Jan 7, 2015

An 'addiction' worth keeping

I wish to express concern regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Jan. 5 front-page article, “Patriotic few battle addiction to peace.” Already the headline is problematic. Using the term “addiction” to describe Japan’s pacifism implies that it is somehow a harmful thing that must be eradicated. And ...

Staying up all night to get lucky (bags)

Jan 6, 2015

Staying up all night to get lucky (bags)

New Year's in Japan means fukubukuro (literally, "lucky bags"). In a tradition kickstarted by the Matsuya Department Store almost 100 years ago, retail outlets offer mystery grab bags to the shoppers who are willing to buy blindly in hopes of scoring a bargain.

Most read Life stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Life stories of 2014

From cannabis growers to tips on learning Japanese, these were some of the most read Life section articles of 2014. Cannabis: the fabric of Japan When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him ...

Most read Culture stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Culture stories of 2014

OK Go’s Japanese-inspired music video and Sailor Moon’s special birthday were some of the most read and shared Culture articles of 2014. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) Warner Entertainment Japan — whose Hollywood blockbusters have hurried the samurai period drama toward its ...

Most read Community stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Community stories of 2014

Welfare for foreigners, bicultural names, pick-up artists . . . these were just a few of the topics explored in the most read Community stories of 2014.  Let’s ensure no happy returns to Japan for this vile ‘dating coach’ One of the most reviled misogynist ...

Most read Sports stories of 2014

Jan 1, 2015

Most read Sports stories of 2014

With the exception of shooting star on the tennis court and a questionable ref at the World Cup, much of the big sports news stories  for Japan happened on the ice year. Scandalous outcome: Skating judges steal Kim’s title, hand it to Sotnikova Yuna ...

Dec 31, 2014

Shameful decision to close parks

Regarding staff writer Tomohiro Osaki’s Dec. 29 article, “Shibuya shuts parks, thwarting year-end soup distribution for homeless“: I would like to thank The Japan Times for running this story. Shibuya Ward’s closure of the three parks during the new year holidays will prevent supporters ...

Dec 31, 2014

The shocking reality of slavery

I was shocked to read the Dec. 21 editorial “End the global slavery scourge,” which includes the revelation that there are 35.8 million people enslaved across the world in new, horrifying ways. None of us is born to be a slave; nobody can deny ...

Dec 31, 2014

Tourists want to go off the track

Regarding the Dec. 23 Jiji article “Tourists flocking to Japan but few venture off the beaten track“: I have escorted 10 tours to Japan from Australia over the last few years and we certainly have ventured off the beaten track, visiting such places as ...

Dec 31, 2014

Double punishment is not right

The Dec. 14 AP sports article “Peterson loses appeal” describes the NFL’s decision to suspend Adrian Peterson until next spring as punishment for his disciplinary switching of his son, which was deemed abusive. I am worried by the idea of one’s employer adding additional ...