Mar 10, 2012

Today's top news: A year on, Tohoku stuck in limbo

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
A year on, Tohoku stuck in limbo
As Tohoku's shattered towns and cities mark the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake there are scant signs of recovery, and locals are dismayed at the government's shockingly slow response to their plight.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311f1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
869 Tohoku tsunami parallels stun
A quake team that predicted the recurrence of the giant tsunami that slammed Tohoku in 869 didn't save any lives, but its work has triggered a seismic change in Japanese research that could eventually save many others.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a1.html

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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Three towns near Fukushima No. 1 asked to store radioactive soil, waste
The government asks three towns in Fukushima Prefecture to create temporary storage facilities for contaminated soil and waste, but none of the municipalities agree to the proposal.
[MORE] ->
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a2.html


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

OTHER NEWS
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[NATIONAL NEWS]
Tokyo trains to halt at 2:46 p.m. for quake drill
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Chiba student defeats 35 to clinch Japan Times Spelling Bee crown
MINORU MATSUTANI
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a4.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Japanese cuisine to be submitted for UNESCO listing
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a5.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Madarame wants to exit Nuclear Safety Commission
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a6.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
U.S. commander in Pacific steps down
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311a7.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Filipinos find career switch pays off
SETSUKO KAMIYA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311f2.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Time has stopped for parents of dead and missing children
ROB GILHOOLY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311f3.html

[NATIONAL NEWS]
Reconstruction a golden opportunity for eco-communities
JUN HONGO
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120311f4.html


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OPINION
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[JT EDITORIAL]
Moving forward with reconstruction
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120311a1.html

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FEATURES
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[BOOKS]
Fear of conforming effects a perspective on sex
DAVID COZY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fb20120311a1.html

[BOOKS]
Dark side of sumo
MARK SCHILLING
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fb20120311a2.html

[MEDIA]
The power of bad news
MICHAEL HOFFMAN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20120311bj.html

[MEDIA]
Magic special; traveling chefs; CM of the week: Suntory Premium Malt's
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20120311cs.html

[MEDIA]
Public wary of official optimism
PHILIP BRASOR
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fd20120311pb.html

[ENVIRONMENT]
Obesity on the rise as Japanese eat more Western-style food
ROWAN HOOPER
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fe20120311rh.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Japan's disasters must prompt a radical rethink of citizens' quality of life
ROGER PULVERS
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120311rp.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Young hopes bloom eternal
EDAN CORKILL and TOMOKO OTAKE
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120311x1.html

[LIFE IN JAPAN]
Catastrophe revisited 12 months on
ROB GILHOOLY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120311x4.html


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SPORTS
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[BASEBALL]
Tanaka earns victory as Japan routs Taiwan in charity baseball game
JASON COSKREY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120311w1.html

[BASEBALL]
Disaster had major impact on NPB
WAYNE GRACZYK
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120311wg.html

[SOCCER]
Pay cuts OK'd for ailing Rangers
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sc20120311a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Manning sweepstakes start with visit to Broncos
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120311a1.html

[AMERICAN FOOTBALL]
Sakurai gets shot at NFL combine
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sf20120311a2.html

[GOLF]
Watson fires 62 to take lead at Doral
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sg20120311a1.html

[ICE HOCKEY]
Pens make it eight straight
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sh20120311a1.html

[J.LEAGUE SOCCER]
Lucas gives FC Tokyo season-opening win over Omiya Ardija
ANDREW MCKIRDY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sj20120311a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Three-guard lineup sparks Cavs to win
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120311a1.html

[BASKETBALL]
Novak demonstrating he deserves place in NBA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120311a2.html

[BASKETBALL]
Illinois fires hoop coach Weber
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120311a3.html

[BASKETBALL]
Strong finish propels Rizing past 89ers
ED ODEVEN
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sk20120311b1.html

[OLYMPICS]
FIFA chief's visit to Brazil delayed
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/so20120311a1.html

[SPORTS]
Kitajima triumphs in tuneup race
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120311s1.html

[SPORTS]
Vonn claims 4th overall title
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120311w1.html

[SPORTS]
Takahashi wins inaugural ski jump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120311w2.html

[SPORTS]
Skier Uemura claims national title
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120311w3.html

[TENNIS]
Azarenka outduels Barthel in opening round
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/st20120311a1.html


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