Jul 14, 2017

U.S. must define end of military presence

On June 23, Okinawa commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the end of the World War II Battle of Okinawa. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the memorial ceremony and gave an address in which he acknowledged that Okinawa's base-hosting burden is very heavy, adding that ...

Jul 14, 2017

Educators deserve better conditions

For years I've been reading stories about the 40 percent of the workforce in irregular (part-time or temporary) employment, and this story ("Job-hopping hits seven-year high," July 6) brings the first welcome news about a changing workforce. As usual, though, I missed anything about the ...

Jul 7, 2017

Not much public can do during a missile attack

Those of us, like myself, who grew up during the Cold War era, are very familiar with the situation of having to worry daily about the threat of missile attacks, or even a nuclear holocaust. I never imagined then that one day I would ...

Jul 7, 2017

Remembering Dhaka massacre

I would like to say a few words about the heinous atrocity that took place one year ago at Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital of Bangladesh where innocent Japanese and Italian lives were lost. I show my deepest condolences to the grieving families and ...

Jul 7, 2017

Please Hitachi, no reactor in Wales

I hope Hitachi Ltd. will give up on its attempts to build a nuclear power station at Wylfa in Wales ("Hitachi looks to build nuke plant in Britain" in the April 7 edition). I live on the island of Ynys Mon where the station would ...

Jun 30, 2017

Thai prison is real, should be shut down

In his letter to The Japan Times in the June 11 edition, Thai Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag accused Pavin Chachavalpongpun of making unsubstantiated claims when he reported that there is a temporary prison on the grounds of the Daveevattana (Thavi Wattana) Palace of Thailand's King ...

Jun 30, 2017

Amazing power of dogs' compassion

The article "Service dogs help senile Aussies live at home" in the June 7 edition made me ponder the relationship between dogs and senior owners. Since I myself love dogs, I know several dog-loving neighbors. They love taking their dogs for a walk every morning ...

Jun 30, 2017

The problem of racism in sports

Does skin color and race really matter in sports? This question always comes to mind when I play and watch America's pastime, baseball. On May 1, a few Boston fans shouted racial epithets at Adam Jones, the Baltimore Orioles outfielder. Although it may be normal ...

Jun 30, 2017

Only gropers can stop themselves

The most effective measure to reduce gropers is the "heart." Regarding "JR to install cameras on Yamanote Line trains" in the June 8 edition, some people are applauding this implementation because they think it could reduce the gropers. But I have my doubts. For one, ...

Jun 23, 2017

Let North Korea be, in exchange for denuclearization

To affirm the unassailable rule of the Kim dynasty, even at the expense of its own people, the discomfiture of its neighbors and the misgivings of the world, North Korea asserts the freedom to misgovern and project itself without interference. Looking at it from ...

Jun 23, 2017

Japanese government upholds freedom of press

The opinion pieces by Jeff Kingston in the June 11 edition and William Pesek in the June 14 paper presented their interpretation of the relations between Japan and special rapporteurs mandated by the U.N. Human Rights Council. According to U.N. Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/5/2, ...