Pamela Cox

For Pamela Cox's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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 ...

Nov 24, 2011

Mounting anger is no surprise

The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York and the tented encampment by St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London are symptoms of the frustration and anger felt by many disadvantaged people against those whom they see as living a life of luxury ...

Nov 22, 2011

Supporting the unemployed

The government has started a job-seeker support system from the beginning of October, under which unemployed people can receive allowances while undergoing vocational training. The new system will serve as the second safety net for workers, besides unemployment insurance. So far, if the period ...

Nov 7, 2011

Crime in America: execution of the mentally ill

Christopher Johnson’s execution by the State of Alabama creates serious doubts about the justice of a measure that is widely criticized by human rights advocates throughout the world. According to the group Equal Justice Initiative, the Alabama Supreme Court planned the execution without even ...

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 28, 2011

Let Greece default and live

Few things are as galling as being right too soon. Back in 1970, dissident Soviet historian Andrei Amalrik wrote a book boldly called “Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?” He predicted that it would not, which greatly annoyed the Communist regime. He was ...

Sep 9, 2011

Beating the midlife blues

Are you feeling down about middle age? Do you find yourself thinking that time is hurtling and you’ll never reach your goals — or, perhaps more distressingly, that they don’t even fit who you are anymore? If you’re in the age range of roughly ...

Sep 8, 2011

Red herring of impeded shipping

Michael Richardson’s Sept. 1 article, “Beijing wastes no time with Noda,” panders to sinophobics. Even if China were to “extend its presence” in the East China Sea and South China Sea, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time in history that Southeast Asian countries ...

Sep 5, 2011

Japan in a European club?

Hitherto unknown and self-styled “loach” Yoshihiko Noda must learn to swim in an ocean of problems as Japan’s new prime minister of the year. He has more than a plateful of domestic issues, but he should also realize, as his predecessors forgot, that Japan ...