In this year’s annual Country Ratings Poll by the BBC World Service, Germany came out as the most ‘positively viewed’ nation in the world. The survey was carried asking at least 26,000 people coming from 25 different countries, asking them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether the specific country’s influence on the world was either positive or negative.
Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is saddened by Japanese international midfielder Shinji Kagawa’s apparent misuse at Manchester United that it brings tears to his eyes. United, recently crowned English Premier League champions, had bought Kagawa last summer from Dortmund’s title-winning team to fill a known gap in the team’s midfield, but Kagawa has been relegated to a bit-part this season, because of injury and an array of attacking talent at United.
The official newspaper of the (North) Korean Workers' Party said that Japan needs to make a complete apology and thorough compensation to North Korea and the other Asian nations which were colonized and affected by Japan's militarism of the past. The editorial came out on the Rodon Sinmun's online edition on Monday, a few days after the visit of a senior Japanese advisor to Pyongyang.
A German research team has revealed that they have found a new, better, and more accurate early warning system for tsunamis. This new system is based on global positioning satellite (GPS) data and a network of GPS-enabled sensors on the coastal areas of tsunami-prone areas. The research team said that a system like this would have made a difference in the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and caused widespread devastation.
Japanese chef Miki Nozawa, known for his Japanese-Italian fusion dishes, died from wounds sustained in an attack, following a dispute with two irate customers. The 57 year old died in the intensive care unit of a local hospital on the German island of Sylt. Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, the senior public prosecutor from the nearest town Flensburg said that cause of death has yet to be determined, pending autopsy.
Akio Toyoda, grandson of the founder of Japanese automobile manufacturing giant Toyota Motor Corp., will be one of the four drivers of the Toyota team taking part of the grueling Nurburgring 24-hour race this year, a company spokesman revealed on Wednesday. Toyoda, who is currently president of the Japanese carmakers, has a well-known love for motor sports and has competed in the world-renowned endurance race in Germany before.
One would be surprised how common earthquakes are – there might be one happening at this instant and you won’t feel a thing. This is because these quakes are so low on the magnitude scale that they are only detected by seismological machines, rarely by humans. Quakes that are magnitude 9-and-above – the ones that cause major disasters – these are the rarest ones, making them virtually unpredictable. But seismologists are now developing new ways to at least show – by probability – where the next big tremor will be most likely to hit, especially in quake-prone countries like Japan.
The football transfer window has yet to start in Europe but already English Premiere Club Arsenal is compiling its list of summer transfer targets. One person in that list is Japanese international Takashi Inui who currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, a club in the Bundesliga, the top-tier in Germany's football leagues.
The German government, through its Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, has told Japan that they can count on their support in the midst of the rising tensions in the region due to North Korea's threats to attack. The statement was made after the meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) in The Hague, Netherlands.
In light of North Korea’s daily barrage of war-like rhetoric and the uncompromising stance of the hermit nation regarding its nuclear program, Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will look to come up with concrete resolutions with Group of Eight (G-8) counterparts in how to ease the escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula.