Nov 13, 2015

Coverage of China overly critical

Enough already! Normally a fairly balanced newspaper, the Nov. 4 issue of The Japan Times carried no less than eight articles that are directly or indirectly critical of China. The previous day’s issue was similar. With approximately 50 articles per edition this equates to ...

Nov 13, 2015

Tilting at windmills in South China Sea

The analysis and recommendations in Ralph Cossa’s column “Weighing Japan’s options in the South China Sea” in the Nov. 10 edition miss the mark. The Oct. 27 U.S. freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea was like tilting at windmills. Two ...

Nov 6, 2015

The refugee crisis: What about Japan?

Regarding the article “UNICEF chief urges Japan to open its doors to more refugees” in the Oct. 19 edition, if the Japanese are truly “very good global citizens,” as UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake says, surely my fellow countrymen would agree with Lake’s appeal? ...

Nov 6, 2015

Racist drawing of Syrian girl

Regarding the article “Manga artist removes illustration mocking Syrian refugee” in the Oct. 8 edition, as a citizen of Japan I felt disgusted looking at this racist drawing by Toshiko Hasumi that used an innocent child to represent such perverse prejudice. This little innocent ...

Nov 6, 2015

Forced to give up half her identity

Even though the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry says that 1 in every 30 children born in Japan is hafu, or biracial, coming from two cultures is still seen as a rarity and viewed with amusement. And due to the influx of biracial children, ...

Nov 6, 2015

My Number needs major rethink

Regarding the article headlined “Violence victims fear My Number” in the Oct. 17 edition, the government claims that the usage of My Number is definitely going to benefit the country, such as better organized social security. However I, as a person living in Japan, ...

Oct 30, 2015

Learning to understand the power of voting

Regarding the editorial “Voter ed for high school students” in the Oct. 18 edition, I strongly support the idea of giving high school students voter education. I am currently a senior in high school preparing to spread my wings and take part in society. ...

Oct 30, 2015

A chance to heal 'comfort women

The story “Suga denies Seoul pushing for Abe ‘comfort women’ apology at summit” in the Oct. 27 edition indicates that the series of meetings at the director level between Japan and South Korea went nowhere and may have turned into an impediment in the ...

Oct 30, 2015

Thailand still on democratic path

Regarding the article “Chomsky’s take on the state of Thai democracy” by Pavin Chachavalpongpan in the Oct. 8 edition, the author fails to address the root causes of the political crisis in Thailand that brought the current administration to power. Thailand was heading toward ...

Oct 16, 2015

Apply hospitality to all of humanity

The column “Omotenashi comes up short on humility” in the Oct. 11 edition gave me a chance to ponder the essence of omotenashi (hospitality). The other day, I read a beautiful example of omotenashi. The story is that a husband, who lost his wife ...

Oct 16, 2015

Don't play games with UNESCO fees

Regarding the story “Japan considers halting, cutting fees to UNESCO” in the Oct. 14 edition, it would be a big tactical error to cut UNESCO payments, to say the least. Doing so would play into the hands of those who want to defame Japan, ...

Oct 8, 2015

My Number system will have some benefit

I think that people should recognize some benefit from the My Number system even if it does have some problems. First, Japan has had no identification number like the Social Security number in the U.S. I believe that the lack of such a system ...