Oct 1, 2014

What's Abe been crowing about?

Regarding the Sept. 25 article “20% of college dropouts cite financial difficulties as reason“: It’s a sad state of affairs when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fun globe-trotting and lauding himself over what he claims are his great economic achievements while the reality at ...

Oct 1, 2014

Charity should begin at home

I’m afraid I cannot understand what the prime minister is doing abroad. He has promised Japanese financial aid for developing countries, and it’s important to help each other, but he needs to look at the way things are in Japan. So many university and ...

Oct 1, 2014

Recalling a quiet Afghanistan

Gwynne Dyer might have mentioned in his Oct. 1 article, “An imperfect Afghanistan,” that before the intervention of major world powers, Afghanistan was not a perfect country but, as I and thousands of other visitors in the 1960s and the ’70s can vouch for, ...

Sep 27, 2014

A feat Indians can cheer about

Regarding the Sept. 24 AP article “India joins elite club by putting spacecraft into Martian orbit“: As an Indian, I’m very proud of this moment. Also, I’m glad that The Japan Times has put up a detailed article about this historic achievement of the ...

Sep 24, 2014

A selective respect for justice

Nice to know the LDP has such respect for the International Whaling Commission. Does Japan only heed international commissions when it is convenient or in some way benefits Japan? So much for Japan’s being internationally minded. LDP General Council head Toshihiro Nikai [who reportedly ...

Sep 17, 2014

Apart from right-wing ideology

Regarding the Sept. 9 AP article “Official history of late Emperor Hirohito dodges controversies“: I think the key to understand its content lies in the following sentence from the article: “The practice of documenting an emperor’s reign follows a Chinese tradition.” The Chinese were ...

Sep 17, 2014

A long way from what we were

Regarding Anotole Kaletsky’s Sept. 9 article, “As the chances of a U.K. split grow, the true costs become more clear“: As a citizen of the Irish Republic, I was disheartened to read his portrayal of “Europe’s most durable nation” [Britain] as one not to ...

Sep 17, 2014

Aim of annual achievement tests

Regarding the Sept. 14 editorial, “Test scores can’t tell all about kids“: It is true, of course, that disclosure of student scores is not the purpose of the annual nationwide achievement tests. The purpose is for educators to use the results wisely in improving ...

Sep 10, 2014

The stripes of Abe's real policies

Regarding the Sept. 5 editorial “Keep a close eye on new Cabinet” and the Sept. 6 editorial “Biggest defense budget requests”: The painted mask on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies is worn thin. We see that, like the appointment of five women to his ...

Sep 10, 2014

Desperate people of Fukushima

In the Sept. 8 Kyodo article “Suicide consultations in Tohoku disaster areas on the rise: report,” The Japan Times contents itself with the banality of statistics. The paper should help the reader understand why so many disaster victims in the Tohoku region feel so ...

Sep 10, 2014

Indispensable British-U.S. effort

I take issue with Gregory Clark’s blanket statement in his Aug. 22 article, “How WWII could have ended,” that “anyone who believes the Western powers did much to bring about that defeat [of Nazi Germany] has been watching too many Normandy documentaries and ‘Saving ...

Sep 6, 2014

Ratings climb on Sotloff video

CNN [last week] showed the video of the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff just as it had shown the video of the beheading of James Foley last month. Before showing the video of Sotloff, a CNN news anchor cautioned that the video was ...