Dec 17, 2011

Today's top news: Lee presses Noda on 'comfort women'

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Lee presses Noda on 'comfort women'
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak arrives in Japan and urges the government to make a "political decision" to compensate wartime sex slaves, his first public comments on the thorny issue since taking office in 2008.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
DPJ mulls provision to cut Diet members
A plan has emerged within the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to add a provision that would slash the number of Diet members to a bill aimed at raising the consumption tax, party sources say.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Toyota eyes record 8.65 million vehicles
A resurgent Toyota is on the verge of setting a 2012 production goal of 8.65 million vehicles, a new record for the carmaker.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a3.html


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

OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Daunting tasks await despite declaration of cold shutdown
MIYA TANAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Buoys may mark first U.S. 3/11 debris
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Evacuees not reassured by milestone
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Prosecutors set to search Olympus over loss-coverup scandal this week
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. troops to lose DUI immunity
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
JAL set to pay off bank loans early
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Women stabbed to death in Nagasaki
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Dutchman arrested in whaling town
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Chinese tourist numbers rebound
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218b3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
KANSAI: Who & What
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111218k1.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
U.S. 'quietly' frustrated with ongoing Tokyo inaction on key policy issues
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111218d1.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Hollow excuses from Tepco
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111218a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Declining business sentiment
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111218a2.html

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


FEATURES
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[BOOKS]
Laughs from the past still hitting the spot
KRIS KOSAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fb20111218a1.html

[BOOKS]
Education for all from '60s Tokyo tale
STEPHEN MANSFIELD
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fb20111218a2.html

[BOOKS]
Comic books of compassion
CHRIS MACKENZIE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fb20111218a3.html

[MEDIA]
Farewell special for 'Mito Komo'; drama features brother-actors Watari, Watase; CM of the week: Bathclin
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20111216cs.html

[MEDIA]
How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice
EDAN CORKILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20111218a1.html

[MEDIA]
The times may change, but the hits keep coming
MARK SCHREIBER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20111218bj.html

[MEDIA]
Wrestling with the serious issue of rape
PHILIP BRASOR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20111218pb.html

[ENVIRONMENT]
There's more to Christmas colors than meets the eye
MARK BRAZIL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fe20111218mb.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Revolution in China, anti-communist campaign, a different brew of <I>b&#299;ru</I>, Takeshi Gundan under arrest
EDAN CORKILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218ec.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Their spirit seems willing but young Japanese are hesitant to get hitched
ROGER PULVERS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218rp.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Hip-hop star gives designer a leg-up to fame
DAVID HOENIGMAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218x1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Lone holdout's first nuclear winter looms in Tohoku
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218x2.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Film promotes Japan energy revolution
ERIKO ARITA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218x3.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be <I>tendenko</I>
EDAN CORKILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111218x4.html

[TRAVEL]
Cultures mingle amid Atami's hot springs
STEPHEN MANSFIELD
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fv20111218a1.html


[For features]
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/entertainment.html


SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Bonds avoids jail, given house arrest
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111218a1.html

[BASEBALL]
MLB fan Stow comments on beating
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111218a2.html

[BASEBALL]
Swallows accept high bid for Aoki
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111218j1.html

[BASEBALL]
Future could be brighter for NPB hitters in 2012
WAYNE GRACZYK
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111218wg.html

[SOCCER]
Barca receives favorable draw for CL round of 16
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111218a1.html

[SOCCER]
Captain Eto suspended by Cameroon
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111218a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Broncos eager to test newfound strength against Brady, Pats
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111218a1.html

[GOLF]
Schwartzel trims Westwood's lead
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111218a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Devils honor former player Niedermayer
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111218a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
F. Marinos reach quarterfinals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20111218a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Clippers counting on Billups' veteran savvy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111218a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Murray insists firing due to bogus reasons
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111218b1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Kobe's wife files for divorce
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111218b2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Parker, Shimane breeze past Oita
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111218b3.html

[SPORTS]
Canadian doctor Galea avoids more time in jail
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111218a1.html

[SPORTS]
Don't expect Japanese basketball to embrace a real, workable plan
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111218eo.html

[SPORTS]
Feuz edges Miller to win super-G
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111218w1.html

[RUGBY]
Hong Kong wins big in Airlines Cup final
ZILIA ZARA-PAPP
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sr20111218a1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
Santos ready for duel against mighty Barca
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20111218a1.html


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