Regarding Michael Hoffman’s July 13 Big in Japan column titled “The high cost of peace and quiet“: Who are these cunning, selfish entrepreneurs who think that they can just barge into any quiet neighborhood and establish a noisy day care center? Outrageous! I’m in agreement with those residents up in arms over such mean-spirited development plans. Besides, such day care centers are just another sign of the creeping influence of Western liberalism and its feminist agenda.

Myself, I would much prefer to live next door to a retirement home for the elderly or to a hospice for the terminally ill. The aged are so much quieter than the loudmouthed pre-adolescent brats who dare to run wild on school playgrounds across Japan — though in rapidly diminishing numbers. Better yet, why not live next door to a cemetery? Ghostly quiet.

All kidding aside, has Japan gone completely bonkers? Children are Japan’s future, however bleak it might seem. I fear that Japan is losing faith in its own future. Is this the mood of post-3/11 Japan — to live only for today? Someday few couples will have children, but every household will have a cute robot. When you tire of the childlike robot, just switch it off.

robert mckinney
otaru, hokkaido

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