Dec 16, 2011

Today's top news: Officials: Cold shutdown has been achieved

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Officials: Cold shutdown has been achieved
The government and Tepco announce the three crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are in cold shutdown, a potentially key milestone in ending the nuclear crisis, but many skeptics dismiss the declaration as political grandstanding and say they remain concerned.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
DPJ may OK three new bullet-train sections
The government may soon announce plans to construct three more bullet-train segments that would cost around \3 trillion, with construction likely to start in 2012.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Jailed prosecutor: Tape everything
A disgraced Osaka prosecutor jailed over evidence-tampering calls on his former colleagues to videotape and disclose every stage of interrogations to restore the public's trust, which his own actions badly shook.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
GSDF Fukushima city hall cleanups near end
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
IAEA has grave concerns
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
LDP's Ishihara would run in race for president if Tanigaki bows out
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
ASDF resumes F-15 Komatsu flights
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Crimes set to drop for ninth year
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Seoul to help on illegal China fishing
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tokoname ware teapots finding a niche in Chinese luxury market
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217cc.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Aussies recall POW ordeals, forgive
ALEX MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111217f1.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Softbank's Son named best corporate president of 2011
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Cabinet OKs tax-hiking budget plan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
PlayStation Vita hits store shelves
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Japan backs piecemeal Doha stance
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Temporary evacuee homes mapped
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Toyota tops U.S. safety rankings
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Fujifilm to buy up SonoSite in U.S.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Citigroup sanctioned by FSA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
NRC OK's Westinghouse next-generation AP1000 reactor
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217n2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Cruel treatment of the elderly
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111217a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Nursing home dilemma
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111217a2.html

[OPINION]
Merkozy's euro suicide pact
KEVIN RAFFERTY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111217a1.html

[OPINION]
London versus the eurozone: The game is on
HOWARD DAVIES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111217a2.html

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FEATURES
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[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Military policeman's 'hobby' documented 1970 Okinawa rioting
JON MITCHELL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111217a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Herbivorous men, where's the beef?
AMY CHAVEZ
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111217cz.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Tis the season to tell stories
THOMAS DILLON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111217td.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Orioles unveil Wada to rave review
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111217a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Houlton joins Giants
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111217j1.html

[SOCCER]
Barcelona inspired to claim title as tribute to injured Villa
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111217a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Ryan, Abraham lead Falcons in rout
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111217a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Hurd faces drug-dealing charges
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111217a2.html

[GOLF]
Lyle, Alliss named to Golf Hall of Fame
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111217a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Red-hot Flyers hold off Habs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111217a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Paul promises to make the Clippers respectable
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111217a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Lakestars overpower B-Corsairs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111217b1.html

[SPORTS]
Redknapp wants two refs per match
CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111217cd.html

[SPORTS]
Hall of Fame beckons for skating icon Kwan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111217f1.html


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