Dec 12, 2011

Today's top news: H-IIA puts new spy satellite into orbit

*** Japan Times E-mail News Service ***
__________ Tuesday, December 13, 2011 ________________


TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
H-IIA puts new spy satellite into orbit
Japan successfully launches a new intelligence-gathering satellite, bringing it one step closer to the completion of its high-tech spy network by March 2013.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
'Miracle pine' loses roots to seawater, dying
The survival of the symbolic pine tree in Rikuzentakata that withstood the March 11 tsunami is thrown into doubt after losing its roots to seawater.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Softbank star in driver's license flap
Actor Dante Carver generates a different type of notoriety after the Softbank star known as "onii-chan" in its commercials is caught driving on an allegedly invalid international driver's license.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fruits of climate talks rest with Asia nations
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Nuclear utilities face \50 billion disaster fee
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Researchers develop method to form blood platelets from fake stem cells
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Suu Kyi's party execs to be invited to visit Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tight schedules halt Noda-Obama summit
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Ichikawa to turn over base report
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
JPMorgan ex-exec walks in tax scam
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
State offers all evidence in retrial bid
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Culprit in Kyushu slayings to hang
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213b3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
'Masked Rider' heroes feted at Yokohama show
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
First 'official' AC Milan cafe opens -- in Nagoya
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fukushima rice in cesium limbo
NATSUKO FUKUE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213i1.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Olympus to hold briefing on Thursday
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
November wholesale prices up 1.7%
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Beer flow up first time in four months
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Portugal tax treaty to aid investments
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
TSE, OSE woo foreign investors
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Revamped Camry facing tough competition
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213n2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Honda targets young drivers with new Acura ILX
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111213n3.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Power industry buying influence
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111213a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Sport and sexual harassment
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111213a2.html

[OPINION]
Real cause of nuclear crisis
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111213a1.html

[OPINION]
Japan should play co-anchor role in helping ASEAN Connectivity Plus realize grand vision
A.K.P. MOCHTAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111213a2.html

[OPINION]
The golden curse of the Peruvian Amazon
CESAR CHELALA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111213cc.html

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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion.html


FEATURES
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[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Cory settles: the end of the story?
RICHARD CORY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
One-fifth of kids deprived of contact with one parent
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213hn.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Readers back father's fight to reunite with children
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213hs.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Eyewear designer Alain Mikli
JUDIT KAWAGUCHI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213jk.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
All employees in Japan are entitled to paid leave, period
MASAKO SUZUKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213ll.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
What will be Japan's next big cultural export?
CHRIS CHAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213vf.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Corporate governance in the shadow of Olympus
COLIN P. A. JONES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111213zg.html

[LIFE & STYLE]
Stepping in the right fashion-forward directions
MISHA JANETTE and SAMUEL THOMAS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fs20111213a1.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Braun's positive test surprises observers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111213a1.html

[SOCCER]
Chelsea's Anelka to join Shanghai
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111213a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Manning lifts Giants with late heroics
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111213a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Sharp caps Blackhawks rally with winner in OT
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111213a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Bryant upset about Lakers' plan to trade Odom
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111213a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Hannaryz extend winning streak to 10
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111213b1.html

[SPORTS]
Black Caps pull off stunning win
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111213a1.html

[SPORTS]
Takahashi says quad vital to closing gap on champion Chan
GUS FIELDING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111213f1.html

[SPORTS]
Japanese judoka disappoint at meet
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111213j1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
Barcelona wary of jet lag after touching down in Japan
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20111213a1.html


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