::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Ruling and opposition parties duel over labor reform bills in televised debate          Severed head found in Osaka suitcase thought to be that of missing Hyogo woman; American in custody          Missing Hokkaido woman’s head found east of Sapporo; two men arrested          South Korean President Moon meets with blacklisted general from North          China to scrap term limits for president, paving way for Xi to stay at helm          Sports expo spotlights high-tech ways to better train athletes ahead of 2020          Japan’s budget for AI to be less than a fifth of that planned by U.S. and China          Kyoto mulls nightlife revamp to please tourists          Second try at Osaka merger referendum faces stiff headwinds          Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising rights concerns          Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women          One-dose flu drug Xofluza gets nod from health ministry          Japan bobsled makers miss out on Olympic games glory          Success of Pyeongchang Olympic mascots leaves Japan in a bind          What’s to become of humanity when AI replaces us all?          Tsunami-hit Okawa Elementary holds ceremony ahead of closure in March          Hibakusha storytellers get state funding for travel          Record number of seniors gave up driver’s licenses in 2017: NPA          ‘Premium Friday’ got off to lukewarm start in 2017 with 11% participation: METI          U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders, sources say          Japan’s defense chief vows to push for fishermen’s compensation after U.S. F-16 fuel dump in Aomori          ‘Peace Games’ are no game-changer for South Koreans          U.S. may rejoin TPP if it were ‘much better deal,’ Trump says          Trump tells conservative conference that some teachers should be armed          Ex-Trump aide Rick Gates pleads guilty and will cooperate in Russia probe          U.S. military helicopter flies over Okinawa school despite promise to avoid it          Message of peace delivered as Pyeongchang Olympics wrap up          Organizers, IOC made many mistakes in planning, staging Pyeongchang Games          Kenyan Dickson Chumba wins Tokyo Marathon for second time          German squad completes sweep of bobsled gold medals          Marit Bjoergen wraps up illustrious Olympic career with 15th medal          From start to finish, Pyeongchang Olympics entertained and showcased splendid collection of global athletes          OAR defeats Germany in OT to capture Olympic crown          South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ fall short in bid for gold as Sweden claims curling title          Shohei Ohtani pulled early in spring debut with Angels          Nana Takagi emerges from sister’s shadow with gold medal in mass start          Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 16: First time for everything          Japan women’s curling squad triumphs over Great Britain in bronze-medal match          Nana Takagi zooms to gold in women’s mass start final          Lee Seung-hoon delivers mighty finish to nab top prize in men’s mass start          U.S. men outplay Sweden for first Olympic curling title          Iivo Niskanen triumphs in 50-km mass start race for Finland’s first gold of Pyeongchang Games          Jo scores decisive goal as Grampus top Gamba in return to J1          Sunwolves lose season opener          Smile Japan must build on progress          Ester Ledecka claims historic Olympic double with snowboarding gold          Swiss come out on top as Alpine team event makes low-key debut          Canada’s Sebastien Toutant soars to gold in men’s Big Air          Germany in position for four-man bobsled gold          Germany stuns Canada in men’s ice hockey semifinals          Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 15: The sweet smell of success          Mike Havenaar equalizer earns Vissel draw against Tosu in J. League season opener          High-tech Pyeongchang Olympics needed more low-tech support for foreign tourists          Lessons on life, love and compassionate leave from a silly old bunny          A big-eyed, beautiful tabby named Pei seeks a home          What Trump’s tax reforms mean for Americans in Japan          Japan Times readers sound off on courtesy, blackface and education          Midori Farm: Finding earthy solutions in rural Shiga          Akita bijin: a dog named Capella          Rowdy tourists and grumpy monks of Mount Koya could do with a dose of Kukai’s wisdom          With his U.S. scholarships for Japanese students, tycoon Tadashi Yanai could do better          Views from Osaka: What’s the best time you’ve ever had in this city?          Condo management is in need of repairs          A year in the (short) life of Japan’s Cabinet          Bringing the great outdoors to Japan’s underserved children          The Japan vlogger’s gospel, not according to Logan Paul          Court cases shine a light on Japan’s problem with paternity leave          Launch a tourist-friendly Seto Inland Sea ferry system and they will come          Yumi Katsura’s mission to popularize the everyday kimono          Japan Inc. seen embracing change slowly but surely          An onslaught of new arrivals          Filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda doesn’t underestimate the power of observation          Reylia Slaby: Picturing a brighter future          In Taiwan, top chefs are building on a long history of culinary exchange with Japan          Echi Ponte Vecchio a Osaka: Florence-inspired pizzeria with a view          Craft Beer Market Osaka: Cheap pints of tasty craft          Bringing little-known New York wines to Japan          Starbucks back with its range of cherry blossom-inspired treats          Sapporo: Famous for its snow, but a delight in green          Strong growth potential seen in Asia and Europe          Reading the Roman alphabet in Japanese isn’t as easy as ABC          Daichi Hara wins first medal for Japan in men’s moguls          Let’s discuss ‘obligatory chocolates’          Getting things out there in Japanese with ‘dasu’          Washi workshop: Good on paper, better firsthand          Changing the way that we live          Swedish man champions the art of sword-crafting          Nagaya nostalgia: The long and the short of Tokyo’s famed ‘row houses’          Neflix is animated about anime          ‘Touch Me Not’ wins at Berlin film festival          Entertainer Mari Natsuki confronts her biggest challenge in a new film role          Kazuki Kaneshiro’s Go: Strength and irony in the face of prejudice          Chiaki Soma puts on a not-so-common theater festival          Awards season blows through Japan with a conspicuous lack of buzz          Japanese actor Ren Osugi, famed for his roles in Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza films, dies at 66          Steven Soderbergh’s thriller ‘Unsane’ shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin          Pyeongchang ceremonies’ music director Kunihiko Ryo composes a message of unity          ‘Going the Distance’: A powerful take on the Japanese definition of family          ‘Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms’: Mari Okada’s visuals tell a moving story          George Clooney to join Florida teens in gun control march on Washington