Japan

  • Japanese agency approves Rs 674 crore loan to Uttarakhand forest project 15-04-2014 06:59 PM

    The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has approved a loan of about Rs 674 crore for a forest project in Uttarakhand. "The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of India in New Delhi to provide up to 11,390 million yen (around Rs...
  • Czech Republic overpower Japan in Davis Cup 06-04-2014 05:29 PM

    Tokyo: Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely won their reverse singles on Sunday as the Czech Republic completed a 5-0 sweep of Japan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Rosol beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Vesely overpowered Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4 to complete the one-sided tie. The Czech team secured...
  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea 06-04-2014 11:57 AM

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the US will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a...
  • Czechs ease to Davis Cup victory over Japan 05-04-2014 04:57 PM

    The Czech Republic wasted little time wrapping up their Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Japan after the defending champions eased to a straight sets victory in the doubles rubber on Saturday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in Tokyo. After battling to singles wins on Friday, Radek Stepanek and Lukas...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches 05-04-2014 11:48 AM

    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order...
  • Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol give Czechs 2-0 lead in Japan 04-04-2014 03:11 PM

    Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol gave champions Czech Republic a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Japan after hard-fought victories in their singles matches in Tokyo on Friday. Former world number eight Stepanek came from a set down to beat Tatsuma Ito 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-1 7-5 before Rosol...
  • Czech Republic face injury-hit Japan in Davis Cup 03-04-2014 02:00 PM

    Tokyo: Radek Stepanek will face Tatsuma Ito in the opening singles match on Friday as the Czech Republic continue their quest for another Davis Cup title in a quarter-final match against an injury-ravaged Japan team. Japan, playing in their first World Group quarter-final, are without top-ranked Kei Nishikori, who was...
  • Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted 28-03-2014 06:28 PM

    A worker at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it was the first time a laborer had died as a direct result of an...
  • World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate to have a retrial in Japan 27-03-2014 01:50 PM

    Tokyo: A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the release and a retrial of an ageing prisoner accused of murder who served on death row for over 30 years, amid doubts about the evidence used to convict him. Japan and the United States are the only two Group of Seven rich...
  • North Korea fires missiles as US, Japan, South Korea leaders meet 26-03-2014 11:20 AM

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea on Wednesday just as US President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang and to thaw chilly ties between Washington's two key Asian allies. The launch of the two medium-range Rodong ballistic...
  • Search for Malaysian jet resumes off Australia after weather improves 26-03-2014 07:48 AM

    Sydney/ Beijing: The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared 18 days ago resumed on Wednesday in the southern Indian Ocean, looking for debris that may unlock the mystery of why the plane ended up in frigid seas thousands of miles off course. A dozen aircraft from Australia, the United...
  • Sensex, Nifty at highest closing levels; CAD lifts rupee 06-03-2014 10:00 AM

    Mumbai: Hefty buying in banks, oil & gas, capital goods and metals stocks helped the equity benchmarks end at all-time closing high on Thursday. The rupee too has seen strong appreciation of 57 paise intraday due to steep fall in current account deficit (CAD) in the quarter ended December 2013....
  • College in Japan allowed students to wear anything they want to their graduation ceremony, predictably someone came as Iron Man 03-03-2014 01:51 PM

    A college in Japan allows students to wear anything they want to their graduation ceremony. And predictably, someone came as Iron Man. ...
  • How awesome is this? Japan deploys 'Robocop' to stop perverts harassing women on trains 27-02-2014 12:55 PM

    Tokyo: In an unusual move, the Japanese police has recruited a 'Robocop' on public trains to protect women commuters from perverts. The Osaka Police Department has enlisted a robot to stop the perverts threatening women. "Robocop is a hammer of justice to molesters threatening women," the police said on its...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister...
  • Second snow storm leaves thousands stranded as toll rises to 23 in Japan 18-02-2014 03:33 PM

    Snow-choked roads cut off thousands on Tuesday as parts of Japan struggled to dig out from its second storm in a week, with the death toll rising to at least 23. Train services were suspended in some areas after the Valentine's Day storm dumped more than a metre of snow...
  • Nishikori beats Karlovic to defend Memphis title 17-02-2014 07:34 AM

