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 ...

Jan 30, 2016

Education a must in Arab world

With regard to Gwynne Dyer’s column in the Jan. 20 edition titled “Five years after the Arab Spring,” common sense tells us that education is the key to positive progress. Being a good educator, and indeed a good journalist, is not about presenting raw ...

Jan 30, 2016

Purging the nation of racism

Chulbom Lee, in his Letter to the Editor in the Jan. 17 issue titled “Move forward by protecting foreign residents,” reminds readers that not even two years ago the U.N. Committee of Racial Discrimination called on Japan to take action against incidents of racism ...

Jan 23, 2016

Keep Twitter short and sweet, just like a haiku

Regarding the article “Twitter may allow much longer tweets” in the Jan. 7 edition, expanding the 140-character limit to 10,000 characters would make Twitter no longer Twitter. If there are 10,000-character tweets, they would cover my timeline and I will not read them. To ...

Jan 23, 2016

Abe must explain Futenma's value

During the Lower House Budget Committee’s session Jan. 12, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated, as if to cut off Okinawa’s wishes across the board, that security-related matters should be decided on by the state, not by a locality based on the outcome of an ...