Dec 092017
Japan edge out North Korea 1-0

TOKYO: North Korea suffered late heartbreak against Japan on Saturday in a 1-0 football defeat played out against the backdrop of heightened political tensions over Pyongyang’s recent missile launches.Yosuke Ideguchi’s deflected winner deep into stoppage time in the East Asian Championship match in Tokyo gave Japan victory against a plucky North Korean side who were arguably more deserving of the three points. South Korea, who like Japan are caught in the middle of an escalating war of words between their communist cousins and Washington, were held 2-2 by China earlier in the tournament opener.Cheered on by around 1,000 vocal North Korea supporters, separated from Japan fans by a section of seating kept empty by organisers, the visitors peppered the Japan goal but paid for a lack of end product. “We were very unlucky tonight,” North Korea coach Jorn Andersen told reporters. “It’s psychologically very hard to take a goal like that in the last minute,” added the former Norway international, whose side registered 11 shots on goal to Japan’s six. Click for detailed story

Nov 042017

HONOLULU, HAWAII: US President Donald Trump headed to Japan on the first stop of his five-nation tour of Asia on Saturday, looking to present a united front with the Japanese against North Korea as tensions run high over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. Trump, who is on a 12-day trip, is to speak to US and Japanese forces at Yokota air base shortly after arriving in Japan on Sunday and looked to stress the importance of the alliance to regional security. Ballistic missile tests by North Korea and its sixth-largest nuclear test, in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, have exacerbated the most critical international challenge of Trump’s presidency. Trump to top US diplomat: Don’t bother talking to North Korea Aerial drills conducted over South Korea by two US strategic bombers have raised tensions in recent days. In a display of golf diplomacy, Trump is to play a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The two leaders also played together in Florida earlier this year. Trump will also have a state call with the Imperial Family at Akasaka Palace during his visit. Abe and Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. Joined by his wife Melania on part of the trip, Trump’s tour of Asia is the longest by an American president since George HW Bush in 1992. North Korea says Trump has ‘declared war’ Besides Japan, he will visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Trump departed Hawaii for Japan aboard Air [Read More…]

Oct 222017
PJF to seek PSB support for Shah, Amina, Qaiser

KARACHI: Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) plans to meet the Pakistan Sports Board’s (PSB) top brass to get government’s support for build-up of its top seeds for Youth Olympics and 2020 Olympics. “We want to field our young fighter Qaiser Afridi in the Youth Olympic qualifiers. And Tokyo-based Olympian Shah Hussain Shah and Amina Toyoda will be prepared for Olympics 2020 and for that we are going to meet the PSB in December,” PJF vice-president Masood Ahmed told ‘The News’ on Sunday. He said that Youth Olympic qualifiers would be held from January 1 to July 23, 2018, and helping Qaiser would be very important for the country. “Qaiser is a highly talented boy. He is young and valiant and has the killer instinct. He has all qualities of a great fighter and can qualify for Youth Olympics if he is properly backed,” said Masood, a former PJF secretary. “If Qaiser qualifies it will definitely help him in his future,” the official said. Youth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-18, 2018. Qaiser (-81kg), from Khyber Agency, has been recruited by Army on contract basis. Masood was confident that the government would support the PJF in its mission. He said that Shah and Amina also needed financial support of the government to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, which would begin from next year. “Both Shah and Amina play in the healthy judo environment of Japan. But like always they will need our support. They can earn [Read More…]

Aug 192017
?Waseem needs funds to have title bout staged in Korea?

KARACHI: World Boxing Council (WBC) two-time world silver flyweight champion Mohammad Waseem’s promoter Andy Kim is making hectic efforts to organise the world title bout for the Pakistani boxer in South Korea but he is facing a huge sponsorship problem. If he fails to meet the required financial demand then Waseem will have to play in his rival’s country and this may create problems for the Quetta-born fighter to secure his first world crown. “I will need the funds so that I will be able to host the world title bout in Korea, our own territory. Otherwise, we may get the title shot but have to go to Japan which means he is likely to lose by hometown decision,” Kim told ‘The News’. The world No 1 Waseem is expected to meet in the world title fight against the knock-out artist and Japan’s most accomplished 22-year old boxer Daigo Higa, reigning flyweight world champion. He is the most dangerous fighter in his class, having won all his 13 bouts he has played so far through knock-outs. In the WBC convention in October, Kim would formally file a request for the title shot of Waseem against Higa. When asked how much sponsorship he has managed so far he said: “I have got no sponsors and we will need funds more than we needed last time because world title fight is very expensive. I am worried as Japanese have a lot of money. Higa is their hero just like Waseem,” Kim feared. [Read More…]

Jul 182017
Mango exports

These days, the markets in Pakistan are full of mangoes – the most delicious fruit of the country. In Japan, Pakistani mangoes are being sold for $4 a piece whereas in Pakistan, we can purchase three kilos of mangoes in that amount. But mangoes cannot be exported to Japan, the US and other countries, if we don’t meet the stringent export requirements for their export. The importers fear that pests would enter their countries through untreated mangoes. It is therefore a requirement of the importing countries that the mangoes should be subjected to Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) and irradiation before export. VHT uses saturated water vapour of higher temperatures that sterilises the pests without the use of chemicals in an environment-friendly manner. This process kills the fruit flies effectively. Large volumes of fruit can be sterilised in a single chamber with uniform temperature and humidity. By irradiation of mangoes we mean exposing them briefly to a radiant energy source such as gamma rays. The process not only kills harmful bacteria but also increases the shelf life of the fruit by increasing the ripening process. It is recommended that specialists from the importing countries are based in Pakistan to oversee the VHT and irradiation processes. The other thing that increases the chances of the export of an item is its packaging. The packaging plays an important role in exporting any commodity. It should be of the international standards which should be followed. It should also be done under the supervision of [Read More…]

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