Oct 7, 2016

Team Hillary better than Trump for U.S. and the world

Regarding the editorial “An unnerving debate in the U.S.” in the Sept. 29 edition, everyone knows that Donald Trump lost the first presidential debate to Hillary Clinton hands down, but the real reason was that so far Trump has spoken almost exclusively to audiences ...

Oct 7, 2016

No such thing as 'sexless Japan'

I would like to begin by saying that I love Japan and its people. I was a teacher and ESL supervisor for eight years, and hated to leave. I wept bitter tears. Having said that, I wish to say that “sexless Japan” is utter ...

Oct 7, 2016

Beijing the city has much to offer

In the opinion column titled “Dim outlook for democracy” in the Sept. 17 edition, Hiroki Sugita wrote: “Even given the strong economic growth of China and the political stability of Russia, the majority of people living in liberal democracies would not consider moving to ...

Oct 7, 2016

Tsukiji fiasco just business as usual

The article “Koike vows to nail officials who cut corners in Tsukiji” in the Oct. 6 edition didn’t mention the fact that the original budget for the new market in Toyosu has ballooned greatly from the original estimate, to where it now stands at ...

Sep 30, 2016

Japan can find honor in atoning for war crimes

The German city of Freiburg has decided not to erect a statue of a girl symbolizing “comfort women” after encountering strong opposition from its sister city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture (“German city drops Korean statue” in the Sept. 23 edition). I’m writing this in ...

Sep 30, 2016

Structural changes need time to work

The Bank of Japan announced its latest initiatives (“BOJ targets yields in new strategy” in the Sept. 22 edition) and the financial press was filled with the same old comments about “need for structural change,” “failure of Abe’s third arrow,” etc. One of the ...

Sep 30, 2016

Pay heed to school psychological tests

About the editorial “Preventing youth suicides” in the Sept. 18 edition, it is frustrating that there are many schoolchildren suffering from bullying, and some of them are ending up having suicidal thoughts. Further, it is problematic that even though a psychological test showed that ...

Sep 30, 2016

Coming to grips with child abuse

Regarding the editorial “Targeting scourge of child abuse” in the Aug. 14 issue, my four sisters and I were born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, by well-educated Japanese parents. My mother and us children were subject to physical and psychological abuse by my controlling ...

Sep 24, 2016

New Okinawa helipads won't help defense of Senkaku Islands

Despite strong local opposition, the central government seems intent on forging ahead with the construction of V/STOL (vertical or short takeoff or landing) facilities for Ospreys and Harrier jump jets in Yanbaru, Okinawa’s northern highlands, without any regard to Japan as a sovereign state. ...

Sep 24, 2016

Finding a solution for costly medicine

The mind boggling times we live in (“Pricey drugs push health burden up” in the Sept. 15 edition). On the one hand, we have people promising us a DNA revolution that can alter the code(s) of life, self-driving cars in the next 20 years, ...

Sep 24, 2016

Japan's war aim in China misinterpreted

In his Counterpoint column titled “Memories of Mukden Incident remain divisive” in the Sept. 18 edition, Jeff Kingston claims that Japan’s drive into Southeast Asia in 1941 was initiated “in order to secure resources needed to vanquish China.” This is a curious interpretation for ...

Sep 16, 2016

Privacy a myth in this nation of snoops

Stalking? It’s as Japanese as sushi (“Waking up to the menace of stalking” in the Sept. 11 edition). Ninja were professional stalkers and it’s in the blood of most Japanese. This is a nation of snoop hounds. Privacy is a myth in Japan. The ...