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Apr 26, 2011

Soccer-Peru, Czechs to play friendlies in disaster-hit Japan

TOKYO, April 26 (Reuters) – Peru and Czech Republic will
travel to disaster-hit Japan for friendly soccer internationals
in June after receiving reassurances over potential health risks
amid the current nuclear crisis.

Last month’s deadly earthquake and tsunami left 28,000
people dead or missing in northeast Japan, also triggering a
nuclear crisis at a power plant north of Tokyo.

Apr 19, 2011

Japan world race off over nuclear fears

By Alastair Himmer

(Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis has forced the postponement of a world championship triathlon race in Yokohama next month because of radiation fears, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said on Tuesday.

The race, originally scheduled for May 14, would require athletes to swim 1.5 km in Yokohama harbor, some 300 km south of the Fukushima nuclear plant crippled by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami wave.

Apr 19, 2011

Japan world race shelved amid nuclear fears

(Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis has forced the postponement of a world championship triathlon race in Yokohama next month because of radiation fears, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said on Tuesday.

The race, originally scheduled for May 14, would require athletes to swim 1.5 km in Yokohama harbour, some 300 km south of the Fukushima nuclear plant crippled by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami wave.

Apr 18, 2011

Japan face Copa crisis as clubs play hardball

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan face an embarrassing player shortage in their off-again, on-again involvement at this year’s Copa America with European clubs refusing to play ball.

Germany’s Borussia Dortmund said they were against midfielder Shinji Kagawa travelling to Argentina for the July 1-24 Copa America, at which Japan are a guest team.

Apr 18, 2011

Soccer-Japan face Copa crisis as clubs play hardball

TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) – Japan face an embarrassing
player shortage in their off-again, on-again involvement at this
year’s Copa America with European clubs refusing to play ball.

Germany’s Borussia Dortmund said they were against
midfielder Shinji Kagawa travelling to Argentina for the July
1-24 Copa America, at which Japan are a guest team.

Apr 18, 2011

Nuclear crisis fails to bump Japan race – for now

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis has failed to force the International Triathlon Union (ITU) to cancel next month’s world championship race in Yokohama — for now at least.

The ITU told Reuters on Monday they were still collecting data to determine if the sea at Yokohama harbor, around 300 km south of the stricken Fukushima plant, was contaminated.

Apr 3, 2011

Rugby-Japan players unite after close shaves in tsunami

TOKYO, April 3 (Reuters) – Japan’s rugby team have rallied
to the cause in World Cup year despite two of their players
almost losing their families in last month’s deadly earthquake
and tsunami.

The death toll from the quake and tsunami has exceeded
11,000 with over 15,000 still missing, while workers are
struggling to repair a crippled nuclear plant that is leaking
radiation 150 miles north of Tokyo.

Apr 2, 2011

Japan scraps night games after quake disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – Matches in Japan’s J-League will kick off before 2 p.m. to help save energy after last month’s deadly earthquake and tsunami knocked out a nuclear power plant.

The J-League also said matches in May would start by 4 p.m. as Japan battles power shortages and planned blackouts to reduce the strain on the country’s electricity grid.

Apr 2, 2011

Soccer-Japan scraps night games after quake disaster

TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters) – Matches in Japan’s J-League will
kick off before 2 p.m. to help save energy after last month’s
deadly earthquake and tsunami knocked out a nuclear power plant.

The J-League also said matches in May would start by 4 p.m.
as Japan battles power shortages and planned blackouts to reduce
the strain on the country’s electricity grid.

Mar 28, 2011

Ultra Music Festival extends its global reach

MIAMI (Reuters) – Once a humble beach party, Miami’s mega-hip Ultra Music Festival is expanding to Asia after a sellout, three-day rave this past weekend that left revelers nursing a nasty hangover on Monday.

Around 150,000 sun-baked party-goers were whipped into a frenzy in downtown Miami by the Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and Moby, among other major international music acts.