Aug 6, 2014

Paying for the habit of a minority

Regarding the Aug. 1 article “Japan’s smoking rate falls below 20% for first time, manufacturer says“: It’s time to add my two-pence worth. I’m taking this headline statement with a rather large pinch of salt, for the following reasons: First, Japan is a smoker’s ...

Aug 6, 2014

Women breaking the status quo

A salute to the women featured in the July 31 Kyodo article “Female officials challenge status quo” and the July 31 Bloomberg article “Late hours thwart Abe’s working moms.” It is these resolute, intelligent women making work and family work for them as well ...

Aug 6, 2014

Emotions that limit our freedom

Regarding Barry Andrew Ward’s July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis“: Once again Ward mentions immigration in the United States as a negative without elaboration. America was once the country of “Give me your poor huddled masses …” etc. Now it seems the policy ...

Aug 6, 2014

Bravo to Seoul's persistence

Regarding the Aug. 5 Jiji article “South Korea to issue ‘comfort women’ white paper in 2015“: It’s curious how Japan would have the world remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but cries foul when other nations remind Japan that not too long ...

Jul 30, 2014

Get tough with selfish 'patients'

Regarding the July 24 Bloomberg Focus article, “Retirees swell national debt treating clinics as clubs“: I completely agree. To go further, I personally would mark these people as selfish and inconsiderate of others. I do not go to the doctor unless I have a ...

Jul 30, 2014

Contact keeping elders healthy

Regarding the closing quote from the article above, “Older people are squeezing money from the young and future generations under the current system“: No elder-bashing, please! The current crop of older people — such as the lifelong taxi driver mentioned who didn’t retire until ...

Jul 30, 2014

The name for a horrible practice

Cesar Chelala’s July 29 article, “Safe alternative rites to female circumcision,” was well written and interesting. I would like to comment on the headline, though. While the article talks about mutilation, the headline uses the less drastic word circumcision. The association for a less ...

Jul 30, 2014

Nazi-Catholic link is baseless

While I mostly agree with Barry Andrew Ward’s generally well-reasoned July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis,” it’s too bad it was tainted with what seems like a factually baseless attempt to link Nazism to Catholicism. Every authentic historical treatment on Adolf Hitler’s religious ...

Jul 23, 2014

Pressures to bear with cold beer

Regarding the June 27 article “Drink responsibly when you’re out with friends this summer“: In 2007 my hometown’s temperature reached 40.9 degrees Celsius. It was the hottest place in Japan. At my age, a well-chilled beer is absolutely indispensable for overcoming such sweltering weather. ...

Jul 23, 2014

Welfare of Filipino workers

Regarding a recent series of articles appearing in The Japan Times — “Filipino caregivers sign away their rights” (July 14), “Nursing firm withheld funds from Filipino workers” (July 15) and “Nursing care provider drops death liability waiver for Filipino workers” (July 16): The Embassy ...

Jul 23, 2014

Simplistic explanation for Nazis

Jim Makin’s most recent letter, “Mindset that favors fascism” (July 10), starts off with yet another scare tactic. Who exactly are these politicians lurking in the shadows who would make Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron look like “lily-livered lefties”? Gosh, should I be afraid? ...

Jul 23, 2014

Confusing race with nationality

Regarding the July 14 front-page article “Rola altering DNA of pop culture“: Japanese pop culture talents like “Rola,” “Becky” and Jun Hasegawa are Japanese citizens despite being ethnically “half.” The Nationality Law does not recognize half citizens. A person is either a citizen or ...