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For Carol Mann's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 8, 2011

Defense official deserves respect

Regarding the Dec. 2 editorial "Abominable remark over Futenma": Perhaps the comment of the now former Okinawa Defense Bureau chief, Satoshi Tanaka, should be taken with a translation of "screwed over" rather than "raped". In which case his comment would suggest that the Japanese ...

Dec 1, 2011

Olympus scandal is no surprise

I recently read an editorial in The Japan Times contemplating the damage that the Olympus scandal could have not only on the company itself but on the reputation of Japan Inc. Sure, such a scandal could be devastating for a whole country, but this Olympus ...

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China's sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country's biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Aug 29, 2011

Budget repair and liberal defiance

The residues of liberalism's Wisconsin Woodstock — 1960s radicalism redux: operatic lamentations, theatrical demonstrations and electoral futilities — are words of plaintive defiance painted on sidewalks around the state capitol. "Solidarity forever" was perhaps painted by a graduate student forever at the University of Wisconsin. "Repubs ...

/ Jan 4, 2010

Usual anguish for Afghan women

FARAH, Afghanistan — When the problems riddling Afghan society are listed — violence, insecurity, corruption, religious fundamentalism — one dominating factor is usually left out: the influence of customary law. In Afghanistan, there are three principal legal references: constitutional law, the Quran and the system ...

Dec 27, 2008

'Unusual' budget response

The government has approved a record ¥88.548 trillion budget for fiscal 2009. Marking an increase of 6.6 percent from the initial fiscal 2008 budget, it represents an attempt to keep the Japanese economy from suffering the worst effects of the global financial crisis. Prime Minister ...

/ Nov 6, 2008

Pregnant Afghan women face deadly odds

KABUL — In Badakhshan, Afghanistan, for every 100,000 births, 6,500 young mothers die. This is a record unrivaled anywhere in the world. In other parts of Afghanistan, too, the rates of maternal mortality continue to be among the highest in the world. Roughly 75 percent ...

Oct 9, 2008

Bad day for deregulation pitch

Regarding the Oct. 5 article "City of London chief urges Japan deregulate": It seems strange that Lord Mayor of London David Lewis was in Japan attempting to sell the benefits of deregulation when all of the world is now becoming aware of the dangers ...

Aug 14, 2008

Limits of 'multiculturalism'

Regarding the recent flap over Debito Arudou's Aug. 5 article, "Once a 'gaijin,' always a 'gaijin,' " and, more specifically, the Aug. 10 letter response from Sandra Graves-Takahashi, "Unlikely material for a revolution": I must concur with Arudou regarding the treatment of foreigners in ...

/ Feb 14, 2008

Chinese views on North Korea

WASHINGTON — In recent years, issues pertaining to North Korea have been hotly debated by Chinese institute researchers. The publication of conflicting views in authoritative media suggests that these debates are sanctioned by the Chinese leadership. At critical junctures in the six-party negotiations, Chinese leaders ...