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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 Apr 14, 2011

Don't second-guess Russian aid

First of all, I would like to express my sympathy to the Japanese people following the March 11 natural disaster. I was disappointed, though, with some parts of the Sentaku magazine article run in The Japan Times April 11, titled "From Russian with leverage." The ...

Commentary Jun 21, 2010

Indonesia moving to reduce forest loss, warming emissions

SINGAPORE — Recent developments in curbing high levels of forest loss around the world, particularly in the tropics, are promising. They are significant because deforestation, including the clearing of trees from peat swamps in Southeast Asia, is the biggest source of global warming emissions ...