Pamela Cox

For Pamela Cox's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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 ...

Commentary Nov 24, 2011

Mounting anger is no surprise

The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York and the tented encampment by St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London are symptoms of the frustration and anger felt by many disadvantaged people against those whom they see as living a life of luxury ...

Editorials Nov 22, 2011

Supporting the unemployed

The government has started a job-seeker support system from the beginning of October, under which unemployed people can receive allowances while undergoing vocational training. The new system will serve as the second safety net for workers, besides unemployment insurance. So far, if the period ...

Commentary Nov 7, 2011

Crime in America: execution of the mentally ill

Christopher Johnson's execution by the State of Alabama creates serious doubts about the justice of a measure that is widely criticized by human rights advocates throughout the world. According to the group Equal Justice Initiative, the Alabama Supreme Court planned the execution without even ...

Commentary Sep 28, 2011

Let Greece default and live

Few things are as galling as being right too soon. Back in 1970, dissident Soviet historian Andrei Amalrik wrote a book boldly called "Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?" He predicted that it would not, which greatly annoyed the Communist regime. He was sent ...

Reader Mail Sep 8, 2011

Red herring of impeded shipping

Michael Richardson's Sept. 1 article, "Beijing wastes no time with Noda," panders to sinophobics. Even if China were to "extend its presence" in the East China Sea and South China Sea, it certainly wouldn't be the first time in history that Southeast Asian countries ...

Commentary / World Jan 11, 2010

Latin America holds more clout, less doubt

WASHINGTON — What a difference a decade can make. Ten years ago, Latin America and the Caribbean received the new century in the midst of tremendous uncertainty. The Asian financial crisis and the Russian default had thrown the region into a tailspin with countries ...

Reader Mail Jun 26, 2008

Youth unemployment in the EU

I wonder if anyone else caught the contradiction in Giles Merritt's June 17 article "A Vanishing Europe and lifestyle." In paragraph 7, Merritt notes a looming labor shortage in the countries of the European Union, but several paragraphs down, he mentions "stubbornly high youth ...

Commentary / World Sep 27, 2007

The rise of the middle-ranking powers

The security environment since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States has clearly demonstrated the limits of the United Nations, or even the U.S. as the world's sole military superpower, to maintain international security. However, like-minded mid-level powers with similar intentions ...