Dec 18, 2011

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

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__________ Monday, December 19, 2011 ________________


TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Lee pressures Noda on 'comfort women'
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak presses Prime Minister Noda to put priority on resolving compensation for the sexual slavery Japan engaged in during the war.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Nuke plants face stricter regulations
Nine months after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, Japan is ready to tighten laws and regulations to force atomic power plants to comply with the latest safety requirements.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Japan bar federation to establish panel for abolishing death penalty
Amid a rise in wrongful convictions, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations decides to set up a committee to pursue the abolition of capital punishment.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
\90 trillion budget for 2012 sounds fiscal alarm bells
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. parade hails nisei WWII vets
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tourist info centers to get rankings
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111219a6.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Lawmaker attitudes, Tohoku both in dire need of transformation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111219jp.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Hiding behind a shield
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111219a1.html

[OPINION]
Road map for Afghanistan as contested as ever
HARSH V. PANT
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111219a1.html

[OPINION]
Obama could learn from LBJ's leadership style
JOSEPH A. CALIFANO JR.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111219a2.html

[OPINION]
Why are monotheisms so sexually obsessed?
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111219gd.html

[OPINION]
Motivation for college study
TAKAMITSU SAWA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111219ts.html

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FEATURES
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[EDUCATION AND BILINGUAL]
Drinking the blues away and how to do it properly
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ek20111219a1.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Reds trade away four players to acquire pitcher Latos
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111219a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Rollins, Phillies agree to new deal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111219a2.html

[SOCCER]
Barca confirms superiority with triumph over Santos
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111219a1.html

[SOCCER]
Cech's blunder costs Blues crucial points
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111219a2.html

[SOCCER]
Barca's Villa out four to five months
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111219a3.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Romo leads Cowboys to blowout win; Bucs lose eighth straight
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111219a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Kwansei captures Koshien Bowl title
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111219a2.html

[GOLF]
Thompson makes more golf history
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111219a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Martin fired by struggling Canadiens
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111219a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Stern assumes role of Grinch for Lakers
TIM DAHLBERG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111219a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Green sidelined by heart condition
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111219a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Tyner gives Evessa a big lift in triumph over Northern Happinets
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111219b1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Ex-Apache Tyler makes NBA debut
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111219b2.html

[SPORTS]
Alfredo storms to victory in Asahi Cup
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111219a1.html

[SPORTS]
Toray claims volleyball crown
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111219a2.html

[SPORTS]
Oda won't compete at nationals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111219f1.html

[SPORTS]
Langenhan leads German sweep
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111219w1.html

[TENNIS]
Djokovic says belief key to repeating success
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20111219a1.html


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