The Exhibition ‘NINGYO: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls’ inaugurated at the National Art Gallery

Newswire Islamabad: To kick start the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan and the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) are presenting a superb collection of Japanese dolls in an exhibition titled “NINGYO: Art and […]

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Japan’s Princess Kako turns 27, duties still curbed due to pandemic

Princess Kako, the niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, turned 27 this week, following another year of restrictions to official duties due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The younger daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko has expressed concern for those affected by the pandemic after receiving briefings from experts, as well as […]

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Japan’s way forward in 2022

Ben Ascione Tokyo: Japan’s political calendar in 2021 was dominated by the government’s commitment to host the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games in July in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the election of the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in September and the lower house election in October. This series of events […]

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Japan committed to provide support to Pakistan: WADA Mitsuhiro

Newswire Islamabad: Newly appointed Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan WADA Mitsuhiro this week said his government is committed to provide support to Pakistan for its socio-economic development and the effect of utilizing Japan’s strengths toward the development of Pakistan and the region will continue. “It is my pleasure to contribute to the development of Japan-Pakistan […]

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Japan PM seeks to boost workers’ wages, defence capability

Tetsushi Kajimoto and Kiyoshi Takenaka Newswire Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed this week to ensure worker wage hikes to protect the economy from rising global inflation, while strengthening the country’s defences as it deals with an assertive China and unpredictable North Korea. Kishida made the remarks on the opening day of parliament’s extra […]

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Japan-sponsored vocational training centre completed in Mirpurkhas

Newswire Karachi: The Government of Japan extended a grant of $89,283 to Advocacy, Research, Training and Services (ARTS) Foundation for “The Project for Constructing ARTS Vocational Training Centre in Mirpurkhas” under the scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Through this grant, they constructed a vocational training centre in the rural area […]

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Japan Fest in Pakistan kicks off to a great start

Newswire Karachi: To commemorate the friendship between Pakistan and Japan, the Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi organized “Japan Fest 2021” at the official residence of the Consul-General this week. The festival started off in a traditional Japanese style wadaiko (Japanese drums) performance led by Deputy Consul-General ASHIDA Katsunori, followed by the speech of the Consul-General […]

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Japan begins accepting new entry applications amid COVID decline

Newswire Tokyo: The Japanese government started accepting new entry applications this week from companies and educational institutions for individuals from overseas, easing restrictions that were introduced in January amid the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 quarantine period has been cut to three days from 10 for business travelers who have been vaccinated as progress in inoculations […]

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Japan: Kishida’s coalition wins absolute majority in parliament

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s coalition has secured a comfortable majority in the parliamentary election. Defying some predictions, Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) claimed 259 seats in the 465-member lower house, a result that gives the party an absolute stable majority and control over parliamentary committees. The LDP’s junior coalition partner Komeito won 32 […]

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Japan-funded PIMS maternal and child health center expansion launched

Newswire Islamabad: Construction of the extension of Intensive Care at Maternal and Child Care Centre and Children’s Hospital was launched at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad this week. The grant assistance from Japan worth $32 million (3.62 billion Japanese Yen) was signed in Tokyo two years ago. On this special occasion, MATSUDA […]

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Japan grants Rs 1.6 billion to Wasa

Lahore: To provide clean drinking water to the masses, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) is finally geared up to initiate its novel project ‘Blue Drop’ as the agency got finances around Rs1.6 billion from Japanese government. Wasa designed the project in 2018 and submitted its proposal for financing and finally Ministry of Foreign Affairs of […]

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Outgoing Japanese envoy calls on president, PM

Newswire Islamabad: Outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda held two separate meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi this week. During the meeting in the Prime Minister’s House, Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed that the world community must remain positively engaged with the new Afghan administration, provide urgently-needed humanitarian […]

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Japan, France to hold 2-plus-2 security talks this year

Newswire Tokyo: Japan and France plan to hold security talks involving their foreign and defense ministers within the year, the French government said this week. Sources knowledgeable about the matter said the so-called two-plus-two talks will be held in the Japanese capital, likely between late November and early December. France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian […]

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Japan contributes $6.5 million to support safe access to quality education for children in rural Damascus and Aleppo

Newswire Damascus: The Government of Japan has contributed US$6.5 million to support scaling up the access of vulnerable children to safe learning facilities, via light rehabilitation, as well as enhanced education outcomes, through teacher training in the governorates of Aleppo and Rural Damascus in Syria. The funding will ensure close to 24,000 children benefit from […]

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Japanese ambassador pays farewell call on FM

Newswire Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi this week received Ambassador of Japan Kuninori Matsuda for his farewell call at the Foreign Office. The foreign minister expressed satisfaction on the progression of bilateral ties between the two countries and appreciated Ambassador Matsuda’s contribution in further strengthening them. Qureshi also lauded Japan’s role as a development […]

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Japan’s love affair with the fax machine – a strange relic of technological fantasies

Hansun Hsiung With Japan riding the crest of its postwar economic miracle, Sony chairman Akio Morita and Japan’s Minister of Transport Shintaro Ishihara unleashed a manifesto. The document, published in 1989, contained a prophecy that propelled it to domestic bestseller status, and into the concerned hands of officials at the CIA. At the time, the […]

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Study rewrites understanding of modern Japan’s genetic ancestry

Tokyo: An analysis of ancient DNA is transforming the understanding of the genetic ancestry of Japan’s modern-day population, identifying a crucial contribution from people who arrived about 1,700 years ago and helped revolutionize Japanese culture. Research published this week showed that the people of Japan bear genetic signatures from three ancient populations rather than just […]

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Japan’s New Richest Person Builds $38 Billion Automation Fortune

Heesu Lee and Min Jeong Lee Tokyo: Takemitsu Takizaki, the founder of electronic-sensor maker Keyence Corp., has overtaken Uniqlo billionaire Tadashi Yanai to become Japan’s richest person.Takizaki is worth $38.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, after his company’s shares almost doubled since the start of last year. Fast Retailing Co.’s Yanai, who lost […]

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Japan unveils official logo to celebrate Pakistan-Japan diplomatic ties

Newswire Islamabad: To commence the celebrations of Year 2022 which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, the Government of Japan has announced the Official Logo for this special occasion signifying historic relations between Japan and Pakistan. The logo epitomizes the hope for further development of friendly ties […]

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Tokyo Paralympics comes to a close

Tokyo: After thirteen days of serious competitions with the Paralympians’ best performance, the Tokyo Paralympics comes to a close tonight with the closing ceremony to be held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.“Harmonious Cacophony”, the theme of the closing ceremony, is acknowledging diversity among people and transforming their difference into a shared unity. Ambassador MATSUDA Kuninori […]

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