Mar 1, 2012

Today's top news: AIJ likely lost pension funds trading futures

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
AIJ likely lost pension funds trading futures
AIJ Investment Advisors Co. used clients' corporate pension money to conduct futures trading in Japan, after first transferring the money to the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong, sources say.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Evacuated town prepares for residents' return
The town of Hirono resumes services at City Hall, the first of nine evacuated municipal offices in Fukushima Prefecture to reopen since the March 11 disaster struck and nuclear crisis started.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Poll in wind? Noda, Tanigaki chat on sly
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda secretly met with Liberal Democratic Party chief Sadakazu Tanigaki last Saturday at a Tokyo hotel, and the two may have discussed dissolving the Lower House and calling a snap election, several sources say.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a2.html


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

OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Japan issues wary welcome, awaits concrete action, warns of loopholes
MASAMI ITO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Next Big One terrorizes 50% of Tokyo residents; other half's concerns lesser
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Colombian foreign minister voices optimism over inking bilateral EPA
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
No cesium detected in milk at 116 firms
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Hawker kin skip Ichihashi appeal
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
River tour quits over fatal accident
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Visa problem makes separation from kids even worse
MAYA KANEKO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Chinese students cook 'gyoza' for disaster evacuees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Head of war-dead group steps down
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120302f3.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Tepco to install household 'smart meters' from fall 2013
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Cut-rate carrier Peach starts flights
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Robot aids elderly's cognitive skills
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Chip-maker Elpida to form restructuring plan by April
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
FTA with Peru comes into effect
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Ex-Panasonic chief Yamashita dies
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Capital spending boosts economic rebound hopes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Nation sold no yen on forex market last month, Finance Ministry says
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302n2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
January Iran oil imports fall 23%
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120302n3.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Containing the European crises
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120302a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Better stalking measures needed
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120302a2.html

[OPINION]
Hungary needs voice of Radio Free Europe
MARK PALMER, MIKLOS HARASZTI and CHARLES GATI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120302a1.html

[OPINION]
Sure winner fails to inspire
ANDREY BORODAEVSKIY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120302ab.html

[More Op-Ed stories]
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion.html


FEATURES
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[FILMS]
'Hugo'
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120302a1.html

[FILMS]
'Henge'
MARK SCHILLING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120302a2.html

[FILMS]
'The People vs. George Lucas' / 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams'
GIOVANNI FAZIO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120302a3.html

[FILMS]
After 3/11, short-film director has one message: Don't forget
TOMOKO OTAKE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120302a4.html

[GOURMET]
Hidden pan-European eatery is one of a kind
ROBBIE SWINNERTON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120302rs.html

[GOURMET]
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Yoyogi-Uehara ...
ROBBIE SWINNERTON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120302sr.html

[MUSIC]
Tommy February<sup>6</sup> makes a heavenly return
DANIEL ROBSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120302r1.html

[OF NOTE]
Boat show stresses awareness
EDAN CORKILL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120302a1.html

[OF NOTE]
Doll displays celebrate Japan's girls
TOMOKO OTAKE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120302a2.html

[OF NOTE]
Fiery Nara festival promises to spark some good luck for its visitors
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120302a3.html

[TRAVEL]
Spring Chinese courses at New Otani
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fv20120302ho.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Darvish shows off full arsenal at camp
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120302a1.html

[BASEBALL]
Fukushima to host 13 All-Star game
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120302j1.html

[SOCCER]
Miyaichi wins monthly Bolton award
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120302a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Steelers to release veteran Ward
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120302a1.html

[GOLF]
Slow golfers to receive yellow cards
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120302a1.html

[GOLF]
Frosty Woods stares down reporter
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120302a2.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Blackhawks deal reeling Maple Leafs sixth straight defeat
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120302a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Lin, Knicks roar back with victory over Cavs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120302a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Aomori's entry delayed a year by lack of sponsorship
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120302n1.html

[TENNIS]
Nishikori ousted from Mexico Open
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120302a1.html

[TENNIS]
Azarenka heads Pan Pacific lineup
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120302a2.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
U.S. pulls stunner on Italy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20120302a1.html


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


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