Mar 8, 2012

Today's top news: Noda's definition of 'safe' questioned

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda's definition of 'safe' questioned
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda assured the nation in December that the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis had been reined in, but as the true extent of the damage inside the crippled reactors remains unknown a year on and with the complex still appearing vulnerable to another major quake, the government and Tepco's claims that the facility is secure are being questioned.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309f1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
NPA seeks disaster traffic ban across 11 prefectures
The National Police Agency unveils a plan to ban road traffic on a total of 52 expressway, highway and other routes if a 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Tokyo and its vicinity.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a1.html

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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Deficit in current account biggest ever
Japan's current account balance fell into the red in January for the first time in three years on the combination of growing imports and slowing exports, government data show, with officials saying the situation was largely due to temporary effects.
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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a1.html


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OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
South: Fish imports from Japan turning up radioactive
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Google Person Finder awarded
KAZUAKI NAGATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Cigarette butt evidence in rape-robbery lost; cop ad-libs
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Lower House OKs \90 trillion 2012 budget but deadline delays loom
NATSUKO FUKUE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Scholar Keene granted citizenship
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Cherry trees to mark tsunami line
MAYA KANEKO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120309f2.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
'New iPad' boasts sharper screen
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Erasing power grid's 10-hertz divide would cost \10 trillion, agency says
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
GDP shrinks but less than first reported
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Yanai, Japan's wealthiest man, ranks 88th on Forbes' list of world's richest
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Softbank, Kintetsu plan solar plants
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
U.S. to push regardless of TPP talks
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Recordable Blu-ray demand to soar
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a8.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Greek bond swap gains momentum
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309a9.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Kingfisher suspended from IATA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309b1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
AIJ client to pursue compensation
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120309n1.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
The pay-cut bandwagon
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120309a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Selling Japan's food and tourism
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120309a2.html

[OPINION]
Mental health must match post-3/11 recovery
DAVINDER KUMAR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120309a1.html

[OPINION]
Breakthrough is close, again
RALPH COSSA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120309rc.html

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


FEATURES
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[MEDIA]
Japan prepares to commemorate Tohoku tragedy
PHIL BRASOR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20120309r1.html

[FILMS]
'River'
MARK SCHILLING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120309a1.html

[FILMS]
'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120309a2.html

[FILMS]
'Shame'
GIOVANNI FAZIO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120309a3.html

[FILMS]
Ridley Scott wants your home movies for crowd-sourced 3/11 tribute doc
KAORI SHOJI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20120309a4.html

[GOURMET]
Heartening recipes from Japan's northeast
MELINDA JOE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120309f1.html

[GOURMET]
Tohoku's sake breweries one year on
MELINDA JOE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fg20120309mj.html

[OF NOTE]
Drummers hope to support earthquake victims
CHIHO IUCHI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120309a1.html

[OF NOTE]
Dancer tackles love across the class divide
KRIS KOSAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120309a2.html

[OF NOTE]
Electronic-music artists host dual events to aid Japanese Red Cross
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fq20120309a3.html

[TRAVEL]
White Day dinners with Champagne
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fv20120309ho.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Darvish shows off skills against Padres
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120309a1.html

[SOCCER]
Magical Messi scores five goals in CL victory
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120309a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Colts make parting with star QB Manning official
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120309a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Promoted sides seek to make mark against J. League powers
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20120309a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Big lead vanishes as Lakers defeated
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120309a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
With playoff spot already locked up, powerhouse Kings take on Albirex
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120309n1.html


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