::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Abe denies rumors he’s planning to call snap election          Abe and U.S. Adm. 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Fun and games with foreign names in katakana          Readers’ views on intercultural insensitivity, Japanese schooling, English gaps and an inspirational Indian          New minpaku law will alter Japan’s rental and hospitality landscape          Japan’s Supreme Court orders a child be sent home in a Hague parental abduction case. 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