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 ...

Apr 1, 2016

Japan curlers win praise in Canada

Regarding the story “Japan claims curling silver” in the March 29 edition, I hope that all of Japan is proud of Satsuki Fujisawa and her teammates. I was very impressed with not just the tremendous skill they exhibited, but also their approach to the ...

Mar 11, 2016

Every day is Japan History Day here

Regarding the article “Don’t just celebrate black history, be black history” in the Feb. 22 edition, when Baye McNeil writes “remember that every day — not just the 28 or 29 days of February but every single day — is Black History Day in ...

Mar 11, 2016

Security concerns and P2P rentals

The Japan Times has done a few pieces now on AirBNB, but there is an aspect of this that has not received due attention. I live in a relatively new, smallish (48 residences) apartment building in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, where most residents are owners. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Player should get long suspension

Regarding the Feb. 23 article “New Marines infielder Navarro arrested after bullet found in bag,” it is disconcerting that he would make such a careless mistake in bringing a live bullet to Japan from his home in the Dominican Republic. But what I find ...

Feb 26, 2016

Tokyo politician wrongheaded on LGBT issues

Regarding the story “Politician says being gay is ‘personal taste’ ” in the Feb. 23 edition, being gay is based on “personal taste?” Yeah, and if you believe this nonsense, then you’d probably believe that having blue eyes is also based on personal taste. ...

Feb 26, 2016

Help refugees closer to home

Regarding the column “Refugees, jihad and the specter of terrorism” in the Feb. 18 edition, Brahma Chellaney makes some good points, in particular regarding the failure of interventionism in the Middle East. The less involved Western powers are with the region the better. He ...

Feb 26, 2016

Whistleblowers deserve better

The Feb. 19 story “Olympus settles with whistleblower for second time,” points out what a terrible disincentive it is to be a whistleblower in Japan. Masaharu Hamada pointed out a great injustice. His employer and Japan, Inc. turned against him, making his life miserable ...

Feb 26, 2016

Obvious solution for poor English

The Feb. 4 article “Students failing to make English grade” once again raises concerns regarding Japan’s unique approach to English education. Of 150,000 randomly selected students in their final year of junior high and high school last year, fewer than half from each category ...