May 14, 2014

Effects of bullying as bad as ever

Regarding the May 9 article “LGBT bullying rife in schools“: Bullying is something that many people who are reading this can relate to. It’s not limited only to children in schools, because it can easily transition into the workplace. Simply because we don’t hear ...

May 14, 2014

Sex slave's story from Indonesia

In his May 8 letter “Fictions aimed at milking Japan,” Koichi Katsuta claims that comfort women were “just prostitutes who earned a lot of money.” Perhaps there were some in this category, but can he claim they all were? Perhaps he should read the ...

May 14, 2014

Give English market incentives

Regarding the May 4 editorial “Test problems here and abroad“: Despite frequent criticism of the TOEIC and TOEFL, their results usually give a fairly good idea of examinees’ English skills. Those exams at least provide a motive to study. English education in Japan leaves ...

May 14, 2014

Ministry's self-contained box

Regarding the May 11 editorial “Good example of English use“: For the Japanese education ministry to promote such a limited and belated use of English — as, say, hiring an English speaker to help with meetings — may fall hopelessly short of the “good ...

May 14, 2014

Vulgar model for adolescents

It was rather shocking to read some of the racist remarks with which North Korea’s state run media assailed U.S. President Barack Obama recently. One wonders what sort of crude remarks the Washington establishment has made about Kim Jong Un since he assumed power. ...

May 10, 2014

Vested interests in the test world

Regarding the May 4 editorial “Test problems here and abroad“: The fraudulent visa application problems caused by a couple of criminal schools on the other side of the planet is just a tempest in the TOEIC cup with scant or zero relevance to foreign-language ...

May 10, 2014

Deniers won't let war wounds heal

Regarding Koichi Katsuta’s May 8 letter, “Fictions aimed at milking Japan“: Nationalists like Katsuta love to claim that Japan was the victim nation in World War II and that [claims of atrocities] were all lies to hurt Japan. He says the use of the ...

May 7, 2014

NHK failing its public mission

Regarding the May 3 article “Viewers target NHK chief Momii“: This charade has been going on too long for the good of the nation. If NHK Chairman Katsuto Momii is reluctant to resign to resolve the problem that he created in the first place, ...

May 7, 2014

Fictions aimed at milking Japan

When you mention something about “comfort women” relating to the Japanese military, you should not use the word “sex slaves,” because they were not slaves at all — just prostitutes who earned a lot of money. Fictions have been created and exaggerated by people ...

May 7, 2014

It's a restless jungle of critics

People seem to have become more intolerant and impatient than ever before. For example, when a Japanese scientist who had announced discovering a groundbreaking new technology related to stem cells was suspected of having manipulated and faked some data, the once lionized young woman ...

May 7, 2014

Time to move on, rebuild ties

The “comfort women” issue never seems to stray from the headlines. It seems that every month there is a new comment by a Japanese government official or by a Chinese or Korean counterpart that sparks unhappy responses, and further draws out an almost-70-year-old issue. ...

May 7, 2014

Storm in a Pinteresque teacup

The attention that Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers National Basketball Association team, got during the week of April 28 over publicized racist comments he made to his girlfriend really tried my patience with this American fetish. American culture pushes its obsession ...