Sep 10, 2016

Japan, China can find mutual prosperity

Regarding the opinion piece “The most dangerous problem in Asia: Japan-China relations” in the Sept. 3 edition, Japan-China relations have indeed had its tumultuous phases since the second half of the 19th century. But contrary to professor Kerry Brown’s sweeping assertion that both countries ...

Sep 10, 2016

'Haafu' deserve full acceptance

In only two years, Priyanka Yoshikawa is the second mixed race contestant to win a major Japanese beauty pageant, but even so she is facing a severe backlash (“Japanese-Indian crowned Miss World Japan” in the Sept. 7 edition). Many Japanese people say that she ...

Sep 3, 2016

Patriotism and nationalism in postwar Japan

Social media is alight every August with comments ranging from educational to pure hate speech (“Anniversary of surrender marked with speeches and prayers” in the Aug. 16 edition). Seventy-one years later, the war still elicits strong opinions, some fact-based and some social media myths. ...

Sep 3, 2016

Don't overreact to Sagamihara

As a disabled person — I have cerebral palsy — I give The Japan Times a lot of credit for highlighting the potential harm to people with mental health issues an overreaction to Sagamihara might cause (“Trying to make sense of Sagamihara” in the ...

Sep 3, 2016

Female succession urgently needed

The Emperor’s video message made me astonished, then made me sad (“Emperor hints at desire to abdicate,” Aug. 9). He is 82 years old and still responsible for public duties and rituals. As he is not allowed to make any political remarks, he deliberately ...

Aug 26, 2016

Abenomics has done little for consumers

What is the average person in Japan to make of the term “Abenomics,” or more importantly, how will it make any difference in their lives as consumers? Will the three envisioned arrows of Abenomics have any effect on the high prices and the rigidity ...