Feb 24, 2017

Firms, pay heed to where your ads show up

Regarding the Feb. 13 story “Weaponized buying as shoppers weigh boycott calls over firms’ political stands,” I ventured into the minefield known as Breitbart News. Although the article described Breitbart as a “conservative news and opinion website formerly run by Trump’s chief strategist,” it’s ...

Feb 24, 2017

'Big Tobacco' is at it again in Japan

The health ministry’s moves to consider exceptions to restrictions on smoking for small restaurants and bars reflects political slight of hand. This isn’t about restaurant and bar businesses; it’s about tobacco’s business. Entertainment businesses don’t lose customers, but tobacco companies do because smoking declines ...

Feb 17, 2017

Entertainment biz has role in bullying

The high rate of bullying in Japan leads to a high suicide rate among teenagers. A large contributing factor to this issue is how Japanese comedy and entertainment is based off of making fun of others, whether it is fat-shaming or remarks against different ...

Feb 10, 2017

Abe missing the mark on solving labor shortage

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in a pinch. In the face of a declining population and the ever-growing lack of eligible workers, it seems only natural that immigration law reform would be on his to-do list. Recently, a plan was introduced to reduce the ...

Feb 10, 2017

Clarification on Singapore Biennale

I am writing in response to your article on the Singapore Biennale by John L. Tran (“Biennale takes good hard look in mirror” in the Jan. 29 edition), in which an intervention by myself at the Biennale symposium is cited. This fine piece sets ...

Feb 10, 2017

Pacific War book review falls short

While I am grateful to The Japan Times for reviewing my book, “International Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War” in the Feb. 5 edition, I take exception to some of the criticisms leveled against my book by the reviewer, particularly toward the ...

Feb 10, 2017

Standing up to Trump the bully

Regarding “JAL bars some fliers from U.S. flights” (Feb. 4), it’s been decades if not centuries since such prejudice has so blatantly ruled the White (only) House. Using JAL as an instrument to impose his hatred, Donald Trump is already fulfilling his mandate as ...

Feb 10, 2017

Japan's unique sense of purpose

Regarding the Big in Japan column titled “Does contemporary Japan need religion?” in the Feb. 5 edition, it is rare that a nation can mold itself to pursue a common objective over a prolonged period of time. Japan is one of the few such ...

Feb 5, 2017

Japanese sumo fans can rejoice

Regarding “Kisenosato promoted to sumo’s highest rank” (Jan. 26), for Japanese sumo fans this must be a huge relief. There’s only one problem. For years, Japanese people have been voicing concern that foreign sumo wrestlers are dominating the sport. They’re too strong and Japanese ...

Feb 5, 2017

Sloppy reporting on hydrogen

Regarding “Toyota, Shell betting $10.7 billion on hydrogen” in the Jan. 19 edition, when reporting on environmental matters you owe it to the planet and our children to get your facts clear and correct. Two separate sentences early in the article very strongly imply ...

Jan 27, 2017

Going smoke-free can be good for business

Regarding the Jan. 14 Media Mix column titled “Media sidesteps calling Japan Tobacco out on advertising” and two other recent articles about making Tokyo smoke-free for the Olympics, several people and organizations are reported as fearing the loss of business if restaurants are made ...

Jan 27, 2017

Rall wrongheaded on women's march

Of all the wonderful articles printed about the women’s march, how did you decide to run such a misleading, misogynistic piece of opinion by a man (“Failure and hope in Women’s March,” by Ted Rall in the Jan. 25 edition)? The day was the ...