Internal Submission

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

May 23, 2015

Abe's policies are full of holes

Regarding the article “Recent changes to Japan’s defense policies attracts support in U.S. House” in the May 17 edition, Shinzo Abe’s policies contain so many conceptual holes it’s possible to see right through the other side to the dichotomies that render his rule absurd. ...

May 16, 2015

Buraku issues still resonate

It was a pleasure to encounter Stephen Mansfield’s review of my recent book, “Working Skin,” in the May 3 edition of The Japan Times. Buraku issues continue to be of broad public import in contemporary Japan and deserving of more discussion. I wanted to ...

May 9, 2015

U.S. military in Okinawa illegally

The pomp and circumstance that characterized the state dinner given by U.S. President Barack Obama for visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (“State dinner for Abe at White House surprises with haiku, sake and R&B” in the April 30 edition) may camouflage the reality that ...

May 9, 2015

Discrimination is difficult to end

Regarding the May 3 book review “Marginalized in Tokyo’s leatherwork districts,” I was reminded how the word “rawhide” appeared in a TV cowboy drama’s theme song, and how in the Showa late 30s, a friend of mine and I went to a shoemaker near ...

May 4, 2015

Ashes of ballerina Plisetskaya to be spread over Russia

The ashes of Maya Plisetskaya, the renowned Bolshoi Theater ballerina who died this weekend, will be scattered over Russia in accordance with her wishes. Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin said Plisetskaya left instructions for her to be cremated and, after the death of her husband, ...

May 2, 2015

The world needs Rall's indignation

Thank you, Japan Times, for publishing Ted Rall (“Proof the U.S. is rotten to the core,” April 28) and thank you, Ted Rall, for your continued righteous indignation about the injustices of this world. The Japan Times seems to be one of the very ...