Feb 7, 2015

Abe's wrong to dis need for modesty

Regarding Mizuho Aoki’s Jan. 29 article, “Abe pledges to ‘correct’ the record on wartime sex slaves“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a grave error when he says “being modest does not receive recognition in the international community.” How very wrong he is. It ...

Toto announces first album in nine years

Jan 27, 2015

Toto announces first album in nine years

Toto, known especially for the 1980′s hit “Africa,” will release its first album in nearly a decade. The Los Angeles-area rockers said they regarded “Toto XIV,” their first album of new material since 2006, as a sequel to 1982′s “Toto IV,” which jumpstarted the ...

Jan 24, 2015

Ties with West to be renewed

Regarding Harsh V. Pant’s Jan. 19 article, “Even with a change of regime in Colombo, China’s sway will continue to grow in Sri Lanka“: Pant is vaguely accurate in most of his analysis of Sri Lanka’s recent history, but his description of former President ...

Jan 14, 2015

Politics and women overseas

The Dec. 14 national election was personally significant for me because, for the first time in my life, I voted. A bittersweet experience it was. I happened to be on a short-term sabbatical in Japan when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the snap ...

Jan 14, 2015

TV talents' gross dining habits

I love cooking and eating and am a big fan of television shows featuring these “skills.” But I think I’ve discovered at least a partial explanation for my son’s and his friends’ abhorrent lack of table manners that seem immune to parental correction: chewing ...

Jan 14, 2015

Power to France's constitution

The terrorist attacks in France remind us how difficult it is for different cultures to live together in one society. Media reports have made much of the fact that not a few Muslims have been frustrated with measures implemented by the French government. As ...

Coming-of-Age Day in Japan 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Coming-of-Age Day in Japan 2015

This week in Japan, people are enjoying a shorter working week thanks to "Seijin no Hi" (Coming-of-Age Day), a day on which anyone who happens to have turned 20 between April 2 of last year and April 1 this year celebrates the so-called rite ...

Jan 7, 2015

Wanted: energy-cost perspective

I read with increasing frustration Eric Johnston’s Jan. 2 article, “Nuclear motive suspected in feed-in tariff reforms,” which is a bleat on behalf of the solar power industry. Perhaps Johnston should take a trip into the countryside and see what passes for green power ...