Jul 16, 2015

The true lesson of Sugihara's heroism missed

Almost every summer the newspaper regales us again with commemorative stories about the humanitarian heroism of Chiune Sugihara (“Chiune Sugihara: man of conscience,” July 12). I suppose it usually happens during the summer months as a way of eulogizing him on the anniversary of ...

Jul 10, 2015

Sushi chefs should keep their hair tidy

On the July 5 article “Female chefs are giving sushi a new lease on life,” only one of these female chefs looks like someone I would want preparing my food (Yumi Chiba). Her hair is neatly and professionally tidied under her chef’s cap. All ...

Jul 10, 2015

Thailand is a land of free expression

Regarding the article “Lese Majeste brings despair to Thai families” by Marion Thaibaut, an AFP-Jiji reporter based in Bangkok, in The Japan Times on May 25, I wish to clarify the following: 1. Whatever our politics, Thailand has always been a free and open ...

Jul 10, 2015

Beef up pensions, not bullet-train security

Regarding the story “Bullet trains get rude wake-up call” in the July 5 edition, it was surely only a matter of time, after such a long record of years of virtually trouble-free operation, that eventually something should happen on the shinkansen. However, I imagine ...

Jul 4, 2015

One solution for the Greek debt crisis

Regarding the story “Tsipras seeks public vote against new bailout deal” in the June 28 edition, here’s a solution to the Greece debt problem: decide upon a ratio of responsibility for the debacle that acknowledges mutual culpability by the borrower and the lender. The ...

Jul 4, 2015

The world should ditch nuclear arms

I was really sad to read the editorial “Disappointing NPT conference” in the May 27 edition because I had really hoped that all countries would abolish their nuclear weapons. There are two reasons why I think that. The first reason is I think nuclear ...

Jul 4, 2015

Yoga has benefits for everyone

The article of “Modi leads Yoga Day amid skepticism” (June 28, 2015) tells us that June 21 is the International Day of Yoga. It is good news since people all over the world can know yoga and enjoy a better health by doing yoga. ...

Jul 4, 2015

Correct definition of 'singularity'

The Big in Japan column titled “Humans face singular concern over AI jobs” in the June 28 edition contains an error which needs to be corrected. The article defines “singularity” as the moment “when artificially intelligent machines become smarter than we are.” The correct ...

Jul 4, 2015

Storm in a teacup over Toyota exec

William Pesek makes some salient points in his article titled “Toyota’s drug problem, and Japan’s” in the June 28 edition. Even allowing for the fact that Hamp broke the law — and Japan’s extreme intolerance of illegal drugs — “Go ni itte wa go ...

Jun 27, 2015

Increase fertility via better aid for young moms

Regarding the article entitled “The true cost of fertility treatment in Japan” in the June 21 edition, the difficulty and time-consuming nature of these treatments, their costs, and the anguish that is often experienced by the couples who resort to them will ensure that ...

Jun 27, 2015

LDP revisionism borders on fantasy

Regarding the June 20 article “LDP to review Occupation, tribunal,” the Liberal Democratic Party intends to set up a group to examine the postwar Occupation and the International Military Tribunal, or Tokyo War Crimes Trial, because, according to one official, they need to “scrutinize” ...

Jun 20, 2015

Egyptian court sentences have followed rules

Regarding the article titled “Mass death sentences now a part of life in Egypt” in the June 5 edition, let me first clarify that the defendants who were previously or recently condemned by the Egyptian High Court are being tried before a normal court, ...