Feb 10, 2017

Abe missing the mark on solving labor shortage

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in a pinch. In the face of a declining population and the ever-growing lack of eligible workers, it seems only natural that immigration law reform would be on his to-do list. Recently, a plan was introduced to reduce the ...

Feb 10, 2017

Clarification on Singapore Biennale

I am writing in response to your article on the Singapore Biennale by John L. Tran (“Biennale takes good hard look in mirror” in the Jan. 29 edition), in which an intervention by myself at the Biennale symposium is cited. This fine piece sets ...

Feb 10, 2017

Pacific War book review falls short

While I am grateful to The Japan Times for reviewing my book, “International Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War” in the Feb. 5 edition, I take exception to some of the criticisms leveled against my book by the reviewer, particularly toward the ...

Feb 10, 2017

Standing up to Trump the bully

Regarding “JAL bars some fliers from U.S. flights” (Feb. 4), it’s been decades if not centuries since such prejudice has so blatantly ruled the White (only) House. Using JAL as an instrument to impose his hatred, Donald Trump is already fulfilling his mandate as ...

Feb 10, 2017

Japan's unique sense of purpose

Regarding the Big in Japan column titled “Does contemporary Japan need religion?” in the Feb. 5 edition, it is rare that a nation can mold itself to pursue a common objective over a prolonged period of time. Japan is one of the few such ...

Falcons hire Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

Feb 8, 2017

Falcons hire Sarkisian as new offensive coordinator

After only one game as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian is heading to the NFL. To work with MVP quarterback Matt Ryan and the league’s highest-scoring offense, no less. Less than 24 hours after Kyle Shanahan left to become head coach of the San ...

Feb 5, 2017

Japanese sumo fans can rejoice

Regarding “Kisenosato promoted to sumo’s highest rank” (Jan. 26), for Japanese sumo fans this must be a huge relief. There’s only one problem. For years, Japanese people have been voicing concern that foreign sumo wrestlers are dominating the sport. They’re too strong and Japanese ...

Feb 5, 2017

Sloppy reporting on hydrogen

Regarding “Toyota, Shell betting $10.7 billion on hydrogen” in the Jan. 19 edition, when reporting on environmental matters you owe it to the planet and our children to get your facts clear and correct. Two separate sentences early in the article very strongly imply ...