    Memphis: Kei Nishikori of Japan successfully defended his title at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Sunday. Nishikori won his fourth career title along with the $103,100 winner's check and 250 points on the ATP Tour by making this event at...
  • India to extend visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 countries 05-02-2014 11:24 PM

    New Delhi: India will extend visa-on-arrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 5-6...
  • Japan down Canada to make maiden Davis Cup quarters 02-02-2014 03:01 PM

    Hosts Japan sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a 4-1 victory against an injury-plagued Canada on Sunday. Japanese number one Kei Nishikori was leading 6-2, 1-0 on the indoor hard court at Tokyo's Ariake Coliseum when his opponent Frank Dancevic retired with injury, surrendering the...
  • Man allegedly rapes Japanese tourist in Kashmir, zero FIR filed in Goa 31-01-2014 06:22 PM

    Panaji: The Goa police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against a Srinagar resident for allegedly raping a Japanese tourist in August last year. Speaking to IANS on Friday, inspector Paresh Naik said the Japanese tourist said in her complaint that she was afraid of filing a complaint in...
  • China downplays Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's visit to India 27-01-2014 04:11 PM

    China on Monday downplayed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India as a bilateral issue, even as the state-media termed the trip as a failure for not succeeding in pinning down Beijing. "The visit you mentioned is an issue between India and Japan," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang...
  • Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' nominated for Japan Academy Awards 27-01-2014 12:45 PM

    New Delhi: Aamir Khan-starrer '3 Idiots' has been nominated for the 37th Japan Academy Awards in the best Outstanding Foreign Language Film category. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the movie, which released in India Dec 23, 2009, was a blockbuster. It also featured Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan and Kareena Kapoor. According...
  • Manmohan Singh a 'dear friend', says Japanese Premier Abe 26-01-2014 10:24 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday hosted a private dinner for his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who described him as one of his mentors and a "dear friend". The dinner at the Prime Minister's official residence at 7 Race Course Road was attended by Abe and his wife Akie, who...
  • Coast Guards of India, Japan to hold joint exercise 13-01-2014 08:40 PM

    New Delhi: Coast Guards of India and Japan will hold joint exercises off the coast of Kerala from Tuesday. "A high-level delegation led by Admiral Yuji Sato, the Commandant, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), is on an official visit to India from 12-15 January for the meeting and combined exercises with...
  • Volcanic eruption in Japan forms an island that looks like 'Snoopy' 01-01-2014 01:05 PM

    What do you get when a volcano erupts in Japan? Snoopy, apparently. Weeks after a volcano erupted near an island located off the coast of Japan, the newly formed land mass merged with an existing one, forming a brand new shape that social media users are convinced resembles "Peanuts" dog...
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe visits shrine for war dead, China, South Korea angered 26-12-2013 02:35 PM

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, a temple seen as a symbol of Japan's World War II militarism, prompting a swift and sharp rebuke from China. The first serving Prime Minister to visit the shrine in seven years, Abe however said he...
  • Japans' Royal couple takes Sunday stroll in Lodhi Gardens 01-12-2013 04:01 PM

    Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko took a morning stroll at the beautiful Lodhi Gardens and interacted with schoolchildren, diplomats and a section of lay people on their historic visit here. The royal couple took an early morning stroll at the Bada Gumbad Gardens and expressed interest in various trees...
  • US airlines advised to give China flight plans over new defence zone 30-11-2013 07:44 PM

    The United States advised its commercial airlines to notify Chinese authorities of flight plans when travelling through an air defence zone that Beijing established a week ago over the East China Sea, ratcheting up regional tensions. The United States said it expected US carriers to operate in line with so-called...
  • China sends warplanes into new air defence zone amid tensions 29-11-2013 12:09 PM

    Beijing: China has dispatched fighter jets to a newly declared air defence zone over the East China Sea as a "defensive measure", after the US, Japan and South Korea all sent their military planes through the airspace in defiance of Beijing's unilateral move. Several fighter jets and an early warning...
  • Defying China, US bombers and Japanese planes fly through new air zone 27-11-2013 01:01 PM

    Two unarmed US B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing while Japan's main airlines also ignored Chinese authorities when their planes passed through a new airspace defense zone on Wednesday. The defiance from Japan and its ally the United...