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For Sam Bahour's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reader Mail 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 ...

Reader Mail 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 ...

Editorials Dec 2, 2010

Cautious after impressive half

Firms listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange have reported strong performances for the April-September period, helped by government subsidies for eco-friendly cars and electronic appliances and strong exports to emerging economies. But they are likely to have a difficult time ...

Commentary / World Mar 7, 2010

Myth of Palestine's economic development

AL-BIREH, West Bank — A serious misconception is being propagated by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah. Media, international organizations, foreign governments and Palestinians at large are being coaxed into believing that the flurry of economic activity in the West Bank is economic development toward ...

Reader Mail Feb 26, 2009

No one to blame but the parents

As far as reported in the Japanese and English media, the Calderon family has been staying in this country illegally for over 10 years. From a human point of view, it is of course more than regrettable that they will now be deported with ...

Commentary / World Aug 28, 2008

McCain aims to win by pandering to bigotry

NEW YORK — At a time when the Beijing Olympics have increased America's apprehension of China's rising power, Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, has chosen Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. Biden is the influential chairman of the Senate Foreign ...

Commentary / World Jun 28, 2002

Flawed peace plan reflects U.S. illusions

AL-BIREH, West Bank -- Monday's long-awaited speech by U.S. President George W. Bush was to set the pace for the Palestinians and Israelis to step back from the vicious and bloody cycle of violence that has gripped them for nearly two years. Instead, Bush ...

Commentary / World Jun 4, 2002

The Palestinian intifada: a very American struggle

AL-BIREH, West Bank -- The Palestinian people have no grudge against the American public. We never did. As a matter of fact, if one resists the media spin and takes a closer look at what the Palestinians have been struggling for, it will be ...

Commentary / World Mar 11, 2002

International community must pressure Sharon

AL-BIREH, West Bank -- The first Palestinian refugee camps were a product of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. When Israel militarily occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967, a second wave of Palestinian refugees was created. ...

Commentary / World Dec 6, 2001

Israeli occupation spawns cycle of death

AL-BIREH, West Bank -- In the 48 hours following the horrific suicide bombings in Israel, hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon addressed the nation while simultaneously increasing, by yet another step, Israel's part of the violence in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Sadly, ...