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Sep 7, 2013

Olympics-Screams of joy in Tokyo as city awarded 2020 Games

TOKYO, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A huge roar went up from hundreds of people who flocked to a Tokyo Park in the early hours of a grey, humid Sunday morning as the Japanese capital was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo overcame a worsening crisis at a nuclear plant 230km (140 miles) away as well as a one-time lack of local support to convincingly beat rivals Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the Games for the second time.

Sep 6, 2013

Japanese anime master Miyazaki hangs up director hat

TOKYO (Reuters) – Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said on Friday he will make no more of the full-length films that have brought him global fame, confessing that his real love is drawing and – at age 72 – he is tired of directing.

Miyazaki’s latest film, “The Wind Rises”, claimed a coveted competition slot at the current Venice Film Festival. He won an Academy Award for “Spirited Away” and many other Japanese and international prizes.

Sep 5, 2013

Book Talk: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ tackles stereotypes via satire

TOKYO (Reuters) – The wealthy people who fill the pages of “Crazy Rich Asians” think nothing of draping themselves in jewelry, keeping live sharks in their living room or hiring a helicopter to fly off to a private island.

But author Kevin Kwan said some of the depictions of life among the very, very rich in his debut novel – aspects of which were taken from his own experience as a member of an established Singaporean family – had to be toned down or cut.

Sep 3, 2013

Olympics-Once-reluctant Japanese get behind Tokyo’s bid

TOKYO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Tokyo knows better than most how an Olympic Games can rebrand a city. It did it once already at the 1964 Games, shaking off a war-ravaged reputation and showing a modern face to the world.

Fifty years later, Japan’s capital now wants to show that it is back, showcasing a new energy and dynamism after two lost decades, by hosting the 2020 Games.

Aug 31, 2013

Once-reluctant Japanese get behind Tokyo’s Olympic bid

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo knows better than most how an Olympic Games can rebrand a city. It did it once already at the 1964 Games, shaking off a war-ravaged reputation and showing a modern face to the world.

Fifty years later, Japan’s capital now wants to show that it is back, showcasing a new energy and dynamism after two lost decades, by hosting the 2020 Games.

Aug 31, 2013

Once-reluctant Japanese get behind Tokyo’s bid

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo knows better than most how an Olympic Games can rebrand a city. It did it once already at the 1964 Games, shaking off a war-ravaged reputation and showing a modern face to the world.

Fifty years later, Japan’s capital now wants to show that it is back, showcasing a new energy and dynamism after two lost decades, by hosting the 2020 Games.

Aug 31, 2013

Olympics-Once-reluctant Japanese get behind Tokyo’s bid

TOKYO, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Tokyo knows better than most how an Olympic Games can rebrand a city. It did it once already at the 1964 Games, shaking off a war-ravaged reputation and showing a modern face to the world.

Fifty years later, Japan’s capital now wants to show that it is back, showcasing a new energy and dynamism after two lost decades, by hosting the 2020 Games.

Aug 30, 2013

U.S. envoy set to leave Friday on mission to free American in North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) – A U.S. envoy was set to leave Japan on Friday to secure the release of an imprisoned and ailing American missionary in North Korea, a move that could signal the start of a gradual thaw in relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, is scheduled to return from Pyongyang on Saturday after a one-day trip, an official at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said. The official was unable to specify exact times.

Aug 29, 2013

Japanese mother tells of heartbreak years after North Korea abducted 13-year-old daughter

TOKYO (Reuters) – For two decades after 13-year-old Megumi Yokota vanished on her way home from school one November evening, Japanese police called her parents whenever they found an unidentified body.

Unimaginably, the teenager had been abducted and taken to North Korea, her mother told a U.N. Commission of Inquiry panel in Tokyo on Thursday – but there was no clue what had happened to the cheerful girl who liked to sing until reports began to emerge in 1997 of the presence of Japanese in North Korea.

Aug 27, 2013

Japan’s newest rocket fails to lift off

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years failed to lift off on Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to hopes that Japan may be able to take a larger share of the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.

It was the second setback for the Epsilon rocket this month.

An earlier launch was postponed because of a computer glitch. No word was immediately available on the cause of the problem on Tuesday or when the launch might be tried again.