Thursday,21st March 2019


Kremlin says talks with Japan over territorial dispute could take years

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that talks with Japan aimed at clinching a World War Two peace treaty between the two countries and ending a territorial dispute over a chain of islands in the Pacific...Full News..

LDP to field ex-deputy governor in Osaka election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party will field a former deputy governor in the Osaka gubernatorial election next month, after actor Takuro Tatsumi declined its request, its local...Full News..

US looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops

The Trump administration is eyeing a plan to seek more money from allied European and other nations where American troops are based. Several U.S. officials said Friday that the White House has...Full News..

Osaka governor, mayor seek job switch with goal to dissolve city

The governor and mayor of Osaka tendered their resignations Friday to seek election in each other's current position with the aim of reorganizing the major city into a metropolitan government system...Full News..

Cabinet OKs bills to ban harassment, promote women’s advancement

Japan's cabinet approved Friday a series of legal revisions banning any form of workplace harassment and obligating companies to prevent abuses of power or bullying. The package of bills, also...Full News..

Japan looks to allow NHK to start simultaneous online streaming

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday approved a bill to revise the broadcast law to allow public broadcaster NHK to start simultaneous online streaming of its television...Full News..

Campaign starts for referendum on U.S. base plan in Okinawa

Campaigning began Thursday ahead of a referendum in Japan's Okinawa on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island. The non-binding vote will be held on Feb...Full News..

N Korea tells Japan it may raise wartime labor issue

North Korea told Japan that it may raise in any future bilateral talks the subject of wartime labor during Tokyo's occupation of the Korean Peninsula until the end of World War II, diplomatic sources...Full News..

U.S. wants deal with Japan to avoid competitive currency devaluations

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Washington is seeking to include an agreement to prevent competitive currency devaluations in any trade deal with Japan. The United States...Full News..

New minister Miyakoshi in charge of 8 posts in reshaped Abe Cabinet

After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe replaced members of his Cabinet in an Oct. 2 reshuffle, Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi became minister for promoting the dynamic engagement of all citizens as well as seven other...Full News..

Japan claims China is ‘escalating’ military actions

Japan's defense chief on Monday warned the country faces a tough security environment, with China and Russia stepping up military activity and North Korea posing "imminent threats". Defense...Full News..

Finance ministers from Japan, China to meet on Aug 31

Finance ministers and officials from Japan and China are to meet in Beijing on Aug 31, a Japanese official said Friday, a sign of improving ties amid Sino-U.S. trade tensions. Japanese Finance...Full News..

First Japan-US trade talks by late Aug

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday he plans to hold a first round of trade talks with Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister, "in the next 30...Full News..

Abe scraps plan to visit Iran amid Trump’s tough line

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given up his plan to visit Iran this summer as the first Japanese leader in 40 years, government sources said Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump has taken an...Full News..

LDP-backed candidate Hanazumi’s win in Niigata gubernatorial election

A candidate backed by the ruling coalition won the tight Niigata gubernatorial election Sunday, boding well for the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is facing cronyism allegations and...Full News..

U.S. President torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat, threatens auto tariffs

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused other countries of "robbing" the United States on trade and threatened to stop doing business with them altogether as he pushed his "America First"...Full News..

Trump barrels into G-7 summit, ready to fight US allies

Bruising for a fight, President Donald Trump barreled into the Group of Seven summit Friday, confronting longtime U.S. allies over a burgeoning trade dispute and insisting Russia should be brought...Full News..

Gov’t to make senior officials take courses on sexual harassment

The government will oblige senior officials to take courses aimed at preventing sexual harassment following a series of revelations of improper behavior involving high-ranking bureaucrats, a...Full News..

P.M Abe orders measures to prevent document tampering

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed his ministers to draw up measures to prevent any further improper handling of official documents following a series of scandals that have damaged...Full News..

As party vote inches closer, Abe seeks to turn page on scandal narrative

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government sought on Monday to put behind it the worst of a suspected cronyism scandal that has clouded Abe's chances for re-election, as his finance minister said he'd...Full News..

