::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Massive explosion at Sapporo pub leaves 42 injured          Lawyer Rudy Giuliani: ‘Over my dead body’ will Robert Mueller interview Trump          North Koreans mark seventh anniversary of ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il’s death          Japan mulls visa test exemptions based on education level          ‘Tattoo OK’ hot spa map released in Rugby World Cup host prefecture          65% against Diet passage of foreign workers’ bill: Kyodo News poll          Air hockey-playing robot shows how Huawei haunts T-Mobile’s Sprint deal          5G: A costly revolution not without risks          Fukushima launches multilingual emergency call service as number of foreign residents rebounds          Fate of $1 trillion in risky U.S. loans may be in Japan’s hands          Nations at U.N. climate talks in Poland back universal emissions rules          80% of cancer or heart patients in Japan worked from hospital: survey          Kosei Okuno leads Kwansei to Koshien Bowl title          Bears beat rival Packers to clinch NFC North          Sunrockers improve to .500 with win over NeoPhoenix          Tomokazu Harimoto becomes youngest Grand Finals singles champ          FIBA task force positive on Tokyo 2020 berth for Japan          Ayaka Takahashi, Misaki Matsutomo grab Tour Final doubles crown          Unbeaten Admire Mars earns 1st G1 win at Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes          Canelo Alvarez wins third division title after stopping Rocky Fielding in third round          North Carolina beats Gonzaga despite Hachimura’s 17 points          Osaka, Nishikori carried flag for Japanese tennis in ’18          Nao Kodaira pushes 500-meter win streak to 34          Texans engineer late comeback to ground Jets          Kobe’s Carter named Top League MVP in first season          Suns trade Trevor Ariza to Wizards to end confusing saga          Kashima wins to set up showdown against Real Madrid in Club World Cup semifinals          Hannaryz outlast SeaHorses in 2OT; Julian Mavunga, Kennedy Meeks notch triple-doubles in wild game          Wrestle mania: The changing landscape of professional wrestling in Japan          Nozomi Okuhara, Kento Momota book spots in title matches at BWF World Tour Finals          Steelers claim Top League title          Oilers pounce on Flyers          Late rally lifts Warriors by Kings          Aksel Lund Svindal takes World Cup lead          Brandon Hyde departs Cubs to be new manager of Orioles          Bill Fralic, All-American and Pro Bowl offensive lineman, dies at 56          Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019          Mima Ito, Hina Hayata advance to women’s doubles final at ITT World Tour Grand Finals          Northern Happinets soar past Levanga in overtime          Olympiakos ousts AC Milan from Europa League          Cultural differences can present a challenge when giving or receiving care          Game on!: A tomcat named Risa          A new law regarding foreign workers brings up old problems          D-O-G spells love: a true evergreen named Juniper          Falling for furusato: The epicurean incentives behind a tax strategy that masks economic lunacy          Captivating calico: A cat named Gorori          Carlos Ghosn’s arrest is more about Japanese criminal justice than corporate governance          ‘We felt the need to mix it up: Japanese and hip-hop culture’          Second Harvest Japan: Helping those in need can make you feel like part of the community          Music and charity come together at Second Harvest Japan fundraiser          School rules in Japan offer harsh lessons in mindless assimilation          Japan has a reputation for cleanliness — just don’t look in our closets          All-points bulletin: A Shiba named Reina is in need of a home          When it comes to teaching English, a theater troupe answer the CALL          A pair of events centered on non-Japanese artists are helping to build bridges into Japan’s manga market          I feared the crush of the rush, but now my commute completes me          Programming: A code for fun and games          Emphasis on adaptability for successful global career          Dogged by old age, pets are put into care          Tech keeps it smart for 2019          Don’t go to the store, make your own New Year’s feast instead          Gohei Nishikawa: Music as a salve for the challenges of life          Nihonryori RyuGin: New address for a Tokyo classic          Konjiki Hototogisu: Ramen’s new star rises in Shinjuku          Pop! Pizza brings a slice of Americana to Kyoto          Just like real yakisoba, this Cold Stone look-alike ice cream has a lot going for it          A power spot, tucked away on the Shima Peninsula          Shared spaces, locally produced goods and everyday objects          Mikan wagyu burger in western Japan catches eye of tourists          The third-wave coffee boom has resulted in a new wave of java-related Japanese vocabulary          Watch what you say when offering your boss a coffee          Hanyu victory parade brings ¥1.85 billion in benefits          Let’s discuss the possible new language test for foreign workers          Machiko Yamashita: A Japanese breadwinner in Berlin          ‘Punksters of food’ Gaggan Anand and Takeshi Fukuyama join culinary forces to create GohGan          Charles Odlin: The man who can help you take that leap          Spreading the word of the philosophers of nothingness          ‘SNL’ gets fresh round of Trump wrath after ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Christmas skit with him out of the White House          Bluestocking magazine: A call for women’s empowerment, still resonant today          Popular HKT48 idol Rino Sashihara announces plans to leave next year          New ‘Peanuts’ cartoon series coming to iTunes          Hard-partying Keith Richards says he’s virtually given up booze          ‘Your Name.’ director Makoto Shinkai’s new film set for next summer          Anime in 2018 saw serious cash but no surprise hits          Mitsuki Kimura and her film award without the film          ‘A Star Is Born’ tops SAG Awards nominations as snubs abound for other key contenders          Animator Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’ to be adapted into kabuki production          In 2018, art came via many anniversaries in Japan          2018 was the year in Japan that saw the stage sing, while contemporary drama barely made a squeak          While ballet reigned supreme, a range of dance delighted fans in 2018          Studio Ghibli classic ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ to be screened in China for first time          Japan’s modern crime literature: Centuries in the making          Kobo Abe’s ‘The Ark Sakura’: A surreal narrative worth reading twice          Tadao Tsuge’s ‘Slum Wolf’: A gritty, discomfiting yet necessary manga          Questions over Daijosai rite arise again          Drastic employment changes are coming          The lethal consequences of misclassifying dolphins          Admit the error of eugenics law          Biodiversity wins, even when all seems lost          The Huawei challenge