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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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The economy of a handshake

ONE was walking with his hands extended. The other had hands by his side. One had a slight smile on his face. The other one's expression came close to a grimace. Then they shook hands. And this is how the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, and Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe met at the Great Hall of the People, a grand reception hall just by the Tiananmen Square in Beijing at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit's economic leaders' meeting,...

Japan's Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll

Japan's Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year until 2017 as the country struggles to fend off recession. Abe said today that he decided to postpone a second tax hike after Japan, the world's third-largest economy, slumped into recession due...

Japan's economy dips into recession

Japan's economy dips into recession

Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell at annualized 1.6% from July to September, compared to forecasts of a 2.1% rise. That followed a revised 7.3% contraction in the second quarter, which was the biggest fall since the...

Xi, Abe meet to break the ice

Xi, Abe meet to break the ice

The leaders of China and Japan held an ice-breaking summit yesterday after two years of dangerous animosity, as world leaders including Barack Obama gathered for an Asia-Pacific meeting spotlighting intensifying big-power rivalries. Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe met in Beijing's Great Hall of the People in what the Japanese prime minister said was a...

Japan industry minister quits

Japan industry minister quits

Japan's trade and industry minister has submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over claims she abused political funds. Yuko Obuchi is alleged to have used funds from her political support groups and other donations on make-up and other items unconnected to politics. She handed Abe a letter of resignation during a 30-minute meeting. Correspondents...

Bangladesh to join China-led Asian bank Oct 24

Bangladesh to join China-led Asian bank Oct 24

Bangladesh will ink an agreement of the proposed China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on October 24, a finance ministry official told The Daily Star. A delegation of the ministry will leave Dhaka for Beijing on October 22 to join as a member of the bank that will focus on infrastructure development and connectivity within...

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Neymar quadruple thrashes Japan

Neymar quadruple thrashes Japan

Neymar scored all four goals in a sumptuous display for Brazil as the five-times world champions routed an under-strength Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday to maintain Dunga's perfect start since returning as coach. The Brazilian skipper took his impressive tally to 40 goals in 58 matches after his strikes against...

Indian relief effort begins after Hudhud

Indian relief effort begins after Hudhud

Indian disaster teams have begun a relief operation after Cyclone Hudhud pounded the eastern coast, forcing as many as 400,000 people to flee. Officials are assessing the damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, where eight people have been killed. The cyclone wrecked homes, uprooted trees and power lines, blocked roads and damaged crops in...

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