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Comfortable win for Japan ruling coalition

Comfortable win for Japan ruling coalition

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has won a decisive victory in Sunday's elections to the lower house of the Japanese parliament. Together with its coalition partner, the Buddhist-backed Komeito party, the new government has secured a super majority of 326 seats in the 475-strong House of Representatives. The LDP's individual strong performance, securing some 291 seats in all - although a four-seat reduction on its pre-election standing of 295 - is a vindication of Abe's gamble in late November of calling a snap election. At the time, the...

Japan exit polls suggest Abe victory

Japan exit polls suggest Abe victory

Exit polls suggest that the party of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has secured a large majority in the country's parliamentary elections. Abe had called a snap poll to boost support for his economic reforms. He was elected in 2012 and has tried to revive the economy by raising public spending and printing money. After an initial burst of growth, Japan slipped back into recession in the second half of this year. Japan is the third-largest economy in the world, according to the World Bank, but it has struggled in recent years. However, Abe has insisted that his policies, known as "Abenomics", can get Japan back on track. "I promise to make Japan a country...

Friendly Against Japan U-21s

BD on the defensive

While Japan U-21 team are considering their tour of Bangladesh as a preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Qualification round, hosts Bangladesh are looking to eke out a respectable result in the December 18 Friendly. The Japan U-21 team landed in Thailand on Thursday to play a friendly match against Thai counterparts on Sunday before heading to Bangladesh on December 16. Japan U-21 coach Teguramori Makoto, according to Japan Football Association (JFA) website, believes that this tour (Thailand and Bangladesh)...

Japan's third quarter recession deeper than estimated

Japan's third quarter recession deeper than estimated

Japan's economy shrank more than initially estimated in the third quarter of 2014, according to revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures. The economy contracted by 1.9% in annual terms from July to September, well above a preliminary reading of 1.6%. It also shrank 0.5% on a quarterly basis, compared with an initial estimate of 0.4%,...

‘Japan willing to hire skilled manpower from Bangladesh’

‘Japan willing to hire skilled manpower from Bangladesh’

Bangladesh can export skilled manpower to Japan which is scheduled to host summer Olympics in 2020, said a visiting delegation of the Asian economic giant today. Kazuo Tusubota, managing director of Japanese International Manpower Development Organisation (IMDO, Japan), expressed his government’s eagerness to hire skilled workers from Bangladesh, said officials at the expatriates’ welfare...

Japan's Kobe restaurant forays into Bangladesh

Japan's Kobe restaurant forays into Bangladesh

Japanese company Shishikura Ltd is set to open a restaurant in Dhaka with its speciality, Kobe beef, on December 15, a top official said. Called Kobe Steak and Seafood, the restaurant will be located in Banani, said Koki Mizutani, managing director of Leo Global Ltd, a locally formed company that will run the business...

Exports to Japan set to cross $1b

Exports to Japan will cross $1 billion soon on the back of relaxed rules of origin (RoO) by the Asian nation, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said yesterday. Riding on the back of the generalised system of preferences, exports from Bangladesh to Japan accelerated 14.9 percent year-on-year to $862.08 million in fiscal 2013-14, according to data from the Export Promotion Bureau. Exports of garment, leather and footwear items account for most of the increased earnings from Japan. Bangladesh shipped apparel items worth $572.27...

Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together Monday in Lima for the last main stop of the UN climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year. The slow-moving talks have gained momentum in the past two months with pledges from the world's top carbon polluters —...

Japan raises military profile in naval war games with US

Japan raises military profile in naval war games with US

Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the US military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Japanese navy. The Keen Sword exercises involving more than 30,000 Japanese troops and 11,000 US personnel...

Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japanese PM dissolves parliament for election

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a snap election. Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax. But opinion polls conducted by local media indicate low support for the PM and that many people do not understand why he...

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