Jun 18, 2014

Hashimoto owes liberty to Allies

Regarding the June 17 article “Hashimoto says WWII Allies set up ‘comfort stations’ after soldiers committed D-Day rapes“: How dare that buffoon Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto insult the Allied soldiers who fought at D-Day! Doesn’t he realize that the Allies fought and died to ...

Jun 18, 2014

Sign of Egypt's new beginnings

Last July 17, The Japan Times published a balanced editorial, “When a coup is not a coup?,” highlighting reasons behind Egypt’s popular revolution on June 30, 2013, against the Muslim Brothers’ radicalism and despotic attempts to send Egypt back to the Middle Ages. However, ...

Jun 18, 2014

Many elderly up against the wall

These days the aging society is becoming a big problem in Japan. It is difficult for family members to care for elderly people by themselves, and family members need knowledge of nursing. Many elderly people and their families are suffering. A good way to ...

Jun 18, 2014

Joint development of resources

Regarding the June 8 wire service article “Abe holds talks with Pope Francis“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reported to have talked with Pope Francis about ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia. East Asia is riven with tensions over the large number ...

Jun 14, 2014

Did Edo ancestors have a better life?

“Boohoo, boohoo, life is such a bore!” It must be a living death to be chained to a corporate desk from morning until late evening, five or even six days a week. And most Japanese salarymen are dragooned into attending their company’s annual summer ...

Jun 11, 2014

New paradigm for the Olympics

Regarding the June 2 Reuters article “Architect blasts new Tokyo Olympics stadium as ‘a sin, a crime’ “: The pleas by the Japan Sports Council and by architect Edward Suzuki do not really contain in my mind a reasonable and convincing critique of the ...

Jun 11, 2014

EU pullout would lower wages

Regarding Barry A. Ward’s June 4 letter, “Discontent among Europeans“: Ward seems to have a hazy knowledge of history. If brutal dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini hadn’t enjoyed popular support from an ill-informed electorate, they would never have come to power. Hitler ...

Jun 11, 2014

National exam mugging season

The expression “what a bummer!” hit me the other day when I got ripped off for ¥11,700. Since I left school, I’ve been one of the knuckleheads unable to pass the 60-percent grade threshold, sitting every summer for the tour-interpreter test. The once-a-year fee ...

Jun 11, 2014

Abductions by any other name

The June 9 Kyodo article “Japan sends list of 470 potential abductees to North Korea” made me think. No one can begin to criticize the Japanese authorities for continuing to take a firm stand on this issue in the face of continued stalling on ...

Jun 11, 2014

Outsider's remedy for Yasukuni

Occasionally an outsider might help resolve a contentious issue. As an American citizen with great respect for Japan, I would like to offer some thoughts about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December to Yasukuni Shrine, which is dedicated to soldiers who died in ...

Jun 7, 2014

Brazil big enough for the World Cup

After reading Chikako Nakayama’s May 29 article, “World Cup without succor,” I would like to make a few observations, as the writer failed to grasp two basic aspects of Brazil’s current political and economic state. First, Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world. ...

Jun 4, 2014

A coup from a different view

Regarding the May 29 AP article “Thai troops detain Cabinet minister who blasted coup“: Over the past week I found myself in the midst of the second coup since I came to Thailand, and the news, as reported by the Western media, has appeared ...