Jun 25, 2016

Czech influence on Japan's beer is undeniable

The article headlined “Beer essentials” that appeared in the June 5 issue stated that “lager-style beer originated in Germany” and that “Japan imported German ingredients.” These statements are not quite accurate. I do not doubt a strong German influence on the Japanese beer industry, ...

Jun 25, 2016

Thailand fostering democracy, reform

While respecting the opinion of Pavin Chachavalpongpun as expressed in the article titled “Thailand playing a risky game with China, Russia” in the June 7 edition, I would like to provide the following facts. Regarding Thailand’s political situation, even though Thailand is still in ...

Jun 25, 2016

No accountability in nuclear industry

Following the June 16 quake in Hakodate, Hokkaido, nuclear plant operators in the area reported no damage, but even if there were problems, because of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new anti-democratic secrecy law, they would not necessarily report them, nor would they feel any ...

Jun 25, 2016

It's Abe's turn to visit Pearl Harbor

Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima last month, it is my opinion Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should now visit Pearl Harbor. I think it was a big decision for Obama. We can realize what he thought from the fact that he ...

Jun 17, 2016

Hiroshima, Obama and the drawing of life

U.S. President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima visit and speech reminded me of an artist who was an atomic bomb survivor. She expressed human beings, birds, small animals and beautiful worlds of nature in her works of art. When I drew birds as her student, she ...

Jun 17, 2016

Support for U.S. sailors' Tepco suit

Regarding the story “Koizumi backs U.S. sailors’ Tepco suit” in the May 20 edition, how could the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant make the incredible mistake of providing inaccurate information concerning a mortally dangerous matter of a plant meltdown? As mentioned in the article, ...

Jun 9, 2016

Hokkaido boy's parents need support, too

Regarding the story “Missing Hokkaido boy found alive” in the June 4 edition, one finds a lot of public speculation about what might have happened. The emphasis is invariably on bad parenting, the very horror of having a dad doing cruel things such as ...

Jun 9, 2016

U.S. military wearing out its welcome

As a foreign resident of Okinawa since the ’90s, I have grown accustomed to the overarching reach of the U.S. military that reflects Okinawan society every single day, whether it is a gruesome car accident caused by a young service member driving a large ...

Jun 9, 2016

Story on Hanako missed big picture

I was very disappointed at the coverage of Hanako’s death in your newspaper (“Hanako, Japan’s oldest elephant, dies at age 69,” May 27). There was no mention of the international consternation and protest surrounding this female elephant’s incarceration in an environment unworthy of any ...

Jun 3, 2016

Apologies by Japan always ring hollow

Regarding the May 31 story “Obama visit highlighted how apologies differ in U.S., Japan,” Japanese are big on regret and “sincerity.” But regret is not an apology and sincerity is impossible to gauge. I regret many things, but that doesn’t mean I am apologizing ...

Jun 3, 2016

Apologies by both U.S., Japan are in order

In our quest for symbolic resolution, we need to be honest (“Obama pays historic visit to Hiroshima” in the May 28 edition). If President Barack Obama’s visit to the atomic-bombed city is an apology of a kind, then a similar apology of a kind ...

Jun 3, 2016

Tread carefully on dual-use research

The article “Science panel rethinks arms R&D ban” in the May 31 edition noted that the “government is pushing for more civilian-military dual-use technology,” which is an important and increasingly complex topic and one that requires careful rules and oversight before actions are taken. ...