Jun 20, 2015

G-7 needs to grow with the times

The editorial “Keeping the G-7 relevant” on June 12 points out the salient points of the G-7 summits. The aim and purpose of the summit of the G-5, when first initiated by French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1975, was for the leaders of ...

Jun 13, 2015

'Comfort woman' resolution must have legal basis

While international pressure is mounting on the Abe administration to resolve the “comfort women” atrocity, researchers and scholars have been offering suggestions to bring it to a closure. Some of them appear to be attempts to reduce the scope of the issue. Ralph Cossa’s ...

Jun 13, 2015

Value of Juvenile Law questioned

Regarding the article “Teens admit forcing boy to take fatal swim” in the June 9 edition, is the Juvenile Law really necessary? This argument always comes up when minors commit violent crimes. A bill to lower the age of majority from 20 to 18 ...

Jun 13, 2015

Bigger taxis will come in handy

Regarding “Nissan’s spacious wagon cabs hit capital” in the June 9 edition, let’s face it, when some rotund Texas “cowboy,” who weighs a hefty 160-plus kg, arrives in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics alongside his 90-plus kg wife, the cab driver at Narita is ...

Jun 6, 2015

Miyagi train line's return means a lot

The story headlined “Tsunami-hit Miyagi rail line back” in the May 31 edition moved me to tears. I rode the line over 10 years when I was a student and remember especially Nobiru Station (in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture), where an American oyster inspector and ...

Jun 6, 2015

Sports Agency can be boon for young

I concur with the editorial “Aiming for more than medals” in the May 31 edition that the limited resources should be focused on broadening and deepening sports participation among the underprivileged and disadvantaged for the long-term benefit of Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is ...

May 30, 2015

Abe risking his place in history over apology

Regarding the story “Abe ‘not planning war apology’ ” in the May 24 edition, if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fails to make a full and sincere apology for Japan’s wartime aggression and maltreatment of the so-called “comfort women,” then it’s very probable that he ...

May 30, 2015

Shikoku pilgrim says 'thank you'

Thank you Shikoku. Spent the month of October last year on the Shikoku pilgrimage walk. Want to say “thank you” to the people of Shikoku for their friendliness and hospitality. There is no place in the world like Shikoku and there are no people ...

May 23, 2015

Abe's policies are full of holes

Regarding the article “Recent changes to Japan’s defense policies attracts support in U.S. House” in the May 17 edition, Shinzo Abe’s policies contain so many conceptual holes it’s possible to see right through the other side to the dichotomies that render his rule absurd. ...

May 16, 2015

Buraku issues still resonate

It was a pleasure to encounter Stephen Mansfield’s review of my recent book, “Working Skin,” in the May 3 edition of The Japan Times. Buraku issues continue to be of broad public import in contemporary Japan and deserving of more discussion. I wanted to ...

May 9, 2015

U.S. military in Okinawa illegally

The pomp and circumstance that characterized the state dinner given by U.S. President Barack Obama for visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (“State dinner for Abe at White House surprises with haiku, sake and R&B” in the April 30 edition) may camouflage the reality that ...

May 9, 2015

Discrimination is difficult to end

Regarding the May 3 book review “Marginalized in Tokyo’s leatherwork districts,” I was reminded how the word “rawhide” appeared in a TV cowboy drama’s theme song, and how in the Showa late 30s, a friend of mine and I went to a shoemaker near ...