::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Japan and the European Union complete trade deal accounting for 30 percent of world’s GDP          Japan’s watered-down smoking ban clears Diet          Nagoya High Court orders mom to return son to dad in U.S., now disputes boy’s claim ‘he wants to stay in Japan’          Damage control: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, claims he only misspoke          Over 250 schools in Japan damaged in rain disaster, as severed water supplies exacerbate fire risks          Tokyo to provide free housing for those displaced by floods in western Japan          Japan’s latest big thing: ‘virtual YouTubers’          Manga starting to feature elderly characters          Japan’s Lower House panel clears contentious LDP election reform bill          Trade war imperils world growth, IMF warns          Bridge to China brings threat for Hong Kong’s native pink dolphin          Buffaloes’ Brandon Dickson twirls three-hit shutout, fans career-high 12 batters          Title-chasing Mitakeumi raises record to 10-0          Construction on track as two-year mark approaches for 2020 Tokyo Olympics          Sunwolves optimistic despite tough season          Boomer Esiason leaving Monday night NFL radio broadcasts after 18 years          Thierry Henry quits TV analyst gig to focus on coaching          Olympic champ Simone Biles making comeback          Hulk Hogan reinstated to WWE Hall of Fame three years after sex-tape scandal          Le’Veon Bell, Steelers fail to reach deal on new contract          Mickey Mantle card worth $10 million on display          Hometown hero Harper wins Home Run Derby          Usain Bolt near tryout with A-League club          Oswaldo Arcia, Kohei Arihara guide Fighters past Buffaloes          Mitakeumi keeps perfect record intact; Asanoyama sits one victory behind at 8-1          Bringing back Daisuke Matsuzaka could make sense for Dragons          Rebels’ Amanaki Lelei Mafi released on bail after alleged assault of teammate          Tour de France riders grind through cobblestones in much-feared ninth stage          Former NHL goalie Ray Emery dies in drowning          Masahiro Tanaka gets no-decision after solid start; Yanks fall to Tribe          Croatia left heartbroken yet proud after loss to France in World Cup final          France beats Croatia to capture World Cup title          Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon, first Slam in two years          Samoa cruises past Germany to punch ticket for 2019 RWC          Manny Pacquiao KOs Lucas Matthysse in seventh to reach 60 wins          Mitakeumi reaches midway point of Nagoya Basho with perfect record          Xander Bogaerts lifts Red Sox with walk-off grand slam          Torres hopes to put Tosu on map          Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal to reach Wimbledon final          What about we stop it with the ‘whataboutism’?          Crazy cat lady: A kitten named Nodame          ‘Akira’ inspires generations of foreign animators          Views from Tokyo: Do you remember the first time you watched ‘Akira’?          Fukuoka’s ‘guest teachers’ of English outstay their welcome          Until real change is achieved, LGBTQ people in Japan have no reason to be grateful          Views from Japan: How much further can your team go in the FIFA World Cup?          Japan on just 10 judges a day costs a pretty penny          After abandonment twice and years of neglect, toy poodle Manto finds a home in Tokyo          Minpaku law could leave tourists to Japan without beds          Two Japan Supreme Court cases clarify when discrimination against fixed-term workers is OK          Show some respect: A chow chow named Kikome          Bill Hersey, man about Tokyo, 1930-2018: some tributes          World Cup views from Tokyo, Group H: Japan, Colombia, Senegal and Poland          World Cup views from Tokyo, Group G: England, Belgium and Tunisia          Turning Japanese: Newly naturalized African ex-American has skin in the game          SIETAR Japan sees a time for intercultural understanding          ‘All Japan’ World Cup team gave fans and the media much to mull over          There’s quite a lot you can do in Japanese with ‘nakanaka’          Three Mount Fuji trails open for the climbing season          Let’s discuss the death penalty in Japan          Spirit of proactivity crucial in high-demand market          Summer with the kids can be a walk in the park          Stay fresh and ahead of the game          Inua: Japan on the plate, Noma on the palate          From ‘big in Japan’ to far better in America          Edamame: Eat them fresh and green, with a beer or two          Booking services secure tables, but at what price?          Don’t scoff at vanilla: Seven-Eleven’s Waffle Cone Milk Vanilla is simply delicious          A tour of the Kirin Fuji Gotemba Distillery answers a whisky lover’s curiosity          Oshu: A semi-rural city with a major league star          Australia’s only Japanese winemaker serves no wine before its time          A taste of French artistry in Tokyo          Speak Japanese like a biker punk from the future with ‘Akira’          As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries          ‘Beki,’ the little Japanese word that’s ‘should’          ‘Hidden Christian’ sites added to World Heritage list          Let’s discuss Japan vs. Poland in the World Cup          Didgeridoo player Hiroki ‘Goma’ Morimoto survived a car crash and relearned a culture          A photographer’s return to Aomori          ‘Akira’: Looking back at the future          Tokyo art space battles against the current          The enduring appeal of ‘Akira,’ the manga          Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101          Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen pranks politicians Roy Moore and Joe Arpaio          Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash          France celebrates Japanese culture with huge eight-month festival          The pain and the passion that fueled the creation of ‘Akira’          My deep dive into ‘Akira’ only scratched the surface of its legacy          Prince Harry and Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men          ‘Akira’ soundtrack featured music worthy of a visual masterpiece          Reshaping the sound of Neo-Tokyo for ‘Akira’          The lessons of Les Bleus          America’s narcissistic national disorder          Is Japan a land of contradictions or opportunities for immigration?          The $247 trillion global debt bomb          Soccer makes its fans unhappy in the long run          Putin and Trump couldn’t make their relationship work          Aum executions renew questions on death penalty          Cave rescue highlights the positive power of globalism          Why we need a food revolution