Internal Submission

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Sep 24, 2016

New Okinawa helipads won't help defense of Senkaku Islands

Despite strong local opposition, the central government seems intent on forging ahead with the construction of V/STOL (vertical or short takeoff or landing) facilities for Ospreys and Harrier jump jets in Yanbaru, Okinawa’s northern highlands, without any regard to Japan as a sovereign state. ...

Sep 24, 2016

Japan's war aim in China misinterpreted

In his Counterpoint column titled “Memories of Mukden Incident remain divisive” in the Sept. 18 edition, Jeff Kingston claims that Japan’s drive into Southeast Asia in 1941 was initiated “in order to secure resources needed to vanquish China.” This is a curious interpretation for ...

Sep 16, 2016

Privacy a myth in this nation of snoops

Stalking? It’s as Japanese as sushi (“Waking up to the menace of stalking” in the Sept. 11 edition). Ninja were professional stalkers and it’s in the blood of most Japanese. This is a nation of snoop hounds. Privacy is a myth in Japan. The ...

Sep 16, 2016

Thai government not in blame game

I wish to refer to the article “Thai military junta playing a dangerous blame game” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun, published in the Sept. 1 issue, and wish to make the following clarifications: Immediately after the series of bombing attacks occurred on Aug. 11 and 12, ...

Sep 16, 2016

Build Bushido, not feminism

A foreign woman writing about Japan’s Emperor accession (“Compromising on Imperial succession reform” in the Sept. 13 edition) demonstrates her profound lack of understanding of Japanese history and the traditions that have protected Japan from conquest for thousands of years. She sees the Emperor ...

Sep 16, 2016

Mother Teresa's enduring message

The news that Mother Teresa was made a saint Sept. 4 by the pope reminded me of her speech in Sendai and had me pondering her life as well. She visited Japan several times and fortunately I had a chance to listen to her ...