Aug 6, 2014

Paying for the habit of a minority

Regarding the Aug. 1 article “Japan’s smoking rate falls below 20% for first time, manufacturer says“: It’s time to add my two-pence worth. I’m taking this headline statement with a rather large pinch of salt, for the following reasons: First, Japan is a smoker’s ...

Aug 6, 2014

Women breaking the status quo

A salute to the women featured in the July 31 Kyodo article “Female officials challenge status quo” and the July 31 Bloomberg article “Late hours thwart Abe’s working moms.” It is these resolute, intelligent women making work and family work for them as well ...

Aug 6, 2014

Emotions that limit our freedom

Regarding Barry Andrew Ward’s July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis“: Once again Ward mentions immigration in the United States as a negative without elaboration. America was once the country of “Give me your poor huddled masses …” etc. Now it seems the policy ...

Aug 6, 2014

Bravo to Seoul's persistence

Regarding the Aug. 5 Jiji article “South Korea to issue ‘comfort women’ white paper in 2015“: It’s curious how Japan would have the world remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but cries foul when other nations remind Japan that not too long ...

Most shared Japan Times stories from July

Aug 4, 2014

Most shared Japan Times stories from July

In case you missed them, here are the most shared stories from The Japan Times for July 2014. The top 10 most shared new stories Welfare ruling stuns foreigners The landmark decision by the Supreme Court that permanent foreign residents of Japan are not ...

Jul 30, 2014

Get tough with selfish 'patients'

Regarding the July 24 Bloomberg Focus article, “Retirees swell national debt treating clinics as clubs“: I completely agree. To go further, I personally would mark these people as selfish and inconsiderate of others. I do not go to the doctor unless I have a ...

Jul 30, 2014

Contact keeping elders healthy

Regarding the closing quote from the article above, “Older people are squeezing money from the young and future generations under the current system“: No elder-bashing, please! The current crop of older people — such as the lifelong taxi driver mentioned who didn’t retire until ...

Jul 30, 2014

The name for a horrible practice

Cesar Chelala’s July 29 article, “Safe alternative rites to female circumcision,” was well written and interesting. I would like to comment on the headline, though. While the article talks about mutilation, the headline uses the less drastic word circumcision. The association for a less ...

Jul 30, 2014

Nazi-Catholic link is baseless

While I mostly agree with Barry Andrew Ward’s generally well-reasoned July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis,” it’s too bad it was tainted with what seems like a factually baseless attempt to link Nazism to Catholicism. Every authentic historical treatment on Adolf Hitler’s religious ...

| Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.