Japan finds itself at crossroads over ‘pressure’ policy toward N. Korea

apan has reached a turning point in deciding whether it will continue to advocate “pressure” on North Korea, as its close ally, the United States, has leaned toward dialogue with...Full News..

Japan will try to make contribution for success of U.S.-N. Korea summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that Japan will make efforts to contribute to the success of the unprecedented U.S.-North Korea summit, which President Donald Trump reinstated the previous...Full News..

In Asia, Mattis to face allies seeking answers on N Korea

SINGAPORE- As international defense chiefs gather at a conference in Singapore this weekend, U.S. officials will face a barrage of questions from allies struggling to unravel the chaotic fits and...Full News..

Japan to welcome 500,000 foreign workers to help plug labor shortage

TOKYO – In a sign the country is opening up its insular job market, the Japanese government decided Tuesday to welcome more than 500,000 foreign workers through fiscal 2025 to offset the labor...Full News..

Trump giving Abe a hard time on trade despite close ties

Tariffs on steel, threats of car import levies and intense pressure for a two-way economic deal: despite warm personal ties, U.S. President Donald Trump is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a...Full News..

Top N Korean general on way to U.S. ahead of summit

SEOUL -  A top North Korean general is headed for the United States in what would be the highest-profile visit in years, reports said Tuesday as the two countries prepare for a momentous...Full News..

Japan defends U.S.-S Korea military drills

TOKYO-  A senior Japanese official said Wednesday that Tokyo considers the U.S.-South Korea joint exercise, along with those between the three allies, as key pillars of deterrence in the...Full News..

Abe tells N Korea: Release Japanese abductees or no aid

Japan's prime minister on Friday warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Japan will not provide major economic assistance unless the North resolves the issue of Japanese citizens it abducted...Full News..

N Korea says Japan must adapt to join diplomatic fray

BEIJING : Japan must change its tune and adopt a new approach toward North Korea if it really wants to join the diplomatic fray in affecting rapidly evolving developments on the Korean Peninsula, the...Full News..

China says summit with Japan, S Korea to focus on cooperation, not N Korea

 BEIJING:  No areas will be off limits in talks next week when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Japan, but North Korea is not going to be a focus, a senior Chinese diplomat said on...Full News..

Abe meets Palestinian president in Ramallah

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.  Photo: POOL/AFP   RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories-...Full News..

Japan says trade talks with U.S. under new framework won’t start until June

Tokyo-  Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that bilateral talks on trade under a new framework led by him and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer won't begin until...Full News..

Abe unlikely to get 3rd term as LDP leader: ex-PM Koizumi

Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Saturday Shinzo Abe is unlikely to win a third term in September's Liberal Democratic Party presidential election, citing the public's growing...Full News..

Opposition steps up calls for Abe’s wife to testify at Diet over land deal

TOKYO- Opposition parties stepped up their calls Wednesday for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife to testify at the Diet over a murky state-owned land sale to a school operator, as they were left...Full News..

Sagawa says he got no instructions from Abe or Aso to alter land sale documents

TOKYO- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife, Finance Minister Taro Aso and their top aides did not give instructions to change documents about a land deal at the heart of a suspected cronyism scandal,...Full News..

Scandal thrusts Akie Abe into spotlight

TOKYO- Japan's first lady Akie Abe is a freewheeling, flamenco-dancing socialite who once described herself as the "opposition" to husband Shinzo and is now embroiled in a scandal that threatens his...Full News..

Abe tells S Korea envoy Japan wants abduction issue resolved in N Korea talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a South Korean representative on Tuesday he wants talks with North Korea, called to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, to resolve a dispute...Full News..

The 2018 LDP leadership contest : Shinzo Abe — Constitutional revision needs crushing victory

Intraparty moves have begun in the run-up to September’s Liberal Democratic Party presidential election. The likely candidates are focusing on how to handle the race. This is the first installment...Full News..

