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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.

Feb 14, 2013

Book Talk: Jim Crace says last novel a generous gift

TOKYO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – According to author Jim Crace, his
latest book will be his last novel. But “Harvest” came about
largely by chance, and wouldn’t exist at all if a work in
progress hadn’t failed.

Inspired by a painting and a train trip he took in
frustration soon after deciding to abandon roughly 100 pages of
a novel that just didn’t work, “Harvest” is an elegiac look at
an English village that has a jarring collision with progress.

Feb 7, 2013

Canadian pens erotic answer to “Fifty Shades” as a dare

TOKYO (Reuters) – Canadian novelist Lisa Gabriele never felt she was especially good at writing sex scenes, but when an editor dared her to write an erotic novel to rival the wildly popular global hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she took up the challenge.

A week later she had some 40 pages written on “S.E.C.R.E.T.”, the just-published story of an underground society that helps women realize their wildest sexual dreams.

Jan 23, 2013

Singapore resto Iggy’s loses longtime Asian dining crown

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Singapore restaurant Iggy’s fell
from first place as the top dining spot in Asia after holding
the crown for two straight years, while a Japanese restaurant in
the city state soared to second place in a regional dining
guide.

Celebrity chef Joel Robuchon saw his Macau restaurant
Robuchon au Dome, previously known as Robuchon a Galera, top the
list of Asia’s 20 best restaurants in The Miele Guide 2013, the
guide’s fifth edition, while L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Hong
Kong took third place.

Jan 18, 2013

Author paints dark, satiric portrait of Vancouver in stories

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A Vancouver neighbourhood of men
who drink fig-infused martinis and eat fiddleheads on skewers
faces a crisis when a beer-swilling, barbecue-loving truck
driver moves in. An Olympic mascot marmot kidnaps a young boy
from his parents.

These are just a few of the tales in “Better Living Through
Plastic Explosives,” a book of short stories by Canadian author
Zsuzsi Gartner that brings to life a dark, satiric Vancouver set
just a few years into the future.