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Jan 24, 2014

With committee launch, Tokyo vows to fulfill pledge of superb Games

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan launched the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, staffing it with heavyweights such as a former prime minister and central bank official as it vowed to fulfill its promise of an efficient and superb Games.

Tokyo won a decisive victory over rivals Istanbul and Madrid to become the first Asian city to host the Summer Games for the second time with its slick presentation and vast war chest, despite concerns about continuing radiation leaks from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

Jan 24, 2014

Olympics-With committee launch, Tokyo vows to fulfill pledge of superb Games

TOKYO, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Japan launched the organising committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, staffing it with heavyweights such as a former prime minister and central bank official as it vowed to fulfill its promise of an efficient and superb Games.

Tokyo won a decisive victory over rivals Istanbul and Madrid to become the first Asian city to host the Summer Games for the second time with its slick presentation and vast war chest, despite concerns about continuing radiation leaks from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

Jan 23, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Love at first flight for teen prodigy Takanashi

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Sara Takanashi studied ballet and piano when she was small, like many other young Japanese girls, but her life made a sharply different turn when she was eight years old and took a stab at ski jumping.

It was love at first flight.

“My big brother was a ski jumper, so I started,” Takanashi says in “Flying Girls,” a book on Japan’s pioneering women ski jumpers by Takaomi Matsubara.

Jan 21, 2014

Japan’s ANA pulls “big nose” TV ad after online furore

TOKYO, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s largest carrier All Nippon
Airways said on Tuesday it was pulling a TV
advertisement featuring a Japanese actor in a large false nose
and blonde wig after it was criticised online for having racist
overtones.

The ad, which is in English with Japanese subtitles,
promotes ANA’s expanded international flight schedule from
Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Japan, host of the 2020 Summer Olympics,
is trying to attract more tourists amid a sharp rise in visitors
over the last year, particularly from Asia.

Jan 15, 2014

Profile – Asada pursues the perfect jump

TOKYO (Reuters) – When Japan’s Mao Asada steps onto the ice in Sochi, she will be hoping to finish off her amateur career with Olympic gold – and a perfect set of the complicated jumps that have long been both her trademark and her Achilles heel.

As recently as the Japan Nationals in late December, she failed to properly land a triple Axel and ended up placing third, prompting some commentators to suggest she omit the jump from her routine altogether.

Jan 15, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Asada pursues the perfect jump

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) – When Japan’s Mao Asada steps onto the ice in Sochi, she will be hoping to finish off her amateur career with Olympic gold – and a perfect set of the complicated jumps that have long been both her trademark and her Achilles heel.

As recently as the Japan Nationals in late December, she failed to properly land a triple Axel and ended up placing third, prompting some commentators to suggest she omit the jump from her routine altogether.

Dec 14, 2013

Asian nations call for freedom of air, seas as US-China maritime near-collision revealed

TOKYO/WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Japan and Southeast
Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on
Saturday, as China’s military assertiveness raises regional
tensions and after U.S. and Chinese warships narrowly avoided
collision in the disputed South China Sea.

China’s recent announcement of an air defence zone covering
disputed islands in the East China Sea and its territorial
claims in the South China Sea have raised concerns that a minor
incident in the disputed seas could quickly escalate.

Dec 14, 2013

Japan, ASEAN call for free air, seas; US-China ships narrowly avoid collision

TOKYO/WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Japan and Southeast
Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on
Saturday, as China’s military assertiveness raises regional
tensions and after U.S. and Chinese warships narrowly avoided
collision in the disputed South China Sea.

China’s recent announcement of an air defence zone covering
disputed islands in the East China Sea and its territorial
claims in the South China Sea have raised concerns that a minor
incident in the disputed seas could quickly escalate.

Dec 14, 2013

Japan-ASEAN call for freedom of air and seas, with tensions high over China

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Southeast Asian countries called on Saturday for freedom of the air and sea and urged that disputes be resolved peacefully, amid concerns about Chinese military assertiveness that has raised regional tensions.

China’s recent announcement of an air defense zone that covers islands in the East China Sea, which are controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing, triggered protests from Japan, United States and South Korea.

Dec 13, 2013

Asian nations address sea disputes, but unlikely to blame China

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian nations must ensure that territorial disputes do not erupt into conflict, leaders said on Friday, with Japan and the Philippines reaffirming their commitment to freedom of flight as concerns grow over China’s new air defense zone.

Beijing’s growing military strength has sparked concern in Asia, and tension has spiked in the last month after China announced the air defense zone including islands in the East China Sea also claimed by Japan.