first phase of the ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). 

According to Captain Roy Vincent T. Trinidad, who is leading the Philippine Navy delegation for the ADMM-Plus maritime exercise, “The group sail showed the active participation of the Philippine Navy as it strengthens its relationships with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. This gives us another opportunity to learn from like-minded navies.”

For the week-long transit, the ships conducted a series of training exercises and social interactions.

The ships will transit through the West Philippine Sea where the conduct of “freedom of safe navigation” is applied in support of a rules-based international system benefiting all countries.

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Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito officially takes up post

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito ascends throne in a solemn ceremony of abdication by his father, Akihito

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito formally invested on Wednesday (May 1) in a solemn ceremony which took place in the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo after his father, Akihito, stepped down on the day before.

In his first speech, Naruhito said he said he would act according to the Constitution and fulfill his responsibility as the symbol of the state.

“In acceding to the Throne, I swear that I will reflect deeply on the course followed by His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus and bear in mind the path trodden by past emperors, and will devote myself to self-improvement,” Japanese Emperor Naruhito said.

“I also swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always turning my thoughts to the people and standing with them,” he added.

Akihito, the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in two centuries, became an active symbol of peace, reconciliation and democracy during his three-decade Heisei era. Many expect Naruhito to follow that model, but with his own style

“I sincerely pray for the happiness of the people and the further development of the nation as well as the peace of the world,” Naruhito said.

While regarding the Emperor as the symbol of the state and Unity of the people, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination to create a bright yet peaceful and hopeful future for his country, amid the fast-changing international environment.

“We are determined to create, amidst the fast-changing international environment, a bright future for a Japan that is proud, that is peaceful and full of hope, and an era in which culture is born and will develop as people bring together their hearts in a beautiful way,” Abe said. (REUTERS)

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MRT-3 rehabilitation project begins

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday that the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) rehabilitation project has officially started on May 1.

In a statement, the DOTr said the MRT-3 Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) officially handed over the overall rehabilitation and maintenance works to Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)-TES Philippines on April 30.

GOOD NEWS TO ALL COMMUTERS! Tomorrow, 01 May 2019, marks the start of the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project as the MRT-3…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Tuesday, 30 April 2019

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan led the ceremonial turnover of documents.

Rehabilitation and maintenance works will be done on MRT-3’s electromechanical components, power supply system, rail tracks, depot equipment, elevators and escalators at all its stations. The 72 light rail vehicles (LRVs) will also be overhauled as part of the project.

The repair works are expected to be completed within the first 26 months of the 43-month rehabilitation and maintenance contract.

Within this period, DOTr targets to increase the number of running MRT-3 trains from 15 to 20, double the train operating speed to 60 kilometers per hour and reduce the travel time between trains to 3.5 minutes from the current 7 to 10 minutes. – Robie de Guzman

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