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Apr 16, 2012

UK woman prepares for record-breaking Pacific row

CHOSHI, Japan (Reuters) – British adventurer Sarah Outen, part way through a voyage to circle the globe using only human power, is putting the finishing touches to preparations for the toughest challenge of the trip: a record-breaking solo row across the Pacific.

Since she left her home country in April 2011, the 26-year-old has travelled some 17,700 km (11,000 miles) through Europe, Central Asia, China, Russia and Japan by kayak, bicycle and rowing her 6.4-metre (21 ft) boat, Gulliver.

Apr 16, 2012

Sarah Outen prepares for record-breaking Pacific row

CHOSHI, Japan (Reuters) – British adventurer Sarah Outen, part way through a voyage to circle the globe using only human power, is putting the finishing touches to preparations for the toughest challenge of the trip: a record-breaking solo row across the Pacific.

Since she left her home country in April 2011, the 26-year-old has travelled some 17,700 km (11,000 miles) through Europe, Central Asia, China, Russia and Japan by kayak, bicycle and rowing her 6.4-metre (21 ft) boat, Gulliver.

Oct 11, 2011

“Noah” may mean difference between life and death

TOKYO (Reuters) – It’s not quite a yellow submarine, since it’s destined for travel on top of the water, not under it.

But the round yellow pod, christened “Noah” for the maker of the ark, could mean the difference between life and death in the case of another killer earthquake and tsunami like the one that hit Japan seven months ago, said its inventor, Shoji Tanaka.

Apr 3, 2011

Inches from death, Japan tsunami survivor tells her harrowing tale

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – When the massive earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11 and triggered a tsunami alarm in her Pacific Coast fishing port, civil servant Takako Suzuki knew exactly where to shelter.

At least, she thought she did.

Suzuki, 40, followed instructions broadcast on loud speakers and headed up to the third floor of the civic centre that her city of Rikuzentakata had designated as a tsunami evacuation point.

Apr 3, 2011

Japan tsunami survivor tells her harrowing tale

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – When the massive earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11 and triggered a tsunami alarm in her Pacific Coast fishing port, civil servant Takako Suzuki knew exactly where to shelter.

At least, she thought she did.

Suzuki, 40, followed instructions broadcast on loud speakers and headed up to the third floor of the civic center that her city of Rikuzentakata had designated as a tsunami evacuation point.

Apr 3, 2011

Just inches from death. Japan tsunami survivor tells her harrowing tale

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan, April 3 (Reuters) – When the massive
earthquake struck northern Japan on March 11 and triggered a
tsunami alarm in her Pacific Coast fishing port, civil servant
Takako Suzuki knew exactly where to shelter.

At least, she thought she did.

Suzuki, 40, followed instructions broadcast on loud speakers
and headed up to the third floor of the civic centre that her
city of Rikuzentakata had designated as a tsunami evacuation
point.

Feb 2, 2011

Chinese visitors to Japan set to surge for holiday

By Hyun Oh

TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – Japan is expecting a surge in Chinese visitors during the lunar New Year holiday period, with tourists eager to snap up electronics and other goods in a welcome boost for retailers.

A record 9.44 million foreigners visited Japan last year, with inbound Chinese tourists rising over 34 percent to about 1.6 million, surpassing Taiwan to become no. 2 after South Korea, the nation with the most visitors to Japan.

Jan 25, 2011

“Grandma next door” poet a Japan bestseller at 99

TOKYO (Reuters) – A 99-year-old woman writing about love, dreams and hanging on to hope has touched the hearts of Japanese worn out by years of a lagging economy, propelling her self-published poetry book onto bestseller lists.

Toyo Shibata’s success with her first anthology, titled “Don’t be Too Frustrated,” is all the more surprising because she only picked up her pen at the age of 92.

Nov 18, 2010

Japan robot actress takes the stage, stiffly

By Hyun Oh

TOKYO (Reuters Life!) – The brown-haired, brown-eyed woman made her Tokyo stage debut in a tearjerker about a girl suffering a fatal illness. Her voice was calm, but her performance a bit mechanical.

It wasn’t just first-night nerves. She was an android. Her name was Geminoid F.

Nov 2, 2010

Debate over dolphin hunt a sham: “The Cove” star

TAIJI, Japan (Reuters) – One of the stars of “The Cove,” the controversial Oscar-winning documentary about a grisly annual dolphin hunt, on Tuesday boycotted a debate set up by the town made famous in the film, calling it “a sham.”

Taiji, a town in western Japan, remains a center of controversy in the wake of the film. Several NGOs camped out around Taiji say at least two dolphin hunts have taken place since the hunting season began in September.