Aug 20, 2014

Recognition as special victims

Regarding the July 31 AP article “Last surviving crew member of Enola Gay dead at 93“: On Aug. 13, a Japanese scholar provided his take on the outcome of World War II in The New York Times. It was triggered by the attention given ...

Aug 20, 2014

Japan paid its Pacific War debt

I read recently in my hometown newspaper that Korean and Chinese officials were upset over Japanese officials visiting the shrine to Japan’s war dead. I know about the Pacific War; my father fought in it. He was a member of an underwater demolition team; ...

Aug 20, 2014

Help the 'Well Said' translations

I appreciate the Japanese-language learning columns included in The Japan Times, and read them almost every week. However, I feel that two aspects of the “Well Said” column need improvement. First, the bonus dialogues focus nearly every week on two men talking about dating ...

Aug 13, 2014

Surrender option unacceptable

In response to Aaron Tovish’s Aug. 10 letter, “Children’s deaths were senseless,” I respect the Peace Boat organization, but Tovish’s letter contains some indefensible and incredible historical revisionism about Japan’s surrender in World War II that reflects poorly on that organization’s political agenda. The ...

Aug 13, 2014

Ignorance putting us in danger

People sometimes say, “Ignorance is bliss.” It is true that innocent children who don’t know the despair of modern society seem to live a happy life. Nevertheless, we should stop being fatalistic and see the truth in society because, currently, our safety is being ...

Aug 13, 2014

Casting actresses in ethnic roles

In no way do I mean to criticize Philip Brasor’s Aug. 10 Media Mix column, “Critics get frank when it comes to Godzilla“; however, I have never quite understood the derision given to the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” over the casting of Chinese ...

Aug 6, 2014

Let flexibility reign at university

The Aug. 3 editorial “More students opt for fifth year” gave me a chance to ponder the flexibility of university-level education in our society. In colleges and universities, generally speaking, there are too many required subjects for students, and students have to take so ...

Aug 6, 2014

A call to all cooks about tuna

Because of the over-fishing of one of our most amazing and tasty fish, bluefin tuna stocks have fallen to dangerously low levels. Its natural habitats, the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, are being ruthlessly and, sometimes, illegally, exploited as the fish is ...

Aug 6, 2014

Paying for the habit of a minority

Regarding the Aug. 1 article “Japan’s smoking rate falls below 20% for first time, manufacturer says“: It’s time to add my two-pence worth. I’m taking this headline statement with a rather large pinch of salt, for the following reasons: First, Japan is a smoker’s ...

Aug 6, 2014

Women breaking the status quo

A salute to the women featured in the July 31 Kyodo article “Female officials challenge status quo” and the July 31 Bloomberg article “Late hours thwart Abe’s working moms.” It is these resolute, intelligent women making work and family work for them as well ...

Aug 6, 2014

Emotions that limit our freedom

Regarding Barry Andrew Ward’s July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis“: Once again Ward mentions immigration in the United States as a negative without elaboration. America was once the country of “Give me your poor huddled masses …” etc. Now it seems the policy ...

Aug 6, 2014

Bravo to Seoul's persistence

Regarding the Aug. 5 Jiji article “South Korea to issue ‘comfort women’ white paper in 2015“: It’s curious how Japan would have the world remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but cries foul when other nations remind Japan that not too long ...