Mar 16, 2017

Like a bad TV show that always returns

Regarding “Moritomo overstated costs to ministry” in the March 8 edition: The story so far — here’s what we missed. … Akie Abe did a bad thing, but can’t understand why everyone’s worried, and has a lovely smile — well she thinks so. Shinzo ...

Mar 16, 2017

Creative people deserve their pay

Regarding the Sound Off column titled “Militant approach to collecting fees hurts JASRAC’s reputation” in the March 13 edition, beauty salons don’t give away haircuts. Cafes charge for their coffee. Music schools collect tuition for instruction. So, why would they expect to be able ...

Mar 10, 2017

Men can also fall victim to domestic abuse

“Standing up to domestic violence” in the March 5 edition was the second such article published in your paper in the past year or so. I, too, was a victim of domestic violence. Over a seven-year period I was beaten on a routine basis. ...

Mar 10, 2017

Ishihara's 'Trump move' over Toyosu

Ever since Yuriko Koike took over as governor of Tokyo, she’s had to deal with incompetence passed down from her predecessors. The fish market move from Tsukiji to Toyosu is no exception. Thorough investigations have found that someone, somewhere, within the labyrinth that is ...

Mar 10, 2017

Kishida visit didn't help Okinawa

Regarding the article “Kishida tells Onaga he will help Okinawa reel in foreign tourists” in the Feb. 27 edition, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida deflected from the real issue Okinawa wanted to hear about during his visit. Kishida visited Okinawa primarily to participate in a ...

Mar 3, 2017

Save the oceans, but within reason

The authors of the opinion piece “Fighting the good fight for ocean health” in the Feb. 19 edition stress the need for funding worldwide climate initiatives and for keeping the efforts funded. To ensure that every country pays, they call for financing plans and ...

Mar 3, 2017

How young are you — really?

The senior citizen population of Japan is increasing. I often hear from elderly people that “we feel are getting older, yet we know our mental age remains the same.” I remember the words of a certain American lady who said, “I am 90 years ...

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 ...