| Nov 1, 2011

Ganbatte and gaman stifle debate, hinder recovery

Nuclear debate discouraged Re: “Japan needs less ganbatte, more genuine action” by Debito Arudou (Just Be Cause, Oct. 4): I was wondering when such an article would show up in the newspapers. Thank you for finally commenting on some of the finer workings of ...

| Oct 18, 2011

Sexless marriages, ineffective police

Some readers’ responses to Debito Arudou’s Sept. 6 Just Be Cause column, “ ‘Sexlessness’ wrecks marriages, threatens nation’s future”: More sex needed in the media The real issue that the article makes regards “sexlessness” itself, not its effect on marriage. If Japanese are the ...

Mascot menagerie: from the practical to the satirical

| Oct 4, 2011

Mascot menagerie: from the practical to the satirical

In the Aug. 30 Light Gist column, headlined “Mascots on a mission to explain the mundane,” Colin P. A. Jones explored the marvellous menagerie of mascots deployed by Japanese authorities to educate adults and children alike about the law and the workings of government. ...

| Jul 5, 2011

Disunited 'English-speaking diaspora' bites back

The Community Page received a large number of emails in response to Debito Arudou’s June 7 Just Be Cause column, headlined ” ‘English-speaking diaspora’ should unite, not backbite.” Give us the data Mr. Arudou’s latest article presents a thought-provoking description of three non-Japanese communities ...

Does Japan need an education in dealing with difference?

| Jun 28, 2011

Does Japan need an education in dealing with difference?

The Community Page received a large number of emails in response to Gerry McLellan’s May 24 Hotline to Nagatacho column “Japanese adults need an education in dealing with difference.” The following is a selection of readers’ views. Compliments ring hollow This article made me ...