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Sep 28, 2014

Japanese troops head for volcano after eruption leaves missing, at least 40 injured

TOKYO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – More than 500 Japanese military
and police set out on Sunday to search the peak of a volcano
popular with hikers a day after its sudden eruption trapped
hundreds on the mountain for hours, amid conflicting reports
about missing and injured climbers.

Japanese media said seven people were reported to be
unconscious, possibly buried in ash, as Mount Ontake continued
to spew smoke and ash into the sky, while local officials said
they were trying to confirm the whereabouts of 32 hikers.

Sep 12, 2014

IMF’s Lagarde says empowerment of women essential for Japan’s growth

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s targets for empowering women, a key part of his economic growth strategy, could add substantially to annual growth if met, International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde said on Friday.

Speaking at the opening of the “World Assembly for Women”, a global conference on women’s issues, Lagarde said that given Japan’s rapid aging, bringing women into the workforce was essential.

Sep 9, 2014

Japan mourns Nishikori loss but savours his fairytale run

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese fans responded with groans and tears when Kei Nishikori was beaten in the final of the U.S. Open on Monday, but took some consolation from the fact he became the first Japanese player to reach a grand slam singles final.

Croatian Marin Cilic swept past Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 in under two hours at New York’s Flushing Meadows stadium in a match that got many Japanese out of bed early on Tuesday to cheer for Nishikori before heading out to work and school.

Sep 9, 2014

Tennis-Japan mourns Nishikori loss but savours his fairytale run

TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Japanese fans responded with groans and tears when Kei Nishikori was beaten in the final of the U.S. Open on Monday, but took some consolation from the fact he became the first Japanese player to reach a grand slam singles final.

Croatian Marin Cilic swept past Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 in under two hours at New York’s Flushing Meadows stadium in a match that got many Japanese out of bed early on Tuesday to cheer for Nishikori before heading out to work and school.

Sep 8, 2014

A year after winning Olympics, Tokyo faces hurdles in move from bid to build

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO, Sept 8(Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics were meant to be different: compact, on budget and on time.

But now, as the Japanese capital moves to leap from bid to building a year after winning the games, the optimism is ebbing.

Aug 13, 2014

Japan says to “strongly protest” over Russia’s military exercises on disputed islands

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would “strongly protest” against Russia’s military exercises on disputed Pacific islands also claimed by Japan, a row over which has strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two.

The exercises on the islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue with Moscow, despite the Ukraine crisis.

Aug 4, 2014

Japan’s Ozawa says recovered from illnesses, full of plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Seiji Ozawa, one of the best-known conductors of his generation, said on Monday he had recovered from health problems including cancer and has many plans for the future, including conducting an opera next year.

Ozawa, 78, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010, underwent lower back surgery a year later and suffered multiple bouts of pneumonia, which kept him mostly sidelined until mid-2013.

Jul 31, 2014

Egyptian sumo wrestler storms his way into ancient sport

INAZAWA Japan (Reuters) – Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi was a large, muscular Egyptian teenager with a passion for body building when a friend recommended he try the ancient Japanese sport of sumo. But it was a hard sell.

“This sport is about two elephants pushing each other,” he recalls thinking. “I’m a body builder, man. It’s so ugly for me, I will never do it.”

Jul 17, 2014

Japanese woman clings to hope that identical twin alive in North Korea

OTSUKI Japan (Reuters) – Misa Morimoto spoke to no one for 18 years about her identical twin sister who vanished when they were 20, not even to her own children. On the rare occasions when asked, she lied and said her sister was studying overseas.

But slowly the pain of uncertainty about her sister’s fate was replaced by suspicion of the unthinkable – that her twin, Miho, an energetic girl who liked hiking with her and striking silly poses for the camera, was abducted by North Korea.

Jul 8, 2014

Typhoon churns towards Japan, prompting calls to evacuate

TOKYO, July 8 (Reuters) – Hundreds of flights were cancelled
in Japan and more than 500,000 people urged to evacuate as a
powerful typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to
southwestern islands and was forecast to reach Tokyo later in
the week.

Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its original status as a super
typhoon but remained intense, with gusts of more than 250 km per
hour (155 mph). It was powering towards the Okinawa island chain
where emergency rain and high-seas warnings were in effect.