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Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified. A BBC correspondent near the mountain on Tuesday said the volcano was shooting out even more ash, smoke and rocks than before. At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's...

Japan volcano rescuers find 31 bodies

Japan volcano rescuers find 31 bodies

The bodies of 31 hikers have been found near the top of Japan's Mount Ontake a day after a sudden volcanic eruption. The hikers were not breathing and their hearts had stopped. The search for a total of 45 for missing climbers has now been called off for the night. The volcano, about 200km (125...

Starbucks to buy up Japan unit for $900m

Starbucks is to take full ownership of its Japanese operations at a cost of more than $900 million, a move which the company said was aimed at further tapping its second-largest market. The Seattle-based coffee giant said it would buy the 60.5 percent stake that it does not already own as part of a two-step tender process expected to be completed by the first half of 2015. Japan was the first overseas destination for Starbucks when it expanded from the United...

17th Asian Games
Incheon 2014

A face-saving win

A face-saving win

After two massive defeats against Japan and Malaysia, Bangladesh hockey team got their first win of the Asian Games yesterday when they eked out a 2-1 win over Singapore in their Pool A encounter at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium in Incheon yesterday. Pushkor Khisha Mimo and Khorshedur Rahman struck one goal apiece in the...

September will sparkle in history of Indian diplomacy

There are many ways of travelling from India to America. One of them is via Japan. That indeed is the quickest way to the richest parts of USA, the west coast; and the only option if you are headed towards the heart of America's strategic presence in the Pacific, Hawaii. The Pacific, overlapping the Indian Ocean, is far closer to us than the Mediterranean or the Atlantic. Our popular, and policy, reflexes so far have been so embedded in attitudes...

SUNDAY POUCH

Was Abe's Dhaka visit a strategic game changer?

Was Abe's Dhaka visit a strategic game changer?

In a few hours Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan leaves our shores to fly to his next destination, Sri Lanka. In the past twenty hours in Dhaka, he covered a lot of ground to talk and listen to the economic and commercial requirements of Bangladesh. In the end Abe has signed agreements...

Japan PM leaves Dhaka

Japan PM leaves Dhaka

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Dhaka this morning wrapping up his brief but significant visit seen here as a watershed event in the Bangladesh-Japan relationship. Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali saw him off at VVIP tarmac at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:30am. Before leaving Dhaka for Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the Japanese...

Dhaka-Tokyo relations to be strengthened

THE people of Bangladesh heartily welcome Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe to their beloved country. Japan is known to them as a good and trusted friend and they respect the long-standing relations based on shared values of peace, democracy, human rights and rule of law. Therefore, it is only natural that they will expect further strengthening of the bilateral relations and  widening of the horizon of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Japan has been a...

Japan is a trusted friend of Bangladesh

THE foreign relations synopsis prepared and handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan lists two political goals in the country's relationship with Bangladesh. One is to gain support in Japan's bid to join the United Nations Security Council and another is to secure markets for its finished products. It is the first goal that is believed to be the reason why Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is visiting Bangladesh. He is hoping to obtain Bangladesh's commitment to...

Dhaka warmly greets Japanese PM

Dhaka warmly greets Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Dhaka this afternoon on a short -- 21-hour-long -- but significant visit. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received Abe at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as he flew in at 12:56pm in first visit of a Japanese PM in 14 years. The then premier Yoshiro Mori visited Bangladesh in...

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