Jan 26, 2011

Mr. Kan sets his agenda

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, in his policy speech before the Diet on Monday, expressed his determination to carry out unified reform of the social security and the tax system, which would include raising the consumption tax, and “opening the nation” in the 21st century ...

Jan 10, 2011

Relief for drug side effects

Even if one uses a medical drug properly, side effects cannot be ruled out. Thirty years have passed since the system to provide relief for sufferers from drug side effects was established in Japan. People should know more about this system and use it ...

May 18, 2008

Consider election consequences

Last month I read about (U.S. Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton’s win in the Pennsylvania primary. Every Japanese newspaper put Clinton’s exciting big face in their articles. She looked so happy, pointing her finger at supporters. Looking at these photos, I thought that Americans ...

May 11, 2008

The Japanese view of ending life

Regarding David Quintero’s May 4 letter, “High Japanese suicide rate mystifies,” and the question he poses (Why do so many Japanese people kill themselves?): I don’t have a definitive answer, but I have come up with a few theories: • There is historically, in ...