Mar 14, 2012

Today's top news: Strong quakes jolt Kanto, Tohoku, Hokkaido

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Strong quakes jolt Kanto, Tohoku, Hokkaido
The Kanto and Tohoku regions are each rocked by strong temblors, while parts of Hokkaido observe tsunami measuring up to 20 cm.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Okinawa court bans heliport protester
The Naha District Court orders an Okinawa resident to stop staging sit-ins and other activities hindering the construction of a U.S. military heliport, in a lawsuit filed by the central government.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a2.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Acquittal in first mandatory fraud trial
An Okinawa court clears the president of an investment firm of fraud, the first-ever ruling in a case where the defendant was subject to mandatory indictment by a group of court-appointed lawyers.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a3.html


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

OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Fukushima soil fallout far short of Chernobyl
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Long-forgotten diary of Japanese 'wine king' unearthed in California
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Noda makes final push to ensure Cabinet approval of sales tax hike
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Malaysia, Japan mark 30 years of 'Look East Policy'
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Construction begins of Japan-backed Egyptian museum
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a8.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Genba downplays rare earths spat
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315a9.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.N. panel weighs in on Futenma
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315b1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S., Japan mark Iwo anniversary
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315b2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Paragliding fanatic chronicles Iwaki's postdisaster shoreline
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315f1.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Filipino priest embraces postcrisis challenges
MAY MASANGKAY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120315f2.html


BUSINESS
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[BUSINESS NEWS]
Auto giants, other major makers cut '12 bonuses
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Edano urges China to respect certified trademark rights
MASAMI ITO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a2.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
China rival for Turkey nuke plant
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a3.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Manufacturing dip dents confidence
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a4.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Consumption tax hike 'not linked to growth'
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a5.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Ministop plans Kazakhstan shops
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a6.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Toyota Tsusho, Hitachi win Iraq order
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315a7.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Okuda named new Sharp president
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315n1.html

[BUSINESS NEWS]
Civic has 'ammunition' to remain top compact
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20120315n2.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Reason to skip judo class
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120315a1.html

[JT EDITORIAL]
Disposing of disaster debris
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120315a2.html

[OPINION]
Europe's trust deficit undermines crisis resolution
BARRY EICHENGREEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120315a1.html

[OPINION]
Brace for China's impending crash
GWYNNE DYER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120315gd.html

[OPINION]
Ocean acidification: another problem with CO₂ emissions
MICHAEL RICHARDSON
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20120315mr.html

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


FEATURES
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[ART]
Tokyo's expansion west, and further
C.B. LIDDELL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120315a1.html

[ART]
"Chiharu Shiota: Where Are We Going?"
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120315o1.html

[ART]
"Eshi 100: Contemporary Japanese Illustration in Kyoto"
HENRY WONG
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120315o2.html

[ART]
"The Inca Empire Revealed: Century After the Machu Picchu 'Discovery'"
TOMOHIRO OSAKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120315t1.html

[ART]
"Kuroi Ken: World of the picture-book illustrator -- encounters with fairytales"
TOMOHIRO OSAKI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fa20120315t2.html

[MUSIC]
Chinza Dopeness puts out some good vibes
JUN MORIKAWA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120315a1.html

[MUSIC]
New House's YouTube marathons help deliver a debut
PATRICK ST. MICHEL
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120315a2.html

[MUSIC]
capsule "Stereo Worxxx"
IAN MARTIN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120315l2.html

[MUSIC]
David Dicembre
MARK JARNES
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fm20120315rb.html

[THEATER]
Let the theater help you become as free as a bird
NOBUKO TANAKA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ft20120315a1.html


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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/entertainment.html


SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Darvish wild in start
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120315a1.html

[SOCCER]
Gerrard hat trick fuels Liverpool win
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120315a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Bears land Marshall from Dolphins
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120315a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Stamkos hits 50th goal in big win over Bruins
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120315a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Opening day gives hint of things to come in 20th season
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20120315n1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Kobe, Bynum make sure Lakers keep Grizzlies at arm's length
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120315a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
BYU completes largest rally in tourney history
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120315a2.html

[SPORTS]
TSPS offering boat license classes
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120315a1.html

[SUMO]
Baruto's title chase hits bump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ss20120315b1.html

[INTERNATIONAL SOCCER]
Japan punches ticket to London Olympics
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sw20120315a1.html


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


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