Jul 22, 2016

Find real reason for Dhaka attack

Regarding the letter “Shocked and saddened in Bangladesh” by Minhaj Ahmed in the July 10 edition, a proper investigation must be carried out to find the cause of the attack as soon as possible. There seems to be a number of causes which triggered ...

Jul 22, 2016

Teachers set a patriotic example

In his column “Youthful voter turnout is unpredictable” in the July 17 edition, Walt Gardner suggests that 400 teachers who joined a class-action lawsuit set a bad example. He says “it sent a confusing message to students about their duty to their country.” Does ...

Jul 15, 2016

Do not remove the sanctions on Russia

In the article “Crimea after two years: time to drop sanctions” in the May 10 edition, columnist Doug Bandow effectively calls for a lifting of the sanctions against Russia and making a deal with Moscow in a “business as usual” manner despite continuing Russian ...

Jul 15, 2016

Makeshift change doesn't fix SOFA

Tokyo and Washington agreed to limit eligibility for protection by the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement on July 5. Bilateral negotiations have been going on in response to Okinawa’s strong demand that SOFA be revised across the board. But the new measure will only ...

Jul 15, 2016

Printed books remain important

The story “Tokyo’s Jinbocho is a must-visit for lovers of antiquarian books” in the July 6 edition prompted me to write something about the district. We were educated to read a lot of good books, not by using a computer, over 50 years ago. ...

Jul 8, 2016

Shocked and saddened in Bangladesh

Like everybody else in Bangladesh I am much saddened and shocked at the atrocity that took place in a restaurant in the country’s capital (“Japanese feared dead in Dhaka” in the July 3 edition). This act of terror was a cowardly act by those ...

Jul 8, 2016

Opposition camp needs to retool

It seems clear that the Liberal Democratic Party is going to win the Upper House election, and that if things continue as they are they will just keep winning in the future. So what has gone wrong — because things have gone wrong if ...

Jul 8, 2016

No guns under any circumstances

Regarding the story “Best time to tour the U.N.? Not during a crisis” in the June 19 edition, when I visited the United Nations headquarters, I was so impressed to see “Non-Violence,” also known as “The Knotted Gun,” at the entrance to the U.N. ...

Jul 1, 2016

Abe's control of media leaves election tainted

There can be no focus on any election in Japan as long as the ruling government maintains its stranglehold on the media’s freedom of speech (“Economy in focus as campaign starts for Upper House race,” June 23). The electorate has been denied any objective ...

Jul 1, 2016

Japan can learn from Brexit vote

People in the U.K. must be proud of having taken part in this historic referendum, whichever side they voted for (“Britain shocks world with vote to exit EU,” June 25). They showed the rest of the world that it is people, not politicians, who ...

Jul 1, 2016

Not all is gloomy for aging society

Regarding the Big in Japan column “A confused, senile future awaits Japan” in the June 26 edition, Michael Hoffman’s alarmist account of aging in Japan is wrong on several counts. Actually, the absolute number of older people in Japan has now leveled off, and ...

Jul 1, 2016

Schools should teach real politics

Looking at the photo of students practicing voting in Hino, Shiga Prefecture, on the front page of the June 19 edition, I felt rage and despair as a Japanese. They are 18-year-old high school students, not pupils of an elementary school. Do their teachers ...