Thursday,21st March 2019


Mammoth moves: Frozen cells come to life, but only just

A team of scientists in Japan has successfully coaxed activity from 28,000-year-old cells from a frozen mammoth implanted into mouse cells, but the woolly mammal is unlikely to be walking among us...Full News..

Tokyo Olympic 2020 organizers struggling to find enough buses, drivers

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are struggling to find enough large buses and drivers to transport athletes and related individuals for the Summer Games, officials familiar...Full News..

Japan marks 8 years since 3/11 quake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, with 52,000 still displaced

More than 50,000 people remained displaced from their homes on March 11 as the nation marked the eighth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident. The...Full News..

JR to send security camera images to police in emergencies

East Japan Railway Co will introduce a system that can directly send to police images from its video surveillance cameras at stations in the event of an emergency, as Tokyo strengthens antiterrorism...Full News..

Hospital looked into over death of patient after ending dialysis

The Tokyo metropolitan government and a medical association are looking into dialysis treatment at a hospital in western Tokyo following the death of a female patient in her 40s. The woman...Full News..

Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn Released on Bail After Spending 108 Days in Prison

Held for more than three months, Carlos Ghosn finally left the Tokyo Detention House on March 6 after paying the 1-billion-yen ($8.9 million) bail set by the Tokyo District Court. An appeal by...Full News..

Thirteen gay couples file Valentine’s cases to wed in Japan

Thirteen same-sex couples demanding marriage equality filed lawsuits against the government at district courts across Japan on Valentine's Day on Thursday, arguing that its refusal to allow them to...Full News..

Japan worried about receiving more foreign workers: survey

Nearly half of cities and towns across Japan are concerned about how to provide appropriate treatment to foreign workers as they prepare for an influx after this spring with the government's new...Full News..

Probe of IOC’s Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful...Full News..

New Toyosu fish market opens doors to public in Tokyo

A new fish market in Tokyo's Toyosu waterfront district opened its doors to the public for the first time Saturday, with visitors able to view activity from behind the glass of an observation...Full News..

37,000 child abuse cases in Jan.-June

The number of suspected child abuse cases, involving children under 18 years old, reported by police to child consultation centers, hit a record high of 37,113 in the first half of this year,...Full News..

4 dead, 200 injured as powerful typhoon in Japan

A powerful typhoon swept through the Japanese archipelago Sunday through Monday, leaving at least four people dead and 200 others injured while disrupting traffic in wide areas including Tokyo during...Full News..

2 dead, 38 missing in Hokkaido after M6.7 earthquake

At least two people were killed and 38 were missing after a powerful earthquake paralyzed Hokkaido on Thursday, but the death toll was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by...Full News..

Japan deals with Jebi aftermath : death toll reaches 11

The toll in the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century rose Wednesday to 11, with thousands stranded at a major airport because of storm damage. Typhoon Jebi slammed into the west...Full News..

Typhoon Jebi hit western Japan : 9 dead

At least Nine people are dead and more than 300 others arew injured following powerful typhoon Jebi. It has stranded about 3,000 travelers at Kansai International Airport, one of the country's main...Full News..

5 elderly patients die in Gifu hospital after air conditioning breaks

Another elderly patient at a central Japan hospital where air conditioners broke down has died, police said Wednesday, following the deaths of four others possibly due to heatstroke. The fifth...Full News..

Gov’t conducts evacuation drill in Fukui for multiple nuclear accidents

The government started a two-day evacuation drill on Saturday in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui, which is home to the highest concentration of nuclear plants in the country. Some 21,600...Full News..

5 die, 40 injured in fire in Tokyo suburbs

Five people died and around 40 were injured Thursday after a fire broke out at a construction site in suburban Tokyo and smoke engulfed workers. One of the five died after failing to escape from...Full News..

Nagoya court orders forcible clean-up of ‘garbage house’

The Nagoya District Court this week approved an ordinance enabling authorities to forcibly dispose of items piling up inside and outside a gomiyashiki in Naka Ward after the owner refused to do...Full News..

