Mar 22, 2012

Today's top news: Cops took trip rather than probe stalker

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Cops took trip rather than probe stalker
Police officers from a Chiba Prefecture station postponed investigating a suspected case of assault and stalking and instead took a three-day pleasure trip to Hokkaido, shortly before the suspect allegedly killed two people, officials admit.
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tsuruga mayor: Boost safety to restart reactors
The mayor of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, home to a nuclear power plant, calls on the central government to set up a new safety standard for reactivating idled reactors based on lessons learned from the Fukushima crisis.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Woodford to air memoirs before investors' meet
Olympus Corp. former President Michael C. Woodford, who exposed the shady deals the firm made to conceal bubble-era losses, will publish his memoirs of the scandal in April just before shareholders vote to approve its new management team.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a3.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Foes to sales tax hike in DPJ impede bill
NATSUKO FUKUE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Axed Goldman workers fight back
MINORU MATSUTANI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Aichi town padded population to get city status?
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Codefendant of top welfare bureaucrat also acquitted over postal fraud
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Miyazaki court upholds death penalty for man who killed wife, baby, mother-in-law
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Sato Foods found in violation of rival's rice cake patent, hit for \800 million
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
All 52 major Japanese cities to boost care insurance premiums
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Diet passage likely of postal privatization partial rollback
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Vector reports being hacked, says info on 260,000 clients possibly compromised
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323b3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Lawmaker has no regrets about giving birth at 50
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fear of radiation creeping south
MEGUMI IIZUKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Shimane city looks to revive unique Bhutan friendship pact
HIROKI OKUNO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120323f3.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Airports tap budget airline benefits
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120323a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Land prices recede but at slower pace
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120323a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Arysta pulls Midas pesticide from U.S.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120323a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Pachinko chain seeks H.K. listing
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120323a4.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Diversifying LNG supply sources
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120323a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Resistance to bigger pension roll
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120323a2.html

[OPINION]
Folly of modern capitalism
KEVIN RAFFERTY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120323a1.html

[OPINION]
Bowing out with a farewell of great expectation
TOM PLATE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120323tp.html

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FEATURES
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[ART]
Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization
C.B. LIDDELL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120323r1.html

[FILMS]
'Drive'
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120323a1.html

[FILMS]
'My Week With Marilyn'
GIOVANNI FAZIO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120323a2.html

[FILMS]
'Bokutachi Kyuko: A Ressha de Iko (Take the "A" Train)'
MARK SCHILLING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120323a3.html

[FILMS]
Local diversions during the Okinawa fest
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120323a4.html

[GOURMET]
Cherry blossom captures the flavor of spring
MAKIKO ITOH
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120323f1.html

[GOURMET]
Recipe for red sea bream sashimi with cherry blossom
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120323f2.html

[OF NOTE]
African artists join culture fest
MADS BERTHELSEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120323a1.html

[OF NOTE]
Yearly <I>anime</I> fairs a must for die-hard fans
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120323a2.html

[OF NOTE]
Liszt masterpiece 'Christus' gets a rare showing in Tokyo
TAI KAWABATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120323a3.html

[TRAVEL]
Top chef visits Mandarin Oriental
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fv20120323ho.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Iwakuma to begin season in bullpen
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120323a1.html

[SOCCER]
Tevez helps Man City to victory over Chelsea in return
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120323a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Saints coach suspended for season
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120323a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Netminder Miller stops 34 shots as Sabres blank Canadiens
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120323a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Stoudemire steps up; Knicks streak hits five
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120323a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Parmer says Phoenix primed for third straight title run
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120323n1.html

[SUMO]
Baruto's yokozuna bid takes major hit in loss
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ss20120323b1.html

[TENNIS]
Venus tops Date-Krumm in return
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120323a1.html


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