May 28, 2014

Beyond the traditional confines

I like working women: Professional women. Women brought up on the basis of equality, educated on a par with their male counterparts. Women with a voice and something to say within society’s pecking order, not on its margins. Challengers. Especially women brighter than myself. ...

May 28, 2014

'Cinderella' workers won't help

These days a lot of companies and government organizations are bent on building a female workforce as they anticipate workforce shortages because of our aging society. It is a matter for congratulation that we see this trend finally happening in Japan, which was once ...

May 28, 2014

To live in a place free of garbage

The May 20 Bloomberg article “Trash troubles pile up in China’s Garbage Era” reminded me of my first trip to China as a student of Chinese four years ago. It was a trip mainly to the former “Manchukuo,” a Japanese puppet country before and ...

May 28, 2014

U.S. patience, vigilance needed

Regarding Doug Bandow’s May 24 article “Opportunity for U.S. to extricate itself from Korea“: I wonder if this article was written before or after last week’s exchange of naval gunfire between the two Koreas. China would certainly be delighted if the U.S. military finally ...

May 24, 2014

A free society can handle wing nuts

Regarding Timothy Bedwell’s May 11 letter, “Deniers won’t let war wounds heal“: While agreeing with the first part of Bedwell’s letter, I cannot agree with his conclusion [that anyone that denies the reality of the horror of Japanese imperialism should be thrown in jail]. ...

May 21, 2014

Abe makes old-timers bristle

At his recent press conference on the need for Japan to legalize its use of collective self-defense, how many times did Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say “… protecting the property and lives of the people and ensuring the security of the country as prime ...

May 21, 2014

Spare Japan a Vietnam spectacle

Most of us are against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan for collective self-defense. If Japan had legalized this in 1965, thousands of Japanese soldiers might have been sent to fight in the jungles of South Vietnam with the United States. What a meaningless loss ...

May 21, 2014

Vulnerability of nuclear power

On April 11, NHK broadcast a debate program concerning the right to collective self-defense. In the middle of it, all six participants and two moderators were frozen by a question from a scholar: “Each and every government official insists that the international environment surrounding ...

May 21, 2014

Clear view of immigration bias

It was good to read about Hidenori Sakanaka, former director of the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, essentially admitting that, despite its international treaty obligations, Japan is a determinedly anti-immigration country with a racial prejudice (“Population fixes have anti-foreign bias, official says,” May 17). Foreigners ...

May 21, 2014

Uncertainties of social welfare

The May 9 editorial “Social welfare is not for profit” expresses concern that publicly subsidized operators of social welfare services are accumulating large amounts of internal reserves. Although maximization of public benefits is an essential part of such businesses, much deeper analysis of why ...

May 17, 2014

Remarks smack of church-bashing

Regarding Hugh Cortazzi’s May 14 article, “Human rights and religion“: It’s pretty obvious that, with regard to Roman Catholicism’s all-male clergy, Cortazzi has not bothered to at least give a fair hearing to the church’s side of the issue. If he had bothered, he ...

May 14, 2014

Imagination as a force for peace

We should welcome the hibakusha mind, as proposed by Peruvian diplomat Enrique Roman-Morey in the May 11 Kyodo article “Citizens need hibakusha ‘minds.’ ” As an exercise in diplomacy, it beats tweeting about dolphin kills. (In January, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweeted: ...