Gov’t OKs bill to lower minimum age for consumer contracts to 18

The Japanese government has approved a bill to lower the minimum age to conclude consumer contracts from 20 to 18, in line with the expected lowering of the adulthood age in the Civil Code. The...Full News..

Japan’s budget for AI promotion less than 20% of U.S., China

The Japanese government budget for promoting artificial intelligence in fiscal 2018 is less than 20 percent the amount to be spent by the U.S. and Chinese governments, a Kyodo News tally found,...Full News..

Opposing policy chiefs battle over work reform

Policy chiefs of the ruling and opposition parties at a television debate on Sunday locked horns over the government’s work style reform bills, including a planned expansion of the so-called...Full News..

Ruling party approves anti smoking plan

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday approved in principle the government's antismoking plan after the health ministry expanded the scope of exceptions from its initial plan to...Full News..

Gov’t to reject compensation for some A-bomb survivors abroad

The Japanese government is set to reject compensation for some families of survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings living abroad due to the statute of limitation, plaintiffs and other sources said...Full News..

U.S. ambassador says Trump’s primary focus is security, not trade

U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty on Friday stressed that U.S. President Donald Trump's primary focus is on security, not trade. He said the U.S. is trying to make more advanced weapons...Full News..

U.S. commerce chief urges Japanese carmakers to cut exports

WASHINGTON -  urged Japanese automakers Monday to reduce exports from Japan and Mexico while beefing up production in the United States so as to slash the huge U.S. trade deficit with...Full News..

China’s Xi gets second 5-year term as Communist Party leader

BEIJING: Communist Party leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday unveiled the lineup of the ruling Communist Party's highest body who will rule alongside him as he embarks on a second five-year term as party...Full News..

Global powers defy US over Iran deal shift

Global powers, including key US allies, have said they will stand by the Iran nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear apart. Mr Trump said on Friday that he would stop...Full News..

Number of Rohingyas in Bangladesh rises to 480,000: UN

The UN and international aid agencies on Tuesday said the number of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar rose to 480,000 as their influx crossing the border started increasing...Full News..

Half of UN Security Council ask UN chief to publicly brief on Myanmar

Seven members of the United Nations Security Council, including the United States and Britain, on Friday asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the 15-member body next week on the violence...Full News..

N Korea’s foreign minister calls Trump’s UN address “sound of dog barking”

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called US President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be...Full News..

Suu Kyi does not fear global ‘scrutiny’

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she does not fear "international scrutiny" of her government's handling of the growing Rohingya crisis. It was her first national address on the...Full News..

BNP wants army to distribute relief among Rohingyas

Accusing the government of having failed to ensure proper management to tackle Rohingya crisis, BNP on Sunday called upon it to engage army for the proper distribution of relief materials among...Full News..

AL team’s China visit coincides Rohingya crisis

A team of Awami League leaders will be visiting China on a pre-scheduled tour which is now coinciding with Bangladesh's overwhelming crisis over Rohingya refugees who have been fleeing...Full News..

Violence, persecution must stop: US to Myanmar

Reiterating its position on the Rohingya issue, the United States has said violence and persecution of Rohingyas in Rakhine State must stop. "....this violence must stop; this persecution must...Full News..

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Security Council called on Myanmar's government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya Muslims.   The 15-member Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the...Full News..

US lauds Bangladesh role over Rohingya crisis

The United States has appreciated Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to the humanitarian crisis of Rohingya refugees. According to the United Nations, nearly 300,000 have fled from persecution...Full News..

BNP flounders on new panels for front bodies

The delay in reconstituting seven of BNP’s 11 frontal organisations has stalled party activities, much to the chagrin of party leaders and workers. Even though their tenures ended a long time ago,...Full News..

Ex-BNP MP Mozammel Haque passes away

Former BNP MP from Chuadanga-2 constituency and industrialist Md Mozammel Haque passed away at a hospital in the capital on Monday afternoon. He was 88. Mozammel who had long been suffering from...Full News..

