Dec 18, 2015

Santa should be more inclusive

Regarding the 20 Questions column in the Dec. 13 issue titled “Pursue what you love … be a Santa if you want,” it was interesting to read that Santa Paradise Yamamoto recently became the first authorized Santa from Japan. Your fun little interview, however, ...

Dec 18, 2015

The consumption tax needs fixing

If the government is really interested in fiscal health of Japan, a hike in the consumption tax is not the answer. The Japanese economy is based on an enormous amount of waste of citizens’ taxes. The simple solution is to raise the consumption tax. ...

Dec 12, 2015

Education for students via part-time jobs

Regarding the editorial “Labor woes of student workers” in the Dec. 4 edition, I felt so sad to read that “students are given excessive workload and duties — sometimes at pay below legal minimum wage — at their part-time jobs and are unable to ...

Dec 12, 2015

Turkey justified in downing plane

Having read the two articles in the Nov. 27 edition of The Japan Times, namely “With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies?” by Doug Bandow and “Erdogan aims to derail Russia-NATO alliance” by Gwynne Dyer, I could not help but criticize your approach of ...

Dec 12, 2015

Extreme weather and climate change

Puzzling, it is, that Tom Harris (“Real climate crisis: misdirected funds” in the Nov. 29 Letters column) attempts to make a case that global warming is not related to extreme weather events. First he erroneously cites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the ...

Dec 4, 2015

How to reduce Halloween litter

I am writing this letter in response to the article in the Nov. 1 issue about garbage provisions at Halloween in Tokyo’s Shibuya district (“Halloween revelers get litter bags“). I participated in this event, and I saw lots of garbage in the streets. I ...

Dec 4, 2015

Base protesters are peaceful

The Kansai Perspective story “Osaka group preps Kansai solution to Futenma base row” by Eric Johnston in the Nov. 23 issue was misleading. First, there have been no violent clashes between protesters and the police. It is the police who are violent. The tactics ...

Dec 4, 2015

Economic boycott over whaling

Regarding the story “Ending hiatus, whaling fleet to leave for Antarctica” in the Dec. 1 edition, we will not be helping the Japanese attain their economic goals after hearing the news about resuming the slaughter of whales. My Subaru will be the last product ...

Nov 28, 2015

'Zombienomics' yields another drop in GDP

Regarding the editorial titled “Another back-to-back GDP drop” in the Nov. 21 issue, had there been any doubt left even in the staunchest right-winger’s grasp of Japan’s financial status, the latest reconfirmation of its demise must surely dispel it. Whatever Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ...

Nov 28, 2015

Real climate crisis: misdirected funds

Regarding the story “Global warming may impoverish 100 million: World Bank” in the Nov. 10 issue, it is inaccurate to say that “extreme weather (is) tied to warming.” This is one of the few areas of agreement between the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on ...

Nov 20, 2015

Nonproliferation report provides useful road map

The U.N. General Assembly had a heated debate recently between those who seek immediate negotiation of a nuclear weapons ban convention and those who argue that nuclear disarmament requires a step-by-step approach. To achieve a world without nuclear arms, the weapons have to be ...

Nov 20, 2015

Pondering Paris terrorist attacks

The news “Terrorist attacks rock Paris” in the Nov. 15 edition blew our minds and frightened the world. It was the second-most shocking news to me after the terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001. I’d like to extend my ...