Aug 13, 2014

Surrender option unacceptable

In response to Aaron Tovish’s Aug. 10 letter, “Children’s deaths were senseless,” I respect the Peace Boat organization, but Tovish’s letter contains some indefensible and incredible historical revisionism about Japan’s surrender in World War II that reflects poorly on that organization’s political agenda. The ...

Aug 13, 2014

Ignorance putting us in danger

People sometimes say, “Ignorance is bliss.” It is true that innocent children who don’t know the despair of modern society seem to live a happy life. Nevertheless, we should stop being fatalistic and see the truth in society because, currently, our safety is being ...

Aug 13, 2014

Casting actresses in ethnic roles

In no way do I mean to criticize Philip Brasor’s Aug. 10 Media Mix column, “Critics get frank when it comes to Godzilla“; however, I have never quite understood the derision given to the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” over the casting of Chinese ...

Aug 6, 2014

Xi should push rule of law

If Chinese leader Xi Jinping is serious about enacting reforms, he should implement political and judiciary changes designed to strip the party of its privilege and firmly establish the rule of law.

Aug 6, 2014

Let flexibility reign at university

The Aug. 3 editorial “More students opt for fifth year” gave me a chance to ponder the flexibility of university-level education in our society. In colleges and universities, generally speaking, there are too many required subjects for students, and students have to take so ...

Aug 6, 2014

A call to all cooks about tuna

Because of the over-fishing of one of our most amazing and tasty fish, bluefin tuna stocks have fallen to dangerously low levels. Its natural habitats, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, are being ruthlessly and, sometimes, illegally, exploited as the fish is ...

Aug 6, 2014

Paying for the habit of a minority

Regarding the Aug. 1 article “Japan’s smoking rate falls below 20% for first time, manufacturer says“: It’s time to add my two-pence worth. I’m taking this headline statement with a rather large pinch of salt, for the following reasons: First, Japan is a smoker’s ...

Aug 6, 2014

Women breaking the status quo

A salute to the women featured in the July 31 Kyodo article “Female officials challenge status quo” and the July 31 Bloomberg article “Late hours thwart Abe’s working moms.” It is these resolute, intelligent women making work and family work for them as well ...

Aug 6, 2014

Emotions that limit our freedom

Regarding Barry Andrew Ward’s July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis“: Once again Ward mentions immigration in the United States as a negative without elaboration. America was once the country of “Give me your poor huddled masses …” etc. Now it seems the policy ...