::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Japan’s Recruit Holdings announces entry into vacation rental market          Nippon Ishin no Kai leader and Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui files suit against Niigata Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama over Twitter comments          Toto hopes to clean up with new self-cleaning toilets          Japan’s government to aim for ‘ageless society’ with planned policy encouraging seniors to stay healthy and keep working          Nestle cooks up new ruby chocolate for launch in Kit Kat-crazed Japan          Forecasting breakthrough using Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite and Riken supercomputer could improve weather warnings          Japan’s Epsilon-3 rocket successfully places private NEC satellite into orbit          Troubled Toshiba plans to eliminate negative net worth by selling Westinghouse claims to U.S. hedge fund          Some see U.S. already on North Korea war footing, waiting for allies to get onboard          White House claiming sweeping ‘executive privilege’ in Russia probes          Japan under renewed pressure to ban ivory exports after China bans domestic trade          Rival Koreas agree to form first joint Olympic team and parade together under ‘unification flag’          Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions and Pyongyang getting close on missile: Trump          Japan to issue silver coin to mark 50th anniversary of Ogasawara Islands return          Alliance negotiations between two Japanese opposition parties break down          Mori Building Co. holds disaster drill with local Roppongi Hills international community in mind          Kobe marks 23 years since Great Hanshin Earthquake that killed more than 6,400          Saga Prefecture employs Sagat, of ‘Street Fighter’ game fame, as its tourism ambassador          Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii sees opportunities for Japanese firms in U.S. infrastructure investment          Defending champion Yoshihide Muroya ready to take to skies again          Hakuho pulls out of current basho          Clubs get back to business after All-Star Game          Bruins rout Canadiens, spoil ex-coach Claude Julien’s return to Boston          Takuma Sato gets ‘Baby Borg,’ reflects on historic Indy 500 triumph          Chelsea overcomes Norwich, red cards in third round of F.A. Cup          Evgeni Plushenko says Pyeongchang figure skating competition will be ‘best ever’          Hakuho, Kisenosato upset for second straight day          Nippon Ham rookie Kotaro Kiyomiya to open spring camp with top team          South Koreans worried over prospect of forming joint hockey team with North Korea          Former Japan coach Eddie Jones signs extension with England          Yuichi Sugita, Yoshihito Nishioka knocked out of Australian Open in second round          Wozniacki stays alive at Australian Open          Rugby World Cup ticket sales program gets ready for worldwide launch          Wales hoping to win new friends at Rugby World Cup          Rugby star George Smith arrested for punching taxi driver in Tokyo          Celtics great, Hall of Famer White dies at 71          Gymnasts recount abuse at hands of doctor          Rangers unlikely to go for Yu Darvish          JOC selects speedskater Nao Kodaira as team captain for Pyeongchang Olympics          Hokutofuji upsets Hakuho          Time for a Japan Figure Skating Hall of Fame          Warriors run past reeling Cavaliers          Manchester United pounces on struggling Stoke City          Ryan Giggs appointed as Wales national coach          ‘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          ‘My kingdom for a toy!’: A puppy named Alma          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’          Gion Nishikawa: Perfecting the sublime art of kaiseki          Aitsu no Ramen Kataguruma: Tsukemen the show stopper          Bringing traditional sweets back to the Kyoto masses          Lawson’s strawberry and cream cheesecake: ‘Tis the season to celebrate the berry          Takamatsu: Udon the key to Shikoku castle town’s heart          Put your money where your mouth is          ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ author Robert Kiyosaki appeals for financial literacy          Will 2018 herald a return to the 1990s?          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          The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dies suddenly in London at 46          Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne calls for more Hollywood change on gender equality          YouTube suspends star Logan Paul over suicide video but leaves door open to future work          Michael Booth returns with ‘The Meaning of Rice’          Different surnames as a choice for spouses          Time ticks closer to nuclear midnight          Huge oil spill isn’t China’s real offshore debacle          Revamping the nation’s basic energy plan          Japan-EU trade agreement is about freedom          While Germany slept          Increasing inbound tourism          Ready or not for the next recession?          Trump is par for the course for U.S. presidents          Japan’s strategy in the Trump era          For euro reforms, growth is the enemy          Facebook’s new mission may be impossible