Dec 19, 2011

Today's top news: Kim's death puts region on alert

*** Japan Times E-mail News Service ***
__________ Tuesday, December 20, 2011 ________________


TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Kim's death puts region on alert
All eyes turn nervously toward North Korea after state media announce the death of the country's enigmatic leader, Kim Jong Il, at the age of 69.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
3/11 memories haunt American at No. 1 plant
Carl Pillitteri was at the Fukushima power plant on March 11 when the megatemblor hit, and watched in horror as a 15-meter wall of water swept in from the Pacific.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hashimoto takes office, visits Tokyo
Toru Hashimoto kicks off his first term as Osaka mayor by vowing to radically reform the bureaucracy, then takes off to meet senior Diet members and supporters in Tokyo.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a3.html


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

OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
'Prepare for the unexpected': Noda
MASAMI ITO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Keep North engaged, pressure on: Koizumi
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fukushima probe to avoid assessing quake damage
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Trucker gets seven years for killing kids
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Geo raided over stolen software
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Benin names TV celebrity as envoy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Sen. Inouye offers TPP assistance
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
'Miracle pine' seedlings growing in pods at institute
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Livesense boss is youngest to head listed firm
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Festive lights prevail, with restraint
HIROKO NAKATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111220i1.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Markets brace for Kim turbulence
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111220a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Family ties spur spending sprees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111220n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
As local sales shrink, Sapporo looks to hike Vietnam beer output fivefold
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111220n2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Toyota Tsusho to supply LNG project
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111220n3.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Nuclear crisis far from resolved
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111220a1.html

[OPINION]
Suicide pact at Durban climate-health summit
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111220gd.html

[OPINION]
India flaunts poverty of its moral leadership, brandishing an ad hoc, reactive nuclear policy
RAMESH THAKUR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111220rt.html

[More Op-Ed stories]
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion.html


FEATURES
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[EDUCATION AND BILINGUAL]
<I>Yomawari</I>
ALICE GORDENKER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ek20111220wh.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Gaba 'contractor' status under fire from staff, courts
SIMON SCOTT
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Replacing your alien card; blasts from the past
ASHLEY THOMPSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220at.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Cultural relativism, Meiji, phonetics and <I>eigo</I> woes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220hs.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Yokohama: What are your all-time best and worst Christmas tunes?
PAUL NEHLS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220vf.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Four years after 'Nova shock,' <I>eikaiwa</I> is down but not out
PATRICK BUDMAR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111220zg.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Hawks' Sugiuchi set to join Giants
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111220j1.html

[SOCCER]
City edges Arsenal to stay ahead of United
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111220a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Seagulls beat Frontiers to win X Bowl
JASON COSKREY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111220a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Brady eclipses Tebow as Pats make playoffs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111220a2.html

[GOLF]
Westwood rolls to wire-to-wire win
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111220a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Panthers beat 'Canes for more home points
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111220a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Former captain Miyamoto retires
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20111220a1.html

[SPORTS]
Wada must adjust to have success in majors
JASON COSKREY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111220jc.html

[SPORTS]
Blardone earns third Gran Risa win
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111220w1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
World champions Barcelona still hungry for more silverware
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20111220a1.html


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