Apr 16, 2014

Don't judge Malaysia by tragedy

I worry that William Pesek’s April 12 commentary on Malaysia, titled”How Malaysia can limit harm from lost Flight 370,” is encouraging international readers to view the nation’s strengths and weaknesses through the tiny prism of the lost Malaysia Airlines flight. Certainly let’s call this ...

Apr 12, 2014

Brother Russia, Ukraine diverge on key values

Regarding the April 9 Bloomberg article “U.S. labels some eastern Ukraine protesters as ‘paid provocateurs’”: As a Ukrainian now living in Tokyo with my Japanese wife, I have been following events back home since the protests late last year against a corrupt government and ...

Apr 9, 2014

Retailers who'll come out ahead

Regarding the April 4 Jiji article “Tax hike to spur retailing industry shakeout“: The three-percentage-point rise in the sales tax on April 1 was a rather earthshaking event, leaving Japanese shoppers and retailers groping for balance in the new market. Consumers are hesitant to ...

Apr 9, 2014

Kidnapping parent deserves life

In Tomohiro Osaki’s April 5 article, “Child abduction agreement too late for many parents,” Miho Watanabe, divorced from an allegedly abusive American husband, is portrayed as the kind of Japanese woman whom the government has always protected in these international child custody situations: A ...

Apr 9, 2014

Shock and awe over portraits

Regarding the April 6 AP article “Portraits by George W. Bush go on display“: I wonder if former U.S. President George W. Bush is very happy with the self-portrait he did [displayed with the portraits of other world leaders in an exhibit at the ...

Apr 9, 2014

Peer reviews considered rude

Regarding Daishi88′s April 6 letter, “Woman ‘thrown under the bus’ ” [about the negative press that Dr. Haruko Obokata has received since her method for producing pluripotent cells came under suspicion]: The fact is the world doesn’t care; China and Russia make bigger headlines. ...

Apr 5, 2014

A hyped story never trumps truthful report

Regarding Michael Hoffman’s March 30 Big in Japan column titled “The truth is, we have gotten too used to lying” [which concerns the media frenzy over the suspicion that Dr. Haruko Obokata manipulated data in her research papers describing a new, simple method for ...

Apr 2, 2014

Homework for Japanese leaders

Regarding the March 27 front-page article “Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south“: If it had not been for the urging of U.S. President Barack Obama, the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, on the ...

Apr 2, 2014

Remember the Syrian conflict?

I wonder why the Group of Seven nations have concerned themselves only with Ukraine’s problems recently without any mention of Syria. If they talk about world peace, how can they leave out Syria? To support only one side in Syria only makes the civil ...

Apr 2, 2014

Rebirth of a devastated area

The other day I had the opportunity to visit the vicinity of Sendai Airport, an area devastated by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. Two things that came to my attention immediately were the Hill and the new cemetery. Iwanuma city has started on a ...

Apr 2, 2014

Recent death sentences in Egypt

Regarding the March 27 AP article, “Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences“: Commenting on reactions from foreign quarters to a Minya criminal court decision referring death sentences against 529 defendants, implicated in acts of sabotage, to the Mufti of the Republic for his ...

Apr 2, 2014

Most restaurants still don't get it

Regarding the March 31 article “Airports eager to cater to Muslims’ needs“: It is good to see that Japan is catering to Muslims at airports and a few other places. But as a regular visitor to Japan, I am astounded that Japan is doing ...