As Fukushima residents return, some see hope in nuclear tourism

On a cold day in February, Takuto Okamoto guided his first tour group to a sight few outsiders had witnessed in person: the construction cranes looming over Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...Full News..

U.S F-15 fighter jet crash; pilot rescued

A U.S. military F15 fighter jet crashed in waters off Okinawa during a routine training mission on Monday, U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement. The pilot, the only person in the aircraft,...Full News..

Emperor, empress visit to Fukushima for 3 days

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met evacuees from the 2011 tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster on Saturday as they began a three-day visit to Fukushima, believed to be their last trip to the...Full News..

Misdiagnoses cause 2 patients to die of cancer in Japan

A hospital admitted Friday it made erroneous diagnoses with computerized tomography images, causing two patients to die of cancer. Doctors at Chiba University Hospital failed to correctly analyze...Full News..

Tokyo is world city facing greatest risks: Lloyd’s index

Tokyo is the global city facing most risks to its annual economic output, due to its proximity to North Korea, according to an index compiled by the Lloyd's of London insurance market. New York...Full News..

Okinawa base: US Marines commander sacked

The commanding officer at a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa has been fired over a "loss of trust", the U.S. Marines said Tuesday. A brief statement said Colonel Mark S Coppess had been relieved of...Full News..

Finance Ministry punishes with 19 other officials over Moritomo document tampering

The Finance Ministry said Monday it is punishing 20 officials, including former senior bureaucrat Nobuhisa Sagawa, for falsifying and destroying documents related to the murky public land sale that...Full News..

U.S. trade policy deplorable, says Tokyo

U.S.-imposed trade tariffs on its close allies could have a "grave impact" on ties and the world trading system, the Japanese government said Monday, describing the situation as "extremely...Full News..

Gov’t panel sets goals for companies to prevent deaths from overwork

A health ministry panel unveiled a draft plan Thursday to have at least 10 percent of companies introduce fixed rest hours for employees by 2020 as the country seeks to eliminate karōshi (death...Full News..

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai lands after 5½-month in Kazakhstan

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a 5½-month mission, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. A Soyuz...Full News..

Japan drops bid for World Heritage listing covering southwestern islands

The government has decided to drop its plan to recommend a chain of southwestern Japan islands for a World Heritage site listing this summer. The move, approved at a cabinet meeting, comes after a...Full News..

Farmers battle Narita airport

You can't choose your neighbors, as Japanese organic farmer Takao Shito knows all too well after a decades-long battle against Narita -- the country's second busiest airport. His farm is virtually...Full News..

Imported wine of Golan Heights removes from department

A major Japanese department store has quietly removed a vendor specializing in wine from Israel's occupied Golan Heights after protests from citizens' groups boycotting products from the region amid...Full News..

Gov’t eyes stripping ownership rights to unattended land

The government is considering stripping landowners of their rights to unattended land amid growing problems associated with unclaimed land across Japan, a government report showed Friday. In 2016,...Full News..

Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon, race walking courses to go by iconic landmarks

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Thursday announced the routes for its marathon event and for the 20 km and 50 km race walk events. These will pass...Full News..

Vietnamese president meets emperor; possibly his last imperial banquet guest

Visiting Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Wednesday, as the two countries mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year. Quang could be...Full News..

Japan, Pacific island nations urge N Korea to denuclearize

Japan and Pacific island countries on Saturday called on North Korea to take concrete actions toward denuclearization by complying with U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile development, as...Full News..

Neighbor questioned over 7-year-old girl’s murder in Niigata

NIIGATA- Police are questioning a man living in the neighborhood of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found on a railroad track last week in central Japan, investigative sources said Monday. The...Full News..

Japan’s planned SDF dispatch to Futenma hits U.S. snag

TOKYO: Japan's plan to send Self-Defense Force members to a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa following a couple of U.S. helicopter mishaps earlier this year has hit a snag due to U.S. reluctance, a...Full News..

Japanese manga strip fetches record price at Paris auction

A rare series of sketches of Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka's robot character Astro Boy sold for a record 269,400 euros in an auction in Paris Saturday. "It's a world record for this artist...Full News..

