Reader Mail Jun 14, 2019

Refusing overtime should be a choice

The Media Mix column headlined “Missing an opportunity to tackle workplace woes” in the May 19 issue brought me back to my dismal career as a worker. About three decades ago, I was employed by a prestigious company where working overtime was common among all ...

Reader Mail Jun 14, 2019

Appreciation for Ichiro Suzuki

I would like to say “thank you” to my great hero, Ichiro Suzuki. As a baseball player he is known not only in Japan but also all over the world. When Ichiro recently hung up his spikes for the Seattle Mariners, he was the oldest ...

Reader Mail Jun 14, 2019

What it means to be hāfu 
in Japan

The article “Portrait book explores identity from eyes of mixed-race Japanese” in the April 9 edition, about Japanese Belgian photographer Tetsuro Miyazaki’s ongoing project Hāfu2Hāfu, gave me a chance to think again about diversity in Japan and myself, because I am hāfu (half) — ...

Reader Mail Jun 7, 2019

Dementia problem affects all of us

I agree with the May 26 editorial that "addressing dementia prevention" is a pressing matter. There are two reasons. First and foremost, there is yet no established cure, as the editorial says. What's worse, preventive measures such as adequate physical exercise, social interaction and a ...

Reader Mail Jun 7, 2019

Trump without peer in the world of sumo

When U.S. President Donald Trump attended the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament finale May 26, some say he injected growth hormone into the "ugly American" stereotype, the strongest dose since July, when he was late to meet Queen Elizabeth, didn't bow or apologize, then strode ...

Reader Mail Jun 7, 2019

All abductees deserve to be free

Regarding the story "Trump pledges to help bring abductees home" in the May 28 edition, the North Korean government's abducting of Japanese citizens four decades ago was wrong. That was clearly wrong, just as the U.S. government's abducting Central American children today is clearly wrong; ...

Reader Mail May 31, 2019

Keep preschool kids away from busy streets

Regarding the Big in Japan column titled "Fatal traffic mishaps put drivers in the media spotlight" (May 26), I am losing count of the number of traffic accidents in recent years where the vehicle involved has ridden up onto the sidewalk, injuring and even ...

Reader Mail May 31, 2019

The ultimate climate change

Reading the editorial "Averting the collapse of nature" in the May 8 edition, I was shocked to learn that "as many as 1 million species are threatened with extinction" and it is a result of human behavior. The article tells us that "the principal ...

Reader Mail May 31, 2019

Reversing the fall in population

Regarding the story "Number of kids declined by a third during Heisei" in the May 6 edition, I'm sure the decrease in the number of children is one of the most serious issues confronting Japan. Although most Japanese know this problem should be solved ...

Reader Mail May 31, 2019

Change on names bound to fail

The idea of asking foreign media to write the names of Japanese people with the family name first is ill-advised and not practical ("Kono to ask media to put family names first," May 23). To change the current practice of putting the given name first, ...

Reader Mail May 24, 2019

Scholarships will pay off in the future

I sometimes see news articles about people having to work a long time to pay off their student loans. According to the Japan Student Services Organization, about 1.32 million students have a total of more than ¥1 trillion in outstanding loans. I also have ...

Reader Mail May 24, 2019

Vaccination issue deserves better

I was shocked to read "Japan struggles to ditch its 'vaccine backwater' image" in the May 11 edition. Not so much that Japan has struggled with government-supported vaccination programs, of which I am aware, but because The Japan Times seems to equivocate the opinion ...