Caught in a quake

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Monzurul Huq
It could have been the worst day if I had been inside a building instead of the middle of the road. I was halfway between National Press Club building and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when all of a sudden I felt as if the ground beneath me had started shaking. It took time for me to realise that I was about to experience a powerful earthquake in an open space.

Japanese PM survives the onslaught

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In the end it turned out to be an easy victory. Naoto Kan, the incumbent prime minister and president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), defeated his sole

A holy fatwa and a recreation oasis for the Japanese in Iraq

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Monzurul Huq writes from Tokyo
With Japanese troops already in Iraq, the authorities in Tokyo have now realised that the soldiers who have been sent to a hostile land would need few other things that would make their stay in that scary and bitter surroundings a bit more tolerable. To ensure that nothing goes wrong with the soldiers of the Japanese army during the period of their stay in Iraq as part

Kanazawa's Garden of Eden

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There is no shortage of gardens in Japan. Although large Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka look more like heartless urban centres surrounded by concrete structures, in such places too one can easily locate charming gardens even in tiny places that might otherwise seem to be choked up by high rise buildings touching the clouds high above. As the concept of gardening in Japan and China varies significantly from our own understanding, in Japan a total absence of any flower can also turn a place into a magnificent garden bound to attract the attention of even those who are not very keen about that particular form of art.

A touch of al Qaeda taints the image of Bangladesh in Japan

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Part One: The image of Bangladesh in Japan had generally been a favorable one as expatriate Bangladeshis, through their diligence, hard work and sincerity, were able carry the message that our country, despite occasional political upheavals and unfavorable media reports overseas, has not turned out to be the rotten place the people in Japan often hear about.

Japanese PM's Kolkata connection

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AS this piece reaches the readers, I presume that the prime minister of Japan will still be in India, on the second stage of his three-nation Asia tour. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo this Sunday on a week-long tour that will take him to Indonesia, India and Malaysia.

Aomori's Nebuta Festival and its Shiny Floats

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festi01The colourful image and warrior motif’s that give Nebuta floats their distinct character.
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Japan’s Aomori prefecture, situated at the northern end of the country’s main Honshu Island, is known as the ‘snow country’. The areas of prefecture’s eastern part facing the Sea of Japan is covered by snow almost a third of the year, thus making Aomori one of the snowiest regions of the country. The arrival of summer thus turns out to be the time for celebration and outdoor enjoyment for the people of the snow covered land, where long winters also mean regular extra work of shoveling snow away from their doors and rooftops.

Japan-Korea islet spat

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Monzurul Huq Writes from Tokyo
In the beginning was the word and the word was God. It is all in words that many of our disputes too have their origin. If the Tower of Babel is the symbol of God’s desire to prevent human beings reaching the height where the divines are to dwell, it is we, humans who make

Possible conflicts in Northeast Asia: Implications for Bangladesh

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Monzurul Huq
North East Asia is seen by some analysts as a volatile region that has the potential to disrupt peace and stability not only of the areas of immediate geographic proximity, but of Asia as a whole and beyond. It is also a region that many in other parts of the world would like to follow the examples it had shown in achieving economic miracles within a short period of time.