Jan 26, 2012

Today's top news: Talks to start on lowering voting age

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Talks to start on lowering voting age
The government will restart discussions next month on lowering the voting age from 20 to 18, reviving an issue that's been on the back burner since April 2010.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Opposition digs in against Noda
Opposition lawmakers grill Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda over his reform proposals and "inability" to stick to campaign pledges, pressing once again for a snap Lower House election.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Freedom of press hurt by nuclear crisis: group
Freedom of the press fell in Japan last year as "excessive restrictions" on reporting during the Fukushima nuclear crisis dragged its ranking down to 22nd in the world.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Partial guilty plea in Mazda rampage trial
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Doctor, wife jailed for buying illegally harvested kidney
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
40% of universities mull shifting academic year
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
IAEA team inspects two idled reactors at Kepco's Oi plant
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Watanabe to Davos: Japan on mend
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
American trying to turn wartime flag over to kin
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Spouse with GID to sue for recognition as boy's legal father
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Past 3,500 years saw seven M9s
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Panel looking at food heritage plan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hokkaido racehorse breeders bet on China
KEITA FUNAKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hibakusha embark on no-nukes sea voyage
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127f3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
China to boost surveillance flights over disputed East China Sea areas
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127f4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Extortion of woman highlights Manila woes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120127f5.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Smartphone traffic projection caught DoCoMo off guard
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Asia to run economy in '12: Kuroda
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Toshiba plans to release e-book reader
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Ailing Elpida may sell mainstay Hiroshima plant to raise cash
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
NEC to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Food service sales hit by 1.2% decline in 2011
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Yahoo Japan logs 7.6% increase in net profit
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Lower tax rates for 'kei' cars aren't OK with American automakers
HIROKO NAKATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a8.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Dentsu acquires Brazilian ad firm
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127a9.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Mizuho invests in Iwate food maker
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127b1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Gas prices up first time in two months
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120127b2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Power users on the hook
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120127a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Criticism without originality
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120127a2.html

[OPINION]
Conciliating the Armenians
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120127gd.html

[OPINION]
Lesson of Great Recession is too hard to accept
ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120127rs.html

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FEATURES
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[FILMS]
'J. Edgar'
GIOVANNI FAZIO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120127a1.html

[FILMS]
'Arakawa Anda za Burijji (Arakawa Under the Bridge)'
MARK SCHILLING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120127a2.html

[FILMS]
'Late Bloomers'
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120127a3.html

[GOURMET]
Banishing demons one bean at a time
MAKIKO ITOH
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120127f1.html

[MUSIC]
Florence exorcises her lungs
SHAUN CURRAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120127r1.html

[OF NOTE]
It takes more than two to tango
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120127a1.html

[OF NOTE]
Hayashi drums up a birthday performance
REI SASAGUCHI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120127a2.html

[OF NOTE]
New National Theatre, Tokyo, opens season with Puccini classic
KIWAKO TABATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120127a3.html

[TRAVEL]
Conrad Tokyo offers beauty plan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fv20120127ho.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Uehara rejects trade to Blue Jays
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120127a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Tanaka, Saito to lead Japanese team
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120127j1.html

[SOCCER]
Barca tops Madrid again to advance
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120127a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Pagano leaves Ravens to become head coach of Colts
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120127a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Thousands turn out to mourn Paterno
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120127a2.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Desharnais leads rout of Red Wings
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120127a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Lee finalizes move to Southampton
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20120127a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Lakers snap losing streak
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120127a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Vets have Shiga making strong bid for trip to Final Four
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120127n1.html

[SPORTS]
Gebrselassie named to Tokyo field
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120127t1.html

[SUMO]
Kitanoumi likely to head JSA again
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ss20120127a1.html

[TENNIS]
Nadal rallies to beat Federer
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120127a1.html


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