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Jun 11, 2014

Rising costs force review of Tokyo 2020 venue plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rising labor and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo’s venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday.

The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the sporting extravaganza the city won the right to host last September on the strength of its financial clout and pledges to keep most competition sites close together.

Jun 11, 2014

Olympics-Rising costs force review of Tokyo 2020 venue plans

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) – Rising labour and construction costs are forcing a review of Tokyo’s venue plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and could lead to a scaling back of facilities, Japanese officials said on Wednesday.

The review will include all 10 venues that Tokyo plans to build for the sporting extravaganza the city won the right to host last September on the strength of its financial clout and pledges to keep most competition sites close together.

Jun 10, 2014

Japan shrugs off embarrassing court loss, vows resumption of Antarctic whaling

TOKYO (Reuters) – An embarrassing court ruling that halted Japan’s Antarctic whaling will actually help Tokyo take whales in the name of science, a top whaling official said just a day after the prime minister vowed to press for commercial whaling.

Tokyo’s decades-old and disputed “scientific whaling” program suffered a blow in March when the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in a surprise ruling, ordered a halt to annual hunts in the Southern Ocean.

May 29, 2014

North Korea agrees to reopen probe into Japan abductees

TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

Japan has agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe had been reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid depending on how the investigation progresses, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said separately.

May 29, 2014

North Korea agrees to reopen probe on Japan abductees: PM Abe

TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

Japan has agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe had been reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid depending on how the investigation progresses, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said separately.

May 19, 2014

Japan’s Asada to sit out next season, think about retirement

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, the veteran of two winter Olympic Games, plans to sit out the 2014-2015 competitive season but remains unsure about retirement and wants to take the year to think about her future plans.

Asada, who took a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, had been tipped as a top contender for gold in Sochi this year but had a disastrous short program, although she rebounded with a strong free skate that left her in sixth place overall.

May 19, 2014

Olympics-Japan’s Asada to sit out next season, think about retirement

TOKYO, May 19 (Reuters) – Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, the veteran of two winter Olympic Games, plans to sit out the 2014-2015 competitive season but remains unsure about retirement and wants to take the year to think about her future plans.

Asada, who took a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, had been tipped as a top contender for gold in Sochi this year but had a disastrous short programme, although she rebounded with a strong free skate that left her in sixth place overall.

May 15, 2014

Lawsuit to save “Angel” throws spotlight on Japan dolphin killings

TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) – Environmental activists protesting
Japan’s killing of thousands of dolphins in a secluded cove said
they hoped a lawsuit filed on Thursday will bring attention to
the gory annual hunt.

Fishermen in the western Japanese town of Taiji corral the
dolphins before killing many for meat in a hunt that has long
been a source of controversy and was featured in the
Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”

May 14, 2014

Post-Fukushima, Japan’s favourite monster may never go home again

TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) – He’s dark and lumbering, crashing
through cities and destroying them with swipes of his massive
tail and blasts of radioactive breath. Godzilla is back on the
rampage, roaring and stomping, for the first time in ten years.

But the much-anticipated return of Japan’s most famous and
beloved monster, 60 years and 28 movies after he first rose from
the depths following a hydrogen bomb test, has been filmed not
in the land of his birth but in the United States – and analysts
say there is a chance he may never go back to his homeland.

May 9, 2014

Japanese men baldly go into new Tokyo restaurant, with pride

TOKYO, May 9 (Reuters) – Bald is beautiful at a new Tokyo
restaurant, where follicularly challenged customers are welcomed
with open arms and offered discounts not available to their
hairier brethren.

The Japanese-style pub in Tokyo’s Akasaka district, not far
from the central government offices, encourages customers to
embrace their loss of hair, not hide it.