::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Europe and Japan send spacecraft on seven-year journey to Mercury          Trump says U.S. will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact          Some child centers and police in Japan are enhancing efforts to share information related to abuse          China’s Baishui No. 1: One of the world’s fastest-melting glaciers          Is Yumeshima safe as a casino site? Some question Osaka’s pitch after flooding at Kansai airport          Trump claims China election meddling that cyberfirms don’t see          Saudi Khashoggi saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East          Michigan pizza shop makes 360-km delivery for cancer patient          Abe and Xi expected to discuss food import ban, but chances of progress uncertain          Japanese Cabinet opts not to visit Yasukuni Shrine during Autumn Festival          Rights advocates urge Japan to step up LGBT-inclusive efforts and legalize same-sex marriage          TSE mulls pay cuts for president and other executives over system glitch          Japan and South Korean spat over use of wartime flag discussed at Singapore ministerial talks          Video of horse whipped at Japanese festival draws criticism          Spotlight falls on Japan’s female TV presenters          ‘Terrace House’ opens its doors to LGBTQ members in Japan          Conservative magazines set sights on Ikegami          Life lessons from the master of noh Zeami          Japan will invite ASEAN air force personnel to observe ASDF training: Iwaya          U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winning tickets were sold for Friday’s draw          Khashoggi crisis puts Saudi ties to Silicon Valley businesses under spotlight          China and Japan set to agree on panda lease during Abe’s visit          For Kyoto, a chance to lead Japan in fight against food loss          Trade war may put damper on China’s goal of ‘high-quality’ growth          Title-chasing Frontale overcome two-goal deficit in wild win over Vissel          Hawks repeat PL dominance, defeat Lions to reach Japan Series          Northern Happinets earn dramatic victory over Rizing Zephyr          Hawks pound Lions in Game 4          Kawhi Leonard scores 31 points to lead Raptors past Celtics          NTT Communications snatches final playoff spot          Nathan Chen takes big lead at Skate America          Veteran star Kosuke Kanamaru adjusting to bigger role with SeaHorses          Lions reliever Deunte Heath grateful to be back in NPB          Brewers beat Dodgers to force Game 7          Kumamoto grateful for opportunity to host Rugby World Cup matches          Naomi Osaka drawn into tough group in debut appearance at WTA Finals          Five percent of sumo wrestlers suffered physical abuse over past year according to investigation          Hawks hammer Lions, even series at 2-2          Grampus edge Reysol, boost survival hopes          Carp complete sweep of Giants to reach Japan Series          Broncos overwhelm hapless Cardinals          Olympic champ Nao Kodaira triumphs in first 500-meter race of season          Arsene Wenger hints at Japan comeback in 2019          Evgeni Malkin scores twice as Penguins beat Leafs          Blazers spoil LeBron’s L.A. debut          Nankai Hawks ace Joe Stanka, hero of 1964 Japan Series, dies at 87          Red Sox earn return to World Series          Carp rally past Giants in eighth, move win away from trip to Japan Series          Non-Japanese YouTubers tackle the art of vlogging in the vernacular          Unstoppable: a calico cat named Leggy          The empty seat on a crowded Japanese train: 10 years on, the ‘gaijin seat’ still grates          Raising kids in Japan, with extra challenges: Foreign parents of children with physical or learning difficulties share their stories          Do the elderly and disabled people in Japan want robots to look after them?          The fair Ophelia          Japan demonstrates how too many rules can ruin governance          Can five Little Japans defuse one big demographic time bomb?          Gaijin Day: How an event in Hamamatsu about unity proved to be divisive          Views from Hamamatsu: How do you feel about Gaijin Day and the G-word?          Golden years: a cat of a certain age named Micchan          Japan’s diverse bunch of disaster volunteers are primed for a warming world          What does the future hold for Naomi Osaka and Japanese dual nationals?: Readers’ views          A thing of beauty: Doberman mix Aero finds a home in Chiba          At the Kyoto dorm that time forgot, Japanese students dig in          Views From Tokyo: What is it that makes someone — like Naomi Osaka — Japanese or not?          Abe’s work-style reforms give Japan’s employers the green light to demand unpaid and unsafe overtime          Autumn is the season for shinmai, newly harvested rice          Passion for interconnections merge with social initiatives          Building a career in toy design, brick by brick          Iyaiya Sanbai: At the contemporary edge of izakaya          PST Roppongi: Pizza Studio Tamaki’s natural evolution          10 years procuring for Japan’s fine wine market          Rock, luxury and retro pastries abound at Michalak Omotesando          Revitalization runs like a current through Onomichi          Designart Tokyo 2018 looks beyond 2021          The Akinada Tobishima Kaido: An alternative route across the Seto Inland Sea          A Weekend in Fukuoka          Counting the ways to talk about numbers in Japanese          Know your ‘wake de wa nai’ from your ‘wake ni wa ikanai’ in Japanese          Let’s discuss Nintendo’s case against MariCar          Multifaceted determination in ongoing push for progress          Tokyo’s fashion week can be for the fans          Good Design Awards go beyond industrial design          Ugrading home entertainment          The art of self-preservation: Examining the monks who spent years turning themselves into mummies while they were alive          Japonismes 2018 seeks to break down cultural stereotypes          Takarazuka Revue troupe takes its show infused with ‘woman power’ to Taiwan          Fierce and inventive, Yuko Tsushima’s oeuvre goes beyond the ‘I-novel’ genre          An insider’s guide to surviving the world of Japanese martial arts          Twitter speaks: That joke isn’t funny anymore          Your guide to our Japanese film picks at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival          The meteoric rise of Mayu Matsuoka          Banksy says incomplete shredding was malfunction          End of an era: Original Big Bird puppeteer, 84, is leaving ‘Sesame Street’          Akio Fujimoto trades drama for authenticity in film about the refugee experience          ‘Passage of Life’: A family drama that treats refugees with respect          ‘It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up’: A rural road movie with no destination          Lady Gaga getting married? She thanks ‘fiance’ during speech          The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking          ‘Astronomy and Printing: In Search of New World Vision’          ‘Aesthetics of Shinzo Fukuhara: Assemble, The Eugene Studio’