Dec 21, 2011

Today's top news: Olympus HQ, ex-executives' homes searched over loss coverup scandal

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Olympus HQ, ex-executives' homes searched over loss coverup scandal
Prosecutors search the headquarters of Olympus and related locations as part of a wide-ranging probe into the company's coverup of massive investment losses.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Health ministry seeking stricter food-cesium rules
The health ministry is proposing much stricter regulations on radioactive cesium in food that would lower the current limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram to 100.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fukushima fuel removal deadline set at 10 years
Tepco revamps its start times for extracting the nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima plant to two years for the spent fuel rods and 10 years for the melted cores.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a2.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
DoCoMo cable cut leaves 100,000 smartphone users in email limbo
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tons of tree bark pose new radiation hazard
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fukushima 'stable': U.S. nuke chief
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda to push China to 'contribute' to maintaining N. Korean stability
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Magician invited to Kim Jong Il funeral
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Famed film director Morita dies at 61
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Actor uses lessons learned overseas to fight nuclear energy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Strays trained as therapy dogs for disaster victims
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Exiting South African envoy says economic ties can grow deeper
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
NPOs give needy hope for future
MAMI MARUKO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Film documents teachers' battles with Tokyo decrees
KEIJI HIRANO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
First of 500 tsunami monuments erected on coast
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111222f3.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Olympus eyes liquidating shady firms
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
BOJ warns recovery has 'paused,' keeps rate policy
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Trade deficit rises again as exports maintain slide
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Budget carrier Star Flyer launches successful IPO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Uniqlo to recruit all year, allow first-year students to apply
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Fujitsu unit to shift production
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Tokio Marine to buy Delphi Financial
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111222n1.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Water, water, everywhere ...
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20111222a1.html

[OPINION]
Putin hasn't lost his political touch
GREGORY FEIFER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111222a1.html

[OPINION]
F-35 fighter deal brings Japan multiple benefits
HUMZA AHMAD
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111222a2.html

[OPINION]
The dark legacy of North Korea's ruling elite
EZRA KLEIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20111222a3.html

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


FEATURES
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[ART]
Art takes an emotional turn after the March 11 disasters
EDAN CORKILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20111222a1.html

[MUSIC]
Natural disasters rock year in music
IAN MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111222a1.html

[MUSIC]
Five freshman acts to watch out for in 2012
IAN MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111222a2.html

[MUSIC]
Best of 2011: Miila and the Geeks "New Age"
PATRICK ST. MICHEL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111222l1.html

[MUSIC]
Best of 2011: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions "Magnetic Soil"
ARNI KRISTJANSSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111222l2.html

[MUSIC]
Best of 2011: AKB48 "Koko ni Ita Koto"
DANIEL ROBSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20111222l3.html

[THEATER]
Japan's dramatists take on the 'nuclear village'
NOBUKO TANAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ft20111222a1.html


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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/entertainment.html


SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Cuddyer signs three-year contract with Rockies
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20111222a1.html

[SOCCER]
Suarez banned over racist remarks to Evra
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111222a1.html

[SOCCER]
Havenaar to join Vitesse: sources
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20111222a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Losses, criticism piling up for Bills
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111222a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Miles named AP Coach of the Year
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20111222a2.html

[GOLF]
Miyazato's money title on LET needs asterisk
DOUG FERGUSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20111222a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Underachieving Kings choose Sutter to be next head coach
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20111222a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Jorginho poised to lead Kashima
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20111222a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Reysol eliminated in Emperor's Cup
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20111222a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Big Three motivated by defeat in '11 Finals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111222a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Rose approves five-year extension
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20111222a2.html

[SPORTS]
Mayweather case ends with plea deal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111222a1.html

[SPORTS]
Ponting's place on squad not certain
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111222a2.html


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