Dec 30, 2016

More info needed on illegal drugs

Regarding the story “Aska released on evidence claim” in the Dec. 21 edition, Japan’s entire notion of drug use has been completely off the scale for too long. Looking at the headlines is a clear sign that Japan is behind the rest of the ...

Dec 22, 2016

A message of world peace at Christmas time

The article “Arlington cemetery offers a history beyond war” in the Nov. 27 edition reminded me of my visit to the grave of John F. Kennedy. Arriving at the grave, the first thing I did was pray for the repose of Kennedy, feeling the ...

Dec 22, 2016

Putin's hand in Trump's election

It now seems certain according to the world’s most prestigious intelligence agency that one Russian single-handedly hoodwinked the entire population of the United States of America by manipulating its presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. Trump’s determination to brush off this sad mockery of ...

Dec 16, 2016

Japan's media can do better on gender equality

The University of Tokyo decided to offer housing subsidies of ¥30,000 per month for each female student admitted to the university. By this new arrangement, the university hopes to increase the overall rate of female students, who currently account for less than 20 percent ...

Dec 16, 2016

Allow controlled legal ivory trade

As a former general-secretary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), I wish to comment on the Media Mix column headlined “Japanese media fail endangered species” in the Dec. 4 issue. As a result of the ...

Dec 16, 2016

Toyosu culprits deserve prison

Regarding “Polluted water in Toyosu food market facility basements to be pumped out” (Dec. 11), what’s really troubling about this whole scandal is the fact that if Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike hadn’t blown the whistle on “Toyosu gate” those trying to cover up the ...

Dec 9, 2016

Time to bring JLPT into the 21st century

December is the time for thousands of students to take the notoriously infamous Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Last Sunday in central Tokyo, more than 800 students had to spend five hours in a room to take a test that requires just three hours ...

Dec 9, 2016

Gratitude from travelers in need

My husband and I are experienced independent travelers. We have been visiting Japan for over 30 years. It is one of our favorite destinations, but even so we know only a few words in Japanese — thank you, good morning, delicious and cute. We ...

Dec 9, 2016

Absurd for Japan to pay more to U.S.

Asked about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s urging on the campaign trail that Japan pay more for the U.S. forces stationed here, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said at a recent news conference that Japan pays enough for hosting the U.S. military. Note, however, that Article ...

Dec 2, 2016

Look deeper at Abe's visit with Trump

When it comes to making international statements about another leader’s trustworthiness, perhaps a leader who himself was not elected to the top by the majority of the electorate is not the most qualified person to do so (“Abe says Trump can be trusted” in ...

Dec 2, 2016

Immigrants should be treated better

Regarding “Japan enacts law to prevent abuse of foreign trainees” in the No. 18 edition, having watched Donald Trump’s offenses against Mexican and Muslim immigrants in the U.S. during the presidential campaign, I started thinking about how Japanese society will be in the next ...

Nov 25, 2016

Method for killing dolphins is inhumane

We were interested to see the article ‘Taiji’s dolphin hunters have a new voice‘ (Media Mix, Oct. 23) exploring some of the social issues and controversy surrounding the hunting of dolphins in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. Nevertheless, we are concerned that while the article explores ...