Feb 7, 2015

Abe's wrong to dis need for modesty

Regarding Mizuho Aoki’s Jan. 29 article, “Abe pledges to ‘correct’ the record on wartime sex slaves“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a grave error when he says “being modest does not receive recognition in the international community.” How very wrong he is. It ...

Jan 24, 2015

Ties with West to be renewed

Regarding Harsh V. Pant’s Jan. 19 article, “Even with a change of regime in Colombo, China’s sway will continue to grow in Sri Lanka“: Pant is vaguely accurate in most of his analysis of Sri Lanka’s recent history, but his description of former President ...

Jan 14, 2015

Politics and women overseas

The Dec. 14 national election was personally significant for me because, for the first time in my life, I voted. A bittersweet experience it was. I happened to be on a short-term sabbatical in Japan when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the snap ...

Jan 14, 2015

TV talents' gross dining habits

I love cooking and eating and am a big fan of television shows featuring these “skills.” But I think I’ve discovered at least a partial explanation for my son’s and his friends’ abhorrent lack of table manners that seem immune to parental correction: chewing ...

Jan 14, 2015

Power to France's constitution

The terrorist attacks in France remind us how difficult it is for different cultures to live together in one society. Media reports have made much of the fact that not a few Muslims have been frustrated with measures implemented by the French government. As ...

Jan 7, 2015

Wanted: energy-cost perspective

I read with increasing frustration Eric Johnston’s Jan. 2 article, “Nuclear motive suspected in feed-in tariff reforms,” which is a bleat on behalf of the solar power industry. Perhaps Johnston should take a trip into the countryside and see what passes for green power ...

Jan 7, 2015

Making the homeless invisible

Regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Dec. 30 article, “Shibuya shuts parks, thwarting soup runs“: For the past 22 years, I have been delivering rice balls to the homeless in the Shibuya Station area through the Tokyo Union Church. In the early years, our route included the ...

Jan 7, 2015

An 'addiction' worth keeping

I wish to express concern regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Jan. 5 front-page article, “Patriotic few battle addiction to peace.” Already the headline is problematic. Using the term “addiction” to describe Japan’s pacifism implies that it is somehow a harmful thing that must be eradicated. And ...

Dec 31, 2014

Shameful decision to close parks

Regarding staff writer Tomohiro Osaki’s Dec. 29 article, “Shibuya shuts parks, thwarting year-end soup distribution for homeless“: I would like to thank The Japan Times for running this story. Shibuya Ward’s closure of the three parks during the new year holidays will prevent supporters ...

Dec 31, 2014

The shocking reality of slavery

I was shocked to read the Dec. 21 editorial “End the global slavery scourge,” which includes the revelation that there are 35.8 million people enslaved across the world in new, horrifying ways. None of us is born to be a slave; nobody can deny ...

Dec 31, 2014

Tourists want to go off the track

Regarding the Dec. 23 Jiji article “Tourists flocking to Japan but few venture off the beaten track“: I have escorted 10 tours to Japan from Australia over the last few years and we certainly have ventured off the beaten track, visiting such places as ...

Dec 31, 2014

Double punishment is not right

The Dec. 14 AP sports article “Peterson loses appeal” describes the NFL’s decision to suspend Adrian Peterson until next spring as punishment for his disciplinary switching of his son, which was deemed abusive. I am worried by the idea of one’s employer adding additional ...