| Jun 21, 2011

Sharing Tepco's bill; family's tough choice

People must share Tepco burden Re: “A victim of Tepco’s yakuza-style extortion” (Have Your Say, June 14) by Blues Bowman: If this letter had been written when the plant was built, fair enough, but we have to consider the situation as it stands now. ...

| Jun 14, 2011

A victim of TEPCO's yakuza-style extortion

As a former subscriber I have nowhere else to turn but to you. I have been contacted by a yakuza-like organization. Or rather, I’ve read that I will be contacted soon. I don’t know what to do. First they poisoned everything, then they sent ...

| Jun 7, 2011

'Flyjin,' 'sheeple,' angry people: readers' views

Debito Arudou’s May 3 Just Be Cause column, headlined “ Better to be branded a ‘flyjin’ than a man of the ‘sheeple,’” provoked an online skirmish between contributors to the columnist’s blog, Debito.org, and its self-proclaimed “debunker” site. Here are just some of the ...

| May 10, 2011

Japan's education system failing on all levels

The article “Students choose failure over uncertainty” by Chris Burgess (Zeit Gist, April 19) is truly reflective of the state of education, employment and Japanese society. I am glad to know that someone has finally voiced his or her concern over a very broken ...

| Apr 26, 2011

Memories of Agent Orange; Fukushima folly

I am a victim of Agent Orange Thanks for your story on AO in Okinawa (“Evidence for Agent Orange on Okinawa” by Jon Mitchell, Zeit Gist, April 12). Just like those of us stationed and exposed to AO on Johnston Island after all the ...

| Apr 19, 2011

'Nuclear plants on tofu,' 'Debito's drivel': readers respond

Some readers’ responses to our stories and letters on Japan’s nuclear crisis and Debito Arudou’s “Letting radiation leak, but never information” (April 5): ‘Nuclear plants on tofu’ Rubbing salt into the wound, foreigners, or “gaijin” (“outside people”) — always at least somewhat excluded from ...

| Apr 5, 2011

'Charisma Men' and temps: readers' views

Some readers’ responses to last month’s Just Be Cause column by Debito Arudou, headlined “ Charisma Men, unite against the identity enforcers” (March 1): ‘Identity police,’ judge selves Debito Arudou has made an excellent point about immigrants. A high percentage of the ancestors of ...

| Feb 8, 2011

Hooked on U.S., Japan risks going down with it: responses

Following are responses to “Hooked on U.S., Japan risks going down with it” by Brian Victoria (Hotline to Nagatacho, Jan. 4): Article 9 offers hope Brian Victoria’s letter to Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara brilliantly illustrates the reliance of Japanese society on American militarism in ...