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  • Japan hostage wife begs Tokyo, Amman to save husband 5 hours 1 minutes ago

    Tokyo: The wife of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is being threatened with execution by Islamic State terrorists, broke her silence on Thursday hours before the deadline for a hostage swap that could save his life. As a sunset cutoff for a prisoner exchange on the Turkish- Syrian border loomed, the...
  • Japanese captive's mother begs for life of son held by Islamic State Yesterday

    Tokyo: The mother of Islamic State captive Kenji Goto appealed for his life on Wednesday after a new video appeared to show the Japanese journalist saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber. The voice on the video added that another hostage, Jordanian pilot Muath...
  • Japan PM slams 'despicable' Islamist execution threat 2 days ago

    Tokyo: An angry Japanese prime minister on Wednesday slammed as "utterly despicable" an Islamist terrorists threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases a jihadi bomber. The clock was ticking towards the 24-hour deadline Islamic State group militants set in their latest chilling video, which...
  • Purported Islamic State message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages 2 days ago

    Beirut: An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned on Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live." The message again demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman sentenced to death in Jordan for involvement in...
  • China to hold a massive military parade to 'frighten Japan', says report 2 days ago

    Beijing: China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan". Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military...
  • Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 Islamic State hostages 4 days ago

    Tokyo: From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked on Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for...
  • Japan says web clip claiming death of Islamic State hostage 'outrageous' 5 days ago

    Tokyo: Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a brief televised statement, said the recording appeared...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video January 20, 2015

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • China protests over Japan's comments on border dispute with India January 20, 2015

    Beijing: China on Monday lodged a protest with Tokyo after Japanese media quoted Japan's foreign minister as saying that a disputed border region between China and India belonged to India, in the latest source of friction between the two Asian rivals. Japan's foreign ministry played down the issue, saying it could...
  • Over 1,200 Japanese firms in India, grow 13 per cent in year January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of Japanese companies registered in India increased 13 per cent by 137 and totalled 1,209 as in October last year as compared to 1,072 in October 2013, the Japanese embassy said Sunday. "The total number of Japanese business establishments in India is 3,961 with an increase of...
  • Black Eyed Peas all geared up and excited to reunite: Will.i.am January 6, 2015

    Los Angeles: Black Eyed Peas will reportedly reunite later this year to mark their 20th anniversary. The 'I Gotta Feeling' hitmaker band, comprising Fergie, will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Taboo, have been on hiatus since 2011 but are working together in the recording studio on follow-up to 2010 album 'The Beginning' and also...
  • Manmohan Singh conferred the Second Asia Cosmopolitan Award December 22, 2014

    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 December 21, 2014

    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...