May 27, 2016

Preventing pandemics at the local level

It is heartening that the Group of Seven leaders were expected to agree at the Ise-Shima summit (“G-7 leaders to agree on pandemic response” in the May 20 edition) on a global framework for action on pandemics, including a robust WHO-U.N. emergency contingency fund ...

May 27, 2016

Masuzoe scandal business as usual

About the story “Masuzoe defiant on expenses furor” in the May 21 edition, if ever a city in a purportedly advanced democracy ever deserved the title “Corruption Capital,” Tokyo would likely be the front-runner. Baseball is popular in Japan, especially now that Ishihara, Inose ...

May 19, 2016

Nuclear arms have made the world safer

I agree with Robert McKinney’s Letter to the Editor “Obama’s dismal record on nukes” in the May 8 edition that U.S. President Barack Obama “didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009″ and that his record of advancing peace has been “deplorable.” But if ...

May 19, 2016

Bikini Atoll tests, cause and effect

Regarding the editorial “Revisiting Bikini Atoll nuclear tests” in the May 16 edition, I am an attorney who has been handling radiation cases in the United States for over 30 years. The law in this country is quite well-developed on the duty the government ...

May 19, 2016

What are Cutler's true intensions?

The article “No reset button on TPP pact, Cutler warns” in the May 14 edition quotes Wendy Cutler as saying that the TPP pact is “impossible to renegotiate”, and “indispensable.” Yet while the article describes Cutler as a “former acting deputy U.S. trade representative,” ...

May 19, 2016

Hypocrisy and discrimination

Colin P.A. Jones presents a thoughtful take on the role the Constitution plays in Japanese society in “Does the Japanese Constitution mean anything?” in the May 9 edition. Especially poignant is his take on human rights. Jones highlights some of the discriminatory abuses relating ...

May 14, 2016

Reconciliation in an age of lingering hatred

There is a context to U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Hiroshima that is unspoken, but every bit as powerful and necessary as the direct message of nuclear disarmament: that historical woes can — and should — be overcome. Imagine the degree of ...

May 14, 2016

Abe can't break out of tunnel vision

Regarding the story “Abe, Merkel disagree on world economy” in the May 7 edition, it seems paradoxical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can’t stop pushing his failed economic policies wherever he goes when no amount of rhetoric can ever plug all the gaping holes ...

May 14, 2016

Trump and the U.S. military in Japan

Regarding the May 8 article “Trump proposals for Japan will not become U.S. policy, expert says,” Donald Trump has thrown a stone to make ripples on the seemingly waveless waters of the Japan-U.S. military alliance. Trump says that U.S. troops stationed in Japan should ...

May 7, 2016

Former expat finds much in Japan to blame

Japan has messed me up and everyone there is to blame. I left my country as a much younger man and as an expat, I have lived in numerous countries as a taxpayer. I was never involved with government, NGO’s, military or religious groups ...

May 7, 2016

Obama's dismal record on nukes

Regarding the story “No apology for A-bombings, Kishida says” in the April 25 edition, U.S. President Barack Obama didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and he’s certainly not the “peace advocate” to be making sweet sounding speeches in Hiroshima. His “peace” record ...

Apr 28, 2016

In defense of Japan's moral standards

Popular TV personality Becky and Diet member Kensuke Miyazaki were both recently caught in cheating scandals. Both cases involved the breaking of marital vows and in both instances the public figures involved suffered harsh consequences. Miyazaki was forced to resign and Becky has all ...