Nov 18, 2016

President Trump is a risk worth taking

Electing Donald Trump might have been a gamble. He could potentially be one of the most controversial presidents in the history of the United States, but there have been presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton, who have been equally questionable. With the ...

Nov 11, 2016

For Trump, the opposite of a Greek tragedy

Finally, the curtain has drawn on Donald Trump’s vaudevillian presidential run and, after nearly 600 days, the lights went down with a shocking twist: victory. While his detractors’ immediate shock will likely prevent them from having 20/20 hindsight, the Trump troupe’s success shows that ...

Nov 11, 2016

Marines have no place in Okinawa

Is it existential denial or simple rejection of marines that is at issue in Okinawa? While Okinawa demands that the U.S. Marine Corps be withdrawn from the prefecture completely, the central government argues against it by saying military matters should be considered integrally as ...

Nov 11, 2016

Reduce bluefin tuna catch now

Overfishing is a serious problem around the world. All major countries are responsible for the current state of fish decline, but Japan is the leader in consumption of many fish taken. A staggering 97 percent of the Pacific bluefin tuna population has been lost ...

Nov 11, 2016

Apologize, but in the right way

I was very much interested in “Anthem refuseniks, and ancient legends” by Hiroaki Sato in the Oct. 23 edition. And I quite agreed with him. For a long time I was one of the Japanese who apologized for what prewar Japan did in China, ...

Nov 4, 2016

Promises to end 'karoshi' ring hollow

I was saddened to read of the suicide of Matsuri Takahashi, driven to depression by the culture of overwork, bullying and harassment at the Dentsu Inc. advertising agency. That a young, intelligent woman should be made so miserable that she would take her own ...

Nov 4, 2016

What's to be done about the TPP?

Frankly it is time for a backup plan. Even if Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States, as appears likely, she is not going to move on this for a year or two and it is extremely difficult to predict what she ...