Apr 16, 2016

Help us save our park, an oasis in Kyoto

I’m a mother with two young children living in Kyoto. We are now enjoying the cherry blossom season here. My children and their friends are playing every day at the local Kyoto city park, on land leased from Ryuhonji Temple. There are many beautiful ...

Apr 16, 2016

Why U.S. Marines are in Okinawa

The oft-cited reason why the U.S. Marines are stationed in Okinawa is its superior strategic location; that is, from Okinawa they can deal with any contingencies as quickly as possible that may occur in any part of the region. But in a contingency involving ...

Apr 16, 2016

Hedgehog cafe is not a good idea

Regarding the story “Japan’s first hedgehog-themed cafe opens in Tokyo” in the April 9 edition, a hedgehog cafe is very, very wrong for so many reasons. Cats and rabbits, they like to be petted. Hedgehogs are not for petting — they hate it. They ...

Eyewitnesses to Kumamoto quakes on social media

Apr 16, 2016

Eyewitnesses to Kumamoto quakes on social media

The strongest quake in Japan since March 2011, registering 7 on the Japanese seismic scale, shook Kumamoto Prefecture on the evening of April 14 with another major quake striking in the early hours of April 16. Here is a selection of reactions and reports ...

Apr 9, 2016

Hidebound school boards cripple Japan

Japan is a nation built on virtue. Perhaps one of most important is efficiency; the senselessness of wasting resources. Yet I have come to witness colossal wastage in Japan. I talk of the boards of education in certain regions that corrupt the teaching of ...

Apr 9, 2016

Obama should visit Hiroshima

The story headlined “Kerry to visit Hiroshima for G-7 ministerial talks” in the April 3 edition pointed out that Group of Seven ministers will visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to pay tribute to the atomic bomb victims. That means hundreds of government officials ...

Apr 9, 2016

Abe leading Japan to another war

Regarding the story “Security laws usher in new era for pacifist Japan” in the March 30 edition, March 29, 2016, will go down in history as the day that one man sent a nation to war. By selfishly binning the Nobel-worthy peace Constitution, Prime ...