May 7, 2016

Obama's dismal record on nukes

Regarding the story “No apology for A-bombings, Kishida says” in the April 25 edition, U.S. President Barack Obama didn’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and he’s certainly not the “peace advocate” to be making sweet sounding speeches in Hiroshima. His “peace” record ...

Apr 28, 2016

In defense of Japan's moral standards

Popular TV personality Becky and Diet member Kensuke Miyazaki were both recently caught in cheating scandals. Both cases involved the breaking of marital vows and in both instances the public figures involved suffered harsh consequences. Miyazaki was forced to resign and Becky has all ...

Apr 28, 2016

The scandal at Mitsubishi Motors

Regarding the story “Mitsubishi Motors admits using unapproved tests since ’91” in the April 27 edition, if the pressure on the company’s development engineers for achieving high fuel efficacy goals was the cause of the cheating, engineers at other carmakers will be under the ...

Apr 22, 2016

Remembering an evangelist against nukes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his fellow Group of Seven foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on April 11. On the day before, a funeral was held for an atomic bomb survivor. Early on the morning ...

Apr 22, 2016

A lot of money in right-wing politics

Regarding the story “Former ASDF chief Tamogami arrested” in the April 15 edition, does this mean that the attached Yushukan museum at Yasukuni Shrine will withdraw Tamogami’s revisionist books from its souvenir shop? Yes, Toshio Tamogami is something of a folk hero around Yasukuni ...

Apr 16, 2016

Help us save our park, an oasis in Kyoto

I’m a mother with two young children living in Kyoto. We are now enjoying the cherry blossom season here. My children and their friends are playing every day at the local Kyoto city park, on land leased from Ryuhonji Temple. There are many beautiful ...

Apr 16, 2016

Why U.S. Marines are in Okinawa

The oft-cited reason why the U.S. Marines are stationed in Okinawa is its superior strategic location; that is, from Okinawa they can deal with any contingencies as quickly as possible that may occur in any part of the region. But in a contingency involving ...

Apr 16, 2016

Hedgehog cafe is not a good idea

Regarding the story “Japan’s first hedgehog-themed cafe opens in Tokyo” in the April 9 edition, a hedgehog cafe is very, very wrong for so many reasons. Cats and rabbits, they like to be petted. Hedgehogs are not for petting — they hate it. They ...

Apr 9, 2016

Hidebound school boards cripple Japan

Japan is a nation built on virtue. Perhaps one of most important is efficiency; the senselessness of wasting resources. Yet I have come to witness colossal wastage in Japan. I talk of the boards of education in certain regions that corrupt the teaching of ...

Apr 9, 2016

Obama should visit Hiroshima

The story headlined “Kerry to visit Hiroshima for G-7 ministerial talks” in the April 3 edition pointed out that Group of Seven ministers will visit Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to pay tribute to the atomic bomb victims. That means hundreds of government officials ...

Apr 9, 2016

Abe leading Japan to another war

Regarding the story “Security laws usher in new era for pacifist Japan” in the March 30 edition, March 29, 2016, will go down in history as the day that one man sent a nation to war. By selfishly binning the Nobel-worthy peace Constitution, Prime ...

Apr 9, 2016

Beyond the beauty of cherry blossoms

It is a heartwarming to know that not only in Tokyo, but also elsewhere across Japan that cherry blossoms are in full bloom now. It is difficult to find a place without cherry blossoms at this time of the year in my city of ...