Feb 26, 2012

Today's top news: Noda makes first trip to Okinawa for Futenma talks

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda makes first trip to Okinawa for Futenma talks
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda makes his first official visit to Okinawa Prefecture to see if he can soften local resistance to an air base relocation plan residents have fought for well over a decade.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tsunami alert softened days before 3/11
Just days before the Great East Japan Earthquake, a government panel softened the wording of a report warning that a massive tsunami could strike Tohoku after three utilities begged it to do so.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hospitals in disaster zone hobbled by staff shortages
Seventeen of the 45 major coastal hospitals pummeled by the triple calamity last March are still unable to offer full medical services because of staffing shortages.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. debriefs Japan on N. Korea talks
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Student cut in face during random attack in Shanghai
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Smoke hits idle reactor in Niigata
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120227a6.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Azumi, Geithner talk Iran
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120227a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Fiscally hobbled Japan nears multiple-currency era: Is yen's demise nigh?
NORIKO HAMA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120227jp.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Thinking over force realignment
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120227a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Payments for medical care
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120227a2.html

[OPINION]
Pragmatic Islamists of the Maghreb countries
MOHA ENNAJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227a1.html

[OPINION]
Could EU use a global growth plan?
GORDON BROWN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227a2.html

[OPINION]
Don't sweat the power shift
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227gd.html

[OPINION]
American safety tab in terms of drone deaths
HIROAKI SATO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227hs.html

[OPINION]
U.S. flirts with risky cold war in warm waters
RAMZY BAROUD
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227rb.html

[OPINION]
Find common ground with critics to work out norm for 'responsibility to protect' operations
RAMESH THAKUR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227rt.html

[OPINION]
Tradeoff in nuclear power
TAKAMITSU SAWA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120227ts.html

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FEATURES
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[EDUCATION AND BILINGUAL]
The first rule of writing <I>ate-ji</I>: There are no rules
MARK SCHREIBER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ek20120227a1.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Braun gets back to business
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120227a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Valentine bans alcohol in Red Sox clubhouse
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120227a2.html

[BASEBALL]
Kokubo helps Carp beat Hawks
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120227j1.html

[SOCCER]
No problems for City in routine victory over Blackburn
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120227a1.html

[SOCCER]
Okazaki scores for third straight game
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120227a2.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Manning hot topic at NFL combine
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120227a1.html

[GOLF]
McIlroy, Westwood to meet in semifinals
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120227a1.html

[GOLF]
Miyazato places sixth at HSBC
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120227a2.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Penguins' Malkin notches hat trick in runaway victory over Lightning
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120227a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Jazz's Evans crowned dunk contest champ
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120227a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Stern calls Silver an ideal successor
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120227a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Defensive intensity propels B-Corsairs past Shining Suns
JACK GALLAGHER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120227b1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Golden Kings' Namizato plays starring role in win over Big Bulls
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120227b2.html

[SPORTS]
Henderson tops Edgar at UFC 144
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120227a1.html

[SPORTS]
Kipyego passes legend to win Tokyo Marathon
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120227t1.html

[SPORTS]
Kawauchi downplays Olympic shot
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120227t2.html

[RUGBY]
Suntory overwhelms Panasonic in Top League playoff final
ZILIA ZARA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sr20120227a1.html

[RUGBY]
Williams delivers in key moment
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sr20120227a2.html


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