David P. Janes

For David P. Janes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reader Mail May 10, 2012

More than a 'few' foreigners split

The May 6 editorial "'Flyjin' rather few" states that "The survey ...did not determine exactly how many of those 25 percent eventually returned to Tokyo" after the 3/11 disasters. But it should be patently obvious how many did — all of them! The survey was ...

Reader Mail Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Reader Mail Nov 6, 2011

Original sin of Futenma

When U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta came to Japan recently, the first thing he did was to urge Tokyo to move ahead with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from overcrowded Ginowan City to Henoko in the northern part of Okinawa ...

Reader Mail May 15, 2011

Bin Laden et al. abhorred leftists

It seems strange that Donald Feeney, in his May 12 letter "Case of misdirected sympathy," would have a go against the "leftist" leanings of a May 8 letter that criticized the American military's "murder" of Osama bin Laden. The argument put forward by the ...

Commentary / World Jul 30, 2010

Economic ideology abuse

LONDON — "The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than commonly understood. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some ...

Commentary / World Jun 23, 2010

The beautiful game has an ugly blemish

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The quality of refereeing at the World Cup had been a source of relief until June 18, when referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali disallowed a perfectly legitimate goal by the United States that would have given it an all-important win ...

Commentary / World Apr 2, 2010

Japan is more than Toyota

NEW YORK — The tragic flaws discovered in Toyota cars have crowded out other news about Japan and the U.S.-Japan relationship during this 50th anniversary year of the formal U.S.-Japan security alliance. Some have gone so far as to claim that Toyota Motor Corp. represents ...

Commentary / World Mar 16, 2010

Rudd stakes job on health care

SYDNEY — It's a big gamble, but Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is ready to take it. He will go into an election on the strength of his stance on, of all things, health care. Never one to avoid a verbal standup, especially when ...

Commentary Jan 15, 2010

Russia looking to expand oil markets in East

SINGAPORE — For a long time, energy-hungry Asia has watched in frustration as Russia, currently the world's biggest producer of both oil and natural gas, sent nearly all its exports to former Soviet bloc partners and Europe, leaving Asian consumers increasingly dependent on imports ...

Reader Mail Sep 27, 2009

Lesser threat from a minority vote

Regarding the Sept. 22 article "Ozawa positive about granting local voting rights to non-Japanese": At first glance, the statement by Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) that granting suffrage to non-Japanese residents could destabilize the nation seems to suggest that non-Japanese residents are not to ...