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Shinzo Abe landslide victory in Japan elections

Gov't gained mandate for "Abenomics," sales tax hike delay: AbeJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition has secured landslide victory in the elections to the Upper House of Parliament.

The Liberal Democratic Party, its partner Komeito, and Initiatives from Osaka won 77 of the 121 seats at stake.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition already enjoys a two-thirds majority in the lower house and they need a super majority in the House of Councilors to start a parliamentary motion for changing the constitution.

The constitution bars Japan from participating in joint military endeavors abroad. The current Constitution has never been revised. It took effect in 1947.

Mr Abe said some of the articles need to be changed to fit the times. He said the result is a vote of confidence in his economic policies known as Abenomics.

The LDP took 55 of the 121 contested seats, just short of forming a simple majority together with the seats it already holds in the non-contested half of the 242-seat upper house.

Komeito gained 14 seats, boosting its presence from nine seats before the election and securing a total of 25 seats in the chamber.

Bangladesh mourns deaths in Dhaka terror attack


HasinaTwo-day state mourning is being observed across the Bangladesh in memory of the persons who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in a Gulshan restaurant on Friday night.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the mourning in her address to the nation last evening.

The state mourning is observing on July 3 and 4.

The National flag has been hoisted at half-mast, people wore black badges and prayers are being offered in mosques, temples, churches and all other places of worship.

Describing the terrorist attack on a Spanish restaurant in Gulshan as “very unfortunate”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the roots of the culprits who provided arms and explosives to the terrorists would be tracked down.

“We must find out the roots of the culprits who gave arms and explosives to the terrorists for committing the barbaric attack on the restaurant,” she said.

The Prime Minister came up with the assertion when Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara called on her at her official Ganobhaban residence here this morning.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

The Premier said the terrorists earlier carried out secret killings, and the priests, fathers and monks were their target. “Many of the terrorists involved in the crimes were arrested,” she said.

The Prime Minister and the Japanese state minister agreed that Bangladesh and Japan would fight terrorism unitedly.

In this connection, Sheikh Hasina mentioned the terrorist attacks in France, Belgium, Japan and India.

The Prime Minister said the bodies of the Japanese nationals who were killed in the Gulshan attack would be handed over to the authorities concerned after the autopsy.

9 killed 800 injured in strong earthquake in Japan


Nine confirmed dead in M6.5 quake in southwestern JapanAt least nine people died and 860 others were injured after a powerful earthquake jolted southwestern Japan on Thursday night, local police said Friday.

The magnitude-6.5 quake at 9:26 p.m. local time originated at a relatively shallow depth of around 11 kilometers in Kumamoto Prefecture and registered a maximum 7 on the Japanese scale in the town of Mashiki in the prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

According Kyodo, Among the injured, 53 were seriously hurt, while up to 44,400 people were taking shelter at about 500 sites in the prefecture, the prefectural government said.

Officials said, the quake struck at a depth of 11 kilometres near Kumamoto city on Kyushu island. The quake was followed by aftershocks measuring 5.7 about 40 minutes later, and 6.4 just after midnight local time. No tsunami warning was issued, and nuclear reactors on the island are not reported to have been affected.

However, a number of houses collapsed, and hundreds of calls came in reporting building damage and people buried under debris or trapped inside. Thousands of homes were left without electricity. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told media that the government has mobilized police, firefighters and self-defense troops for the rescue operation.

Photo courtesy Kyodo