Hisashi Uno

For Hisashi Uno's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World | GUEST FORUM Oct 20, 2002

Scarcity not to blame for pain of hunger

In 1945, the year the vicious war ended, there was famine in Italy, Russia, Bengal, Burma and much of China; and yet there were unsellable surpluses of food in the United States, Canada and some Latin American countries. Products could have been shipped, stored ...

Commentary / World Sep 29, 2002

Exactly when does old age really begin?

"Put simply, we are having fewer children and living longer," says Michelle Gunn, an Australian journalist and social-affairs writer. Our time is undeniably the age of longevity. At the turn of the century two and a half years ago, one in every 10 people worldwide ...

Commentary / World May 27, 2002

Learn to write better by reading the experts

"My dear Professor," reads a note I received about two weeks ago, "I've found your Japan Times editorial-page commentary most interesting. You say writing good English is more craft than art -- a craft that anyone can learn. But I don't think it's always ...

Commentary / World | GUEST FORUM Jan 5, 2002

Writing: A craft that anyone can learn

"Speeches are not magic. A speech is essentially a combination of information and opinion written on paper and spoken. If you can have a thoughtful conversation, you can probably write and give a thoughtful speech." This was what U.S. President Ronald Reagan's speechwriter Peggy ...

Commentary / World May 31, 2001

Smokers' deadly paradise

For Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Hal Boyle, it wasn't too difficult to tell a man from a woman. "If it always offers you a cigar, it's a man," he quipped. "If it always is asking for a cigarette, then waits for a light, it's a ...

Commentary / World Dec 23, 2000

Volunteerism: not just a Western idea

Even before global observance of the International Year of Volunteers begins in January, Japanese are deeply involved in a search for the spirit of international volunteerism. Some insist that it is based on the wisdom of Oriental thought. But, "why is it Oriental?" asks one ...

Commentary / World Nov 23, 2000

Awakening the spirit of voluntarism in Japanese youth

Seventeen students gathered in their clubhouse at Kansai University of International Studies finish reviewing enlarged photos for an exhibition at their autumn campus festival. Then they move on to the next important task -- who should draft the text to accompany the photos and ...

Commentary / World Jul 17, 1999

Time for women to 'hold up half the sky'

Adrian Cozette Chandler, a U.S. educator and colleague of mine, has come up with a great idea and hopes to see it materialize: the publication of a bilingual book, written in easy-to-understand English and Japanese, in which ordinary American and Japanese women review and ...