Jan 24, 2012

Today's top news: Serve the people, not politics: Noda to Diet

*** Japan Times E-mail News Service ***
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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Serve the people, not politics: Noda to Diet
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda kicks off the Diet session by urging the opposition camp to stop playing party politics and join talks on raising the consumption tax.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a1.html

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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Reform or face eurozone-type crisis: Azumi
Japan could suffer a European-type sovereign debt crisis if it fails to achieve its fiscal goals and address deteriorating public finances, Finance Minister Jun Azumi warns.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Roos says A-bomb park reflective, not celebratory
U.S. Ambassador John Roos tells the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the United States does not consider a planned national historical park commemorating the wartime project to develop the atomic bomb to be celebratory.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a2.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tokyo wakes up to snow, traffic snarl
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Pressure rises with EU's Iran sanctions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hashimoto sets sights on the Diet
ERIC JOHNSTON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tepco down to one operating nuclear reactor
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fallout from Fukushima No. 1 on rise
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Blasts in lab at Osaka school spark fire; all safe
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
2012 foreign tourist target: 9 million
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tanaka copter remark draws new fire
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda team faces rocky Diet session
NATSUKO FUKUE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Matsubara ready for results on abductions
MASAMI ITO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fuji, Kamakura to be nominated as heritage sites
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125f3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Kofu man creates 'gokaku' pencils
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120125f4.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
BOJ downgrades '11 growth forecast
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
IMF slashes Japan's growth estimate for 2012 to 1.7%
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Tax hike won't achieve fiscal goals, forecast shows
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Narita part of U.K. open-skies deal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Texas Instrument to shut Oita plant
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Japan-Peru FTA to kick in March 1
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
\10 trillion M&A fund goes untapped
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Daiei on track for first dividend in 16 years after adding new stores
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120125n2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Difficult case tests lay judges
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120125a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
At loggerheads over tolls
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120125a2.html

[OPINION]
Debunking five myths about Barack Obama
JONATHAN ALTER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120125a1.html

[OPINION]
Does austerity promote economic growth?
ROBERT J. SHILLER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120125a2.html

[OPINION]
China's limits as a role model
FRANK CHING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120125fc.html

[OPINION]
A snapshot of freedom of expression in America
GEORGE WILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120125gw.html

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


FEATURES
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[COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY NEWS]
Sony and Fujitsu take Japan into the battle for global smartphone dominance
RICK MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nc20120125ga.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Darvish motivated to be the best
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120125a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Aoki contract details revealed
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120125a2.html

[SOCCER]
Bin Hammam case reaches CAS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120125a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Harbaugh upbeat despite tough loss to Giants
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120125a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Wings notch 17th straight home victory
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120125a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Midfielder Abe returns to Reds
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20120125a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Duncan vintage in victory over Hornets S
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120125a1.html

[SPORTS]
Darvish could be in for rude awakening with Rangers
JACK GALLAGHER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120125jg.html

[SPORTS]
Desperate Knicks could use Tinsley
PETER VECSEY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120125pv.html

[TENNIS]
Clijsters beats Wozniacki to make semis; Federer advances
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120125a1.html


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