Jul 23, 2015

Where were the voters when it really counted?

Regarding the article titled “As outrage boils, anti-Abe posters are weapon of choice” in the July 20 edition, for several years Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he would remake Japan into a “normal” nation and also vowed to revise the Constitution. What were ...

Jul 23, 2015

Abe's dangerous surge to the right

Regarding the story “Lower House passes security bills amid protests” in the July 17 paper — Guess what? On the morning following the LDP’s bulldozing the security bills through the Lower House, NHK spent the first 20 minutes of the morning news talking about ...

Jul 23, 2015

Use Olympics to help Fukushima

Japan will hold the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. I think this news is not necessarily good for all Japanese people because the recovery in Fukushima from the tsunami disaster in 2011 hasn’t been completed. It will take a lot of money to hold ...

Jul 16, 2015

Thailand doing all it can for refugees

I deeply regret that the column “Rohingya Refugee crisis shames Southeast Asia” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun in the May 22 edition does very little to contribute to putting the issue in its proper perspective. Nothing is gained by passing the blame or engaging in naming ...

Jul 16, 2015

Help Greece by giving them the Olympics, permanently

How about this partial solution for the Greek crisis and for economies worldwide: Give the Olympics back to Greece. Greece started the Olympics, let’s give it back to them and save billions of yen in the process. The Japan Times on July 9 reported ...

Jul 16, 2015

The true lesson of Sugihara's heroism missed

Almost every summer the newspaper regales us again with commemorative stories about the humanitarian heroism of Chiune Sugihara (“Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience,” July 12). I suppose it usually happens during the summer months as a way of eulogizing him on the anniversary of ...

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 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. ...