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Feb 15, 2014

Newsmaker – Hanyu shows he’s the ultimate survivor

SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO (Reuters) – A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometres away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

That magnitude 9.0 earthquake near Hanyu’s home city of Sendai in March 2011 not only destroyed his training arena but also set off a massive tsunami and nuclear disaster that ultimately claimed nearly 20,000 lives in Japan.

Feb 15, 2014

Hanyu shows he’s the ultimate survivor

SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO (Reuters) – A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometers away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

That magnitude 9.0 earthquake near Hanyu’s home city of Sendai in March 2011 not only destroyed his training arena but also set off a massive tsunami and nuclear disaster that ultimately claimed nearly 20,000 lives in Japan.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Hanyu shows he’s the ultimate survivor

SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometres away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

That magnitude 9.0 earthquake near Hanyu’s home city of Sendai in March 2011 not only destroyed his training arena but also set off a massive tsunami and nuclear disaster that ultimately claimed nearly 20,000 lives in Japan.

Jan 28, 2014

Japan revises teaching manuals, says islands its territory

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it was revising teaching manuals to make clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of disputes with China and South Korea are integral parts of its territory, prompting protests from an angry Seoul.

Japan’s ties with Seoul and Beijing are increasingly strained over a host of issues, including the territorial rows and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit late last year to the Yasukuni Shrine, where convicted war criminals are honored along with millions of war dead.

Jan 27, 2014

Japan broadcaster chief expresses regret for remarks on wartime brothels

TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of Japan’s public broadcaster expressed regret on Monday for his comments on the use of military brothels in World War Two, news reports said, as Asian countries voiced fresh outrage about a highly sensitive point in relations with Tokyo.

Apparently trying to snuff out further controversy over Japan’s view of its wartime role, new NHK chief Katsuto Momii told local media his comments had been “extremely inappropriate”.

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.