::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Japan’s new defense guidelines will outline plans for more cohesive and flexible ‘multidimensional’ force          Huawei freezes orders from Japan supplier after CFO arrest          China tones down Japan criticism on Nanjing anniversary          High court finds prominent anti-U.S. military base activist guilty          Japan to make regional labor markets accessible to new foreign workers          Japanese winner of L’oreal-UNESCO award for female scientists looks to reshape materials research          Japan’s current economic expansion confirmed as second longest since WWII          EU parliament approves Japan trade deal, dubbed world’s largest          Japan’s Justice Ministry reveals 174 foreign technical interns died between 2010 and 2017          Despite gene-editing flap, Chinese scientists still aiming for supremacy in experimental Crispr tech          Scores of migrant girls quietly vanishing from Indonesia, tempted by chance to escape drought and poverty          Hitachi and Switzerland’s ABB confirm talks on potential power grid deal          Following arrest of Huawei executive, another Canadian is believed to have been detained in China          693: Number of times Okinawa schoolkids have taken shelter from U.S. aircraft in year since helicopter part fell in yard          Glass fragments embedded in Hiroshima hibakusha are grim reminders of the day the atom bomb dropped          Sota Fujii, 16, becomes youngest shogi player to reach 100 wins          Inside Huawei’s secret research HQ, China is shaping a future that’s less reliant on U.S. tech          Osaka takoyaki seller found guilty for evading ¥130 million in taxes          Keisuke Honda’s passion showing in Australia          Japan Esports Union vows to promote gaming with eye on 2020 Olympics          Manchester United loses chance to top group          Yuzuru Hanyu to miss nationals for third consecutive year          Tochigi flourishing with solid team play          Anthony Davis does heavy lifting for Pelicans in triumph over Thunder          Johnny Gaudreau’s OT goal rallies Flames past Flyers          Yasuhiro Koseki establishes 100-meter breaststroke national record at short course world championships          Morton, Rays agree on two-year, $30 million deal; Yankees focus on retaining pitcher Happ          Injured Eagles QB Carson Wentz could still play against Rams          Keisuke Honda named Player of Month in Australia’s A-League          Dynamic trio of Takumi Minamino, Ritsu Doan and Shoya Nakajima named to Japan’s Asian Cup squad          Media-savvy One Championship attracting fighters          World champion Kento Momota makes short work of Sameer Verma          Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season          Oakland sues NFL, Raiders over move to Las Vegas          Ticket sales brisk despite Takanoiwa scandal          Troy Tulowitzki released by Blue Jays, owed $38 million          Alex Ovechkin’s 21st hat trick helps Capitals rout Red Wings          Daiya Seto breaks 200-meter butterfly short-course record to stun Chad Le Clos          English teams edge Italians to advance in Champions League          Japan to send full-strength senior side to Copa America          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          Views from Tokyo: How long is your commute? What do you do during that time?          Family fantastic: Kittens Tiger and Sazzles find a fun-filled home in Kanagawa          The third-wave coffee boom has resulted in a new wave of java-related Japanese vocabulary          Mikan wagyu burger in western Japan catches eye of tourists          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          Kurasu: Yozo Otsuki’s blend of coffee and lifestyle          Yuzu is Britain’s in-vogue citrus fruit          Lawson’s Godiva chocolates are classy, sweet and provide some winter warmth          A weekend in Saitama          A dash of hiragana in the ‘foreign’ soup          Coming up with exceptions in Japanese can be tricky, but helpful          Tokyo 2020 organizers discuss 6 a.m. start for marathons          Let’s discuss the arrest of Carlos Ghosn          The greater the cooperation, ‘the more trust we can build’          Harri Koskinen: The Finnish connection          Age is no obstacle to Japan’s ama free-diving fisherwomen          Anime in 2018 saw serious cash but no surprise hits          Hard-partying Keith Richards says he’s virtually given up booze          ‘Your Name.’ director Makoto Shinkai’s new film set for next summer          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          Shared spaces, locally produced goods and everyday objects          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          Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy nominations          Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ makes nominee list for Golden Globe awards          ‘Convenience Store Woman,’ by Sayaka Murata, among New Yorker magazine’s Best Books 2018          Sean Penn working on documentary on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying          Universal human rights declaration, 70 years on          A spotlight on Japan’s criminal justice system          December: A month to decide what to stop doing          A new direction for Japanese agriculture          Globalization must center on people          The strengthening case against Trump          Britain gets time, but Brexit options not improving