::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Japan blocking access to auto market with nontariff trade barriers, Trump says in report          Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling LDP form ninja promotion group          Japan’s big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi          Opposition lawmakers find at least 117 errors in botched labor survey, as scandal over Abe’s key work style reforms deepens          New Japan travel app pairs Microsoft’s AI chatbot with Navitime guidance          Uber CEO plans closer ties with Toyota on autonomous driving          Scenarios abound for Japan getting dragged into a U.S.-China conflict: expert          Pollen projection: Japan’s hay fever season, already underway, to be worse than last year, forecaster says          Tokyo highlights claim to Takeshima sovereignty after dispute with Seoul reaches Olympics          Japanese hospitals sick of requests for flu-recovery certificates          Angry teens and protesters swarm Florida’s Capitol; demand new gun laws          Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors          Ivanka Trump to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Olympics trip, official says          The drugs do work: Study seeks to end antidepressant debate          Second lawsuit eyed against government over eugenics law, as records in 13 prefectures show sterilizations of children aged 15 and below          Twitter cracks down on tactics used by ‘bots’ to spread false stories          Bitcoins for free? 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League challenge with Marinos          Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 12: More pots of gold          Sofia Goggia takes downhill gold; Lindsey Vonn earns bronze          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          Destined to be: Dog Chucker finds a family in Tokyo          Why don’t more Japanese study abroad? The cost and the hassle, survey shows          Can I sue in Japan to get back the money I spent on my former fiancee?          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’          Yoshihisa Arai: Floating on air in Chicago          Hakkoku: Hiroyuki Sato is striving for the next level of sushi greatness          Tokyo Saryo: The new stylings of sencha green tea          Japan turns the tables on France with sake nouveau          Seven-Eleven’s latest creation captures the magic of the Winter Olympics          What makes a great chawanmushi? 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