Jul 1, 2016

Japan can learn from Brexit vote

People in the U.K. must be proud of having taken part in this historic referendum, whichever side they voted for (“Britain shocks world with vote to exit EU,” June 25). They showed the rest of the world that it is people, not politicians, who ...

Jul 1, 2016

Not all is gloomy for aging society

Regarding the Big in Japan column “A confused, senile future awaits Japan” in the June 26 edition, Michael Hoffman’s alarmist account of aging in Japan is wrong on several counts. Actually, the absolute number of older people in Japan has now leveled off, and ...

Jul 1, 2016

Schools should teach real politics

Looking at the photo of students practicing voting in Hino, Shiga Prefecture, on the front page of the June 19 edition, I felt rage and despair as a Japanese. They are 18-year-old high school students, not pupils of an elementary school. Do their teachers ...

Jul 1, 2016

Medical pot OK, but use caution

Having lost several extended-family members to cancer, I can totally feel for Masamitsu Yamamoto in his fight against liver cancer (“One man’s battle to use medical pot,” June 27). As much as I am against marijuana and other drugs, it would be heartless to ...

Jun 25, 2016

Czech influence on Japan's beer is undeniable

The article headlined “Beer essentials” that appeared in the June 5 issue stated that “lager-style beer originated in Germany” and that “Japan imported German ingredients.” These statements are not quite accurate. I do not doubt a strong German influence on the Japanese beer industry, ...

Jun 25, 2016

Thailand fostering democracy, reform

While respecting the opinion of Pavin Chachavalpongpun as expressed in the article titled “Thailand playing a risky game with China, Russia” in the June 7 edition, I would like to provide the following facts. Regarding Thailand’s political situation, even though Thailand is still in ...

Jun 25, 2016

No accountability in nuclear industry

Following the June 16 quake in Hakodate, Hokkaido, nuclear plant operators in the area reported no damage, but even if there were problems, because of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new anti-democratic secrecy law, they would not necessarily report them, nor would they feel any ...

Jun 25, 2016

It's Abe's turn to visit Pearl Harbor

Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima last month, it is my opinion Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should now visit Pearl Harbor. I think it was a big decision for Obama. We can realize what he thought from the fact that he ...

Jun 17, 2016

Hiroshima, Obama and the drawing of life

U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima visit and speech reminded me of an artist who was an atomic bomb survivor. She expressed human beings, birds, small animals and beautiful worlds of nature in her works of art. When I drew birds as her student, she ...

Jun 17, 2016

Support for U.S. sailors' Tepco suit

Regarding the story “Koizumi backs U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit” in the May 20 edition, how could the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant make the incredible mistake of providing inaccurate information concerning a mortally dangerous matter of a plant meltdown? As mentioned in the article, ...

Jun 9, 2016

Hokkaido boy's parents need support, too

Regarding the story “Missing Hokkaido boy found alive” in the June 4 edition, one finds a lot of public speculation about what might have happened. The emphasis is invariably on bad parenting, the very horror of having a dad doing cruel things such as ...

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. military wearing out its welcome

As a foreign resident of Okinawa since the ’90s, I have grown accustomed to the overarching reach of the U.S. military that reflects Okinawan society every single day, whether it is a gruesome car accident caused by a young service member driving a large ...