::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Japan firms welcome skilled foreign workers; majority open to more open immigration system: poll          Hajj pilgrims use Japan-inspired ‘nap pods’ in Saudi Arabia          Already battered western Japan braces for one-two typhoon punch this weekend          Trump turns fire on ex-CIA chief in proxy fight over Mueller’s Russia probe          Trump worries that Russia probe interview could be a ‘perjury trap’          More than 175 former national security officials blast Trump over decision to revoke John Brennan’s access          Foreign visitors to Japan hit 20 million in 2018 at record pace          Foreign Minister Taro Kono pushes membership drive for Arms Trade Treaty          Okinawa marines’ version of Da Pump’s ‘U.S.A.’ goes viral          Hiroshima residents mark fourth anniversary of deadly landslides          Liberal Party exec Denny Tamaki eyes run for Okinawa governor          As summer vacations end, grass-roots movements in Japan work on counseling suicidal students and truants          Aichi man recalls abuse his family faced when branded spies before World War II          Mori touts transformative power of sports          Rikako Ikee adds two more golds to Asian Games haul          Disgraced basketball players face the music after sex scandal          Samurai Japan names roster for fall Nichibei Yakyu series          Abbreviated Top League hoping to build hype ahead of 2019 Rugby World Cup          Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres set to square off in Emperor’s Cup clash          Mistake-prone United loses against Brighton; City cruises          Kanaashi Nogyo, Osaka Toin to square off in Koshien final          Yu Kato helps shine light on women’s baseball in Japan          Angels lose to Rangers despite Shohei Ohtani’s efforts          Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to finally win Cincinnati title          Hawks score six in ninth to soar past Buffaloes          Consadole rallies past FC Tokyo          Daiya Seto defends 200-meter butterfly title at Asian Games          Summer Koshien: From the inside          Ohtani comes off bench to hit three-run homer in victory          Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien stays ahead of curve at plate          Novak Djokovic to face Roger Federer in Cincinnati final          Yuya Osako scores in debut for Werder Bremen          Nonaka claims first overall title          Hataoka six back after three rounds at Indy          Cristiano Ronaldo makes Serie A debut with Juventus          Indonesia raises curtain on Asian Games          Late Waisake Naholo double helps All Blacks trounce Australia in first Bledisloe Cup test          Giants’ Tomoyuki Sugano tosses two-hitter for fourth shutout of season          Statue honoring 1964 Olympic icon Billy Mills needs home          Diamondbacks continue winning ways at Petco          Winx breaks Black Caviar win streak          Whatever the role, if it’s tough, ‘Chuck can do it’          I am a dog: a Shiba mix named Natsume          Japanese and Israelis could make a killer yin-and-yang combo          An Antipodean friendship fortified in Japanese floodwaters the color of ‘Australian beer’          Not shy: A tabby cat named Sue          Views from Tokyo: What tips do you have to beat the heat?          The incoherent, divisive dogma of cultural appropriation outrage          Always overlooked: a ‘lovable mutt’ named Carol          The Kanpo: Where everything in Japan goes to happen (officially)          How can I ensure my family isn’t liable for my elderly Japanese wife’s driving mishaps?          Star material: a cat named Mikio          60 years after Sadako Sasaki’s death, the story behind Hiroshima’s paper cranes is still unfolding          Views from Tokyo: What does religion mean to you in your everyday life?          Japan’s courts don’t share Mio Sugita’s views on supporting LGBT people, precedents show          One man’s labor-of-love museum captures Seto Inland Sea island’s storied stone history          Tickle me pink: a dog named Beaujolais          With Japan trip, New York teacher proves to inner-city students that sky’s the limit          Smile as you study:/ Sharp salaryman senryu/ satirize the slog          Tokyu Corp. is taking over Shibuya’s walls          Let’s discuss the Japan boxing scandal          A little Japanese primer on using ‘chotto’ in Japanese          Australia waters down commitment to climate accord amid domestic political fight          Riedel CEO’s return to Japan flavored with innovation          Goo-gle gaga: Parenting in the age of digital helpers          The museum where the kids can run wild          Listen to the sound of new technology          Staying razor sharp: At the sharp end of Sakai’s handmade knife industry          Helping bean-to-bar chocolate bloom in Japan          58 years and 140,000 students: The art of the Tsuji Culinary Institute          Okinawa Paradise: A laid-back taste of Ryukyu culture          Mimosa Ginza: New offshoot from a Shanghainese favorite          Belon chef to showcase his cooking in Tokyo collab          ‘Koguma no Cake-ya San’ hits the mainstream with cute Lawson treats          Motobu: History and nature do the talking          Tokyo’s trendsetters look to dad’s closet for tips          Japanese surnames: Among the usual suspects, you’re bound to find some curveballs          The good, the bad and the ‘by all means’ of ‘zehi’ in Japanese          Melodious service honors Aretha Franklin at father’s Detroit Baptist church          Beating the King of Pop, The Eagles have No. 1 album of all-time, selling 38 million copies          Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing — and for history          ‘Dear Diary Boy’: A vivid insider’s look at education and mothering in Japan          Fumiko Enchi: A critical advocate of female empowerment          Respect: In Aretha Franklin’s anthems, women heard an empowering message          Fans gather in New York, Los Angeles to bid farewell to Aretha Franklin          ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76          Summer Sonic’s helter-skelter lineup provides a lot of chances for younger Japanese acts          Made men: Tokyo-based ‘yakuza’ talent agency delivers the real deal          ‘Killing for the Prosecution’: A complex crime drama stuffed with exposition          ‘Penguin Highway’: What goes up must come down … in penguin form          Dramatist Hideto Iwai connects with his audiences in ways he never could have imagined by being honest about his own life experiences          Jia Pengfang left his home in rural China with an erhu and a dream          Are the Uighurs one of China’s 56 nations?          Kofi Annan, an African lion          Democracy needs the press as an ‘opposition party’          Is the specter of ethnic cleansing coming to India?          U.S. needs a cyberforce before a space force          Will inflation kill the U.S. economy?          Okinawa referendum could bring clarity          India loses an icon