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Olympics-Japan former PM Abe to miss Games opening ceremony -NHK

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TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who memorably dressed up as video game character Super Mario to promote the Tokyo Olympics in Rio, will not attend the Olympics opening ceremony, public broadcaster NHK reported. Abe played a outsized role in attracting the Olympics to Tokyo, pledging in front of a banquet room full of International Olympic Committee members in 2013 that the lingering nuclear disaster at Fukushima was “under control” and pitching his nation as a “passionate, proud, and a strong believer” in the Olympics. He stepped down from office last year due to hea…

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