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Sep 7, 2012

Soccer-Kagawa seeks improvement after disappointing display

NIIGATA, Japan, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s
Shinji Kagawa cut a forlorn figure after being substituted at
halftime during Japan’s 1-0 friendly victory over the United
Arab Emirates, having made little impact on the game.

After enjoying an impressive start to his United career,
triggering ‘Kagawa-mania’ across Japan, the forward failed to
mask his disappointment after Thursday’s match.

Jun 6, 2012

Olympics-Japan’s pocket Terminator cuts the fluff

TOKYO, June 6 (Reuters) – Don’t let the fluffy socks fool
you. Pint-sized Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida could just be
the most fearsome athlete in any sport at this year’s London
Olympics.

Yoshida, who marched Terminator-like to Olympic wrestling
gold in the 2004 and 2008 women’s 55-kg division, has never
tasted defeat at an Olympics, world or Asian championships.

Jun 5, 2012

Kitajima plays pain game for London glory

TOKYO (Reuters) – Grimacing in pain and gasping hard for breath, Kosuke Kitajima gave the impression of a man clinging on for dear life at the Japanese Olympic swimming trials. Looks, though, can deceive.

“It’s brutal!” wheezed Kitajima after qualifying for the London Games. “I really pushed myself, knowing the pain I was letting myself in for, to get the job done.”

Jun 5, 2012

Olympics-Kitajima plays pain game for London glory

TOKYO, June 5 (Reuters) – Grimacing in pain and gasping hard
for breath, Kosuke Kitajima gave the impression of a man
clinging on for dear life at the Japanese Olympic swimming
trials. Looks, though, can deceive.

“It’s brutal!” wheezed Kitajima after qualifying for the
London Games. “I really pushed myself, knowing the pain I was
letting myself in for, to get the job done.”

May 30, 2012

Tokyo bidders insist public behind 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid leaders believe they have widespread public support, despite results of polls indicating pulses had yet to begin racing in the Japanese capital.

A survey conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) survey showed just 47 percent of Tokyo’s citizens support the city’s second successive bid for the Summer Games.

May 30, 2012

Olympics-Tokyo bidders insist public behind 2020

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid leaders
believe they have widespread public support, despite results of
polls indicating pulses had yet to begin racing in the Japanese
capital.

A survey conducted by the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) survey showed just 47 percent of Tokyo’s citizens support
the city’s second successive bid for the Summer Games.

May 29, 2012

Tokyo Olympic bid chief says 2020 ‘last chance’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid leader Tsunekazu Takeda has said that another failure to land the Games would mean a very long wait to host the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.

“It’s our last chance,” Takeda told Reuters on Tuesday. “We’ll win. We have to win. With the rotation of the Olympics it will be many years before Tokyo can go for it again.

May 29, 2012

Olympics-Tokyo bid chief says 2020 ‘last chance’

TOKYO, May 29 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic bid leader
Tsunekazu Takeda has said that another failure to land the Games
would mean a very long wait to host the world’s biggest sporting
spectacle.

“It’s our last chance,” Takeda told Reuters on Tuesday.
“We’ll win. We have to win. With the rotation of the Olympics it
will be many years before Tokyo can go for it again.

May 24, 2012

Tokyo 2020 bid symbol of recovery

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Thursday that staging the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo would symbolise the country’s recovery from last year’s deadly tsunami after the city made the International Olympic Committee IOC.L short-list.

The race to host the 2020 Games was whittled down to Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul after Doha and the Azerbaijan capital Baku were dropped by the IOC in Quebec City on Wednesday.

May 24, 2012

Olympics-Tokyo 2020 bid symbol of recovery – PM

TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko
Noda said on Thursday that staging the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
would symbolise the country’s recovery from last year’s deadly
tsunami after the city made the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) short-list.

The race to host the 2020 Games was whittled down to Tokyo,
Madrid and Istanbul after Doha and the Azerbaijan capital Baku
were dropped by the IOC in Quebec City on Wednesday.