Feb 26, 2016

Tokyo politician wrongheaded on LGBT issues

Regarding the story “Politician says being gay is ‘personal taste’ ” in the Feb. 23 edition, being gay is based on “personal taste?” Yeah, and if you believe this nonsense, then you’d probably believe that having blue eyes is also based on personal taste. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Help refugees closer to home

Regarding the column “Refugees, jihad and the specter of terrorism” in the Feb. 18 edition, Brahma Chellaney makes some good points, in particular regarding the failure of interventionism in the Middle East. The less involved Western powers are with the region the better. He ...

Feb 26, 2016

Whistleblowers deserve better

The Feb. 19 story “Olympus settles with whistleblower for second time,” points out what a terrible disincentive it is to be a whistleblower in Japan. Masaharu Hamada pointed out a great injustice. His employer and Japan, Inc. turned against him, making his life miserable ...

Feb 26, 2016

Obvious solution for poor English

The Feb. 4 article “Students failing to make English grade” once again raises concerns regarding Japan’s unique approach to English education. Of 150,000 randomly selected students in their final year of junior high and high school last year, fewer than half from each category ...

Feb 19, 2016

NHK anchor a victim of the right-wing state

Regarding Jeff Kingston’s Counterpoint column “Anchor’s ouster is another blow to quality news” in the Jan. 24 edition, you don’t have to be very smart to realize that the conservative right-wing state of Japan is following its pre-World War II modus operandi. Economic stagnation ...

Feb 19, 2016

What should we do in a missile attack?

The recent missile test by North Korea reminded me of the article in the Jan. 31 issue, “All eyes on North Korea missile test,” with its reassuring statement that, in preparation for a possible missile launch by North Korea, the Self-Defense Forces have prepared ...

Feb 12, 2016

No intent by Abe to revise history

Regarding the Hugh Cortazzi column titled “Abe’s misplaced priorities” in the Jan. 30 edition, I have to point out that the article includes misleading descriptions that differ from the actual facts. If you read the Cabinet-approved statement on the 70th anniversary of the end ...

Feb 12, 2016

LDP unqualified on Constitution

Regarding “Olympics minister denies cash-for-favors” in the Feb. 5 edition, the Liberal Democratic Party’s leaders seem long on scandal and short on morals. The shocking history of their gaffes, their greed and their gray dealings with money, and the exerting of influence for their ...

Feb 6, 2016

Money troubles facing education must be solved

The Yen for Living column titled “Mounting student debt may cost society dearly” in the Jan. 24 issue made me think long and hard. Let me share some of my thoughts from my perspectives as a parent and an educator. The idea of sending ...

Feb 6, 2016

Thai lese majeste law used properly

With reference to the column titled “Thai military risks weakening the monarchy” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun published in the Jan. 22 issue, I wish to clarify some points as follows. First, the monarchy has been and always remains above politics. Attempts to politicize the monarchy ...

Jan 30, 2016

Opposition shows again its weakness

Regarding the story “Opposition makes plans to grill economy chief Amari” in the Jan. 25 edition, the Democratic Party of Japan’s response to Akira Amari’s offer to explain his conduct with regard to recent allegations made against him just goes to show how lackluster ...

Jan 30, 2016

Ocean protection a long-term need

The story “Oceans trapping heat at alarming rate” in the Jan. 20 edition says man-made heat absorbed by oceans has doubled since 1997. It is important to recognize that warming the oceans is by itself a significant threat. It deprives nations of their fisheries ...