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A handout picture released by the official Facebook page of the Embassy of Japan in Iraq shows Japanese Ambassador Fumio Iwai riding in a pick-up truck on March 21, 2018 (AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Japan’s ambassador conquers Iraqi hearts and minds

By Agence France-Presse While foreign diplomats often struggle to win over ordinary Iraqis, Japan's departing ambassador has stolen hearts -- thanks to witty social media…

(Tens of thousands of rescue workers are still digging through the debris for bodies after Japan's worst weather-related disaster in over three decades, which saw record downpours spark flash flooding and landslides across the region. AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Fierce heatwave hits Japan flood recovery

By Agence France-Presse A blistering heatwave smothered swathes of flood-hit western Japan Monday, hampering clean-up efforts as survivors and relief workers toil in stifling temperatures…

Operations were under way to dig out and clear up after the devastating floods and landslides (JIJI PRESS/AFP / JIJI PRESS/MANILA BULLETIN)

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

By Agence France-Presse Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed nearly 200…