Dec 14, 2011

Today's top news: Evacuation proposal shelved 11 days after first blast

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Evacuation proposal shelved 11 days after first blast
The government didn't heed the Nuclear Safety Commission's March call to widen public evacuations beyond the 20-km no-go zone around the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and issue iodine after it got a belated fallout estimate, official sources admit.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a1.html

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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Olympus meets deadline for revised earnings report
Olympus Corp. submits revised earnings reports, meeting a deadline to avoid being removed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange but still risking being delisted later over the firm's accounting scandal.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. ties Okinawa report to funding
A senior U.S. Defense Department official says that if the Japanese government presents by the end of this year a key report to Okinawa on relocating a U.S. base within the prefecture, it could lead to a flexible response by Congress, which on Monday cut all fiscal 2012 funding for transferring Okinawa-based U.S. Marines to Guam.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a2.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Manabe reappointed Okinawa Defense Bureau chief
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Haneda to get new radar equipment to reduce bird strikes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Statue of 'comfort woman' erected outside Japanese Embassy in Seoul
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Party eyes term extension for leader
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Konishiki probed in row over dog
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Giants ex-boss Kiyotake sues Yomiuri
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a8.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Nuclear power generation costs surge
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Fourth extra budget could hit \2.53 trillion
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Daio avoids delisting, logs \2.84 billion loss
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Eco-car subsidies may be moved up
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
'Talking' Geiger counter aids blind
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Peach Aviation to offer \500 fare
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Nexon makes splash in TSE debut
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a8.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
FTC gives steel giants approval for merger
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111215a9.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Government's fiscal 2012 tax plan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111215a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Bills passed, and passed over
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111215a2.html

[OPINION]
Time for IMF to save Europe
LAURENCE H. SUMMERS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111215a1.html

[OPINION]
Sunny days ahead for the solar power industry
MICHAEL RICHARDSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111215mr.html

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FEATURES
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[ART]
Having a laugh at the witch doctors of art
ANDREW LEE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20111215a1.html

[ART]
Painting a picture of Yumeji Takehisa
MATTHEW LARKING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20111215a2.html

[ART]
'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'
COLIN LIDDELL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20111215b1.html

[ART]
'POCORART'
TOMOKO OTAKE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20111215b2.html

[MUSIC]
X Japan's Yoshiki seeks a second coming
DANIEL ROBSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111215a1.html

[MUSIC]
Make it a countdown to remember
MARK JARNES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111215l1.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Report: Wada set to join Orioles
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111215a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Expanded replay in new MLB deal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111215a2.html

[SOCCER]
Santos beats Reysol
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111215a1.html

[SOCCER]
Illness forces Fletcher to take break
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111215a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Browns, NFL discuss McCoy injury
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111215a1.html

[GOLF]
Donald voted PGA Tour player of the year by golf peers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111215a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Red Wings punish Pens
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111215a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Urawa hires ex-Sanfrecce boss
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20111215a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
New recruits Odom, Carter eager to help Mavs defend title
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111215a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Pair suing Boeheim for defamation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111215a2.html

[OLYMPICS]
Swimming star Rice has surgery
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/so20111215a1.html

[RUGBY]
Lancaster lauds retired Wilkinson
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sr20111215a1.html


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