Next election will be held under Hasina govt: Quader

General secretary of the ruling Awami League and also Road Transport and Bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, said that the ruling AL government led by Sheikh Hasina will serve as supporting government...Full News..

Khaleda wishes all on Eid-ul-Azha

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has greeted the country’s people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. Khaleda Zia, now in London for medical treatment, twitted on Saturday saying, “My heartfelt...Full News..

PM to exchange greetings on Eid day

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange greetings with the cross sections of people, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence today o...Full News..

AL to speed up polls campaign after Eid

The ruling Awami League (AL) will start its organisational and 2019 election publicity work in full swing across the country after Eid-ul-Azha. The party kept all political and organisational...Full News..

BNP blasts govt for not sheltering fleeing Rohingyas

BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government is not providing shelter to the Rohingyas fleeing from violence-hit Myanmar to brand itself as an 'anti-Muslim administration' to the global...Full News..

Two parties propose poll-time interim govt

Two political parties yesterday proposed handing over power to a caretaker government or a supportive government after dissolution of Parliament for holding free, fair and impartial general...Full News..

BNP slams PM for ‘seeking votes from flood victims’

BNP on Sunday criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for what it said seeking votes from flood victims for her party while distributing relief materials in Gaibandha and Bogra on...Full News..

Stand beside flood victims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was tackling the ongoing flood situation and called upon the affluent to stand by the affected. "I want those who are well-off in society...Full News..

Govt ‘lying’ about food stock, alleges BNP

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday alleged that the government has no mechanism to ease the sufferings of the flood-hit people as it is busy ‘hatching a plot to...Full News..

Moudud appreciates govt move to file writ against SC verdict

BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed said the government is finally coming to the right path with its decision to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict that revoked the 16th...Full News..

Govt to file review petition against SC verdict : Anisul Huq

The government is preparing to file a review petition against the Supreme Court (SC) verdict on the 16th amendment to the Constitution that scrapped Parliament’s authority to remove judges on the...Full News..

JaPa now a ‘big factor’: Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Thursday said his party has now become a big factor in national politics as no party will be able to go to power without its cooperation. "Once there had been...Full News..

No birthday bash plans for Khaleda today

The former premier, who is now in London for treatment of her eyes and legs, is likely to celebrate her 72nd birthday today with her family there, the sources added. BNP insiders informed that...Full News..

History distorted, says law minister

The observation of the Supreme Court (SC) that "no nation and no country is made of, or by, one person” was a distortion of history, said law minister Anisul Huq yesterday at a programme at the...Full News..

BNP far from target

The BNP is unlikely to reach its target of having one crore members on its roll by August 31, when its two-month-long nationwide drive ends, said party leaders. Apparently, the party is getting...Full News..

Govt will take initiative to expunge objectionable matters in the judgment

Law minister Anisul Huq has said that the government would take initiative to expunge the ‘objectionable matters’ in the16th amendment judgment. In his formal reaction to the SC judgement on...Full News..

BNP has no right to do politics: Hanif

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif today said BNP has no right to do politics in the country as the party was founded by Ziaur Rahman, the main plotter of the assassination of...Full News..

EC dialogue a mockery: BNP

BNP yesterday alleged that Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has been staging a mockery with the nation in the name of dialogue with different stakeholders ahead of the 11th...Full News..

AL high-ups irked

The Awami League (AL) is in discomfort over the involvement of party lawmakers, leaders and workers in internal conflicts and their alleged involvement in criminal activities, even as the party...Full News..

Quader for stopping misuse of section 57

The ruling Awami League (AL) General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday there is an urgent need to stop misuse of section 57 of the Information and...Full News..

Govt unnerved apprehending its polls debacle: BNP

BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday said the government has got unnerved fearing its massive debacle in the next general election. "The current unelected government has failed...Full News..

AL to serve show-cause notice on Savar MP

Ruling Awami League (AL) has decided to serve a show-cause notice on its Savar MP, Dr Enamur Rahman, for his alleged involvement in the extrajudicial killing of five “terrorists”. “We will send...Full News..

