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Python, pandas and json_read with utf-8 encoding

The pandas library is a fantastic python toolkit to work with data. Recently I needed to read some json files in a pandas dataframe. Usually you can do that easily with the built in method: import pandas as pd pd.read_json('example.json') But this method fails, if it encounters utf-8 encoded files. In contrast to the more often used methods _read_table_ and _read_csv_, _read_json_ does not provide an _encoding_ parameter. To work around this you have to import the codecs module and use the _open_ method: