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 ...

Apr 1, 2016

Water a key element to full 3/11 recovery

Your editorial about Fukushima (“The 3/11 disasters, five years on”) in the March 11 edition focuses rightly on issues confronting communities affected by the disasters, but one key element you omit to mention is the fundamental challenge of water security and water resilience in ...

Apr 1, 2016

Blame misdirected at Tepco executives

Regarding the indictments being handed down to former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives for the Fukushima disaster. Those executives are probably innocent and have been chosen to “take the fall,” instead of the real criminals. The real criminal is the design supervisor for the ...

Apr 1, 2016

Common laws can't trump Constitution

The article “New laws loom but SDF unready” in the March 23 edition includes the paragraph: “The laws, passed by the Diet six months ago after more than 114 hours of deliberation, will allow Japan to exercise the U.N. right to collective self-defense under ...

Apr 1, 2016

Train's tragic roots and future promise

Amid the excitement over the first ever shinkansen from Tokyo to Hokkaido on March 26, this is a great time to reflect on some of the fascinating and tragic history behind this rail link. The bullet trains will run through the deepest undersea rail ...