Internal Submission

For Internal Submission's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 28, 2015

Trying to stop the repetition of stupidities

Bloomberg writer Noah Smith, in his Feb. 24 op-ed article titled “Will Japan become Asia’s next autocracy?,” warns of the danger in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempt to amend the Constitution with the Liberal Democratic Party’s illiberal draft proposals, yet thinks it sensible to ...

Feb 28, 2015

Right-wingers toe the U.S. line

The other day, while driving in Naha, I encountered a sound truck operated by ultra-nationalists. It was blaring out Imperial Japanese Army tunes with two national flags hoisted on top: One was the Rising Sun and the other was the Stars and Stripes. Clearly ...

Feb 28, 2015

Too tired to care who is standing

Having returned to Japan nearly five years ago — after living in the United States for 15 years — I was wondering why the Japanese generally lacked courtesy on the train when it came to yielding their seats to elders, pregnant women or people ...

'Star Trek' Spock actor Nimoy dies at age 83

Feb 28, 2015

'Star Trek' Spock actor Nimoy dies at age 83

Leonard Nimoy, who won fame with his portrayal of the logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, died on Friday at 83. Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died at his home in Los Angeles’ Bel ...

Feb 21, 2015

Remember why you came here

Regarding the Feb. 12 article by Eric Johnston and Tomohiro Osaki titled “Author Sono calls for racial segregation“: Ruthless Japan-bashing has become a style statement for many foreigners. The recent furor in criticizing the country shows some foreigners to forget that, outside the peaceful ...

Feb 21, 2015

Being bilingual not always so cool

I’m considered bilingual. I lived in Canada until the age of 6. Many times people have told me it’s cool to be bilingual, but it’s not that simple. In Canada, I was too small to know there are different languages. I never distinguished Japanese ...

Native Americans move into pot business

Feb 15, 2015

Native Americans move into pot business

What is now a damp plot of bright green grass next to a Native American greenhouse in Northern California could soon set the burgeoning marijuana industry on fire. An initial state-of-the art greenhouse measuring 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) is to be erected ...

Feb 14, 2015

Need to challenge established truths

Regarding Michael Hoffman’s Jan. 25 article, “Amid French crisis, Japan frets over virgins”: Hoffman seems to make the usual post-modern mistake of turning an idea into an identity. Religion is not a race, nor is it inherent in anyone’s DNA. It’s an idea just ...

Feb 7, 2015

Japan has enough to do in East Asia

I am merely adding my voice to those abundantly heard elsewhere, but I feel that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should not get involved with the Islamic State group at all. Let those people sort out their own destiny. Extremism and terrorism are not spontaneous; ...