Oct 21, 2016

Clamp down now on passive smoke

I read with interest the story “Health ministry unveils draft plan to combat passive smoking” in the Oct. 14 edition. It must happen long before 2020 or the government will receive bulk legal action from residents, employees and tourists who have developed cancer from ...

Oct 21, 2016

Narcissist Trump is clearly unfit

Donald Trump seems to suffer from a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD); he behaves as if he’s the poster boy for that mental condition. And a narcissist of Trump’s ilk — one who makes Muhammad Ali’s showboating jests look tame by comparison ...

Oct 14, 2016

Unfortunate rise in ignorance and prejudice

I want to write about a little experience I had yesterday on my way back from work. It’s an incident which I’m sure all of us living in Japan have experienced, and highlights two issues in this country. I boarded Tokyo’s Hibiya Line, which ...

Oct 14, 2016

Thai royalty stays above politics

I wish to refer to the Oct. 1 column titled “Thai monarchy could be heading for a crisis” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun and wish to clarify the following: The Thai monarchy has not only been a pillar of stability in Thailand, but also the core ...

Oct 7, 2016

Team Hillary better than Trump for U.S. and the world

Regarding the editorial “An unnerving debate in the U.S.” in the Sept. 29 edition, everyone knows that Donald Trump lost the first presidential debate to Hillary Clinton hands down, but the real reason was that so far Trump has spoken almost exclusively to audiences ...

Oct 7, 2016

No such thing as 'sexless Japan'

I would like to begin by saying that I love Japan and its people. I was a teacher and ESL supervisor for eight years, and hated to leave. I wept bitter tears. Having said that, I wish to say that “sexless Japan” is utter ...

Oct 7, 2016

Beijing the city has much to offer

In the opinion column titled “Dim outlook for democracy” in the Sept. 17 edition, Hiroki Sugita wrote: “Even given the strong economic growth of China and the political stability of Russia, the majority of people living in liberal democracies would not consider moving to ...

Oct 7, 2016

Tsukiji fiasco just business as usual

The article “Koike vows to nail officials who cut corners in Tsukiji” in the Oct. 6 edition didn’t mention the fact that the original budget for the new market in Toyosu has ballooned greatly from the original estimate, to where it now stands at ...

Sep 30, 2016

Japan can find honor in atoning for war crimes

The German city of Freiburg has decided not to erect a statue of a girl symbolizing “comfort women” after encountering strong opposition from its sister city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture (“German city drops Korean statue” in the Sept. 23 edition). I’m writing this in ...

Sep 30, 2016

Structural changes need time to work

The Bank of Japan announced its latest initiatives (“BOJ targets yields in new strategy” in the Sept. 22 edition) and the financial press was filled with the same old comments about “need for structural change,” “failure of Abe’s third arrow,” etc. One of the ...

Sep 30, 2016

Pay heed to school psychological tests

About the editorial “Preventing youth suicides” in the Sept. 18 edition, it is frustrating that there are many schoolchildren suffering from bullying, and some of them are ending up having suicidal thoughts. Further, it is problematic that even though a psychological test showed that ...

Sep 30, 2016

Coming to grips with child abuse

Regarding the editorial “Targeting scourge of child abuse” in the Aug. 14 issue, my four sisters and I were born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, by well-educated Japanese parents. My mother and us children were subject to physical and psychological abuse by my controlling ...