Jun 25, 2014

Backhanded apology accepted

Regarding the June 24 article “Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe“: It was appropriate that Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member Akihiro Suzuki offered an apology to Your Party assembly member Ayaka Shiomura, the woman he and others heckled a few days earlier when she attempted to ...

Jun 25, 2014

Assembly bears responsibility

If a fellow passenger in a car knows the driver is drunk, he or she is liable to the same severe penalties as the drunken oaf. And if a politician makes subhuman remarks about someone’s gender and the rest of the assembled oafs neither ...

Jun 25, 2014

Heap ridicule on other speakers

Is this what the country needs? Cowardly politicians, bullies in the ranks, loudmouthed sexists without a brain? The incident leaves me speechless. If the bullies were true men, they would have come forward earlier. [Akihiro Suzuki]and the other taunters should resign from the assembly. ...

Jun 25, 2014

Scare tactics from the EU tribe

Jim Makin’s June 12 letter, “EU pullout would lower wages,” shows a hazy knowledge of just about everything. To enumerate where he is in error: 1. Benito Mussolini did not come to power by listening to electorates; he did it by the fascist “March ...

Jun 25, 2014

Duty-free reform off the mark

Regarding the June 18 Kyodo article “Duty-free reform to boost tourism“: I feel that this initiative will have little effect on tourist numbers. To Western visitors, Japan is very “foreign”; prospective tourists are nervous at the prospect of a visit. This duty-free initiative is ...

Jun 25, 2014

A plea for more public seating

“Duty-free reform to boost tourism” and the June 18 article “Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji” are more ideas to boost foreign tourism in Japan, to encourage people to visit and shop here, and to make the country more inviting. Because Japan is ...

Jun 25, 2014

Tired of supporting 'nonsense'

Regarding the June 19 Jiji article “Nation’s whaling program up against the wall“: I wonder about the paragraph that begins with “While the country is eager to resume commercial whaling …” What do the writers mean by “the country”? They can’t mean “the Japanese ...

Jun 21, 2014

Everybody must take on bullying

Reading Walt Gardner’s June 1 article, “Bullying weakens Japanese, U.S. schools,” made me feel really sad — not only because bullying of students in Japan, no matter who they are, seems to be rife at the moment but also because it is a problem ...

Jun 18, 2014

Hashimoto owes liberty to Allies

Regarding the June 17 article “Hashimoto says WWII Allies set up ‘comfort stations’ after soldiers committed D-Day rapes“: How dare that buffoon Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto insult the Allied soldiers who fought at D-Day! Doesn’t he realize that the Allies fought and died to ...

Jun 18, 2014

Sign of Egypt's new beginnings

Last July 17, The Japan Times published a balanced editorial, “When a coup is not a coup?,” highlighting reasons behind Egypt’s popular revolution on June 30, 2013, against the Muslim Brothers’ radicalism and despotic attempts to send Egypt back to the Middle Ages. However, ...

Jun 18, 2014

Many elderly up against the wall

These days the aging society is becoming a big problem in Japan. It is difficult for family members to care for elderly people by themselves, and family members need knowledge of nursing. Many elderly people and their families are suffering. A good way to ...

Jun 18, 2014

Joint development of resources

Regarding the June 8 wire service article “Abe holds talks with Pope Francis“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reported to have talked with Pope Francis about ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia. East Asia is riven with tensions over the large number ...