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Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympic Games
It was meant to be too close to call, one of the tightest races the International Olympic Committee had ever voted on, but Tokyo last night delivered a crushing victory to win the right to stage the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (The Telegraph, in Buenos Aires 12:01AM BST 08 Sep 2013)

The Japanese capital vaporised Madrid and Istanbul in rain-swept Buenos Aires, the latter after it threatened to pull off a shock triumph following a dramatic tie with its Spanish rival in the first round of voting.

Tokyo’s final margin of victory over Istanbul was a massive 24 votes, 60 to 32, giving the hosts of the 1964 Olympic Games the honour of being the fifth city to stage them twice.

The announcement of the result sparked inevitable scenes of jubilation among its bid team, with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe claiming he was more elated than after his own election: “I am overjoyed. I would like to share this jot together with the Japanese people back home.”

Its first-round success was almost as emphatic, Tokyo gaining 42 votes to Istanbul and Madrid’s 26 apiece, just six short of the outright majority required to eliminate the need for a second round of voting.

In the end, there were three rounds, with the tie between Madrid and Istanbul prompting a vote-off, which the latter won 49 to 45.

Madrid had been tipped to push Tokyo all the way and its early elimination was a major surprise, as was the margin of the Japanese capital’s victory.

Senior IOC members were last night crediting its victory to the perception it was a “safe” pair of hands compared to the riskier Madrid and Istanbul.

The latter two’s final presentations were also followed by serious questions about their dubious doping records – from British member Adam Pengilly.

Outgoing President Jacques Rogge said: “It is clear that the IOC members pay a lot of attention to the situation in the fight against doping.”

Despite the widespread belief members usually decide which way to vote long before the final presentations, it seems yesterday’s may have had as much of an influence as when London stunned Paris to land the 2012 Games eight years ago.

Tokyo’s began with what was thought to be its trump card when Princess Takamodo became the first member of Japan’s royal family to address the IOC, a major coup for the bid.

But the princess was immediately upstaged by Paralympian Mami Sato, who delivered the most emotionally-charged speech of the entire day, talking candidly about how sport had rescued her from the depth of “despair” after she lost her right leg to cancer.

She also spoke about her home town being struck by the 2011 Japanese tsunami and how “Olympic values” had helped it to recover.

That raised the spectre of the one major controversy to haunt Tokyo’s bid, the ongoing leak from the Fukushima nuclear power station that has contaminated the water around the plant.

Japan’s prime minister confronted the issue head on, saying: “The situation is under control. It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

Inevitably pressed further in the Q&A, he gave “emphatic and unequivocal” assurances that the leak posed zero risk to health.

Madrid’s pitch conveyed a similar message about Spain’s economic crisis, which it thought it had turned into a positive by pitching a low-budget Games and reinforcing that 80% of its infrastructure was already in place because of its previous bids.

“Madrid makes sense,” was repeated constantly during what was a surprisingly underwhelming presentation until Crown Prince Felipe, a darling of the IOC, delivered a rousing finale.

However, the Madrid bid team were ambushed in the Q&A by Pengilly, who raised the spectre of the Operation Puerto doping saga and a Spanish court’s decision to destroy blood evidence.

Its bid team failed to provide a satisfactory response.

Neither did that of Istanbul, which attempted to address its recent doping scandal, announcing new legislation to prosecute “anyone who promotes the use of drugs by our athletes”.

It began its pitch by reminding the IOC that the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron de Coubertin, said the movement had a “responsibility” to spread the Games to new regions.

It highlighted its youth-focused culture and growing economy, insisting its £12.8 billion budget was not excessive compared to those of Tokyo (£2.6bn) and Madrid (£1.2bn) because almost all of it was being invested regardless of the Games.

However, it danced around the other two issues that have dogged its campaign, this summer’s anti-government protests and riots and the escalating crisis in neighbouring Syria.

Istanbul did attempt to address its recent doping scandal, announcing new legislation to prosecute “anyone who promotes the use of drugs by our athletes”.

All three presentations borrowed heavily from London successful pitch for the 2012 Olympics and Tokyo vowed to draw further inspiration when it came to hosting the Games.

Bid president Tsunekazu Takeda said: “More than anything, people of the United Kingdom were all fully supporting the London Games.

“A Passionate Olympic Games is something that we would like to emulate in 2020.”


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うっひょーかっけえww
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北米版めも(10日追記)
本日2回目の更新は、北米版BWの配信、そしてBW2に関する情報のメモをば。


■北米版BW2

公式(pokemon.com)にて少しだけ情報が出されました。
発売日は、詳細は明かされていないものの、"this fall"になるとのこと。
今のところBWと同じくリージョンフリー、つまり日本のDSで問題なく起動できると見られてますが、
ARサーチャーとの連動要素があるので、それを活用するためには北米版3DSが別途必要になる可能性があります。
どちらにしろ本筋のプレイは日本版ハードで可能だと思われます。


■配信めも

9日(現地時間)からダークライが北米版BW向けに配信されます。
配信方法は当日に公開ですがおそらくWi-fi。
期日が発表され次第追記します。
(追記)Wi-Fiにて配信開始されました。終了日が今のところ不明なので北米版をお持ちの方はお早めに。



こんなところか。それにしても、ちょっと確認を怠ってた間にまさかレシゼクが配信されていたとは…
ミュウツー取ってからしばらく何もないだろうと油断していたわorz
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とうとう
春先にもちょこっと言っていたことなのですが、
もうまもなく下宿生活が終わります。

退去通知はすでに管理会社に提出済み。手続きがスムーズに進めば、今月末で今住んでいる部屋を明け渡しになります。

理由は色々あるんですが、大雑把にいうと経済的な問題。

・今年度から上の妹が大学生に
・私立の外大に入学
・この先留学することなどを考えると、将来的には相当な費用がかかる
・よって、今のうちに少しでも蓄えておくべき
・私のバイト代・奨学金もできれば家の貯蓄に
・どう考えても私の下宿費用はもったいない
・私が下宿をやめれば、残り1年半で家賃100万以上が浮く

というわけです。
本当は私が今社会人やってればほとんどもーまんたいだったんですけどね。
そのことに申し訳なさを感じてるところもあって、できるだけ早急に下宿をやめなければとは思ってました。
ただ院生活が予想以上に忙しかったので、結局動き出すのは夏休みになってからになっちゃいましたが。


とりあえず、今回は報告まで。雑な文章で失礼しました。
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Bullet train collision in China claims 35 lives
(CNN Beijing 7/23Sat 23:35GMT)A high-speed bullet train collision in eastern China's Zhejiang province left 35 people dead and 210 injured, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.

Witnesses told China National Radio that a bullet train stopped on the tracks Saturday because of a power outage from a lightning strike.

Another bullet train traveling in the same direction rammed into the first train from behind and caused four of its cars to fall from an elevated bridge, the radio report said.

A rescue operation was under way. Some passengers told the radio network they had to smash windows and crawl out of the cars. Officials said some cars were severely twisted and it was hard to know how many people were still trapped inside.

The struck train was carrying 1,300 to 1,400 passengers, officials said.

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