Apr 1, 2016

Japan curlers win praise in Canada

Regarding the story “Japan claims curling silver” in the March 29 edition, I hope that all of Japan is proud of Satsuki Fujisawa and her teammates. I was very impressed with not just the tremendous skill they exhibited, but also their approach to the ...

Mar 11, 2016

Every day is Japan History Day here

Regarding the article “Don’t just celebrate black history, be black history” in the Feb. 22 edition, when Baye McNeil writes “remember that every day — not just the 28 or 29 days of February but every single day — is Black History Day in ...

Mar 11, 2016

Security concerns and P2P rentals

The Japan Times has done a few pieces now on AirBNB, but there is an aspect of this that has not received due attention. I live in a relatively new, smallish (48 residences) apartment building in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, where most residents are owners. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Player should get long suspension

Regarding the Feb. 23 article “New Marines infielder Navarro arrested after bullet found in bag,” it is disconcerting that he would make such a careless mistake in bringing a live bullet to Japan from his home in the Dominican Republic. But what I find ...

Feb 26, 2016

Tokyo politician wrongheaded on LGBT issues

Regarding the story “Politician says being gay is ‘personal taste’ ” in the Feb. 23 edition, being gay is based on “personal taste?” Yeah, and if you believe this nonsense, then you’d probably believe that having blue eyes is also based on personal taste. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Help refugees closer to home

Regarding the column “Refugees, jihad and the specter of terrorism” in the Feb. 18 edition, Brahma Chellaney makes some good points, in particular regarding the failure of interventionism in the Middle East. The less involved Western powers are with the region the better. He ...

Feb 26, 2016

Whistleblowers deserve better

The Feb. 19 story “Olympus settles with whistleblower for second time,” points out what a terrible disincentive it is to be a whistleblower in Japan. Masaharu Hamada pointed out a great injustice. His employer and Japan, Inc. turned against him, making his life miserable ...

Feb 26, 2016

Obvious solution for poor English

The Feb. 4 article “Students failing to make English grade” once again raises concerns regarding Japan’s unique approach to English education. Of 150,000 randomly selected students in their final year of junior high and high school last year, fewer than half from each category ...

Feb 19, 2016

NHK anchor a victim of the right-wing state

Regarding Jeff Kingston’s Counterpoint column “Anchor’s ouster is another blow to quality news” in the Jan. 24 edition, you don’t have to be very smart to realize that the conservative right-wing state of Japan is following its pre-World War II modus operandi. Economic stagnation ...

Feb 19, 2016

What should we do in a missile attack?

The recent missile test by North Korea reminded me of the article in the Jan. 31 issue, “All eyes on North Korea missile test,” with its reassuring statement that, in preparation for a possible missile launch by North Korea, the Self-Defense Forces have prepared ...

Feb 12, 2016

No intent by Abe to revise history

Regarding the Hugh Cortazzi column titled “Abe’s misplaced priorities” in the Jan. 30 edition, I have to point out that the article includes misleading descriptions that differ from the actual facts. If you read the Cabinet-approved statement on the 70th anniversary of the end ...

Feb 12, 2016

LDP unqualified on Constitution

Regarding “Olympics minister denies cash-for-favors” in the Feb. 5 edition, the Liberal Democratic Party’s leaders seem long on scandal and short on morals. The shocking history of their gaffes, their greed and their gray dealings with money, and the exerting of influence for their ...