Nov 4, 2016

Not many Americans support Trump

I would like to remind the fine citizens all over Japan that Donald Trump does not represent the views and feelings of many Americans. I, for one, am embarrassed by him and hold onto hope that he is defeated next week in his bid ...

Oct 21, 2016

Looking at what makes children grow

Every morning I enjoy taking a walk for about half an hour or so. For 15 years, my dog was my walking partner, but she died several years ago and I still feel so lonesome. However, I have recently realized that plants and schoolchildren ...

Oct 21, 2016

No soap dispensers in public toilets

I just spent two weeks in Tokyo, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Loved the onsen in Shimoda! I was shocked to discover that Japan still does not provide soap in the toilets! I have been to Japan many, many times and am ...

Oct 21, 2016

Clamp down now on passive smoke

I read with interest the story “Health ministry unveils draft plan to combat passive smoking” in the Oct. 14 edition. It must happen long before 2020 or the government will receive bulk legal action from residents, employees and tourists who have developed cancer from ...

Oct 21, 2016

Narcissist Trump is clearly unfit

Donald Trump seems to suffer from a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD); he behaves as if he’s the poster boy for that mental condition. And a narcissist of Trump’s ilk — one who makes Muhammad Ali’s showboating jests look tame by comparison ...

Oct 14, 2016

Unfortunate rise in ignorance and prejudice

I want to write about a little experience I had yesterday on my way back from work. It’s an incident which I’m sure all of us living in Japan have experienced, and highlights two issues in this country. I boarded Tokyo’s Hibiya Line, which ...

Oct 14, 2016

Thai royalty stays above politics

I wish to refer to the Oct. 1 column titled “Thai monarchy could be heading for a crisis” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun and wish to clarify the following: The Thai monarchy has not only been a pillar of stability in Thailand, but also the core ...

Oct 7, 2016

Team Hillary better than Trump for U.S. and the world

Regarding the editorial “An unnerving debate in the U.S.” in the Sept. 29 edition, everyone knows that Donald Trump lost the first presidential debate to Hillary Clinton hands down, but the real reason was that so far Trump has spoken almost exclusively to audiences ...

Oct 7, 2016

No such thing as 'sexless Japan'

I would like to begin by saying that I love Japan and its people. I was a teacher and ESL supervisor for eight years, and hated to leave. I wept bitter tears. Having said that, I wish to say that “sexless Japan” is utter ...

Oct 7, 2016

Beijing the city has much to offer

In the opinion column titled “Dim outlook for democracy” in the Sept. 17 edition, Hiroki Sugita wrote: “Even given the strong economic growth of China and the political stability of Russia, the majority of people living in liberal democracies would not consider moving to ...

Oct 7, 2016

Tsukiji fiasco just business as usual

The article “Koike vows to nail officials who cut corners in Tsukiji” in the Oct. 6 edition didn’t mention the fact that the original budget for the new market in Toyosu has ballooned greatly from the original estimate, to where it now stands at ...

Sep 30, 2016

Japan can find honor in atoning for war crimes

The German city of Freiburg has decided not to erect a statue of a girl symbolizing “comfort women” after encountering strong opposition from its sister city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture (“German city drops Korean statue” in the Sept. 23 edition). I’m writing this in ...