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Oct 23, 2014

‘Big Hero 6′ to the rescue at new-look Tokyo film festival

TOKYO (Reuters) – Hello Kitty and Doraemon anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday, as Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ kicked off a new-look Tokyo film festival that taps into Japan’s love of animation.

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 23 to 31, will hold special events alongside the main festival, including a “cosplay summit” and a Japanese food fair aimed at promoting Japan’s cultural and content industries.

Oct 21, 2014

Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ‘nuclear refugees’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Before the Fukushima nuclear crisis forced them from their homes, residents of Futaba had praised the Daiichi power plant as a “godsend” that brought jobs and money to the Japanese coastal town.

Now, more than three years after the disaster, they remain stuck in cramped emergency housing facing the reality they will likely never go home, with Futaba set to become a storage site for contaminated soil, a new documentary film shows.

Mar 22, 2013

Kate Spade crafts Saturday brand for Japan’s trendsetters

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – Given Kate Spade Saturday’s bold
designs, bright colours and creative flair, it was probably only
fitting that the new lifestyle brand opened its first flagship
store in fashion-obsessed Tokyo.

After all, the sister label of Kate Spade New York began
developing the brand with Japanese consumers in mind more than
three years ago, envisaging functional designs that would strike
a chord with on-the-go urbanites and expand the original brand’s
DNA into a more casual realm.

Jul 3, 2012

It’s a family affair for Japan gymnastics trio

TOKYO (Reuters) – The competition at the London Olympics is already guaranteed to be intense but three Japanese gymnasts may have an extra source of motivation as they vie for gold medals: sibling rivalry.

“When it comes to competing, of course I don’t want to lose to the younger two,” grinned Kazuhito Tanaka, 27, referring to his sister Rie and brother Yusuke.

Jul 3, 2012

Olympics-It’s a family affair for Japan gymnastics trio

TOKYO, July 3 (Reuters) – The competition at the London
Olympics is already guaranteed to be intense but three Japanese
gymnasts may have an extra source of motivation as they vie for
gold medals: sibling rivalry.

“When it comes to competing, of course I don’t want to lose
to the younger two,” grinned Kazuhito Tanaka, 27, referring to
his sister Rie and brother Yusuke.

Jun 29, 2012

Japan rhythmic gymnasts put game face on

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s rhythmic gymnastics team has been in intense training for the London Olympics, and now they are putting on their war paint to get psyched up to compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

“After I put on the makeup, it’s like a switch has been turned on for competing,” Airi Hatakeyama, 17, said at an event opened to media to showcase the team’s makeup art and new uniforms.

Jun 29, 2012

Olympics-Japan rhythmic gymnasts put game face on

TOKYO, June 29 (Reuters) – Japan’s rhythmic gymnastics team
has been in intense training for the London Olympics, and now
they are putting on their war paint to get psyched up to compete
on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

“After I put on the makeup, it’s like a switch has been
turned on for competing,” Airi Hatakeyama, 17, said at an event
opened to media to showcase the team’s makeup art and new
uniforms.

Jun 13, 2012

Spider-Man swings into Tokyo for “Amazing” premiere

TOKYO (Reuters) – Andrew Garfield and the stars of “The Amazing Spider-Man” swung into Tokyo on Wednesday, bringing the comic book crime-fighter back to the big screen in the world premiere of one of the summer’s most anticipated movies.

Fans swarmed around the red carpet in Tokyo’s posh Roppongi Hills area for a glimpse of Garfield, co-star Emma Stone and other cast members as a stuntman dressed as Spider-Man swung over the crowd, then scaled a wall into a large “web.”

May 4, 2012

Micron likely winner in bid for Japan’s Elpida-NHK

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S.-based Micron Technology is the likely winner in the bidding for Elpida Memory Inc, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday, in a deal that would help the failed Japanese chipmaker sustain operations and repay creditors.

Elpida filed for bankruptcy protection in February with 448 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in liabilities – a record for a Japanese manufacturer – after being hit by a strong yen and a slide in prices of DRAM chips for personal computers.

Apr 13, 2012

Sony CEO wields axe, sets turnaround targets

TOKYO (Reuters) – Less than a fortnight into his job as CEO, Kazuo Hirai sketched out a strategy to revive Sony Corp: a major push into smartphones, growth in games and cameras, and big cost cuts in a TV business that has not made a profit in 8 years.

The Sony veteran, in his first public briefing as CEO, also targeted new business in medical equipment and electric car batteries, and set a target for group sales of 8.5 trillion yen (65 billion pounds) in two years, with an operating margin of more than 5 percent.