Dec 4, 2015

Base protesters are peaceful

The Kansai Perspective story “Osaka group preps Kansai solution to Futenma base row” by Eric Johnston in the Nov. 23 issue was misleading. First, there have been no violent clashes between protesters and the police. It is the police who are violent. The tactics ...

Dec 4, 2015

Economic boycott over whaling

Regarding the story “Ending hiatus, whaling fleet to leave for Antarctica” in the Dec. 1 edition, we will not be helping the Japanese attain their economic goals after hearing the news about resuming the slaughter of whales. My Subaru will be the last product ...

Nov 28, 2015

'Zombienomics' yields another drop in GDP

Regarding the editorial titled “Another back-to-back GDP drop” in the Nov. 21 issue, had there been any doubt left even in the staunchest right-winger’s grasp of Japan’s financial status, the latest reconfirmation of its demise must surely dispel it. Whatever Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Nov 28, 2015

Real climate crisis: misdirected funds

Regarding the story “Global warming may impoverish 100 million: World Bank” in the Nov. 10 issue, it is inaccurate to say that “extreme weather (is) tied to warming.” This is one of the few areas of agreement between the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on ...

Nov 20, 2015

Nonproliferation report provides useful road map

The U.N. General Assembly had a heated debate recently between those who seek immediate negotiation of a nuclear weapons ban convention and those who argue that nuclear disarmament requires a step-by-step approach. To achieve a world without nuclear arms, the weapons have to be ...

Nov 20, 2015

Pondering Paris terrorist attacks

The news “Terrorist attacks rock Paris” in the Nov. 15 edition blew our minds and frightened the world. It was the second-most shocking news to me after the terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. I’d like to extend my ...

Nov 13, 2015

More must be done to balance women's lives

As a woman, I am worried about my future. The issue over mothers juggling work life and homemaking remains an unresolved issue. In addition to low rates of job acceptance after giving birth, many children are wait-listed just to get into a kindergarten, which ...

Nov 13, 2015

Coverage of China overly critical

Enough already! Normally a fairly balanced newspaper, the Nov. 4 issue of The Japan Times carried no less than eight articles that are directly or indirectly critical of China. The previous day’s issue was similar. With approximately 50 articles per edition this equates to ...

Nov 13, 2015

Tilting at windmills in South China Sea

The analysis and recommendations in Ralph Cossa’s column “Weighing Japan’s options in the South China Sea” in the Nov. 10 edition miss the mark. The Oct. 27 U.S. freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea was like tilting at windmills. Two ...

Nov 6, 2015

The refugee crisis: What about Japan?

Regarding the article “UNICEF chief urges Japan to open its doors to more refugees” in the Oct. 19 edition, if the Japanese are truly “very good global citizens,” as UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says, surely my fellow countrymen would agree with Lake’s appeal? ...

Nov 6, 2015

Racist drawing of Syrian girl

Regarding the article “Manga artist removes illustration mocking Syrian refugee” in the Oct. 8 edition, as a citizen of Japan I felt disgusted looking at this racist drawing by Toshiko Hasumi that used an innocent child to represent such perverse prejudice. This little innocent ...

Nov 6, 2015

Forced to give up half her identity

Even though the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry says that 1 in every 30 children born in Japan is hafu, or biracial, coming from two cultures is still seen as a rarity and viewed with amusement. And due to the influx of biracial children, ...