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Mar 3, 2017

Save the oceans, but within reason

The authors of the opinion piece “Fighting the good fight for ocean health” in the Feb. 19 edition stress the need for funding worldwide climate initiatives and for keeping the efforts funded. To ensure that every country pays, they call for financing plans and ...

Mar 3, 2017

How young are you — really?

The senior citizen population of Japan is increasing. I often hear from elderly people that “we feel are getting older, yet we know our mental age remains the same.” I remember the words of a certain American lady who said, “I am 90 years ...

Feb 24, 2017

Firms, pay heed to where your ads show up

Regarding the Feb. 13 story “Weaponized buying as shoppers weigh boycott calls over firms’ political stands,” I ventured into the minefield known as Breitbart News. Although the article described Breitbart as a “conservative news and opinion website formerly run by Trump’s chief strategist,” it’s ...

Feb 24, 2017

'Big Tobacco' is at it again in Japan

The health ministry’s moves to consider exceptions to restrictions on smoking for small restaurants and bars reflects political slight of hand. This isn’t about restaurant and bar businesses; it’s about tobacco’s business. Entertainment businesses don’t lose customers, but tobacco companies do because smoking declines ...

Trump calls media 'enemy of the American people'

/ Feb 18, 2017

Trump calls media 'enemy of the American people'

Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the media Friday, describing the press as “the enemy of the American people!” in a tweet. Shortly after landing at his holiday home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida — where he is spending a third consecutive weekend — the ...

Feb 17, 2017

Entertainment biz has role in bullying

The high rate of bullying in Japan leads to a high suicide rate among teenagers. A large contributing factor to this issue is how Japanese comedy and entertainment is based off of making fun of others, whether it is fat-shaming or remarks against different ...