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Modi named Asian of the Year 2014

Modi named Asian of the Year 2014

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is The Straits Times Asian of the Year 2014. The editors of the paper picked the development focused Indian leader, who fashioned an impressive election victory for his party in the national election that ended in May, from a rich field of contesting names,  reports The Straits Times. Last year's...

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...

Apec summit: China and Japan break ice

Apec summit: China and Japan break ice

After an awkward handshake, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders took office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals. Television footage showed Abe waiting for Xi to greet him at Beijing's Great Hall...

Japan firms keen to invest more

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Bangladesh with 20 chief executives of top companies is a signal to developed countries that Bangladesh has the potential, said Japan. Bangladesh could tell the West that one of the G-7 member countries is coming to Bangladesh with trust in a big way, said Kuni Sato, the spokesperson for the Japanese foreign ministry. This sudden upswing is natural and purely driven by economy, said two top officials of the Japanese prime minister's office and...

Investment main focus

Investment main focus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives here today on a brief but significant visit when he is expected to announce big investment proposals as well as financial and technical supports to help Bangladesh build up industrial base. Dhaka is giving highest importance to investment issues, including Japan's assistance in ensuring energy security and infrastructure...

Japanese PM's 21-hr busy schedule

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who arrives here this afternoon by a special flight, will spend a busy schedule during his twenty one and a half hours official tour. According to the programme schedule, Abe is expected to arrive at the VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:00pm where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive him. He will be given a guard of honour by a contingent drawn from the three services. The Japanese PM will visit National Mausoleum...

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Bangladesh and Japan need comprehensive partnership

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 is that there is a record fourteen-year gap between the current visit of the Japanese prime minister to Dhaka, the last...

Japan pledges $5.9b

Japan pledges $5.9b

Japan yesterday pledged to provide economic assistance worth $5.9 billion to Bangladesh over the next four to five years. Japan will "extend economic cooperation amounting to about 600 billion yen ($5.9 billion) for roughly four to five years," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Abe's announcement came at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh...

Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row over islands with China, after talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Obama, who is on a four-nation Asia tour, warned against escalation in the dispute and said he wanted to see the row resolved peacefully. But he confirmed that the islands fell...

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