Regarding professor Jiro Yamaguchi’s Oct. 20 article, “Perilous spirit of the times“: I entirely agree with his observation that “It is pathetic that we have to quote the foreign media to criticize what’s going on in this country.”

It’s also rather pathetic that expatriate residents in Japan like myself seem to care more about the democratic principles of postwar Japan than most of their Japanese neighbors. I’ve never heard anyone here in Otaru complain about hate speech, or the threat of right-wing usurpation of human rights (freedom of speech and the press, and academic freedoms).

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