::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Abe pledges more robust defense strategy for Japan in annual policy speech to lawmakers          Tokyo hit by heaviest snow since 2014          Kyoto University says researcher at iPS institute falsified data that formed ‘foundation’ of paper          Tokyo’s first ballistic missile drill gets mixed reaction          A year ago, Davos thought Trump would be a normal president          Japan will not waver from pressure strategy on North Korea, Foreign Minister Taro Kono says          Dialogue, verbal explanations and tactile methods help Japan’s visually impaired deepen their appreciation of art          Filipino and Japanese youngsters urged to remember infamous 1942 Bataan Death March          Rare prehistoric shell mound in Aichi, Japan, suggests possible mid-Jomon shell trade          Finance Minister Taro Aso pledges to restore Japan’s fiscal health even as government spends more on child care          Osaka cautiously optimistic after French media report say Paris will pull 2025 Expo bid          ‘Fake news’ crutch used by Southeast Asian leaders to control media, critics charge          Leader of U.S. Marines on Okinawa failed to report officer’s offenses, report reveals          Sequel to Trump’s first year opens with crises and unease          Support for U.N. nuke ban grows in Japan as assemblies pressure Abe to join          U.S. government shutdown extended as crunch vote is delayed          Top Chinese newspaper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments          Ski lift: North Korea may capitalize on joint Olympics training visit          Sanyo Shinkansen Line halted in Okayama by boy walking on tracks          14-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest national table tennis singles champion          Ryota Murata announces first defense of WBA world middleweight title against Italian Emanuele Blandamura          Kakuryu stays perfect; Tochinoshin’s challenge gathers pace          Ichiro wouldn’t solve Chunichi’s problems          Hawks explore every avenue to improve club          Osaka loses against No. 1 Halep          Eagles blast Vikings to claim, NFC crown          Pacers end Spurs’ home winning streak at 14          Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl          Egyptian sumo wrestler Osunaarashi denies driving car that caused accident          Promoted Storks stun powerhouse SeaHorses          Yuki Ito and Sara Takanashi finish second and third at World Cup event          Perfect yokozuna Kakuryu takes sole possession of lead          Streaking Avalanche earn ninth straight win          Vonn eyes Olympics after latest victory          Twins owner on board with Darvish pursuit          Yoshinori Muto nets brace as Mainz tops Stuttgart          Zagitova ends Medvedeva’s reign as European champion          Japan’s Hall of Fame players deserve own moment in sun          Aguero lifts Manchester City over Newcastle          Wozniacki rolls into quarterfinals          Suntory fullback Kotaro Matsushima named Top League MVP          Thunder scoring spree denies LeBron James milestone          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          Media firm adapts to an ever-shifting Brazilian community in Japan          ‘To look good, you need to look masculine,’ says Ethan Newton of Bryceland’s Tailors, 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          Learning Japanese from TV samurai tales of the wild East          Know your impressed ‘kanshin’ from your interested ‘kanshin’          In Nara, taking a break with a humongous bowl of tea          Let’s discuss the Harenohi Coming-of-Age Day kimono disaster          Redesigning and refining the perception of luxury          Beloved games get bigger and better          The 2018 fashion cycle is just beginning          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          Exploring war through woodblock prints          Documentarian imparts a healthy fascination with Japanese school lunches          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          Why is Japan populist-free?          A costly message from the Sanchi          Even a final, irreversible deal can be broken          Controlling wireless devices          How is your brand relationship?          Today’s newspapers wouldn’t publish the Pentagon Papers