Jun 7, 2014

Brazil big enough for the World Cup

After reading Chikako Nakayama’s May 29 article, “World Cup without succor,” I would like to make a few observations, as the writer failed to grasp two basic aspects of Brazil’s current political and economic state. First, Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world. ...

Jun 4, 2014

A coup from a different view

Regarding the May 29 AP article “Thai troops detain Cabinet minister who blasted coup“: Over the past week I found myself in the midst of the second coup since I came to Thailand, and the news, as reported by the Western media, has appeared ...

Jun 4, 2014

Discontent among Europeans

The June 2 editorial, “Europe takes a beating,” completely mischaracterizes UKIP (the UK Independence Party) by calling it “far right.” Fascist, neo-fascist and Nazi parties are far right in their disregard of democratic procedures, public opinion and the wishes of electorates. Thus “far right” ...

Jun 4, 2014

Rightists controlled by the past

Recent articles about journalist Henry S. Stokes denying that the Nanjing “incident” was a massacre remind me of George Orwell’s comment that “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not ...

May 31, 2014

An urban gem that deserves reassessment

I don’t know if any other Japan Times readers have recently been to the sides of the Kanda and Zenpukuji rivers below Omiya Hachiman Shrine, but it is quite shocking what civil engineers are doing to the environment in the middle of Tokyo. I ...

May 28, 2014

Foreign workers are not robots

Regarding the May 19 article “Success of ‘Abenomics’ hinges on immigration policy“: Japan’s demographic, economic and social future must be planned beyond Abenomics. What the Abe administration seems to be hinting at — an “immigration” policy divorced from an “immigrant” policy — is a ...

May 28, 2014

Helping hand from the military

As a Thai citizen who has been observing the political situation in Thailand closely, I understand that most Japan Times readers might not accept the military coup in Thailand, but this is the best decision Thailand can come to at the moment. We had ...

May 28, 2014

Crack down on unpaid overtime

Regarding the May 21 Bloomberg article “Foreign domestics seen as aiding working mothers“: I have to say that the solution to keeping women in the workplace and to increasing family size lies not with either increasing the number of domestic helpers (which would benefit ...

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 ...