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Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

Exclusive Interview

Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

In this exclusive interview, Matsushiro Horiguchi, former ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, talks to Tokyo-based Bangladeshi journalist Monzurul  Huq and reflected on various aspects of bilateral relations that the upcoming visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is bound to give a new impetus. What are the main outcomes that the Japanese side is expecting from this visit? It is epoch making that two leaders are meeting again only three months after they met last time in Tokyo at the end of May. Another milestone of the visit...

Japan, India hold security talks

Japan, India hold security talks

Indian PM Narendra Modi is to discuss economic and security ties with Japan's Shinzo Abe, on his first major foreign visit since winning May's election. The leaders are likely to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact and sign an agreement on rare earths. The trip is being seen as an attempt by the two...

Move to Woo Investors

Japan to get exclusive zone

With Japanese investors going for new investment destinations, Bangladesh has decided to set up an economic zone exclusively for the entrepreneurs of the world's third largest economic power. “We have a plan to set up eight new economic zones across the country. We may allow the zone at Mirsarai in Chittagong for Japanese investors,” said Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday. “The decision to allow a separate economic zone for the Japanese investors has already been made,” Tofail told reporters after a...

Rescuers comb Japan landslide site

Rescuers comb Japan landslide site

Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture. At least 39 people are now known to have died and rescue teams are working to find more survivors. The landslide happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts. Dozens...

Landslides kill 27 in Japan

Landslides kill 27 in Japan

At least 27 people have been killed in landslides that struck Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, officials say. The landslides happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts. They were triggered after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said. Images from...

Typhoon Halong triggers evacuation orders in Japan

Typhoon Halong triggers evacuation orders in Japan

Typhoon Halong killed one person in Japan on Sunday and injured 33, media said, as authorities ordered 1.6 million people out of the path of the storm that battered the west of the country with heavy rain and wind. Authorities issued the highest typhoon alert and landslide warnings as the storm dumped a metre...

Japan nuclear reactors pass restart hurdle

Japan nuclear reactors pass restart hurdle

Japan's nuclear regulator has given preliminary approval for two reactors at a nuclear plant in the south of the country to restart. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said the reactors at the Sendai plant had met new standards introduced after the Fukushima disaster. These are the first two nuclear reactors to pass this hurdle. All Japan's...

Strong earthquake hits east Japan

Strong earthquake hits east Japan

A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami. At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage was reported. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of...

Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges as a powerful typhoon pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday. Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as Typhoon Neoguri was passing through Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers (108 miles) per hour and gusts up to 250 kph (154 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The storm was due to hit the main Okinawan city of Naha Tuesday evening. The national broadcaster said one woman had suffered a head injury due to the storm and one fisherman was missing after he was swept off a boat in seas near the...

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan's cabinet is poised to approve a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence. But a reinterpretation of the law would allow "collective self-defence" - using force to defend allies under...

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