Sep 10, 2016

'Haafu' deserve full acceptance

In only two years, Priyanka Yoshikawa is the second mixed race contestant to win a major Japanese beauty pageant, but even so she is facing a severe backlash (“Japanese-Indian crowned Miss World Japan” in the Sept. 7 edition). Many Japanese people say that she ...

Sep 3, 2016

Patriotism and nationalism in postwar Japan

Social media is alight every August with comments ranging from educational to pure hate speech (“Anniversary of surrender marked with speeches and prayers” in the Aug. 16 edition). Seventy-one years later, the war still elicits strong opinions, some fact-based and some social media myths. ...

Sep 3, 2016

Don't overreact to Sagamihara

As a disabled person — I have cerebral palsy — I give The Japan Times a lot of credit for highlighting the potential harm to people with mental health issues an overreaction to Sagamihara might cause (“Trying to make sense of Sagamihara” in the ...

Sep 3, 2016

Female succession urgently needed

The Emperor’s video message made me astonished, then made me sad (“Emperor hints at desire to abdicate,” Aug. 9). He is 82 years old and still responsible for public duties and rituals. As he is not allowed to make any political remarks, he deliberately ...

Aug 26, 2016

Abenomics has done little for consumers

What is the average person in Japan to make of the term “Abenomics,” or more importantly, how will it make any difference in their lives as consumers? Will the three envisioned arrows of Abenomics have any effect on the high prices and the rigidity ...

Aug 26, 2016

Obscene defense budget request

Of all the supposed democracies in the world, Japan must be the top heaviest with its endless rules and regulations. Most of them are unnecessary, and many more may seem unbelievably petty to non-Japanese. However, political rules are a different case. Without them, democracies ...

Aug 26, 2016

Pot offers more than medical use

Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party) is to be commended for its courageous stand, and deserves much more support (“Party pushes for medical use of pot” in the July 9 issue). The research on the benefits of medical marijuana is over and done with; all ...

Aug 20, 2016

Nuclear arms help keep the peace

Regarding the Letter to the Editor titled “Nuclear arms must never be used again” in the Aug. 7 edition, movements led by the general public calling for an end to nuclear weapons are taking place in many parts of the world these days. However, ...

Aug 19, 2016

Stop building new Okinawa heliports

The U.S. 3rd Marine Division’s Northern Training Area, also known as the Jungle Warfare Training Center, is a vast training base area straddling the villages of Kunigami and Higashi in Yanbaru, Okinawa’s northern highlands. In a bid to abate Okinawa’s rage over a recent ...

Aug 12, 2016

Lesson from Sagamihara: Coexisting and growing together

On July 26, an unbelievable tragedy occurred at a care home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. Nineteen were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack. I pray from the bottom of my heart for the repose of the 19 innocent souls and quick recovery ...

Aug 12, 2016

Trump couldn't be more wrong

Regarding the story “Trump rips U.S. defense of Japan” in the Aug. 7 issue, there’s an old saying: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Same goes for military spending: If you think defense spending is too expensive, try paying for World War ...

Aug 5, 2016

Groping just a symptom of deeper rot

It’s always easy to look at the symptoms while ignoring the underlying cause of an issue (“Commuters fight back against groping,” July 31). A flourishing multibillion dollar sex industry, which looks eager to grow till at least 2020, catering to your wildest fantasies. The ...