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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.

Dec 11, 2013

China’s shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit

TOKYO (Reuters) – When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.

Beijing’s rise as a military power as its economy has become second only to that of the United States has long sparked concern in Asia, and tensions spiked last month when China announced a new air defense zone straddling islands also claimed by Japan in the East China Sea.

Dec 5, 2013

Japan state secrets bill on track to become law despite protests

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – A Japanese state secrets bill
toughening penalties for leaks came a step closer to becoming
law on Thursday when ruling parties forced it through a
parliamentary panel amid protests it will muzzle the media and
help cover up official misdeeds.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to pass the law coincides
with a worldwide debate on secrecy after former U.S. National
Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents on
intelligence agencies’ extensive collection of data about
ordinary citizens and a U.S. Army private leaked masses of
sensitive documents to anti-secrecy group Wikileaks.

Dec 3, 2013

Tokyo keeps crown as Michelin’s most gourmet capital for seventh year

TOKYO (Reuters) – A basement sushi restaurant whose octogenarian chef features in a documentary and an eatery serving potentially poisonous blowfish gained three-star ratings in the Michelin guide to Tokyo launched on Tuesday, Michelin said.

The city held onto its crown as the Michelin guide’s gourmet capital, with the most starred restaurants for the seventh straight year, a status likely to lure still more of the Asian tourists who say Japan’s tasty treats are a key attraction.

Dec 3, 2013

Biden urges Japan, China to lower tensions over air defense zone

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Japan and China to lower tensions that have spiked since Beijing announced an air defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea, while repeating that Washington was worried by the move.

The United States has made clear it would stand by treaty obligations that would require it to defend the Japanese-controlled islands, but is also reluctant to get dragged into any military clash between the Asian rivals.