Jan 23, 2016

Keene dives into Japanese hearts

The article “A life found in translation” in the Jan. 3 edition reminds us of our deep respect for Dr. Donald Keene. He is a well-known American scholar, who has the heart of Japan. He has loved Japanese history and culture. And he has ...

Jan 16, 2016

Move forward by protecting foreign residents

If the “comfort women” deal succeeds in calming hotheads in both Japan and South Korea, then it may be worthwhile. That said, I would have preferred a more future-oriented deal. What is at the root of the animus between Japan and the rest of ...

Jan 16, 2016

Revamp 'Kohaku' with past glories

Please let me add some words to Gavin Bantock’s comments on the year-end “Kohaku Uta Gassen” TV show in the Letters section in the Jan. 10 issue. Bantock’s strong criticism of the extreme obtrusiveness of the stage presentation is quite heartily agreed with by ...

Jan 16, 2016

Only abstinence offers total safety

Regarding “Sex educator clues in curious youths” in the Jan. 4 edition, with its “safe sex” push and dismissal of sexual abstinence, Asuka Someya’s organization Pilcon is actually putting young Japanese at more — not less — risk of the negative consequences of sex. ...

Jan 8, 2016

National apology doesn't make Japan a victim

I am grateful for your thoughtful and careful editorial, “The ‘comfort women’ agreement,” in the Jan. 1 edition. As a German citizen living in South Korea and always happy to visit your friendly country, I feel pain in my heart over the historically rooted ...

Jan 8, 2016

Thai government on road to reform

Regarding the opinion piece by Pavin Chachavalpongpun in the Dec. 21 edition titled “Thailand in 2015: a year of spinning its wheels,” I wish to make the following clarifications: The current government is administrating the country during a crucial transition. As the prime minister ...

Jan 8, 2016

Bring back best 'Kohaku' features

Regarding the story “Kohaku music show ratings dive to new low” in the Jan. 4 edition, it is really not at all surprising that the viewer ratings are falling. In recent years, certain changes have been made in the staging which have been having ...

Jan 2, 2016

Remembering St. Luis Ibaraki

The Living Past column titled “Japan’s ‘Christian century’ failed to blossom” in the Dec. 20 edition made me ponder one aspect of our history in Japan. The writer of the article says that for the Japanese “… there is no ‘beyond’ (transcending man and ...

Dec 26, 2015

Learning from past best way to move forward

Criticism is always fair game. When it borders on make-believe it is worth correcting. In his Dec. 20 letter to the editor regarding the article “50 Japanese scholars fire back in McGraw-Hill sex slave row” in the Dec. 12 issue, Jason Morgan’s intentionally misreads ...

Dec 26, 2015

In the end, refugee photo doesn't lie

The caption below the photo accompanying the Dec. 4 article “In unexpected twist, Assad ally may become Lebanon’s next president,” reads, “A Syrian refugee stands behind a door at a makeshift settlement. . . .” Looking closely at the picture I got the sudden ...

Dec 26, 2015

Overly opaque education funding

Regarding the editorial headlined “Japan’s woeful school funding” in the Dec. 20 edition, while the proportion of the finances spent on Japanese education is the second-lowest of all advanced countries in the world, an audit of the education ministry’s self-awarded funding is likely much ...

Dec 18, 2015

U.S. textbook defender lacks an open mind

The article “50 Japanese scholars fire back in McGraw-Hill sex slave row” in the Dec. 12 issue about professor Eiji Yamashita’s well-worded and eminently reasonable rebuttal to the American academics’ year-long histrionics over the “comfort women” makes a nice capstone to this disheartening affair. ...