Sep 22, 2017

Belligerence won't resolve North Korean crisis

On the morning of Sept. 15 we were once again startled by the national alert system because North Korea had launched another large missile over Japan. I suppose the government wants everyone to believe that it is protecting them, and to have a sense ...

Sep 22, 2017

Kudos to Kono for his English ability

Regarding the story "English-fluent Foreign Minister Kono makes international debut at ASEAN gathering" in the Aug. 9 edition, I have been interested in Taro Kono since the Cabinet reshuffle and watched a lot of videos about him. I have a very good impression of ...

Sep 22, 2017

Kingston left out historic facts

The opinion piece by Jeff Kingston in the Sept. 10 edition presented his interpretation of "revisionism" and the "comfort women" issue, assertively describing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as "revisionist" and "extremist." But he did not present important historical facts contradicting the assertions in his ...

Sep 22, 2017

Keep up the good work, Yamao

It is regrettable that Shiori Yamao should have resigned from the Democratic Party in the wake of her extramarital affair. She was the first person in the Diet who succeeded in attracting people's attention to the shortage of child care facilities, and her image ...

Sep 15, 2017

The importance of perspective when it comes to disabilities

Regarding Mark Schilling's Wide Angle column headlined "Filming disability from a new angle" in the Sept. 8 edition, as a fellow wheelchair user I want to thank activist and documentary filmmaker Mizuko Yamaoka for bringing attention to the small things that affect the lives ...

Sep 15, 2017

Set an end date for bases in Okinawa

At a recent meeting with U.S. Ambassador William Haggerty, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera asked him to heed Japanese people's concerns over hosting U.S. bases. That's a roundabout way of expressing his dissidence over low-altitude flight training by Ospreys on six designated routes on mainland ...

Sep 15, 2017

JR Tokai making the right moves

Regarding the story "JR Tokai will travel on a different track, bucking trend of luxury sleeper trains" in the Sept. 12 edition, many people may have been surprised by the very conservative management strategy of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), not only in ...

Sep 15, 2017

Immigration vital for Japan's future

Regarding "Panel to brainstorm lifestyle solutions for Japan's demographic ills" in the Sept. 10 edition, no one wants to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Japan has the world's highest debt to GDP burden among developed and growing economies, and it continues to live ...

Sep 8, 2017

New Orleans cuisine is Creole, not Cajun

J.J. O'Donoghue's enticing review of the Osaka restaurant Southern Peas in the Aug. 27 edition ("Southern Peas: A little slice of New Orleans") unfortunately perpetuates the popular but mistaken conflation of New Orleans Creole dishes, such as gumbo, with Cajun cooking. Cajun country lies ...

Sep 1, 2017

Abe, as top dog, will always get the last bark

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be well and truly in the doghouse over his wheeler-dealing conduct regarding the proposed veterinary department at Kake Gakuen ("Decision deferred on Kake Gakuen's plan" in the Aug. 19 edition). So why doesn't he seem in the slightest concerned, ...

Sep 1, 2017

Obama's 'death fell from the sky' line

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes gives his former boss, U.S. President Barrack Obama, full credit for a memorable line in the president's May 2016 Hiroshima speech ("Ex-Obama adviser rips Trump's diplomacy," in the Aug. 21 edition). Is he distancing himself from a piece of ugly wordsmithing? The ...