Oct 2, 2015

Hitachi deserves strict investigation

It is with utter shock and dismay I read about Hitachi being targeted in a U.S. regulatory report for bribing the financial front of the African National Congress (“Hitachi to settle for $19 million charge over South Africa power plant ‘fees’ ” in the ...

Oct 2, 2015

NHK has plenty of good content

The letter headlined “TV force-feeding trash to viewers” in the Sept. 20 edition attempting to demean the totality of NHK-TV broadcasts (“worthless programing . . . obviously created by right-wing old men”) only betrays the woeful ignorance of its author. The writer would have ...

Sep 25, 2015

Rugby World Cup 2019 in danger

Your article “Olympics mess a nation’s indictment” (Sept. 16) is a useful assessment of some of the horrendous decision-making that has typified Japan’s planning for the 2020 Olympic Games. What both that article and most other commentaries largely overlook is the damage done to ...

Sep 25, 2015

Abe has placed himself above the nation's law

The editorial “Security policy set the wrong way” in the Sept. 19 edition is absolutely right to question Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approach to governance. There is a reason the Constitution is very difficult to change, and yet that poses no concern to Abe ...

Sep 25, 2015

Congratulations from South Africa

Regarding the story “Japan shocks Springboks to make Rugby World Cup history” in the Sept. 21 edition, your World Cup team played a magnificent game. You outplayed us in every facet of the game. It’s not that we played badly — you just played ...

Sep 18, 2015

Filipina trainee caregiver pleads for more time

I hope this letter will be read by the concerned parties — the health ministry of Japan and representatives of the government. I was a trainee from the first batch under the economic partnership system for caregivers. I arrived in Japan in May 2009 ...

Sep 18, 2015

More than mere tech skills needed

The story “Co-inventor of SD card connects public with lawmakers” about the entrepreneurial computer programmer Fukuyuki Murakami in the Sept. 7 edition left me with mixed feelings. It’s inspiring to read about someone who’s so focused and willing to take risks and think outside ...

Sep 4, 2015

Trump could use lesson on defense pact

The article “Security alliance isn’t fair to U.S., Donald Trump says” in the Aug. 28 edition tells us that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a gathering in Iowa that the Japan-U.S. alliance isn’t fair because “it obligates the U.S. to protect Japan ...

Sep 4, 2015

Enough with the self-pity over war

The article “Surviving the postwar Soviet detention camps” in the Aug. 23 edition comes as no surprise. Every year in Japan when August comes around we are once again bombarded with TV programs and newspaper articles about how the “poor Japanese” were made to ...

Sep 4, 2015

Time for Olympic fiascoes to end

Regarding “Contested Olympic logo is scrapped” in the Sept. 2 edition, this shows again the lousy job being done by the bidding and organizing committees. It all started at the time of the bidding campaign to host the 2020 Olympics. In their presentation, the ...

Sep 4, 2015

O'Barry's legal woes unsurprising

The article “Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry arrested” in the Sept. 2 edition said “the police were following up on a tip about a rental car driven by a drunken driver.” If O’Barry had been found guilty of drunk driving, what then? Two years in ...

Sep 4, 2015

In defense of the human approach

The article “Humanities under attack” in the Aug. 24 edition made me ponder several things. Recently I spent 12 days in a hospital. Not only the top skills but also the warm communications of doctors (and great support from nurses, of course) helped me ...