Feb 6, 2016

Money troubles facing education must be solved

The Yen for Living column titled “Mounting student debt may cost society dearly” in the Jan. 24 issue made me think long and hard. Let me share some of my thoughts from my perspectives as a parent and an educator. The idea of sending ...

Feb 6, 2016

Thai lese majeste law used properly

With reference to the column titled “Thai military risks weakening the monarchy” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun published in the Jan. 22 issue, I wish to clarify some points as follows. First, the monarchy has been and always remains above politics. Attempts to politicize the monarchy ...

Jan 30, 2016

Opposition shows again its weakness

Regarding the story “Opposition makes plans to grill economy chief Amari” in the Jan. 25 edition, the Democratic Party of Japan’s response to Akira Amari’s offer to explain his conduct with regard to recent allegations made against him just goes to show how lackluster ...

Jan 30, 2016

Ocean protection a long-term need

The story “Oceans trapping heat at alarming rate” in the Jan. 20 edition says man-made heat absorbed by oceans has doubled since 1997. It is important to recognize that warming the oceans is by itself a significant threat. It deprives nations of their fisheries ...

Jan 30, 2016

Education a must in Arab world

With regard to Gwynne Dyer’s column in the Jan. 20 edition titled “Five years after the Arab Spring,” common sense tells us that education is the key to positive progress. Being a good educator, and indeed a good journalist, is not about presenting raw ...

Jan 30, 2016

Purging the nation of racism

Chulbom Lee, in his Letter to the Editor in the Jan. 17 issue titled “Move forward by protecting foreign residents,” reminds readers that not even two years ago the U.N. Committee of Racial Discrimination called on Japan to take action against incidents of racism ...

Jan 23, 2016

Keep Twitter short and sweet, just like a haiku

Regarding the article “Twitter may allow much longer tweets” in the Jan. 7 edition, expanding the 140-character limit to 10,000 characters would make Twitter no longer Twitter. If there are 10,000-character tweets, they would cover my timeline and I will not read them. To ...

Jan 23, 2016

Abe must explain Futenma's value

During the Lower House Budget Committee’s session Jan. 12, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated, as if to cut off Okinawa’s wishes across the board, that security-related matters should be decided on by the state, not by a locality based on the outcome of an ...

Jan 23, 2016

Keene dives into Japanese hearts

The article “A life found in translation” in the Jan. 3 edition reminds us of our deep respect for Dr. Donald Keene. He is a well-known American scholar, who has the heart of Japan. He has loved Japanese history and culture. And he has ...

Jan 16, 2016

Move forward by protecting foreign residents

If the “comfort women” deal succeeds in calming hotheads in both Japan and South Korea, then it may be worthwhile. That said, I would have preferred a more future-oriented deal. What is at the root of the animus between Japan and the rest of ...

Jan 16, 2016

Revamp 'Kohaku' with past glories

Please let me add some words to Gavin Bantock’s comments on the year-end “Kohaku Uta Gassen” TV show in the Letters section in the Jan. 10 issue. Bantock’s strong criticism of the extreme obtrusiveness of the stage presentation is quite heartily agreed with by ...

Jan 16, 2016

Only abstinence offers total safety

Regarding “Sex educator clues in curious youths” in the Jan. 4 edition, with its “safe sex” push and dismissal of sexual abstinence, Asuka Someya’s organization Pilcon is actually putting young Japanese at more — not less — risk of the negative consequences of sex. ...