Jul 10, 2015

Sushi chefs should keep their hair tidy

On the July 5 article “Female chefs are giving sushi a new lease on life,” only one of these female chefs looks like someone I would want preparing my food (Yumi Chiba). Her hair is neatly and professionally tidied under her chef’s cap. All ...

Jul 10, 2015

Thailand is a land of free expression

Regarding the article “Lese Majeste brings despair to Thai families” by Marion Thaibaut, an AFP-Jiji reporter based in Bangkok, in The Japan Times on May 25, I wish to clarify the following: 1. Whatever our politics, Thailand has always been a free and open ...

Jul 10, 2015

Beef up pensions, not bullet-train security

Regarding the story “Bullet trains get rude wake-up call” in the July 5 edition, it was surely only a matter of time, after such a long record of years of virtually trouble-free operation, that eventually something should happen on the shinkansen. However, I imagine ...

| Jul 6, 2015

Let's discuss changing child care laws

This week’s featured article JIJI A group of parents in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are taking legal action against the municipal government after a decision to strip nursery access from parents who take postnatal leave to care for a newborn. The plaintiffs, 11 people from ...

Jul 4, 2015

One solution for the Greek debt crisis

Regarding the story “Tsipras seeks public vote against new bailout deal” in the June 28 edition, here’s a solution to the Greece debt problem: decide upon a ratio of responsibility for the debacle that acknowledges mutual culpability by the borrower and the lender. The ...

Jul 4, 2015

The world should ditch nuclear arms

I was really sad to read the editorial “Disappointing NPT conference” in the May 27 edition because I had really hoped that all countries would abolish their nuclear weapons. There are two reasons why I think that. The first reason is I think nuclear ...

Jul 4, 2015

Yoga has benefits for everyone

The article of “Modi leads Yoga Day amid skepticism” (June 28, 2015) tells us that June 21 is the International Day of Yoga. It is good news since people all over the world can know yoga and enjoy a better health by doing yoga. ...

Jul 4, 2015

Correct definition of 'singularity'

The Big in Japan column titled “Humans face singular concern over AI jobs” in the June 28 edition contains an error which needs to be corrected. The article defines “singularity” as the moment “when artificially intelligent machines become smarter than we are.” The correct ...

Jul 4, 2015

Storm in a teacup over Toyota exec

William Pesek makes some salient points in his article titled “Toyota’s drug problem, and Japan’s” in the June 28 edition. Even allowing for the fact that Hamp broke the law — and Japan’s extreme intolerance of illegal drugs — “Go ni itte wa go ...