• Toon, Ehime


Regarding the Jan. 20 article “Ueda against letting foreigners vote“: I assume that Saitama Gov. Kiyoshi Ueda and others gladly accept the tax contributions made by foreign permanent residents — but not their right to participate in local elections.

Why is he against this? Does he fear that he and others could be disadvantaged? Or does he believe the often-mentioned explanation that the Japanese “are one homogenous people”? Unless Ueda and others who think like him can provide satisfactory answers to these questions, they should refrain from making comments like this.

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