Gov’t to unveil era name for new emperor’s accession next Feb or later

TOKYO- The government is considering announcing the name of the new era in Japan next February or later, giving up its initial plan to deal with concerns about the process of succession following...Full News..

Universal Studios Japan coaster stalls with riders hanging

OSAKA - Sixty-four passengers were left hanging in the air for up to two hours after a roller coaster made an emergency stop Tuesday at Universal Studios Japan. The amusement park said the Flying...Full News..

Sweden’s king, Emperor Akihito mark 150 years of diplomacy

TOKYO-  Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Japan's Emperor Akihito attended a special exhibit on Swedish natural sciences in Tokyo on Monday to mark 150 years of diplomacy between the...Full News..

Tokyo-Toronto sign military pact ahead G7 foreign minister’s meeting

R A Sujon:  Canada and Japan signed a military co-operation agreement ahead of Sunday’s G7 foreign ministers meeting where the North Korean nuclear crisis will be front and centre. Foreign...Full News..

Japan to start trial of world’s first urine test to spot cancer

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world's first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly...Full News..

Japan faces record low eel catch, renewing stock fears

Japan is on track for a record low catch of baby eels this year, renewing fears about declining stocks of the endangered fish, a favoured summer delicacy for Japanese. At the end of March, Japan...Full News..

Japan activates first marines since WW2 to bolster defenses

Japan on Saturday activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to...Full News..

Luxury complex Tokyo Midtown Hibiya opens

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, a major shopping and entertainment complex, opened Friday.  Photo: KYODO  TOKYO-Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, a major shopping and entertainment complex, opened for business on...Full News..

GSDF sees biggest shake-up amid N Korea, China tensions

Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force underwent its biggest organizational shake-up Tuesday, in the midst of a challenging security environment, with its command streamlined for flexible operations...Full News..

Japan modernizing workplace conditions to lure mothers back

TOKYO- With Japan's demographic challenges causing a workforce crunch that is proving difficult for companies to overcome, many are now offering flexible conditions to allow new mothers to return to...Full News..

2 Peach plane tires blow out after landing in Fukuoka

A plane operated by low-cost carrier Peach Aviation Ltd is seen at Fukuoka Airport on Saturday. Two of its tires blew out after landing, causing the runway to be closed for over two...Full News..

Japan marks 23rd anniversary of sarin gas attack

Japan on Tuesday marked the 23rd anniversary of a fatal nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway. About 20 Tokyo Metro staff at Kasumigaseki subway station on the Hibiya line held a moment of silence at...Full News..

OECD raised global and Japan growth outlooks for 2018 and 2019

R A Sujon: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Tuesday raised its forecasts for the global economy for 2018 and 2019, factoring in the impact of tax cuts...Full News..

Roadside rescuer death by Snowstorm in Hokkaido

A blizzard that hit Hokkaido killed a man who was attempting to help a car stranded in snow, as stormy weather disrupted transportation in various parts of the country. The road service company...Full News..

Record number of elderly surrendered driver’s licenses in 2017: NPA

TOKYO- A record number of elderly drivers aged 75 and over in Japan voluntarily gave up their licenses in 2017, the National Police Agency said Saturday. The number of drivers totaled 252,677,...Full News..

Shooting at N Korean embassy in Tokyo : 2 men arrested

R A Sujon : Police said they arrested two Japanese men believed to be right-wing activists for shooting early Friday at North Korea's de facto embassy in Tokyo. The men fired several shots at...Full News..

20 found from nearly 20,000 applications

The number of asylum seekers in Japan grew 80 percent to a record 19,628 in 2017 - but only 20 were accepted, the government said on Tuesday. Immigration is a controversial subject in Japan, where...Full News..

No medal for 5th place Japan in team figure skating

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -Japan missed out on a figure skating team medal at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday, finishing the final in last place for the second straight Winter Olympics. Canada went...Full News..

The Japanese Economy in 2018: On Track for a Record-Setting Growth Streak

 Confidence in the economy is surging among Japanese businesses large and small. According to the Bank of Japan’s December Tankan (Short-Term Economic Survey of Enterprises), large...Full News..

