Jul 15, 2016

Printed books remain important

The story “Tokyo’s Jinbocho is a must-visit for lovers of antiquarian books” in the July 6 edition prompted me to write something about the district. We were educated to read a lot of good books, not by using a computer, over 50 years ago. ...

Jul 8, 2016

Shocked and saddened in Bangladesh

Like everybody else in Bangladesh I am much saddened and shocked at the atrocity that took place in a restaurant in the country’s capital (“Japanese feared dead in Dhaka” in the July 3 edition). This act of terror was a cowardly act by those ...

Jul 8, 2016

Opposition camp needs to retool

It seems clear that the Liberal Democratic Party is going to win the Upper House election, and that if things continue as they are they will just keep winning in the future. So what has gone wrong — because things have gone wrong if ...

Jul 8, 2016

No guns under any circumstances

Regarding the story “Best time to tour the U.N.? Not during a crisis” in the June 19 edition, when I visited the United Nations headquarters, I was so impressed to see “Non-Violence,” also known as “The Knotted Gun,” at the entrance to the U.N. ...

Jul 1, 2016

Abe's control of media leaves election tainted

There can be no focus on any election in Japan as long as the ruling government maintains its stranglehold on the media’s freedom of speech (“Economy in focus as campaign starts for Upper House race,” June 23). The electorate has been denied any objective ...

Jul 1, 2016

Japan can learn from Brexit vote

People in the U.K. must be proud of having taken part in this historic referendum, whichever side they voted for (“Britain shocks world with vote to exit EU,” June 25). They showed the rest of the world that it is people, not politicians, who ...

Jul 1, 2016

Not all is gloomy for aging society

Regarding the Big in Japan column “A confused, senile future awaits Japan” in the June 26 edition, Michael Hoffman’s alarmist account of aging in Japan is wrong on several counts. Actually, the absolute number of older people in Japan has now leveled off, and ...

Jul 1, 2016

Schools should teach real politics

Looking at the photo of students practicing voting in Hino, Shiga Prefecture, on the front page of the June 19 edition, I felt rage and despair as a Japanese. They are 18-year-old high school students, not pupils of an elementary school. Do their teachers ...

Jul 1, 2016

Medical pot OK, but use caution

Having lost several extended-family members to cancer, I can totally feel for Masamitsu Yamamoto in his fight against liver cancer (“One man’s battle to use medical pot,” June 27). As much as I am against marijuana and other drugs, it would be heartless to ...

Jun 25, 2016

Czech influence on Japan's beer is undeniable

The article headlined “Beer essentials” that appeared in the June 5 issue stated that “lager-style beer originated in Germany” and that “Japan imported German ingredients.” These statements are not quite accurate. I do not doubt a strong German influence on the Japanese beer industry, ...

Jun 25, 2016

Thailand fostering democracy, reform

While respecting the opinion of Pavin Chachavalpongpun as expressed in the article titled “Thailand playing a risky game with China, Russia” in the June 7 edition, I would like to provide the following facts. Regarding Thailand’s political situation, even though Thailand is still in ...

Jun 25, 2016

No accountability in nuclear industry

Following the June 16 quake in Hakodate, Hokkaido, nuclear plant operators in the area reported no damage, but even if there were problems, because of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new anti-democratic secrecy law, they would not necessarily report them, nor would they feel any ...