Aug 19, 2016

Stop building new Okinawa heliports

The U.S. 3rd Marine Division’s Northern Training Area, also known as the Jungle Warfare Training Center, is a vast training base area straddling the villages of Kunigami and Higashi in Yanbaru, Okinawa’s northern highlands. In a bid to abate Okinawa’s rage over a recent ...

Aug 12, 2016

Lesson from Sagamihara: Coexisting and growing together

On July 26, an unbelievable tragedy occurred at a care home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. Nineteen were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack. I pray from the bottom of my heart for the repose of the 19 innocent souls and quick recovery ...

Aug 12, 2016

Trump couldn't be more wrong

Regarding the story “Trump rips U.S. defense of Japan” in the Aug. 7 issue, there’s an old saying: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Same goes for military spending: If you think defense spending is too expensive, try paying for World War ...

Aug 5, 2016

Groping just a symptom of deeper rot

It’s always easy to look at the symptoms while ignoring the underlying cause of an issue (“Commuters fight back against groping,” July 31). A flourishing multibillion dollar sex industry, which looks eager to grow till at least 2020, catering to your wildest fantasies. The ...

Aug 5, 2016

Turkey counts on Japan's solidarity

The column by Doug Bandow in the July 29 issue (“Turkey crisis illustrates why U.S. should stop meddling)” touched on reasons why the leader of an Islamic community, Fethullah Gulen, has continued to live in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s. Although Gulen and his ...

Aug 5, 2016

Nuclear arms must never be used again

“Nagasaki must be the last.” I was deeply moved by this phrase, which I learned when I attended the peace memorial ceremony in Nagasaki on Aug. 9 last year. Even though there are still so many nuclear weapons on this planet, I believe most ...

Jul 30, 2016

Missed alarm bells in Sagamihara

And yet the killer was allowed to go free? (“Despite signs, killer slipped through the cracks,” July 28.) The Keystone Koban Kops really didn’t treat Satoshi Uematsu’s very troubling threats too seriously, nor did the “highly educated” mental health experts who briefly attempted to ...

Jul 22, 2016

Find real reason for Dhaka attack

Regarding the letter “Shocked and saddened in Bangladesh” by Minhaj Ahmed in the July 10 edition, a proper investigation must be carried out to find the cause of the attack as soon as possible. There seems to be a number of causes which triggered ...

Jul 22, 2016

Teachers set a patriotic example

In his column “Youthful voter turnout is unpredictable” in the July 17 edition, Walt Gardner suggests that 400 teachers who joined a class-action lawsuit set a bad example. He says “it sent a confusing message to students about their duty to their country.” Does ...

Jul 15, 2016

Do not remove the sanctions on Russia

In the article “Crimea after two years: time to drop sanctions” in the May 10 edition, columnist Doug Bandow effectively calls for a lifting of the sanctions against Russia and making a deal with Moscow in a “business as usual” manner despite continuing Russian ...

Jul 15, 2016

Makeshift change doesn't fix SOFA

Tokyo and Washington agreed to limit eligibility for protection by the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement on July 5. Bilateral negotiations have been going on in response to Okinawa’s strong demand that SOFA be revised across the board. But the new measure will only ...

Jul 15, 2016

Printed books remain important

The story “Tokyo’s Jinbocho is a must-visit for lovers of antiquarian books” in the July 6 edition prompted me to write something about the district. We were educated to read a lot of good books, not by using a computer, over 50 years ago. ...