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Feb 26, 2012

Athletics-Kipyego triumphs in Tokyo, Gebrselassie flops

TOKYO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Michael Kipyego tore
up the script to win the Tokyo Marathon with former world record
holder Haile Gebrselassie left floundering in fourth on Sunday.

The former 3000m steeplechase specialist Kipyego clocked a
winning time of two hours, seven minutes and 37 seconds in
chilly conditions for his first marathon victory.

Feb 23, 2012

Kasabian magic continues with “Jurassic” classic

TOKYO (Reuters) – British band Kasabian’s chart-topping latest album is named for a flesh-eating dinosaur but represents a nostalgic tribute to youthful dreams, once again demonstrating the group’s versatility.

Nominated for another swathe of awards after their fourth album, “Velociraptor!” shot to No. 1 on the British album charts, the psychedelic rockers’ changing sound and style evokes comparisons to British national treasures The Beatles.

Feb 6, 2012

Tokyo stadium set for billion dollar facelift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo’s iconic National Stadium is poised to receive a billion dollar renovation, turning it into a space-age venue with moving seats for the 2019 rugby World Cup, Reuters has learned.

Japan will host rugby’s showcase tournament a year before the 2020 Olympics, which Tokyo has bid for again after losing out in the running for 2016.

Feb 6, 2012

Rugby-Tokyo stadium set for billion dollar facelift

TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Tokyo’s iconic National
Stadium is poised to receive a billion dollar renovation,
turning it into a space-age venue with moving seats for the 2019
rugby World Cup, Reuters has learned.

Japan will host rugby’s showcase tournament a year before
the 2020 Olympics, which Tokyo has bid for again after losing
out in the running for 2016.

Feb 3, 2012

Japan plot revolution under Jones

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s “Brave Blossoms” will fly to England this year to sharpen their teeth against hulking Premiership opposition, the country’s top rugby official said on Friday.

New Japan coach Eddie Jones will also put his team to the test against a Super Rugby side in June, Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Tatsuzo Yabe told Reuters.

Feb 3, 2012

Rugby-Japan plot revolution under Jones

TOKYO, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s “Brave Blossoms” will
fly to England this year to sharpen their teeth against hulking
Premiership opposition, the country’s top rugby official said on
Friday.

New Japan coach Eddie Jones will also put his team to the
test against a Super Rugby side in June, Japan Rugby Football
Union (JRFU) chairman Tatsuzo Yabe told Reuters.

Jan 19, 2012

Ken Ishii, out of dance clubs and into daydreams

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s trail-blazing techno king Ken Ishii has rocked massive crowds the world over with his dance floor beats, but for his latest album he drew inspiration from what some may think an odd choice much closer to home — a luxury Tokyo shopping mall.

Ishii, 41, is nothing if not unconventional and even as his popularity has grown — he has risen from playing clubs to the MTV Video Music Awards, made the cover of Newsweek magazine and composed the theme song for the 1998 Winter Olympics — the master music mixer has tried to remain true to his roots even as his songs make their way into spaces as common as elevators.

Jan 1, 2012

FC Tokyo win Japan’s Emperor’s Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Brazilian striker Lucas Severino scored a double as FC Tokyo beat Kyoto Sanga 4-2 to become the first second division side to win the Emperor’s Cup on Sunday.

Tokyo, who had already won the J.League second division title, qualified for the Asian Champions League with victory in a scrappy final in front of 41,000 at National Stadium.

Jan 1, 2012

Soccer-FC Tokyo win Japan’s Emperor’s Cup

TOKYO, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Brazilian striker Lucas
Severino scored a double as FC Tokyo beat Kyoto Sanga 4-2 to
become the first second division side to win the Emperor’s Cup
on Sunday.

Tokyo, who had already won the J.League second division
title, qualified for the Asian Champions League with victory in
a scrappy final in front of 41,000 at National Stadium.

Dec 18, 2011

Brilliant Barca crush Santos to win Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored two wonder goals as European champions Barcelona thrashed Brazil’s Santos 4-0 to win their second Club World Cup in swashbuckling style on Sunday.

Argentine wizard Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 17th minute, exquisitely clipping a left-foot shot over goalkeeper Rafael Cabral after a clever ball from Xavi.