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For John Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 2, 2013

Beware a revanchist China

In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Feb. 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe informed the audience of officials, experts and journalists that Japan is “back” and will not stand down in its ongoing sovereignty dispute with China ...

Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Oct 30, 2011

Real dangers of cycling

Regarding the Oct. 26 article “Reckless cyclists face crackdown,” in Chigasaki and Samukawa, I cycle 10 km to work every morning. The dangers I face have nothing to do with fixed-gear bikes, and I have never seen anyone riding one without brakes. If the ...

Oct 20, 2011

Recalling Sony's halcyon days

In regard to the Oct. 14th article “Sony recalls 1.6 million Bravia TVs worldwide,” it seems a little ironic to me. In the days of Sony founder Akio Morita, when he was at the corporate helm, this sort of malfunction wouldn’t have happened. How ...

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China’s sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country’s biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Oct 2, 2011

Effects of disenfranchisement

In his Sept. 22 letter, “A prevalent form of propaganda,” Greg Leviton addresses a number of points that are often brought up concerning issues in the Middle East. Although I appreciate his ardor in support of Israel, many of these topics are more nuanced ...

Sep 15, 2011

Will the real Dick Cheney please stand up?

He’s been called Darth Vader, feared or derided as a trigger-happy, torture-loving puppet master who called the shots over the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency. And now, with the publication of his memoir, “In My Time,” Dick Cheney has once again ...

Jun 19, 2011

How will having dosimeters help?

The June 15 Kyodo article “34,000 children in Fukushima to get dosimeters” is absurd. What facilities does the prefecture have available to read these 34,000 dosimeters? None. What plans does the prefecture have in place to respond to high readings from the children’s high ...

May 13, 2011

Sumo climbing back

The match-fixing scandal that came to light this year has cost the Japan Sumo Association a lot in several ways. Seven wrestlers in the makuuchi division and 10 in the juryo division have been driven out of the sumo world. The JSA was forced ...

Mar 4, 2011

Justifying an intervention in Libya for justice' sake

MELBOURNE — The world has watched in horror as Libya’s Colonel Moammar Gadhafi uses his military to attack protesters opposed to his rule, killing hundreds or possibly thousands of unarmed civilians. Many of his own men have refused to fire on their own people, ...