Jun 17, 2016

Hiroshima, Obama and the drawing of life

U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima visit and speech reminded me of an artist who was an atomic bomb survivor. She expressed human beings, birds, small animals and beautiful worlds of nature in her works of art. When I drew birds as her student, she ...

Jun 17, 2016

Support for U.S. sailors' Tepco suit

Regarding the story “Koizumi backs U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit” in the May 20 edition, how could the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant make the incredible mistake of providing inaccurate information concerning a mortally dangerous matter of a plant meltdown? As mentioned in the article, ...

Jun 9, 2016

Hokkaido boy's parents need support, too

Regarding the story “Missing Hokkaido boy found alive” in the June 4 edition, one finds a lot of public speculation about what might have happened. The emphasis is invariably on bad parenting, the very horror of having a dad doing cruel things such as ...

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. military wearing out its welcome

As a foreign resident of Okinawa since the ’90s, I have grown accustomed to the overarching reach of the U.S. military that reflects Okinawan society every single day, whether it is a gruesome car accident caused by a young service member driving a large ...

Jun 9, 2016

Story on Hanako missed big picture

I was very disappointed at the coverage of Hanako’s death in your newspaper (“Hanako, Japan’s oldest elephant, dies at age 69,” May 27). There was no mention of the international consternation and protest surrounding this female elephant’s incarceration in an environment unworthy of any ...

Jun 3, 2016

Apologies by Japan always ring hollow

Regarding the May 31 story “Obama visit highlighted how apologies differ in U.S., Japan,” Japanese are big on regret and “sincerity.” But regret is not an apology and sincerity is impossible to gauge. I regret many things, but that doesn’t mean I am apologizing ...

Jun 3, 2016

Apologies by both U.S., Japan are in order

In our quest for symbolic resolution, we need to be honest (“Obama pays historic visit to Hiroshima” in the May 28 edition). If President Barack Obama’s visit to the atomic-bombed city is an apology of a kind, then a similar apology of a kind ...

Jun 3, 2016

Tread carefully on dual-use research

The article “Science panel rethinks arms R&D ban” in the May 31 edition noted that the “government is pushing for more civilian-military dual-use technology,” which is an important and increasingly complex topic and one that requires careful rules and oversight before actions are taken. ...

Jun 3, 2016

What about all that pre-mosaic porn?

Regarding the Media Mix column headlined “Vagina trial: more absurd than obscene” in the May 29 edition, I am wondering if the defense or anyone else pointed out or questioned all of the millions upon millions of gigabytes of pornographic film data before having ...

May 27, 2016

Preventing pandemics at the local level

It is heartening that the Group of Seven leaders were expected to agree at the Ise-Shima summit (“G-7 leaders to agree on pandemic response” in the May 20 edition) on a global framework for action on pandemics, including a robust WHO-U.N. emergency contingency fund ...

May 27, 2016

Masuzoe scandal business as usual

About the story “Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor” in the May 21 edition, if ever a city in a purportedly advanced democracy ever deserved the title “Corruption Capital,” Tokyo would likely be the front-runner. Baseball is popular in Japan, especially now that Ishihara, Inose ...

May 19, 2016

Nuclear arms have made the world safer

I agree with Robert McKinney’s Letter to the Editor “Obama’s dismal record on nukes” in the May 8 edition that U.S. President Barack Obama “didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009” and that his record of advancing peace has been “deplorable.” But if ...