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  • Manmohan Singh conferred the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been conferred another prestigious Japanese award, the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award, for "transforming India's economy and its integration with the broader East Asian economy throughout his tenure". The Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award includes two scholars on East Asia and two cultural icons. The award...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan 5 days ago

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Shinzo Abe's coalition secures big Japan election win with record low turnout December 14, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday, ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance, but record low turnout pointed to broad dissatisfaction with his performance. NHK public TV said Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner the...
  • Centre to issue residential permit to Japanese nationals working in India December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has decided to grant residential permit to Japanese nationals working in India till their employment period. The special privilege is also to be granted to the dependents of all Japanese nationals, an order issued by the Home Ministry said. "Japanese nationals holding Employment (E) Visa and their dependents holding...
  • Japan should be part of 'Make in India' programme: Ravi Shankar Prasad December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India and Japan are natural partners in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) and Japan should take part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative, Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday. "I invite Japan to come and Make in India....
  • Alien rock brimming with traces of life on Mars December 3, 2014

    London: An international team has performed a detailed analysis of organic carbon traces from a Martian meteorite, concluding that life on Red Planet is more probable than previously thought. The scientists argue that carbon could have been deposited into the fissures of the rock when it was still on Mars by...
  • India joins project to build world's largest telescope in US December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: India joined the elite group of countries including USA, China and Japan to build the largest telescope in the world. The next-generation 30-meter telescope, which is being built at Mount Mauna Kea on an island in Hawaii at a height of 4,050 meter (half the size of Himalayas),...
  • First virtual school for internet-addicted teens in Japan November 30, 2014

    London: Japan is to open the world's first virtual school to cater to the country's growing population of internet-addicted teens who cannot function in the real world. The Cybernation School on the outskirts of Tokyo whose motto is 'Your smartphone is your classroom!' will allow dropouts to complete their secondary...
  • Will.i.am finds old taste in new music November 29, 2014

    Los Angeles: Former Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am seems to be bored with the current state of music, and he's planning to "energise" his batteries to bring something fresh. The singer feels that the records that are hitting the charts sound similar to the music that was released over 10 years...
  • Chandrababu Naidu meets Japan PM to seek co-operation on developing AP November 28, 2014

    Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, currently on a visit to Japan, on Friday met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who expressed confidence that bilateral ties between India and his country would be strengthened further. During the meeting, Abe said Japan would extend full cooperation to Andhra Pradesh in building...
  • Japanese man sues women-only university for rejecting him November 27, 2014

    Tokyo: A young Japanese man is suing an all-female public university for gender discrimination after being denied admission, according to a media reports. The man, aspiring to enroll in Fukuoka Women's University's bachelor of nutrition programme, has gone to court with the argument that gender discrimination in public institutions of higher...
  • 3 years after it disappeared in the 2011 tsunami, a Japanese man gets his boat back on his birthday November 26, 2014

    Honolulu: A Japanese man has been reunited with a small boat that got swept away in the deadly 2011 tsunami and found three years later on a small atoll about 800 miles southwest of Hawaii. Tomomune Matsunaga of the Fukushima prefecture lost his home and personal watercraft to the March 11,...
  • Shinzo Abe's party takes lead in polls ahead of Japan election November 24, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party showed a strong lead in opinion polls released on Monday ahead of Japan's general election next month, despite a majority of respondents giving a thumbs down to his economic blitz. Japan's lower parliamentary chamber was dissolved on Friday ahead of the election that Abe...
  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan earthquake November 23, 2014

    Tokyo: Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken...
  • Rupee opens at 61.83 per dollar; down 9 paise November 19, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian rupee slipped by nine paise in the early trade on Wednesday. It had opened at 61.83 per dollar against 61.74 on Tuesday. The yen hovers at multi-year lows against the dollar and euro as the market cautiously waited to see what the Bank Of Japan would say...
  • Japan PM Shinzo Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll November 18, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year, vowing on Tuesday to step down if his strategy to revive the ailing economy falls flat. Despite Abe's aggressive revival policies to end two decades of stagnation, the...
  • Shinzo Abe set to call snap Japan poll, delay tax hike November 18, 2014

    Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to call a snap election, and seek voters' endorsement for more economic reforms after Japan slipped into recession. Less than two years after he swept to power pledging to reinvigorate the country's flagging economy, Abe is expected to say more needs to be done...
  • US, Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Ukraine November 17, 2014

    Brisbane: The leaders of the United States, Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian efforts to destabilise eastern Ukraine during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Tony...
  • PM Narendra Modi meets Japan PM over dinner in Brisbane November 14, 2014

    Brisbane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe at a dinner hosted by the latter in the Australian city of Brisbane. "Happy to meet you once again," Modi tweeted on meeting Abe. Modi met Abe during his official visit to Japan in August-September this year. The two leaders are...
  • Japan to offer $100 million aid to Ebola-hit Africa November 7, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan will provide up to USD 100 million in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government said on Friday, after the United States called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the aid would come on top of USD 40 million...
  • Sonia congratulates Manmohan Singh on being elected for top honour by Japan November 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has congratulated former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh upon being awarded 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers' for his "significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship" between Japan and India for about 35 years, a Japanese...
  • Manmohan Singh become 1st India to be chosen for top national award by Japan November 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been chosen for one of Japan's top national awards for his contribution to India-Japan ties, becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour. Singh will be awarded 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers' for his "significant contribution to...
  • Japan offers to assist India on Intelligent Transport System October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Japan has offered to assist India in developing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in urban areas of the country. The two countries identified new areas of cooperation in urban development sector at the end of a day-long meeting of India-Japan Joint Working Group, that concluded late. Japan's Ministry of...
  • E-visa system likely to be rolled out next week October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Government will roll out by next week the much-awaited electronic-visa system for tourists from select countries including US and Japan. Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Tourism Minister Sripad Naik will unveil the first phase of e-visa system for tourists from two dozens countries including US and Japan...
  • Kyoto deputy mayor to visit Varanasi on Thursday October 29, 2014

    Varanasi: The deputy mayor of Kyoto, Kenichi Ogasawara, will visit Varanasi on Thursday in order to discuss with officials plans for developing the temple town on the lines of the Japanese city. The visit comes in the wake of a Sister City Partnership Agreement which was recently signed between Kyoto...
  • India re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council October 29, 2014

    United Nations: India on Wednesday overwhelmingly won its re-election to the United Nations' body on economic and social issues, the win coming just a week after it got re-elected to the world body's human rights council. India was re-elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) after it got...
  • Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima October 28, 2014

    Tokyo: A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011. Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power...
  • Japan top court issues pregnant women protection ruling October 23, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's top court said employers cannot discriminate against pregnant women by demoting them or denying requests for lighter work, in a key test case as Tokyo tries to boost the profile of working females. The ruling from the Supreme Court its first on a practice known as "maternity harassment"...
  • Japanese business delegation to visit Kerala in November October 23, 2014

    Kochi: A 40-member Japanese business delegation will be on a three-day visit to Kerala from November 6 to identify areas of cooperation with the state, especially Kochi. Said to be the biggest ever visit by officials from any country to the state, the event is being organised by Sanin India Association...
  • Japan keen to develop Andhra Pradesh's capital city October 22, 2014

    Hyderabad: Japan is keen to develop various projects in Andhra Pradesh, including state capital in Vijayawada-Guntur region as a smart city and three power plants of 10,000 Megawatts. A high-level Japanese delegation on Wednesday met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here and expressed willingness to transfer high-technology in agriculture and food...