Japan Current Affairs - 2020

‘Sahayog – Kaijin 2014’: India and Japan joint Coast Guard exercise

The 13th edition of joint exercise by the Indian Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart held approximately at 20 nautical miles off Kochi. The bilateral exercise titled ‘Sahayog-Kaijin 2014’ was successfully conducted by both the countries.  Highlights:  Japan Coast Guard ship Mizuho along with its integral helicopter; Indian Coast Guard Ship Samrat; interceptor vessel C-404, Read More…

RBI inks a pact with Bank of Japan for raising BSA to $ 50 billion

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Bank of Japan (BOJ) signed an agreement to enhance the maximum amount of the Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) between the two countries to $50 billion. The agreement signed by RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. The BSA shall be effective until December 3, 2015. With Read More…

India joined ‘Cryo Club’ with successful launch of GSLV-D5; 6th spacefarer to develop a cryogenic engine

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its heavy-duty rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-D5 (GSLV-D5) from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh and placed communication satellite GSAT-14 into orbit.  GSAT-14 is India’s 23rd geostationary satellites built by ISRO. It has a life span of 12 years. The 1,982 kg satellite carries six extended C-band and Ku-band transponders Read More…

Survey by Trend Micro: Bitcoin malware, India among top targets

As per a survey conducted by the IT security firm Trend Micro, Bitcoin mining malware is infecting millions of computers globally and extending the threat of cyber security risks for users of the cyber currency. Thousands of computers, including in India, are being infected with malwares related to the virtual currency. Bitcoin mining is resource-intensive and Read More…

Michiaki Takahasi: Developer of chickenpox vaccine passed away

Dr. Michiaki Takahashi (85),  a Japanese virologist, who developed a vaccine for the chicken pox virus passed away. Dr. Takahashi developed his vaccine by growing live but weakened versions of the virus in animal and human cells. The disease was not sourced by the vaccine, but the vaccine encouraged immune system to create antibodies. Thus, it fools Read More…