Sophie Yu

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For Sophie Yu'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 ...

Editorials Apr 24, 2011

Food first

The World Bank reported April 14 that world food prices have jumped 37 percent from a year ago. That has pushed an estimated 44 million more people into poverty. As countries around the world recover from weak economies, political instability or, like Japan, from ...

Editorials Feb 10, 2011

National sport on its knees

The Japan Sumo Association, rocked by a match-rigging scandal, has decided to cancel Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, which would have started March 13 in Osaka. This is the first time that a grand sumo tournament known as hon-basho has been canceled since the summer ...

Commentary / World | SENTAKU MAGAZINE Oct 13, 2010

China's invaluable lesson

Japan has suffered a diplomatic humiliation by succumbing to China's demand for the release of a Chinese fishing boat captain who was arrested for operating in Japanese territorial waters and for ramming his boat into Japanese Coast Guard patrol ships. The incident occurred on Sept. ...

Reader Mail May 1, 2008

Don't enjoy 'new look'

I regret to say that I do not enjoy The Japan Times' "new look." I personally feel the paper looks cheaper than it did before, and the font is not as easy to read. Also, I am unsure of how the new look is ...