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Australia, Japan Sign Defense Pact Amid China's Growing Assertiveness

Jan 06, 2022 Associated Press (AP)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met in a virtual summit to sign the Reciprocal Access Agreement, the first such defense pact signed by Japan with any country other than the United States.

US: Joe Biden Nominates Ambassadors; Caroline Kennedy For Japan, Michelle Kwan For Belize

Dec 16, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

US President Joe Biden has nominated Caroline Kennedy, who is the daughter of former President John F.Kennedy ambassador for Japan, while Michelle Kwan-renowned Olympic figure skater has been nominated as ambassador for Caribbean country, Belize.


Omicron Covid-19 Variant May Have Been In Europe Before South Africa

Omicron Covid-19 variant: the Netherlands' RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from November 19 and 23 were found to contain it. It was on November 24, South African authorities reported the existence of Omicron to WHO.

Omicron Covid-19 Scare: Japan Begins Booster Vaccinations

Dec 01, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Japan's initial vaccination drive kicked off in mid-February. Some medical workers who received jabs more than nine months ago are now eager to get additional protection, especially after the new variant known as Omicron.


Chief Minister Khattar Enrolls In Kurukshetra University To Learn Japanese

CM Khattar said he had a passion for learning foreign languages from the very beginning, so he has enrolled in the Japanese language course started by Kurukshetra University (KU).

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26 November, 2021

New Covid-19 Variant: EU Nations Asked To Stop Air Travel From Southern Africa

Deutsche Welle

The European Union wants its member states to halt air travel with South Africa and several surrounding countries over the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.


14 November, 2021

Japan's Former Princess Leaves For US With Her Commoner Husband

Associated Press (AP)

Mako Komuro, the former Princess Mako, and Kei Komur, both 30, left behind a nation that has criticised their romance.


03 November, 2021

COP26: China's Xi Stays Home, India Pledges Carbon Neutrality

Deutsche Welle

India's Narendra Modi pledged a carbon-neutral India by 2070. But President Xi Jinping of China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, skipped attendance. US President Biden called Xi's absence a 'mistake'.


25 October, 2021

Japan: Princess Mako Set To Marry Commoner Amid Controversy

Deutsche Welle

Despite opposition from conservatives and snowballing tabloid reports of financial scandal, Princess Mako will marry commoner Kei Komuro in a subdued wedding ritual.


21 October, 2021

Asian Shares Mixed After Evergrande Sale Deal Called Off

Associated Press (AP)

In a notice to the Hong Kong exchange Evergrande said it was having difficulties selling off assets to resolve its cash crunch.


18 October, 2021

Masks? Vaccine? How Japan Scripted Overnight Covid-19 Success Story

Associated Press (AP)

Daily new Covid-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low.


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15 October, 2021

Nippon Steel Sues Japan Business Partner Toyota Over Patent

Associated Press (AP)

Tokyo-based Nippon Steel filed the lawsuit Thursday in Tokyo District Court, demanding compensation for damages totalling 20 billion yen ($177 million).


29 September, 2021

Fumio Kishida Is Japan's New Prime Minister

Associated Press (AP)

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida replaces Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year since taking office last September.


24 September, 2021

Biden To Host Indo-Pacific Leaders As China Concerns Grow

Associated Press (AP)

Biden's meeting with leaders from India, Japan and Australia at the White House gives the US president a chance to put the spotlight on a central aim of his foreign policy: turning greater attention to the Pacific in the face of what the US sees as China's coercive economic practices and unsettling military maneuvering in the region.


17 September, 2021

World Shares Advance On Mixed Economic Data

Associated Press (AP)

Benchmarks rose in Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong but fell in Sydney. U.S. futures edged higher, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury note was steady at 1.33%


16 September, 2021

Cyprus Recovers Looted 18th Century Church Doors From Japan

Associated Press (AP)

Communications and Works Minister Yiannis Karousos said the wooden doors, painted with religious scenes, carved and gilded, were discovered at the Kanazawa Art College more than 20 years ago and their return followed “long and intensive efforts.”


12 September, 2021

Japan, Vietnam Sign Defense Transfer Deal Amid China Worries

Associated Press (AP)

Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepen defense ties through multinational joint exercises and other means.


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12 September, 2021

Japan Passes 50 Per Cent Vaccination Rate, May Ease Limits In November

Associated Press (AP)

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of COVID-19 measures, told NHK public television's weekly talk show Sunday that about 60 per cent of the population is expected to be fully vaccinated by the end of September, on par with current levels in Europe.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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