May 14, 2016

Reconciliation in an age of lingering hatred

There is a context to U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Hiroshima that is unspoken, but every bit as powerful and necessary as the direct message of nuclear disarmament: that historical woes can — and should — be overcome. Imagine the degree of ...

May 14, 2016

Abe can't break out of tunnel vision

Regarding the story “Abe, Merkel disagree on world economy” in the May 7 edition, it seems paradoxical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can’t stop pushing his failed economic policies wherever he goes when no amount of rhetoric can ever plug all the gaping holes ...

May 14, 2016

Trump and the U.S. military in Japan

Regarding the May 8 article “Trump proposals for Japan will not become U.S. policy, expert says,” Donald Trump has thrown a stone to make ripples on the seemingly waveless waters of the Japan-U.S. military alliance. Trump says that U.S. troops stationed in Japan should ...

May 7, 2016

Former expat finds much in Japan to blame

Japan has messed me up and everyone there is to blame. I left my country as a much younger man and as an expat, I have lived in numerous countries as a taxpayer. I was never involved with government, NGO’s, military or religious groups ...

May 7, 2016

Obama's dismal record on nukes

Regarding the story “No apology for A-bombings, Kishida says” in the April 25 edition, U.S. President Barack Obama didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and he’s certainly not the “peace advocate” to be making sweet sounding speeches in Hiroshima. His “peace” record ...

Apr 28, 2016

In defense of Japan's moral standards

Popular TV personality Becky and Diet member Kensuke Miyazaki were both recently caught in cheating scandals. Both cases involved the breaking of marital vows and in both instances the public figures involved suffered harsh consequences. Miyazaki was forced to resign and Becky has all ...

Apr 28, 2016

The scandal at Mitsubishi Motors

Regarding the story “Mitsubishi Motors admits using unapproved tests since ’91” in the April 27 edition, if the pressure on the company’s development engineers for achieving high fuel efficacy goals was the cause of the cheating, engineers at other carmakers will be under the ...

Apr 22, 2016

Remembering an evangelist against nukes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his fellow Group of Seven foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on April 11. On the day before, a funeral was held for an atomic bomb survivor. Early on the morning ...

Apr 22, 2016

A lot of money in right-wing politics

Regarding the story “Former ASDF chief Tamogami arrested” in the April 15 edition, does this mean that the attached Yushukan museum at Yasukuni Shrine will withdraw Tamogami’s revisionist books from its souvenir shop? Yes, Toshio Tamogami is something of a folk hero around Yasukuni ...

Apr 16, 2016

Help us save our park, an oasis in Kyoto

I’m a mother with two young children living in Kyoto. We are now enjoying the cherry blossom season here. My children and their friends are playing every day at the local Kyoto city park, on land leased from Ryuhonji Temple. There are many beautiful ...

Apr 16, 2016

Why U.S. Marines are in Okinawa

The oft-cited reason why the U.S. Marines are stationed in Okinawa is its superior strategic location; that is, from Okinawa they can deal with any contingencies as quickly as possible that may occur in any part of the region. But in a contingency involving ...

Apr 16, 2016

Hedgehog cafe is not a good idea

Regarding the story “Japan’s first hedgehog-themed cafe opens in Tokyo” in the April 9 edition, a hedgehog cafe is very, very wrong for so many reasons. Cats and rabbits, they like to be petted. Hedgehogs are not for petting — they hate it. They ...