Apr 2, 2014

Remember the Syrian conflict?

I wonder why the Group of Seven nations have concerned themselves only with Ukraine’s problems recently without any mention of Syria. If they talk about world peace, how can they leave out Syria? To support only one side in Syria only makes the civil ...

Apr 2, 2014

Rebirth of a devastated area

The other day I had the opportunity to visit the vicinity of Sendai Airport, an area devastated by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. Two things that came to my attention immediately were the Hill and the new cemetery. Iwanuma city has started on a ...

Apr 2, 2014

Recent death sentences in Egypt

Regarding the March 27 AP article, “Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences“: Commenting on reactions from foreign quarters to a Minya criminal court decision referring death sentences against 529 defendants, implicated in acts of sabotage, to the Mufti of the Republic for his ...

Apr 2, 2014

Most restaurants still don't get it

Regarding the March 31 article “Airports eager to cater to Muslims’ needs“: It is good to see that Japan is catering to Muslims at airports and a few other places. But as a regular visitor to Japan, I am astounded that Japan is doing ...

Apr 2, 2014

The death rattle of colonialism

In his March 27 letter, “Fascism worse than imperialism,” Jim Makin claims that I contended in my March 20 letter, “Worst lay ahead for Asia,” that “white” imperialism was worse than the Japanese variety. While the worst did lay ahead for much of Asia ...

Apr 2, 2014

Right response to soccer banner

Kudos to the Urawa Reds soccer team for taking action against the “Japanese Only” banner displayed at the team’s first game played at home this season. The J. League also deserves commendation for prohibiting the public from attending the following home match in an ...

Mar 26, 2014

Fascism worse than imperialism

In his March 20 letter, “Worst lay ahead for much of Asia,” Paul de Vries again carps about how the white man was so much worse than the Japanese [during World War II]. I’d like to turn the question around and ask exactly what ...

Mar 26, 2014

Unique sense of being victimized

Last week I watched an NHK documentary on student nurses in Okinawa who committed suicide rather than surrender to American forces at the end of the war. The whole production was awash in pathos, but completely lacking any reflection upon why young girls would ...

Mar 26, 2014

Curious caller on Anne Frank

Regarding the March 25 Reuters article “Abe hails ‘lessons of history’ on visit to Anne Frank house“: A couple of factors need to be addressed. First, it is ironic that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of all people has hailed some “lessons of history,” given ...

Mar 26, 2014

A sideshow to the main events

I have written before that I think the Olympic Games are a sideshow to the world championships for each event. The world championships, not the Olympics, by definition are where we see the best. Jack Gallagher thinks otherwise in his March 19 column “Worlds ...

Mar 26, 2014

A gap that is destroying the U.S.

I was fascinated to read Andrew Sheldon’s March 23 letter, “Let’s celebrate the progress of the few wealthy.” His theory that we would all be better off without government is so absurd that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Not content that, ...

Mar 26, 2014

Employ foreigners as educators

Regarding the March 22 article “Break ‘passive’ English effort“: Perry Akins, chairman of Boston Educational Services, is reported to have cited the teaching of only material to be tested as the main problem hindering English communication and efforts to foster global talent among Japanese ...