Africans want G8 to talk more about economy

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Monzurul Huq writes from Japan
WHEN the leaders of a group of leading African nations met on Monday with their counterparts from the most powerful block in the present day world at the G8 Summit at Lake Toya in Japan, the two sides definitely had different ideas of what was to be expected and a different understanding of what should be considered as pressing issues.

G8 expansion dialogue worries the host

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Monzurul Huq
THE powerful block called “Group of Eight” started its journey back in 1975 as an alliance of six advanced countries of the West. In the course of 33 years, the G8 has twice been enlarged to accommodate other countries. The inclusion of Canada in 1976 did not create any controversy as the country belonged firmly to the western block and had been following an economic pattern

Tokyo's faltering Kyoto target

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Monzurul Huq
Kyoto is undoubtedly one of the finest cities of Japan. It also has a long history tracing back to the early period of the founding of the Japanese empire. With more than 4,000 temples and shrines, of which quite a few are among the most attractive and unique in design and structure, the city attracts millions of visitors every year from both within Japan and overseas.

All in the name of God

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Monzurul Huq writes from Tokyo
Every religion proclaims God as a supreme authority who decides our fate and destiny. Hence there always has been a certain amount of fear and respect for the supreme power whose wrath might lead us to the eternal fire of hell. And, who is not scared of that? As a result, despite all our misdeeds throughout life, all of us cherish the deep desire in the heart to be forgiven by the supreme authority and escape from the fate of being dumped in eternal hellfire. And when misdeeds and sins accumulate,

Shinzo Abe's vision of a beautiful Japan

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Monzurul Huq writes from Tokyo
Japan is getting ready for a new prime minister to assume the office in less than three weeks’ time. The September 20 election of a new head of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is to draw the final curtain of five-year rule of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and pave the way for a new leader to guide the country, taking a probable new course.

Cry Hiroshima! Cry Nagasaki!

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Monzurul Huq
How long does it take for a person enjoying a relatively good life to understand the sufferings of others? To borrow the words from Bob Dylan, we can say in a vague way that the “answer is blowing in the wind.”

Birth of a new prince clouds succession debate

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Monzurul Huq writes from Tokyo
MANY in Japan were aware last Wednesday that an important announcement was to come from the Imperial Household Agency, the powerful Japanese body managing the affairs of the imperial family, about the birth of a child to Princess Kiko, the wife of emperor’s youngest son. But like me, many probably didn’t expect the news to come that early. As I was on board an early

Whither Hiroshima: Fading memories and a changing world

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THIS year marks the sixty-first anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on two Japanese cities towards the end of World War II. The anniversary also coincides with the world entering the age of atomic destruction, as the two bombs dropped on two Japanese cities within three days were the first and only example so far of such a deadly attack capable of wiping out cities and bringing untold misery to hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

Ryuhei Kawada and his lonely crusade

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Monzurul Huq
It is indeed very hard to imagine how a ten-year old boy would react if he was told that he has been infected with HIV since his early childhood and his infection might take the form of AIDS, making his already complicated life more difficult to sustain. For a ten-year old boy, we presume there is not much difference between HIV and AIDS, and also between the thin line of separation