Mar 21, 2014

DNA test on ashes often unreliable

The March 17 front-page article “Yokota’s parents, child meet” states that DNA tests conducted in Japan on cremated remains from North Korea in 2004 “disproved” that the remains were of Megumi Yokota (abducted by North Korean agents in 1977). From everything I have been ...

Mar 19, 2014

Fukushima's history of struggle

One victim of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has been quoted as saying: “Our present anti-nuclear movement is similar to the one for democracy that our ancestors waged during the Meiji Era. While their dream for democracy didn’t come true, their will has been handed down ...

Mar 19, 2014

Job hunters present a sorry sight

Recently we’ve seen a lot of young job hunters in new suits, and many of them seem not to have gotten accustomed to wearing them yet. It is a pity that some of them behave so clumsily under pressures they have never experienced before. ...

Mar 19, 2014

Putin's 'red line' trumps Obama's

Gregory Clark’s March 11 article, “Contradictions over Crimea,” and Kevin Rafferty’s March 12 article, “Ukraine batters a broken world,” are like two sides of the Crimea coin and very helpful to the reader for showing a three-dimensional picture of the crisis rather than the ...

Mar 19, 2014

Shorter patent exam is welcome

As an intellectual property counsel, the March 13 Jiji article titled “Japan aims to cut patent exam lengths in half” caught my eye. Unfortunately the on-line article did not link to an underlying copy of any press release or to a synopsis of the ...

Mar 19, 2014

The desire to end a horrible war

I must respectfully disagree with Yoshio Shimoji’s March 13 letter, “Few American casualties” (which was a reply to my March 6 letter (“Japan wouldn’t even save its own”). His facts are a bit off, but as only a brief reply is allowed here, I’ll ...

Mar 19, 2014

Worst lay ahead for much of Asia

In the March 13 letter “Expansionism allied with racism,” Faith Bach refutes my claim that the often-made comparison between German and Japanese World War II aggression has flaws in that the war in Asia was between imperial powers while the war in Europe was ...

Mar 15, 2014

Western products might look better

Another word for xenophobia, of course, is racism. (Just look at the photo for the March 9 article.) What’s so “normal” about anti-foreigner rhetoric and hate speech in an island nation dependent on international trade for its economic well-being, even for its daily bread? ...

Mar 12, 2014

Expansionism allied with racism

Regarding Paul de Vries’ March 6 letter, “The crimes of an imperial power“: De Vries’ attempt to dissociate Japan and Germany during World War II is based on a less-than-complete understanding of Adolf Hitler’s war, which was a unified, flagrantly imperialist-expansionist push, exactly as ...

Mar 12, 2014

Few American civilian casualties

Regarding the March 6 letters by Barry Andrew Ward (“U.S. actions much less egregious“) and by James Hughes (“Japan wouldn’t even save its own”): Maybe we are talking about atrocities of different kinds and on different levels. Ward states, as if he were following ...

Mar 12, 2014

Reasons for dropping the bomb

Regarding Barry Andrew Ward’s March 6 letter, “U.S. actions much less egregious“: I’d like to add my two pence worth. First, I disagree with his comment that “the Americans bombed Japanese cities to eliminate Japan’s ability to continue its war of aggression.” While that ...

Mar 12, 2014

Hong Kong likes Japanese tourists

I would like to mention something that the Hong Kong media never puts out when it comes to problems regarding Japan: Youths such as myself have no problem with Japan. As for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, most Hong ...