::::::::: THE JAPAN TIMES - JAPAN NEWS :::::::::                    Putin says ownership of Japan-claimed islands remains subject to future talks despite 1956 agreement          China, U.S. trade fiery barbs in speeches at Pacific summit          U.S. intel says Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi killing: source          Journalists’ spat over wartime ‘comfort women’ brothels shows Japan’s trouble in facing past          Trump says he’s ‘very easily’ answered special counsel’s questions          South Korea to dissolve Japan-funded ‘comfort women’ foundation          North Korean official condemns Japan and demands apologies over ‘sinful history’          Diet discussion halted after Justice Ministry says data in survey on missing foreign trainees was miscalculated          JAL, ANA to tighten alcohol rules after pilot drinking scandals          In historic visit, Shinzo Abe visits Darwin 75 years after WWII attack on Australian port city          Japan’s industries are ready to hire foreign workers, but concerns remain          Dismembered body parts thought to belong to missing Chiba woman; police question son          Ikea Japan to open outlet in Harajuku in 2020          Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing, stoking ethics debate          What’s next for Britain, Brexit and Theresa May?          Nintendo hopes new ‘Pokemon’ titles will lead to surge in sales for its Switch console ahead of holidays          May vows to carry on as Brexit’s hard-liners try to topple her          Japan looks to hold tests in seven countries for farm jobs under new visas          Japanese expat overcame ‘color bar’ to become decorated war hero for Britain in WWI          Skydiving Welsh grandma brings the power of touch to people with disabilities in Japan          Yuzuru Hanyu builds huge lead after Cup of Russia short program          Hiroki Sakai scores, concedes penalty in Japan’s draw with Venezuela          James Southerland’s big fourth quarter seals Mikawa’s victory over Nagoya          Wayne Rooney scoreless in 120th, final England appearance          Nao Kodaira claims 30th straight victory in 500-meter races          Takakeisho improves to 6-0, remains lone unbeaten wrestler          Sumo 101: Kensho          Rockets part ways with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony          Boston’s Mookie Betts, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich win MVP awards          Russell Wilson guides Seahawks to comeback victory over Packers          Kei Nishikori exits ATP Finals after defeat to Dominic Thiem          Rui Hachimura scores 18 in rout of Texas A&M as Gonzaga improves to 3-0          Nasa Hataoka cards 8-under 64 in opening round at CME Group Tour Championship          Akihito Yamada returns to Japan lineup for clash with England          Sosuke Genda powers Samurai Japan past MLB All-Stars in series finale          Sumo 101: Shitakubeya (dressing rooms)          Tochiozan sets pace in Kyushu          Novak Djokovic overcomes illness to advance to ATP Finals semis          Penguins give GM Jim Rutherford a three-year contract extension          Jacob deGrom, Blake Snell voted Cy Young Award winners          Grizzlies’ Yuta Watanabe plays in second NBA game          Hokkaido will host 2020 All-Star Game          Yuzuru Hanyu looks to clinch Grand Prix Final spot at Cup of Russia          Yokozuna Kisenosato pulls out of Kyushu Basho after fourth straight loss          Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-5 to clinch exhibition series          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          Jail in Japan for cannabis in Canada? Possible but unlikely          Views from Tokyo: Should Japan follow Canada and legalize recreational marijuana?          An empty space on a Japanese train, a full mailbox of diverse views on the ‘gaijin seat’          No pushover: a cat named Hokuro          For work rules in Japan to legally count, employers must hammer them home          The death of a Japanese countryside festival          Indian women in Japan struggle to find their niche          The heart knows: An Akita named Harry          My husband is not my baby’s father. 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