Jan 25, 2012

Today's top news: Nation logs its first trade deficit since 1980

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Nation logs its first trade deficit since 1980
Japan suffered its first trade deficit in over three decades in 2011, a year that saw natural disasters and a nuclear crisis, a historic rise in the yen and a sharp drop-off in global demand stemming from the European financial crisis.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Trains halt; DoCoMo can't cope?
NTT DoCoMo's cellphone services in central Tokyo are interrupted for more than four hours, the fourth such incident in the past two months, affecting about 2.52 million users.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126n1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Radioactive gravel tied to more prefabs
It is highly likely that radiation-tainted gravel quarried near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was used to build three temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture, sources say.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a1.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Photos found in tsunami aftermath displayed
MINORU MATSUTANI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
DPJ, opposition agree to cut public wages
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Famed photog Hori's works found in Saitama
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Influenza epidemic doubles number of cases per hospital
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Elderly to get 24-hour nursing 'patrol'
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
JR West ex-chief's crash acquittal to be finalized
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Akutagawa winners being targeted
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. detains naval base drug smuggler
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Team makes stem-cell breakthrough
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fight with leukemia reveals marrow-match difficulties
ERIC JOHNSTON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hirano backs Todai plan for fall enrollment
MIZUHO AOKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
47 prefectures in 100 days to woo back tourists
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126f3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Cooking becomes popular among male retirees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126f4.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
No exceptions to TPP tariff cut: U.S.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Tepco rate hike would drive Kanto steelmakers into red: industry group
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Rengo, Keidanren clash in pay talks
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Elpida may gain life support as chips slump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Britain rides Nissan to auto industry revival
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120126n2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Tax plan ill-timed and ill-thought
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120126a1.html

[OPINION]
Asian quest for energy security
MICHAEL RICHARDSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120126mr.html

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FEATURES
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[ART]
Witnessing China's new cultural revolution
C.B. LIDDELL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126a1.html

[ART]
Japan's role in the 19th-century modernization of Chinese art
MATTHEW LARKING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126a2.html

[ART]
"Muneyoshi Yanagi"
TOMOKO HORI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126o1.html

[ART]
"Hikari: Expression of Light in Works of Art"
TOMOKO HORI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126o2.html

[ART]
"Directory of Edo Stars"
YUHEI WADA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126t1.html

[ART]
"Jack Goldstein"
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120126t2.html

[MUSIC]
Seiho launches Day Tripper label with 'Mercury'
PATRICK ST. MICHEL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120126a1.html

[MUSIC]
Shibuya style with an Akihabara twist?
IAN MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120126im.html

[MUSIC]
Ethnic Minority "Startin' "
SEAN SMITH
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120126l1.html

[MUSIC]
The Creams "Panache"
PATRICK ST. MICHEL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120126l2.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Fielder, Tigers agree to lucrative nine-year deal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120126a1.html

[SOCCER]
City chides Milan over Tevez pursuit
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120126a1.html

[SOCCER]
Report: Honda in talks with Lazio
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120126a2.html

[SOCCER]
Redknapp accused of cash coverup
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120126a3.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Manning trying to cope with upheaval
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120126a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Mourners bid farewell to Paterno
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120126a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Giants cleared of illegal hit on 49er
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120126a3.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Rangers shut door on Jets
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120126a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Ovechkin skipping All-Star game
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120126a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Floundering Wizards fire coach Saunders, promote Wittman
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120126a1.html

[OLYMPICS]
Noguchi not running in Osaka race
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/so20120126a1.html

[OLYMPICS]
Olympic chiefs mull baby policy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/so20120126a2.html

[TENNIS]
Murray tops Nishikori
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120126a1.html


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