Field officials influenced by AL men: BNP

BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Thursday alleged that the jailing of Barguna UNO Tariq Salmon and subsequent transfer of some top officials have exposed field-level officials are influenced by...Full News..

Act tough to root out graft

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government officials to take a tough stance against corruption to root out the menace from the society. “We'll have to eliminate corruption at...Full News..

AL violating constitution: BNP

BNP on Monday alleged that though the government often talks about constitution, it has long been violating it by snatching political parties' right to holding public rallies. "The constitution...Full News..

PM urges Hajj pilgrims to pray for country’s peace

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the hajj pilgrims to seek mercy of Almighty Allah while offering their prayers in the holy mosques for allowing the Muslims as well as people of other faiths in...Full News..

Abe may limp on, but defer Constitution dream after poll plunge

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's dream of shepherding the first-ever amendment to the Japanese Constitution may have slipped from his fingertips after weekend polls showed a plunge in support for his...Full News..

Opposition party leader Renho shows legal records to prove nationality

A Japanese opposition leader born to a Taiwanese father and Japanese mother released legal documents Tuesday to prove she only has Japanese nationality. Renho Murata, head of the Democratic Party,...Full News..

Japan to give $1 bil. in assistance to help children: Kishida

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced Monday that Tokyo will contribute $1 billion over two years through March 2019 to assist children and youth as part of U.N. efforts to combat poverty...Full News..

Japan to help farmers impacted by EU trade pact

The Japanese government plans to adopt a policy package in the fall to help dairy and livestock farmers who will be impacted by the Japan-EU free trade deal agreed on last week. The package would...Full News..

Khaleda Zia flies for London tonight

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is set to leave Dhaka for London for her treatment on Saturday night. The flight of Emirates Airlines is scheduled to leave Shahjalal International Airport around...Full News..

Gov’t coalition partner urges Abe to regain trust

The leader of the junior partner in Japan's ruling coalition on Friday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to focus on regaining public trust after a slide in his popularity, and said revising the...Full News..

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies

Officials say China’s most prominent political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has died. He was 61. Liu had been hospitalized for advanced liver cancer diagnosed in prison in May....Full News..

Graft cases: Khaleda won’t appear before court

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on Thursday will not appear before a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust corruption cases. “She will not appear before the court today...Full News..

EU wastes Turkey’s time: Erdogan

International Desk: Turkey will find it "comforting" if the EU says it cannot be accepted as a member, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the BBC. Speaking to HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi, he...Full News..

Rohingya refugees may stay in Bangladesh ‘for some more time

AFP: Nearly half a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in squalid Bangladeshi camps face staying "for some more time", the UN high commissioner for refugees said Monday. Filippo Grandi,...Full News..

BNP leader Ilias Ali’s wife ‘stopped’ at airport

Immigration officers at the Dhaka airport have allegedly barred missing BNP leader Ilias Ali's wife from leaving for the UK to attend her son's graduation ceremony. The former MP has been missing...Full News..

UK calls for Brexit transition deal

Britain should negotiate a transitional Brexit deal that replicates its membership of EU structures as closely as possible, its finance minister said on Friday, acknowledging the country cannot stay...Full News..

Khaleda Zia moves High Court to cross-examine five witnesses

BNP chief Khaleda Zia has moved the High Court to cross-examine five witnesses in the Zia Charitable Trust case after a petition to do so was turned down in the trial court. The petition was...Full News..

Zia Orphanage graft case: Khaleda’s re-investigate plea rejected

The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order that rejected a petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia seeking its order for re-investigation into a portion of Zia Orphanage Graft case...Full News..

14-party alliance meets Sunday

A meeting of the ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will be held at AL president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital on Sunday, says a press release on...Full News..

Bangladeshi diplomat arrested in New York

A Bangladeshi diplomat was arrested from New York in United States on charges of labor trafficking and assault for forcing his servant to work without pay through threats and intimidation. The...Full News..