Feb 24, 2012

Today's top news: Noda keeps pressing DPJ on tax hike

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda keeps pressing DPJ on tax hike
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda vows to keep pushing his plan to hike the 5 percent consumption tax until all the naysayers in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, including kingpin Ichiro Ozawa, are on the same page.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fast-breeder said realistic no more
An expert panel reviewing Japan's nuclear fuel cycle policy has concluded that technological challenges make the completion of a fast-breeder reactor in the next 20 to 30 years unrealistic.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tokyo Bay to get tsunami upgrade
A land ministry panel hammers out a basic infrastructure plan to brace Tokyo for a huge tsunami projected to strike on a 1,000-year cycle, including more rigorous evacuation steps and reinforcement of structures.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Trial ends in fatal driving rampage at factory
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Zoo site hacked amid Nanjing fracas
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Mom charged for dumping baby body
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Kabuki legend Jakuemon dies at 91
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Centrair gearing up for a busy summer of travel
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225cc.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Divorcee raising orphaned nephew
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Paraguay tofu fueling disaster victims
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120225f2.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Elpida to seek delayed rehabilitation deadline
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
JBIC to extend dollar loans to Sony, Toshiba to offset yen's strength
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Daio Paper feud grows with plan to build diaper plant
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Azumi plans G-20 Mexico meet flyby
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Asahi eyes 60% China beer sales boost
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Panasonic eyes big U.S., Europe solar, storage acquisitions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120225n1.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Support for child-rearing families
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120225a1.html

[OPINION]
Beware that Kodak moment
KEVIN RAFFERTY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120225a1.html

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FEATURES
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[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Multilingual ex-professor pours all his energy into translation, writing
KRIS KOSAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120225a1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Austerity -- we've embraced it in the countryside
AMY CHAVEZ
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120225cz.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
The sounds of not much silence
THOMAS DILLON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120225td.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Arbitration panel overturns MVP Braun's 50-game ban
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120225a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Skipper Collins expects Mets to surprise people
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120225a3.html

[SOCCER]
Man Utd advances
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120225a1.html

[SOCCER]
Eyeing Euro 2012 role, Pearce downplays England's hopes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120225a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Tight end Finley stays with Packers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120225a1.html

[GOLF]
Tiger, Ishikawa eliminated early in Match Play
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120225a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Wings see epic streak ended
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120225a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Lin, Knicks struggle in defeat to Heat
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120225a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
NBA assists Obama fundraiser
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120225a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Forward Dawson makes NBA debut
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120225a3.html

[SPORTS]
Villas-Boas latest scapegoat for Chelsea
CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120225cd.html

[SPORTS]
Toyo stars to enter NYC Half Marathon
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120225t1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
Fujimoto, Makino notch first national team tallies in triumph
GUS FIELDING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20120225a1.html


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