Feb 17, 2012

Today's top news: Court nixes key depositions against Ozawa

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Court nixes key depositions against Ozawa
The Tokyo District Court will not admit as evidence key depositions of former aides of ex-Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa, who stands accused of violating the Political Funds Control Law, and slammed prosecutors' interrogations as "illegal."
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Emperor enters hospital for bypass
Emperor Akihito enters the University of Tokyo Hospital to prepare for heart bypass surgery.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Acquitted official to donate redress
Government official Atsuko Muraki, acquitted of forgery in a high-profile evidence-tampering case, will donate all of the compensation she received from the state to a group that helps disabled people.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Cabinet gets ball rolling on tax hike
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. kids make drawings to cheer Tohoku counterparts
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Defense chief richest member in Noda Cabinet
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Malpractice info leak nets cop jail
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Foreign visitors off for 11th month
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Barak urges tougher Iran sanctions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Nagoya aid for tsunami-hit city starts to pay off
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218cc.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Reform means the world for Todai
MIZUHO AOKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
JETRO's Singapore Airshow pavilion promoting promising aerospace firms
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120218f2.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Fiscal ills not DPJ's doing but it's holding the bag
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120218a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
IHI devises handheld gas generator
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120218a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
January electricity sales slide 3.7%
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120218a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Goldman reportedly delays samurai bond due to possible downgrade
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120218n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
ANA looking to cut \100 billion in costs, expand international services
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120218n2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
BOJ takes aim at deflation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120218a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Landmark ruling on lay judge case
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120218a2.html

[OPINION]
Religion an increasing source of strife in Africa
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120218gd.html

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FEATURES
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[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Tireless volunteer Fukuda makes a difference in the lives she touches
KRIS KOSAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120218a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Learning a foreign language: blood, sweat and beers
AMY CHAVEZ
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120218cz.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Hall of Famer Carter succumbs at 57
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120218a1.html

[SOCCER]
Man United, Man City notch Europa League victories
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120218a1.html

[GOLF]
Mickelson fires 66 to lead at Northern Trust Open
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120218a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Giroux, Flyers clobber Sabres
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120218a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Bulls down Celtics without star Rose
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120218a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Search on for new coach after JBA drops Wisman
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120218a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Cummings honored
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120218b1.html

[SPORTS]
Social security, tax reform outline
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120218a1.html

[SPORTS]
Arsenal paying the price for inaction
CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120218cd.html

[SPORTS]
Uemura aims for steady progress
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120218w1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
Okubo called up for Iceland match
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20120218a1.html


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