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Apr 4, 2013

The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked, hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his 1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel, “Above all Things”.

Apr 4, 2013

Book Talk: The man who climbed Everest, the wife who waited

TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Author Tanis Rideout never hiked,
hated the cold and at one time had barely heard of British
climber George Mallory, who may have been one of the first men
to make it to the top of Mount Everest before perishing on its
slopes.

But an Everest-obsessed coworker at an outdoor equipment
store introduced her to Mallory, the controversy about whether
he summited the world’s highest peak, and video footage from his
1920s expeditions, and she found it impossible to get him out of
her head – until finally writing, years later, her debut novel,
“Above all Things”.

Mar 22, 2013

Rebecca Minkoff takes aim at Asia’s sexy tomboy shoppers

TOKYO, March 22 (Reuters) – She is young, a sexy tomboy,
Internet savvy and a fashion trendsetter rather than a follower.
With money to burn, she is designer Rebecca Minkoff’s ideal
customer in a booming Asia.

The 32-year-old American designer, who is known mainly for
her luxury handbags, has positioned Asia as a key part of the
growth plan for the company she runs with her brother.

Mar 21, 2013

Hiroko Koshino features flowers, fur at Japan Fashion Week

TOKYO, March 21 (Reuters) – Leather, fur and kimono-like
draped fabric met in bold fusion on Thursday as designer Hiroko
Koshino showed off skills honed through decades of rivalry with
her two sisters, both also designers in a fashion family
spanning several generations.

Koshino’s collection, “Floral Memories,” was a highlight of
the final days of Japan Fashion Week, showing the autumn and
winter collections of 2013-14, which ends this week.

Mar 18, 2013

Designers at Japan Fashion Week target growing Asian market

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – From a phoenix-themed collection
by a Japanese designer who has clothed Lady Gaga to touches of
traditional Mongolian decorations, designers showing at Japan
Fashion Week set their sights firmly on Asia and its huge
market.

Chinese consumers have become the world’s leading buyers of
luxury goods and account for one quarter of this market globally
with demand growing, according to a report by consulting firm
Bain & Co.

Mar 7, 2013

IOC “hugely impressed” by quality of Tokyo games bid

TOKYO (Reuters) – International Olympics officials said on Thursday that they were “hugely impressed” by Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic games as well as strong government support from a country keen to show it has recovered from the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami.

At stake are an estimated three trillion yen ($32 billion) in potential economic impact and the chance, Japanese officials say, to showcase the country’s recovery from the disaster in the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games highlighted the nation’s return after its World War Two defeat.

Mar 7, 2013

Olympics-IOC “hugely impressed” by quality of Tokyo games bid

TOKYO, March 7 (Reuters) – International Olympics officials said on Thursday that they were “hugely impressed” by Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympic games as well as strong government support from a country keen to show it has recovered from the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami.

At stake are an estimated three trillion yen ($32 billion) in potential economic impact and the chance, Japanese officials say, to showcase the country’s recovery from the disaster in the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games highlighted the nation’s return after its World War Two defeat.

Mar 4, 2013

Tokyo an inspirational choice for Games, Abe tells IOC

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo would be an inspirational choice to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Olympic officials on Monday, with Japan keen to showcase its recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Abe made sure that an inspection tour by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) team got off to a heavyweight start.

Mar 4, 2013

Olympics-Tokyo an inspirational choice for Games, Abe tells IOC

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – Tokyo would be an inspirational choice to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Olympic officials on Monday, with Japan keen to showcase its recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Abe made sure that an inspection tour by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) team got off to a heavyweight start.

Feb 28, 2013

Book Talk: A family dinner, fraught with dark secrets

TOKYO, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Two brothers and their wives meet
for dinner in Amsterdam. One brother is a politician, the other
a former history teacher who seethes with resentment that he
hides behind manners.

But as the meal in Dutch writer Herman Koch’s novel “The
Dinner” goes on, the masks come off and knives come out as the
two families’ sons are revealed to share a dark secret – and
each family tries to protect its own.