examples/json/loads.py
from __future__ import print_function
import json

with open('examples/json/data.json') as fh:
    json_str = fh.read()

print(json_str)
b = json.loads(json_str)
print(b)
{"lname": "Bar", "email": null, "fname": "Foo",
    "children": ["Moo", "Koo", "Roo"]}

{u'lname': u'Bar', u'email': None, u'fname': u'Foo',
    u'children': [u'Moo', u'Koo', u'Roo']}

u is the Unicode prefix used in Python 2. In Python 3 it won't appear as Unicode is the default there.