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Mar 31, 2015

In Japan first, Tokyo district recognises same-sex partnerships

TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – A district assembly in Tokyo
became the first in Japan on Tuesday to recognise same-sex
partnerships, a major step forward for gay couples in a country
where being openly gay remains taboo.

The vote by Tokyo’s Shibuya ward may seem insignificant
compared to the United States, where gay marriage is legal in
all but 13 states, but just proposing the statute set off an
unprecedented discussion over equality, and is likely to pave
the way for similar measures elsewhere in Japan.

Mar 13, 2015

New coach Halilhodzic vows to rebuild Japan, asks for time

TOKYO (Reuters) – Vahid Halilhodzic believes he and Japan are a good fit mentally and the Samurai Blue have the potential to climb back up the ranks but he needs some time to show results, the new Japan head coach said on Friday.

Halilhodzic, who formerly coached Algeria and Ivory Coast, succeeds Javier Aguirre, who was sacked last month amid fears that Japan’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup could be hindered by the Mexican’s alleged involvement in a match-fixing investigation in Spain.

Mar 13, 2015

Soccer-New coach Halilhodzic vows to rebuild Japan, asks for time

TOKYO, March 13 (Reuters) – Vahid Halilhodzic believes he and Japan are a good fit mentally and the Samurai Blue have the potential to climb back up the ranks but he needs some time to show results, the new Japan head coach said on Friday.

Halilhodzic, who formerly coached Algeria and Ivory Coast, succeeds Javier Aguirre, who was sacked last month amid fears that Japan’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup could be hindered by the Mexican’s alleged involvement in a match-fixing investigation in Spain.

Mar 11, 2015

Aftershocks still rattle east Japan four years after megaquake

TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) – Four years after a magnitude 9 earthquake shook northern and eastern Japan, the region is rocked by tremors at more than double the average rate of the decade before the disaster, a report this week from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows.

In the latest 12 months there were 737 quakes registering at least “1″ on the Japanese intensity scale of 1-7 in the quake zone, which runs more than 500 km (300 miles) from Tokyo’s eastern suburbs up the northeast coast nearly to the northern tip of the main island of Honshu.

Mar 10, 2015

Japan PM vows new five-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday vowed to draw up a new-five year plan to speed rebuilding from a massive 2011 tsunami and the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl that have left thousands still homeless.

Abe spoke ahead of the fourth anniversary of the devastating March 11 earthquake, which set off a massive tsunami that ravaged the Pacific coastline, killing nearly 20,000 and causing explosions and meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Mar 9, 2015

Tokyo fire bombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again

TOKYO (Reuters) – Katsumoto Saotome was 12 the night he ran for his life through a sea of flames, jumping over smoldering railroad ties along a train track as U.S. B-29 bombers rained incendiary bombs down around him.

The U.S. bombing after midnight on March 10, 1945, annihilated a wide swathe of northeastern Tokyo, packed with small factories and houses made of wood and paper.

Mar 6, 2015

Trip Tips: Japan’s coastal Miyako city puts tsunami behind it

MIYAKO, Japan, March 6 (Reuters) – Miyako in northeastern
Japan was for decades a small coastal city, famed for the salmon
that splashed upriver in the autumn and the succulent oysters
gathered just offshore. Tourists came to fish, paddle kayaks in
the bay and enjoy the scenic views.

Then came March 11, 2011. A powerful 9.0 offshore earthquake
struck, sending massive waves hurtling up the coast and into its
fjord-like bays and inlets.

Mar 3, 2015

Small step by Tokyo district could be giant leap for LGBT equality

TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) – Same-sex couples in Japan are
awaiting the results of a debate in a Tokyo local assembly that
may give them what their Western counterparts have long had: a
chance to step out of the shadows.

The proposal by Tokyo’s Shibuya ward to recognise same-sex
partnerships from April may seem insignificant compared with the
United States, where gay marriage is legal in all but 13 states.
But it is the first such move in Japan, where the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is all but invisible.

Feb 27, 2015

Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

TOKYO (Reuters) – Planners for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics issued their playbook for organizing the sports extravaganza on Friday, but there was no final decision on venues amid growing pressure to keep swelling costs down.

Rising labor and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that the vast majority of events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village – one of the key points in its successful hosting bid.

Feb 27, 2015

Olympics-Tokyo 2020 planners issue playbook, but venues still undecided

TOKYO, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Planners for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics issued their playbook for organising the sports extravaganza on Friday, but there was no final decision on venues amid growing pressure to keep swelling costs down.

Rising labour and construction costs have forced Tokyo to rethink its plans for 10 venues it intended to build for the Games, contravening its promise that the vast majority of events would take place within 8 km (5 miles) of the Olympic village – one of the key points in its successful hosting bid.