Jan 23, 2012

Today's top news: New 'Big One' forecast: four years

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
New 'Big One' forecast: four years
The risk of Tokyo and southern Kanto being hit by a major temblor is about 70 percent in the next four years, says a new study from the University of Tokyo.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tohoku job market harder on women
Women are facing greater difficulty than men in finding jobs in the most damaged parts of the Tohoku region, a labor ministry survey says.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Forced returns eyed for Hague bill
An outline of legislation Japan is drafting to join the Hague Treaty includes a provision allowing courts to order the forcible return of children abducted to Japan.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tainted stone tied to 60 buildings so far
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Japan first: At 36, Shiga gets youngest female mayor
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
IAEA team, NISA hold first talks on stress tests
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Base worker admits traffic death guilt
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Defense minister, Okinawa governor butt heads on Futenma relocation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Health ministry aims to get smoking rate down to 10%
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Welfare official gets suspended term for postal system abuse
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Storyteller broadens appeal of 'rakugo'
KAYO MIMIZUKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Nadeshiko Japan eyes London Olympic gold
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120124i1.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Weak euro's perks said few, unlike dollar's
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Sony sets up executive leadership campus in Singapore
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Women chase opportunities overseas
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Hitachi to outsource flat-screen TVs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
BOJ mulls trimming GDP estimates
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Japan puts reserves to work in global financing role as economy slips
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120124n1.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Akashi policing on trial
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120124a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Economic policy key to job creation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120124a2.html

[OPINION]
America reorders its defense for Asia-Pacific
HARSH V. PANT
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120124a1.html

[OPINION]
Can the U.S. afford another MBA president?
YOSHI TSURUMI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120124a2.html

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FEATURES
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[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Troupe takes Japanese folk tales abroad
MAMI MARUKO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120124a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Japanese must tap their 'inner Israeli': readers' responses
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120124hs.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Tepco pole position may scupper land buy
YUICHI KAWAMOTO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120124ll.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Kamakura / Fujisawa: What do you think of the recent police crackdown on bicyclists who break the rules?
CHARLES LEWIS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120124vf.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
American claims Tokyo police assaulted son, 8
SIMON SCOTT
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120124zg.html


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SPORTS
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[SOCCER]
Manchester pair pull away from chasing pack
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120124a1.html

[SOCCER]
Havenaar loses in Vitesse debut
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120124a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Penn St. legend Paterno dies
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120124a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Giants punch ticket to Super Bowl with win over 49ers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120124a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Patriots win AFC title after Ravens miss FG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120124a3.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Malkin lifts Penguins over Capitals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120124a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Bucks slow down Heat
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120124a1.html

[SPORTS]
Boxer Sato gets first world title shot
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120124a1.html

[SUMO]
Baruto enjoys basho breakthrough
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ss20120124a1.html

[SUMO]
2012 kicks off with a bang for Baruto
MARK BUCKTON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ss20120124mb.html

[TENNIS]
Nishikori upsets sixth-seeded Tsonga to reach quarterfinals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120124a1.html


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