Japan coast guard finds body of dead man suspected from North Korea

Japan's Coast Guard found the body of a male and parts of a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on the coast of one of Japan's outlying islands on Saturday, an official said. The Coast...Full News..

Three of 12 missing N Korean fishermen found dead

Three of 12 North Korean fishermen missing after their boat capsized in high seas were found dead on Friday, Japan's coast guard said, adding that four separate bodies were found in another...Full News..

Abe calls for ASEAN’s cooperation to foster free and open order

MANILA: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the annual Japan-ASEAN summit on Monday in Manila, at which Abe said Japan and ASEAN...Full News..

Japan fails to toughen passive smoking ban due to resistance

KYODO: The Japanese government failed to toughen a passive smoking ban in its new anticancer program, which was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, without support from the ruling party representing...Full News..

BNP will participate in next elections: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has expressed his believe that BNP will participate in the next parliamentary elections. The EC chief said this while inspecting the voter...Full News..

Prime Minister undergoes successful gall bladder surgery in Washington

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in the United States in connection with the 72nd United Nations National Assembly (UNGA) session, underwent a gall bladder operation in Washington on September 25...Full News..

Rohingyas to stay in ‘Bhasan Char’ if their stay prolonged

The government of Bangladesh is making arrangement temporarily for providing food and shelter to Rohingya people who fled Myanmar atrocities in Rakhine state. However, a minister said, if their...Full News..

UN estimates $200 million needed for Rohingya in Bangladesh for six months

The United Nations estimates that $200 million will be needed over the next six months to help Rohingya Muslims refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in “massive numbers” to escape a...Full News..

10 die in Rohingya aid truck accident

At least 10 people have been killed and nine others inhured as a relief-laden truck fell into a roadside ditch  near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban. The...Full News..

Prime Minister for protection of human and labour rights

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the protection of human and labour rights as the working condition and labour market are going through fundamental changes globally, creating new challenges...Full News..

Hasina in New York to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) amid warm welcome by expatriate Bangladeshis and US AL leaders. An...Full News..

‘Last chance’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has "a last chance" to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head Antonio...Full News..

ICRC appeals to fund critical operation in BD, Myanmar

The  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed grave concern over the violence and its effect on all people in the northern areas of Rakhine in Myanmar as well as in...Full News..

Prime Minister reaches Rajshahi

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached at Bangladesh Police Academy in Rajshahi. She reached there around 10am on Thursday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a passing-out parade and...Full News..

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reaches Cox’s Bazar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached Cox’s Bazar by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at about 10:30 am. Earlier, the premier left Dhaka around 9:15am on Tuesday to distribute aid among...Full News..

UN warns Myanmar situation ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’

The UN human rights chief on Monday slammed Myanmar's apparent "systematic attack" on the Rohingya minority, warning that "ethnic cleansing" seemed to be underway. "Because Myanmar has refused...Full News..

UN appeals for aid as Rohingya refugee exodus nears 300,000

The United Nations has appealed for aid to deal with a humanitarian crisis unfolding in southern Bangladesh after the number of Muslim Rohingya fleeing Myanmar neared 300,000, just two weeks after...Full News..

Bus-truck collision kills 6 in Gopalganj

Six people were killed and 25 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Gopalganj early Saturday. The road crash took place on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Borashur area under...Full News..

Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan in city

Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan arrived in Dhaka early Thursday to meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A special aircraft carrying her and her entourage...Full News..

Operation at Mirpur ‘militant’ hideout resumes

Law enforcers resumed their operation at the suspected militant hideout at Mirpur's Mazar Road on Wednesday morning after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire. Mufti Mahmud Khan,...Full News..

RAB cordons off ‘militant hideout’ in Mirpur

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have cordoned off a house at Mirpur Mazar Road under Darus Salam Police Station in the capital suspecting it as a militant hideout. Tipped off, a RAB team...Full News..

Indonesian foreign minister to visit Dhaka Tuesday over Rohingya issue

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will visit Bangladesh on Tuesday (September 05) to talk with Bangladesh about the ongoing persecution on the Rohingyas in Myanmar. According to the...Full News..

