Japan joins EU, China in issuing digital vaccine passport

TOKYO: Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, European Union and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel. The certificate can be managed

US, India, Japan and Australia counter China with billion-dose vaccine pact

WASHINGTON: The United States and three of its closest Indo-Pacific partners committed to supplying up to a billion coronavirus vaccine doses across Asia by the end of 2022 at a summit to counter China’s growing influence. President Joe Biden and

Japan marks decade since 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster

TOKYO: Japan marks 10 years since the worst natural disaster in the country’s living memory: a powerful earthquake, deadly tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Around 18,500 people were killed or left missing in the disaster, most of them by the towering

US blacklists dozens of Chinese firms including SMIC, DJI

WASHINGTON: The United States added dozens of Chinese companies, including the country’s top chipmaker SMIC and Chinese drone manufacturer SZ DJI Technology to a trade blacklist. The move is seen as the latest in Trump’s President Donald Trump’s administration efforts

Over 500 Japanese IT companies keen to invest in Pakistan: SAPM Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (HRD) Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari met with Japanese ambassador to Pakistan Kininori Matsuda to discuss the export of Pakistani IT engineers in Japan. The meeting was followed

980,000 Pakistanis sent abroad for employment in last two years: SAPM Bukhari

KARACHI: Around 980,000 Pakistanis have been sent abroad for employment in the last two years by the incumbent government. The was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari.

Japanese space capsule carrying asteroid samples lands in Australia

MELBOURNE: Japan has retrieved a space probe from Australia’s remote outback after a six-year mission that may help reveal more about the origins of the planets. A small capsule from the unmanned Hayabusa2, carrying the first extensive samples of dust

Asian markets hit record peak as regional countries sign trade deal

SYDNEY: Asian stocks hit a record high on Monday as vaccine optimism and strong economic data from China and Japan outshone worries about rising coronavirus cases lifting the tech and auto sector. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan

TikTok star Jannat Mirza announces moving to Japan

LAHORE: Jannat Mirza, the first Pakistani with the highest number of followers on any social media platform has announced that she is moving to Japan. The 22-year-old shared that she is currently in Japan after PTA announced a ban on

CAA issues new travel advisory for passengers

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a new travel advisory for passengers travelling abroad from the country. According to details, the flights coming from abroad have been divided into two categories (A and B) in wake of the

Japan donates machinery, equipment to Islamabad municipality

ISLAMABAD: The government of Japan has provided grant assistance in the form of 29 special vehicles and equipment for Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) worth 500 million Japanese Yen. The grant has been provided under the Economic and Social Development Programme.

43 crew, nearly 6,000 cows missing after ship capsizes off Japan

TOKYO: More than 40 crew members were missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea near Japan. According to the Japanese coastguard, a lone crew member from the

SAPM Bukhari assures sending workforce to Japan

ISLAMABAD: Japan Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda expressed Japan’s desire to expedite the process of recruitment of Information Technology and healthcare workers from Pakistan. In a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari, the envoy said

ANF receives specialised equipment under Japan-funded project

ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has received advanced IT equipment, personal protection gear and twenty sniffer dogs through funding support by the Government of Japan. The equipment was handed in a high-profile ceremony held at the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) headquarters

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

TOKYO: Japan marked 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims. Survivors, relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended this year’s main

Only one quarter of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics next year

TOKYO: A new poll shows that just one in four people in Japan want to see the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games held next year, with most backing either further delay or cancellation. Only 23.9 percent of respondents in the three-day nationwide

UAE launches historic Mars mission

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates celebrated in the early hours of Monday morning the launch of its “Hope” probe to Mars, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation. The long-anticipated blast-off of the unmanned spacecraft at 6:58 am local

Japan keen to import basmati rice, allows export of mangoes

ISLAMABAD: Japan has shown keen interest in developing mutual agricultural research and importing basmati rice from Pakistan to further strengthen bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador of Japan Matsuda Kuninori called on Minister for National Food

Japan’s economy slips into recession amid pandemic

TOKYO: Japan dived into its first recession since 2015, according to official data on Monday as the world’s third-largest economy contracted by 0.9 percent in the first quarter amid the fallout from the coronavirus. The drop in gross domestic product

Japan approves remdesivir drug for COVID-19 treatment

TOKYO: Japan approved remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, making it the country’s first officially authorised drug to tackle the coronavirus disease. Japan reached the decision just three days after US drugmaker Gilead Sciences filed for fast-track approval for the

Japan provides $1m to Pakistan as assistance for Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: Japan has contributed one million dollars to Pakistan as assistance for Afghan refugees who have been living in the country for decades. The contribution was presented by Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda on behalf of the government and people of

Japan extends state of emergency nationwide amid coronavirus

TOKYO (REUTERS): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expended the country’s state of emergency to all areas of the countries in order to contain the outbreak of coronavirus. According to an international news agency, the declaration now covers all 47

Japanese envoy offers assistance over coronavirus crisis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on Monday received the Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda and discussed a range of issues. The ambassador shared with the adviser the steps being taken by Japan to contain

Japanese PM to declare emergerncy amid rising coronavirus cases

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will declare a state of emergency as early as Tuesday over the coronavirus outbreak amid emerging signs of widespread infections. Abe has faced increasing calls from local governors and doctors to issue a state

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies of coronavirus

Veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized for coronavirus, died of pneumonia caused by virus, Japanese media reported. According to Japanese media, Ken Shimura was the first Japanese entertainment figure to die from the coronavirus. He died at

Japan Olympic Committee Deputy Chief test positive for COVID-19

TOKYO: Deputy Chief of Japan Olympic Committee Kozo Tashima has asserted that he had tested positive for COVID-19, as worries increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the Summer Games. The Deputy Chief in a statement, issued via Japan Football

NDMA chairman, Japanese envoy discuss coronavirus situation

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal has said that Japan has always provided support and solace to Pakistan in times of distress and crisis. During a meeting with Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan Mr Kuninori

World’s oldest man dies in Japan at 112

TOKYO: A Japanese man recently named the world’s oldest living male has died aged 112. Chitetsu Watanabe, who was born on March 5, 1907 in Niigata, north of Tokyo, died on Sunday at his nursing home in the same prefecture.

Pakistan, Japan agree to expand relation in myriad fields

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Japan agreed to expand its relations in myriad fields including infrastructure development, higher education, and cultural and academic exchanges. The understanding came during a meeting of Prime Minister Imran Khan with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President

70 more people test positive for coronavirus on Japanese cruise ship

A further 70 people on the quarantined Diamond Princes cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 355. Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato informed today (Sunday) about the increase in the number