Internal Submission

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Apr 21, 2017

LDP usurping spirit and power of democracy

Regarding the story “Nearly 70% of public doesn’t buy Abe’s Moritomo explanations” in the April 16 edition, in a little reported incident on April 13, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his majority wild card in the Diet to shelve any possibility of a timely ...

Apr 21, 2017

Teaching to the test not the right path

In his opinion piece on the disappointing Eiken test results, Walt Gardner offers up dubious advice (“Modify instruction to improve English skills” in the April 11 edition.) He urges English teachers in Japan to teach to the test. That is, he proposes that English ...

Apr 21, 2017

Who are the real Okinawa traitors?

The other day, in Naha’s Omoromachi district, I encountered a right-winger loudspeaker truck blaring out an anti-China message with the Rising Sun and Stars and Stripes hoisted on both sides of the vehicle. The flags clearly show that Japan’s right-wingers identify themselves with the ...

Apr 14, 2017

Where are the protests to the march to war?

If you’ve picked up the paper this week, you might have come to the disturbing conclusion that the U.S. is marching ever closer to the brink of a devastating war with North Korea. It’s a conflict that would be sure to hit Japan hard, ...

Apr 14, 2017

Making a case against ban on public smoking

So, the World Health Organization “tells Japan to ban public smoking” (April 9). Is this the same WHO that repressed a 1998 study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) which found “weak evidence of a dose-response relationship ...

Apr 14, 2017

Another bad idea for English education

The capital’s proposal to improve high school English (“Tokyo to build English-language immersion facility for kids” in the March 24 edition) sounds like it has sunk to a watery grave even before it could be floated. The idea that a facility alone will somehow ...

United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers, CEO says

Apr 12, 2017

United won't use police to remove overbooked passengers, CEO says

United Airlines will no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights after global outrage erupted over a video showing a passenger dragged from one of its planes in Chicago. “We’re not going to put a law enforcement official … to ...