::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Tepco spots Fukushima fuel debris in reactor 2, says fuel rod assembly ‘fell out of reactor’          Debate grows over paying compensation to Olympic ‘volunteers’          The knives begin to sharpen for Hakuho after sumo scandal          Stranded Niigata train incident highlights flaws in social media          On the adulteration of Japan’s oldest religion          Residents and ex-pats in Kansai mark Trump inauguration anniversary with protest march          China accuses U.S. of sailing warship near disputed Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea          Tokyo to survey tourists’ nightlife needs to perk up spending          More Japanese read news online than in newspapers for first time, survey finds          Democrats, Republicans trade blame as U.S. government shuts down          North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say          China sought to water down Vancouver meeting on North Korea          Journalism tied to those in power must be checked          Egypt’s el-Sissi says he will run for a second term          Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources          U.S. military puts ‘great power competition’ at heart of defense strategy          One year later, Abe’s gamble on the unpredictable Trump appears to be paying off          Tokyo lifts economic view as Japan’s consumption picks up          Japan drafts river-based evacuation plan to ensure foreign access to Haneda airport after major quake          Supreme Court orders partial disclosure of documents detailing Japanese government’s secret funds          Japan challenges U.S. denial of school flyover with video footage from Okinawa          Memories of Tohoku tsunami prompt man to create floating car          LDP wants Japanese ready to vie for video game medals in future Olympics          Suicides in Japan notched eight consecutive drop in 2017, preliminary data show          Art therapy helps dementia patients reconnect          Abductees’ kin will urge ICC to prosecute Kim for human rights abuses          SoftBank-led group completes acquisition of Uber stock worth $9.3 billion          ‘Birth strike’: South Korea takes on falling fertility rate          Naomi Osaka sinks local favorite Ashleigh Barty to reach Australian Open quarterfinals          Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system during plane crash: autopsy          Jets rally in second quarter to seize control against B-Corsairs          Japan women’s ski jump squad wraps up season sweep in World Cup team events          Kakuryu, Mitakeumi share lead with 7-0 records          Hino Red Dolphins earn promotion to Top League for first time          Raptors’ Kyle Lowry delivers big performance in fourth quarter against Spurs          Ryan Kesler’s deflection leads Ducks to win over Kings          Shoe guru Hitoshi Mimura wants to help put Japan’s marathon runners back on right track          Koji Uehara intends to retire after 2018 season          Ryo Ishikawa takes share of halfway lead at Singapore Open          Shinji Kagawa rescues point for Dortmund against Hertha          IOC creates pool of Russian athletes eligible for Pyeongchang Games          Javier Fernandez wins sixth straight European figure skating title          Golden Kings outclass Evessa          Sara Takanashi places fourth at World Cup event in Yamagata          Kakuryu holds off rival Kotoshogiku, improves to 6-0          Joint Olympic flag plan angers conservatives in South Korea          Nathan MacKinnon strikes twice early as Avalanche top Sharks for eighth consecutive victory          Hall of Fame skipper Tatsunori Hara reflects on Alex Ramirez’s guts, father’s advice          Elina Svitolina ends teen Marta Kostyuk’s dream run          Dragons express interest in making contract offer to Ichiro: team source          Rockets’ Eric Gordon drops 30 on Timberwolves          Debutante Alina Zagitova grabs lead at Euro championships          ‘To look good, you need to look masculine,’ says Ethan Newton of Bryceland’s Tailors in Tokyo          Beware the patter about purchasing property to rent out around Tokyo          Japan still has much to learn from Martin Luther King’s nonviolent struggle          Lucky charm: a black cat named Ara          Time for Japan to scrub off that blackface — for good          Year of the dog: A 5-year-old named Gion          Much for Japan Times Community readers to crow and squawk about in year of the rooster          In 2017, Japan woke up to the issue of discrimination          Japan’s Supreme Court hands down a road map for parental child abductions          Views From Osaka: What are your hopes for yourself, Japan and the world for 2018?          Lessons about Japan’s school catchment areas          Teachers and schools in Japan brace for icebergs in 2018          Homeless in Tokyo: Fallen through society’s cracks and frozen out          Tony Cetera, ‘Lone Ranger’ of Tokyo’s homeless, calls for a good deed a day          Ryan Smith: Father, husband, communist          Entering the drone age: Japan seeks to tap into the potential of unmanned flying vehicles          In winter, the humble daikon is the ultimate utility vegetable          A successful cocktail of travel and tenacity          Sonoji: Ningyocho tempura chef has noodle-making in his DNA          Kikuya: Seasonal tempura on the fly at Ebisu standing bar          Sake company Aramasa Shuzo seeks new edge with techno partnership          First Kitchen’s Dessert Potatoes: An overpowering addition to the chocolate fries scene          Following in the footsteps of Wakayama’s beautiful mind          Yonkoma manga: Lives told, lessons learned in four frames          Finally, after all, know the difference between ‘yatto’ and ‘kekkyoku’          Kumamoto will allow foreign firms to use mascot Kumamon          Let’s discuss the big earthquake that never came          Philip O’Neill: McGill degree offers potential to open doors for global professionals          Tsukiji fish market: Old schooling for kids          Shōtengai: Examining the evolution of Tokyo’s venerable shopping districts          Pair turn passion for craft beer into guide to Japan’s scene          Mural painter can’t relax in bathhouses          Artist Naoko Tanaka uses light, space and objects to explore the ‘unknowable inner outside world’          Exploring war through woodblock prints          Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose          Famed producer Tetsuya Komuro quits music industry over alleged affair          Robert Redford: #MeToo is ‘tipping point’ for Hollywood          Forever young actor Paul Rudd named Hasty Pudding Man of the Year          Will 2018 herald a return to the 1990s?          ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ author Robert Kiyosaki appeals for financial literacy          Lebanon allows Spielberg flick ‘The Post’ after censorship threat          Jerome Bel and his amateurs test the limits of contemporary dance in Saitama show          ‘Devilman Crybaby’: The franchise is back, but with extra sex and ultra-violence          ‘Our house’: A deftly constructed work of mystery          Three’s never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis          The cosmic talents of Noriyoshi Ohrai          Lowering the age of adulthood          Bitcoin fans: Digital currency is still a dream