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Oct 18, 2013

China outraged as Japanese lawmakers visit shrine to war dead

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s internal affairs minister and more than 100 other lawmakers visited the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Friday and China responded by accusing Japan of undermining ties and trying to overturn the post-World War Two order.

The visits, marking an autumn festival, came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office last year, though he did not visit it in person.

Oct 18, 2013

“Cool Japan” struts the runways at Fashion Week in Tokyo

TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Washi paper was paired with silk
and fabrics layered in an echo of traditional kimonos at Japan
Fashion Week, the twice-yearly celebration of an industry that
plays a key role in the nation’s “Cool Japan” campaign.

Underwritten by a $500-million government bankroll, the
campaign – whose Cool Japan fund kicks off in November – aims to
help Japanese firms promote their culture.

Oct 16, 2013

At least 8 killed as typhoon sideswipes Tokyo, moves up Japan coast

TOKYO, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Eight people were killed and over
30 missing, with nearly 20,000 people ordered to evacuate and
hundreds of flights cancelled as Typhoon Wipha pummelled the
Tokyo region on Wednesday, leaving piles of wreckage on one
small island but largely sparing the capital.

Operators of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant north
of Tokyo pumped rainwater out of protective containers at the
base of some 1,000 tanks storing radioactive water, and were
taking other precautions, as the typhoon brushed past Tokyo and
moved up Japan’s Pacific coastline.

Oct 16, 2013

Four killed as typhoon sideswipes Tokyo, moves up Japan coast

TOKYO (Reuters) – Four people were reported killed, schools closed, hundreds of flights canceled and thousands were advised to evacuate as Typhoon Wipha pummeled Tokyo on Wednesday, although the Japanese capital escaped major damage.

Operators of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant north of Tokyo pumped rainwater out of protective containers at the base of some 1,000 tanks storing radioactive water, and were taking other precautions, as Typhoon Wipha brushed past Tokyo and moved up Japan’s Pacific coastline.

Sep 19, 2013

Book Talk: Best-selling Jamie Ford on writing that second novel

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Jamie Ford admits he was taken
aback by the runaway success of his debut novel “Hotel on the
Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and was sidetracked for a while on
his next work by the self-consciousness this produced.

But an invitation to write a story for a literary event led
to the tale of an orphan boy who thinks he sees his mother in a
movie, which grew into “Songs of Willow Frost”, out last week.

Sep 10, 2013

Triumphant Tokyo delegation returns to roll up sleeves

TOKYO (Reuters) – A triumphant Tokyo governor Naoki Inose returned home to the cheers of thousands gathered in a plaza on Tuesday, thanking everyone for the support that brought the 2020 Olympic Games to Japan and vowing to get down to work to make them successful.

Tokyo stocks rallied for a second straight day on optimism that Japan’s decisive victory at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires over rivals Madrid and Istanbul will bolster the chances of a lasting economic recovery to erase two decades of stagnation.

Sep 10, 2013

Olympics-Triumphant Tokyo delegation returns to roll up sleeves

TOKYO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A triumphant Tokyo governor Naoki Inose returned home to the cheers of thousands gathered in a plaza on Tuesday, thanking everyone for the support that brought the 2020 Olympic Games to Japan and vowing to get down to work to make them successful.

Tokyo stocks rallied for a second straight day on optimism that Japan’s decisive victory at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires over rivals Madrid and Istanbul will bolster the chances of a lasting economic recovery to erase two decades of stagnation.

Sep 9, 2013

Japan Olympic win boosts Abe, but Fukushima shadows linger

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan savored its victory on Monday in the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games, anticipating an economic boost to spur its revival from two decades of stagnation and help it recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

But while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold gamble to throw himself into the Tokyo bid paid off handsomely, his claims to have the problems of the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor under control ran into fresh resistance.

Sep 8, 2013

Japan anticipates Olympic boost, but Fukushima shadows linger

TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Japan savoured its victory on Monday in the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games, anticipating an economic boost to spur its revival from two decades of stagnation and help it recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The decisive win over rivals Madrid and Istanbul is also likely to strengthen the fortunes of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who put his reputation on the line in a bold gamble that victory would boost national confidence, a key ingredient in the success so far of his aggressive pro-growth policies.

Sep 7, 2013

Screams of joy in Tokyo as city awarded 2020 Games

TOKYO (Reuters) – A huge roar went up from hundreds of people who flocked to a Tokyo Park in the early hours of a grey, humid Sunday morning as the Japanese capital was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games.

Tokyo overcame a worsening crisis at a nuclear plant 230km (140 miles) away as well as a one-time lack of local support to convincingly beat rivals Istanbul and Madrid for the right to stage the Games for the second time.