Jan 6, 2017

Abe's Pearl Harbor visit and the sanctity of human life

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s and President Barack Obama’s visit to Pearl Harbor reminds us of the horrors of war and the power of reconciliation. Their honoring those who perished at Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki speaks not only to us, but to our children, ...

Jan 6, 2017

No proof of Putin's hand in Trump's election

Regarding the letter “Putin’s hand in Trump’s election” in the Dec. 25 edition, it is astonishing that in a day and age of myriad information and 24/7 global electronic surveillance, there has not been one shred of solid evidence linking the Russian government to ...

Charles Manson's cult left seven dead and also killed a dream

Jan 5, 2017

Charles Manson's cult left seven dead and also killed a dream

The seven grisly murders carried out by Charles Manson’s disciples during the summer of 1969 did more than turn the hippie cult leader into the leering face of evil on front pages across America. To many, the bloodbath exposed the scary underside of the ...

| Jan 2, 2017

Let's discuss catching a cab

This week’s featured article SHUSUKE MURAI, THE JAPAN TIMES The base fare for short taxi rides in Tokyo will get cheaper starting on Jan. 30 in a bid to lure the business of foreign tourists and the elderly. The new rate, applied to cabs ...

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Jan 1, 2017

Kashima takes league and Emperor's Cup with 2-1 win over Kawasaki

Brazilian substitute Fabricio struck an extra-time winner as J-League champions Kashima Antlers completed a league and cup double with a 2-1 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the Emperor’s Cup final on Sunday. Shuto Yamamoto headed Kashima into a 42nd-minute lead before Kawasaki hit back ...

Dec 30, 2016

Make college more affordable

As seventh-graders at Seiko Gakuin in Yokohama, we are currently discussing the gap between the rich and the poor, researching all of the things that cause this social problem. We think that one solution is making education cheaper. Some causes of the gap include ...

Dec 30, 2016

More info needed on illegal drugs

Regarding the story “Aska released on evidence claim” in the Dec. 21 edition, Japan’s entire notion of drug use has been completely off the scale for too long. Looking at the headlines is a clear sign that Japan is behind the rest of the ...

Dec 23, 2016

Full text of Emperor Akihito's message on his 83rd birthday

This is the official translation of Emperor Akihito’s message on his 83rd birthday. Looking back on the past 12 months since my last birthday, the first thing that comes to mind is the visit to the Philippines with the Empress at the end of January ...

Dec 22, 2016

A message of world peace at Christmas time

The article “Arlington cemetery offers a history beyond war” in the Nov. 27 edition reminded me of my visit to the grave of John F. Kennedy. Arriving at the grave, the first thing I did was pray for the repose of Kennedy, feeling the ...