• Quebec

  • SHARE

Regarding Paula Bame’s June 3 letter, “Western values have made a mess“: As a Canadian who lived in Japan, I was shocked and saddened as well to read about the recent tragedies in Japan concerning the decapitation of a mother, parents abandoning their babies, and so on.

Of course, when events like this happen and people feel threatened, they sometimes like to point the finger at what could appear to be the most obvious reason. But to blame Western influence in Japan for the recent tragedies is a simplistic argument, at best. First of all, in matters of mere terminology and perceptions, there are many differences among what we like to call “Western countries.”

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW