Free Press Journal
  • Osaka crowned at BNP Paribas Open for first career title

    Indian Wells : Naomi Osaka from Japan captured her first career title, the 2018 BNP Paribas Open women’s tennis singles champion, with a commanding 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

  • Japan PM Shinzo Abe to visit US next month

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said that he would be meeting with United States President Donald Trump next month.

  • Japan PM Shinzo Abe urges caution on North Korea talks, wants ‘concrete steps’

    Tokyo: Japan’s prime minister warned today that North Korea’s offer of denuclearisation talks with the United States could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for Pyongyang to take “concrete” steps. In his first public comments since an apparent diplomatic breakthrough between North and South Korea, Shinzo Abe said that talking for the sake of talking was “meaningless.”

  • Japanese volcano erupts, dozens of flights grounded

    Tokyo: A volcano in southern Japan that appeared in a James Bond film has erupted, shooting smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky and grounding dozens of flights to and from a nearby airport.

  • Volcano erupts in southwestern Japan

    Tokyo: Mount Shinmoe on Japan’s Kyushu island erupted on Thursday, authorities said. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), volcanic tremors were observed on the 1,421-meter high volcano, located in the Kirishima mountain range, at around 11 a.m., reports Xinhua.

  • North Korea accuses Japan of plotting suppression of resident Koreans

    Pyongyang: North Korea on Wednesday accused Japanese authorities of plotting an overall suppression of pro-Pyongyang resident Koreans in Japan. The official Rodong Sinmun said that the recent attack by two armed right-wing elements of Japan against the Central Hall of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) proved Japanese authorities were responsible for the frantic moves to “stamp out North korea and Chongryon” from Japanese soil.

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    ‘India has nothing to worry about China-Bangla ties’

    Dhaka : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked India not to worry about Dhaka’s growing ties with China, asserting that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the country’s development.

  • Big political gestures achieving little

    When the Bangladeshi leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned from visiting Japan in 1972 claiming to have obtained handsome aid commitments, India’s high commissioner in Dhaka wondered in his diary whether any Asian head of government ever went abroad “without creating a tremendous impact and achieving great success.” That seems especially true of today’s India with the media hailing every one of Narendra Modi’s frequent foreign forays as a spectacular triumph. Reports of

  • Ankita, Karman ensure India stays in Group I

    New Delhi : Ankita Raina prevailed over her rival in a long-drawn dog-fight after Karman Kaur Thandi’s impressive win as India retained their place in the Asia/Oceania Group I in the Fed Cup after beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the relegation Play-off here on Saturday.

  • Pence for ‘toughest’ US  sanctions on North Korea

    Tokyo : US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday Washington would soon unveil its “toughest sanctions ever” on North Korea, adding that the regime in Pyongyang would not be allowed to “hijack” the upcoming Olympics.

  • 11 killed, three injured in fire at nursing home in Japan

    Tokyo: Eleven people were killed and three injured in a fire at a social welfare center for elderly people in Japan late Wednesday night. The Japanese authorities are investigating the cause of the fire at the facility in Sapporo in Hokkaido, while more than 40 fire trucks, ambulances and police cars have been deployed to the scene after a person alerted the emergency services that there was smoke coming out of the center,

  • EIU Global Democracy Index: India slips to 42nd place; US at 21st

    New Delhi: India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index amid “rise of conservative religious ideologies” and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices. While Norway has again topped the list, followed by Iceland and Sweden, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), India has moved down from 32nd place last year and remains classified among “flawed democracies”.

  • Volcano erupts in Japan, triggers avalanche

    Tokyo: A volcano northwest of here erupted on Tuesday, the Japanese Met office said, triggering a nearby avalanche. Some 15 persons were injured in the eruption, while four were caught in the avalanche.

  • Japan broadcaster mistakenly flashes missile alert

    Tokyo: Japan’s public broadcaster today mistakenly flashed that North Korea appeared to have launched a missile, warning people to take cover before apologising for the error only minutes later.

  • Sreejesh back in Indian squad for tourney in New Zealand

    New Delhi : Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh may feature in his first competitive event in eight months after being named in India’s 20-member squad for a four-nation tournament in New Zealand.