Aug 29, 2015

Abe missed opportunity to be a statesman

I was deeply impressed by Hugh Cortazzi’s column in the Aug. 18 edition (“Abe’s unconvincing attempt to whitewash Japan’s history“) calling for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make a full confession of Japan’s war-time aggression rather than a routine apology. To have done that ...

Aug 21, 2015

Neither from his heart nor his will

Having just listened to the longest-hyped statement by a prime minister about World War II (“Abe’s WWII declaration speaks of regret” in the Aug. 15 edition), I can’t help but wonder why? Why was he speaking, or rather, reading? Why was I listening to ...

Aug 13, 2015

Nuclear waste disposal woes not going away

Regarding the article “Resumption of Sendai reactor highlights absence of waste sites” in the Aug. 12 issue, the idea that Japan can store its nuclear waste in an underground facility long term is just more pie-in-the-sky thinking. The Finnish facility in Olkiluoto, the first ...

Aug 13, 2015

Hibakusha should win Nobel Prize

Regarding the Counterpoint column by Jeff Kingston headlined “Atomic bomb survivors nominated for Nobel Prize” in the Aug. 2 issue, a Nobel Peace Prize for the atomic bomb survivors is long overdue The excellent letter of nomination by the International Peace Bureau — itself ...

Aug 7, 2015

Onishi's death wish for Japan resonates today

Please make sure that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gets a copy of the story titled “The top-secret flights that ended the war” in the Aug. 2 edition. What if madmen like Vice Adm. Takijiro Onishi had had their way? Would 20 million Japanese have ...

Aug 7, 2015

English reform must be top-down

Regarding the Walt Gardner column “Learning English requires a different approach” in the Aug. 2 edition, Honda’s actions aren’t belated at all. They stem from the recent effects of the weakening yen to drive Japanese sales abroad so high that better English would make ...

Aug 7, 2015

Best wishes for Empress Michiko

The article “Empress shows possible signs of heart disease” in the July 31 edition tells us the sad news that Empress Michiko has a possible heart problem. She has always been with people in times of difficulty. She has accepted the joy and sorrows ...

Jul 30, 2015

Honda on the right track with English drive

Before retiring three years ago, I spent 40 years of my life trying to teach Japanese students real communicative English. Now, when I switch on the TV and hear NHK come up with phrases like “Catch Insight,” or see Hitachi, for example, using the ...

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 ...