Over 2,600 houses burnt in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar

More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar's northwest in the last week, the government said on Saturday, in one of the deadliest bouts of violence involving...Full News..

Nation Celebrates Eid-ul-Azha today

The Bangladeshi brand of secularism finds its truest and most triumphant expression in the almost determined and vigorous celebration of all it religious festivals - irrespective of the faith and...Full News..

Eid holidaymakers leave Dhaka in thousands

As yesterday was the last workday for employees and officials of government, semi-government and private offices before the Eid-ul-Azha, city dwellers started leaving for their respective village...Full News..

2 million Muslims gather for Hajj pilgrimage

More than 2 million Muslims gather for Hajj pilgrimage Macca, Saudi Arabia: More than two million Muslims from around the world will start the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites Wednesday, a...Full News..

Man shot dead in capital

A man was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in capital's Shewrapara area on Monday night. The victim, 45-year-old Anisur Rahman, was a contractor. Police said, bullet-hit Anisur was at first...Full News..

Cattle markets in capital ready with huge supply

Both traders and buyers are apparently going to appear in a nerve test as the leaseholders of the capitals’ makeshift cattle markets are set to officially open the sale of sacrificial animals on...Full News..

HC bans factories within 10km of Sundarbans

The High Court yesterday ordered the government not to approve any new factory or industrial unit within 10-kilometre (km) radius of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world. The...Full News..

HC rules on party registration criteria

The High Court has issued a rule for the government and the Election Commission over the law that stipulates criteria for political parties to get registered. It has issued a rule asking why two...Full News..

HC to deliver verdict on N’ganj 7-murder today

The High Court will deliver its verdict on the death references and appeals in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases. The HC bench of Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and Justice Mustafa...Full News..

Survivors want death for perpetrators

Thirteen years after the grenade attack on a rally of the then opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina, the survivors are still trying to come to terms with the incident. As many as 24 people, including the...Full News..

6 killed as truck overturns in Naogaon

At least six people were killed and eight others injured as a truck turned turtle on Naogaon- Rajshahi highway in Haji Gobindopur area of Manda upazila on Saturday morning. The deceased could not...Full News..

Hundreds of human trafficking cases pending in Cox’s Bazar

Cases against human traffickers and middlemen are piling up due to shortage of judges in Cox’s Bazar. From 2012 to July 2017, a total of 437 cases were filed under the Prevention and Suppression of...Full News..

100 Faridpur villages flooded as Padma flowing over danger mark

Around 100 villages of the low-lying areas in three upazilas - Sadar, Char Bhadrasan and Sadarpur – of Faridpur have been flooded due to onrush of water from the upstream and incessant rainfall,...Full News..

Mayor Anisul’s condition still serious

The health condition of the Mayor of Dhaka North, Anisul Haque, still remained serious as he is being treated under close medical observation at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a London hospital, a...Full News..

President, PM pay homage to Bangabandhu

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday led the nation in paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking the 42nd anniversary of his...Full News..

North rolling under flood

With the opening of all the gates of the Gajaldoba barrage in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri on the upstream of the Teesta, floods have occurred in the northern plains, threatening the Teesta barrage and...Full News..

Upkeep gap takes toll on highways

Crumbling roads and highways in the districts have become a deathtrap for commuters as maintenance remains elusive. Thousands of vehicles carrying passengers or goods in these routes everyday stare...Full News..

Clash over Habiganj mosque committee leaves 2 dead

Two people were killed and around hundred others were injured in a clash between two rival groups of villagers over the formation of a mosque committee at Mukkandi village in Bahubal upazila of...Full News..

Fire disrupts operations at Shahjalal airport

A fire that broke out yesterday at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport triggered panic among passengers and delayed all outgoing flights. All activities were suspended at the departure lounge...Full News..

Wedding helicopter land on Jail-ground!

A wedding helicopter having five bridemen mistakenly landed on Kashimpur-Jail-run school ground in Gazipur on Thursday morning, making the jail officials surprised. Touhidul Islam, deputy...Full News..