Jun 6, 2015

Miyagi train line's return means a lot

The story headlined “Tsunami-hit Miyagi rail line back” in the May 31 edition moved me to tears. I rode the line over 10 years when I was a student and remember especially Nobiru Station (in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture), where an American oyster inspector and ...

Jun 6, 2015

Sports Agency can be boon for young

I concur with the editorial “Aiming for more than medals” in the May 31 edition that the limited resources should be focused on broadening and deepening sports participation among the underprivileged and disadvantaged for the long-term benefit of Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is ...

May 30, 2015

Abe risking his place in history over apology

Regarding the story “Abe ‘not planning war apology’ ” in the May 24 edition, if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fails to make a full and sincere apology for Japan’s wartime aggression and maltreatment of the so-called “comfort women,” then it’s very probable that he ...

May 30, 2015

Shikoku pilgrim says 'thank you'

Thank you Shikoku. Spent the month of October last year on the Shikoku pilgrimage walk. Want to say “thank you” to the people of Shikoku for their friendliness and hospitality. There is no place in the world like Shikoku and there are no people ...

May 23, 2015

Abe's policies are full of holes

Regarding the article “Recent changes to Japan’s defense policies attracts support in U.S. House” in the May 17 edition, Shinzo Abe’s policies contain so many conceptual holes it’s possible to see right through the other side to the dichotomies that render his rule absurd. ...

May 16, 2015

Buraku issues still resonate

It was a pleasure to encounter Stephen Mansfield’s review of my recent book, “Working Skin,” in the May 3 edition of The Japan Times. Buraku issues continue to be of broad public import in contemporary Japan and deserving of more discussion. I wanted to ...

May 9, 2015

U.S. military in Okinawa illegally

The pomp and circumstance that characterized the state dinner given by U.S. President Barack Obama for visiting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (“State dinner for Abe at White House surprises with haiku, sake and R&B” in the April 30 edition) may camouflage the reality that ...

May 9, 2015

Discrimination is difficult to end

Regarding the May 3 book review “Marginalized in Tokyo’s leatherwork districts,” I was reminded how the word “rawhide” appeared in a TV cowboy drama’s theme song, and how in the Showa late 30s, a friend of mine and I went to a shoemaker near ...

May 2, 2015

The world needs Rall's indignation

Thank you, Japan Times, for publishing Ted Rall (“Proof the U.S. is rotten to the core,” April 28) and thank you, Ted Rall, for your continued righteous indignation about the injustices of this world. The Japan Times seems to be one of the very ...

Apr 18, 2015

Land returns barely reduce base burden

Regarding the April 9 article “U.S. defense chief says new guidelines will ‘transform’ U.S.-Japan alliance”: The stronger Tokyo and Washington say the Japan-U.S. alliance must be, the more viciously Okinawa will have to take the brunt of it all. The central government has repeatedly ...

Apr 11, 2015

Understanding of Vietnam War in U.S. is better

Regarding the April 5 Counterpoint column titled “America’s memory wars and the Vietnam debacle,” in two respects professor Jeff Kingston offers readers an incomplete and dated impression of the current state of American understanding of the Vietnam War. First, a growing body of formidable ...

Apr 11, 2015

Okinawa deserves better from Tokyo

Regarding the April 5 TimeOut story headlined “Okinawa: In the cross hairs of war,” it is a pity that the pigheaded Yamato revisionists from Tokyo will not allow the Okinawan people to remember Japan’s wartime atrocities as they themselves witnessed them. Okinawa should not ...