Reader Mail Jun 5, 2020

Standing up against racism

Regarding the May 30 story “Protests over George Floyd's death spread across U.S.,” news media have provided live coverage of protesters vandalizing public property or spraying buildings with graffiti. The protesters say “property can be replaced, a human life cannot” in the name of ...

Reader Mail Jun 5, 2020

Time is right for an anti-China coalition

The May 31 article “India's ‘pride’ will be defended in new China border flare-up, defense chief says” presents a very clear picture of the Indo-Chinese border in a neutral way. There is speculation that the growing relationship between India and the United States is ...

Reader Mail Jun 5, 2020

Can kids weather this pandemic?

The May 23 article “The Great Depression paradox: Children survived, then thrived” surprised me, since I’m worried that “coronavirus fatigue” — physical and mental disorders brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic — has had a profound impact on students. Indeed, according to the article, ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

Toward a cozy, comfortable society

The May 16 article “Understanding the need to shame someone on social media” was an interesting topic for me. I understand that some netizens called the “self-restraint police” feel stressed and irritated with confined daily life during the COVID-19 crisis. It is natural that their ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

Not everyone welcomes U.S. Marines

When Kuni Miyake claims "Japan wholeheartedly welcomes the Marines back” in his May 19 opinion piece “A welcome move by the U.S. Marines," he must have been excluding Okinawa. About 20,000, or 80 percent, of the 24,000 Marines in all of Japan remain in this ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

To learn English, think in English

Regarding Takamitsu Sawa’s Jan. 20 opinion piece “Japan going the wrong way in English-education reform,” one day, I asked one of my classmates at school, a returnee from the States, “How can I be fluent in English?” He replied, “Think everything in English. Try.” ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

The coronavirus as ‘gaiatsu’

Some may recall that back in 2000 the government led by Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori adopted an “e-Japan strategy” with an objective to create a “knowledge-emergent society” and turn Japan into the world’s most advanced country in the area of information technology by 2005. ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

World must unite and stand by Hong Kong

Regarding the May 23 article “How China pounced on Hong Kong while the world focused on COVID-19,” when the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan several months ago, the totalitarian bureaucrats in the Chinese Communist Party went above and beyond in an attempt to hide ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

Team Trump puts spin above facts — always

Regarding the May 20 article “Trump allies lining up doctors to prescribe rapid reopening in U.S.,” Team Trump attempting to use media spin to subvert scientific facts isn’t surprising, since Trump’s disdain for reality and rules is even more predictable than Japanese trains’ arrival ...

Reader Mail May 30, 2020

Abe isn’t the only one who can lead Japan

Regarding the May 19 article “Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls,” is this the same country that even months after the rest of the world had opened its eyes to the threat of a pandemic was still pushing forward in top gear ...

Reader Mail May 22, 2020

Entry ban harming international business relations

The May 19 article “Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan's coronavirus controls” describes this unfortunate situation quite well. Though it is more than understandable that Japan tries to find ways to protect its country and people against COVID-19, it has put strenuous restrictions into place. ...

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