Sharmila Silva

For Sharmila Silva's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 8, 2011

Defense official deserves respect

Regarding the Dec. 2 editorial “Abominable remark over Futenma“: Perhaps the comment of the now former Okinawa Defense Bureau chief, Satoshi Tanaka, should be taken with a translation of “screwed over” rather than “raped”. In which case his comment would suggest that the Japanese ...

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 ...

Aug 29, 2011

Budget repair and liberal defiance

The residues of liberalism’s Wisconsin Woodstock — 1960s radicalism redux: operatic lamentations, theatrical demonstrations and electoral futilities — are words of plaintive defiance painted on sidewalks around the state capitol. “Solidarity forever” was perhaps painted by a graduate student forever at the University of ...

Jul 4, 2011

U.S. policy sidelines Gaza

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a series of stern and fiery statements recently, giving the impression that war is somehow upon us once again. Oddly, Clinton’s sudden reappearance into the Middle East diplomacy scene was triggered by the brave attempts of ...

Apr 24, 2011

Capability to think nonnuclear

Reading the April 19 Views From the Street article, “Hiroshima: Should Japan abandon the use of nuclear energy?,” I could not help noticing the narrow viewpoint of the featured responses. Are there no alternatives to nuclear? Only if you are unimaginative, narrowminded, or backward ...

Jun 4, 2010

Sri Lanka must invest in rights protection

NEW YORK — As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka’s minority communities ...

Sep 8, 2008

Russia must change course

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has seemed that new rules were being established for the conduct of international relations in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The watchwords were independence and interdependence; sovereignty and mutual responsibility; cooperation and common interests. ...

Nov 27, 2007

Spending without accountability

A report submitted by the Board of Audit to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda shows that government organizations and state-financed corporations still waste public money. The board uncovered 451 cases of inappropriate or illegal accounting amounting to ¥31 billion in fiscal 2006. Some cases border ...

Feb 8, 2007

Tony Blair's inglorious end

LONDON — It is becoming impossible not to feel sorry for Tony Blair, Britain’s departing prime minister. Here is a man still in his prime who has led his country as chief executive for almost a decade, who has kept Britain at the center ...