Jan 20, 2017

Osprey training belies treaty provisions

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Defense Minister Tomomi Inada confirmed in a rubber-stamping fashion that Ospreys’ midair refueling drills in Okinawa would be resumed, even though the cause of the Dec. 13 crash had not yet been fully investigated and detailed to the public. According to the U.S. Marines ...

Jan 20, 2017

The beauty of country living

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Regarding the story “Country life holds growing appeal for young people” in the Jan. 4 edition, the author has described an extraordinary community. It’s an incredible story, especially that of a Tokyo University graduate who bravely took the less-trodden path by giving up an ...

Jan 13, 2017

Abe should do much more on sex slave issue

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to defuse the latest tension with South Korea over the forced employment of Korean women in Japanese military brothels he could intervene personally to resolve the issue. A possible course might be to visit Seoul and lay a ...

Jan 13, 2017

Remembering Daniel Inouye

Regarding the story “Obama says war gave way to friendship” in the Dec. 29 edition, President Barack Obama touched on Daniel Inouye in his speech at Pearl Harbor, saying that “it is here that we reflect on how war tests our most enduring values ...

Jan 13, 2017

'Sharing economy' has many pitfalls

The article “Despite barriers, ‘sharing economy’ picks up speed” in the Dec. 28 edition lacked balance. It reported as fact benefits of the sharing economy that are alleged but not proven. It did not discuss the sharing economy’s downsides. In the United States, Airbnb ...

Jan 6, 2017

Perseverance pays off on the ice and in life

The article “Release and renewal: Ando’s life full of joy, challenges” in the Jan. 4 edition made me proud that I learned to skate in Nagoya (when I was a student there), on the same ice rinks that the champion frequented. When I was ...

Jan 6, 2017

Abe's important message of peace

In his Counterpoint column headlined “Is Abe the wrong messenger for Pearl Harbor?” in the Dec. 25 edition, Jeff Kingston makes many factual errors, and his assertions, based on misunderstandings, are very arbitrary. There is no proof to suggest that “Pearl Harbor” is synonymous ...

Jan 6, 2017

Abe's Pearl Harbor visit and the sanctity of human life

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s and President Barack Obama’s visit to Pearl Harbor reminds us of the horrors of war and the power of reconciliation. Their honoring those who perished at Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki speaks not only to us, but to our children, ...

Jan 6, 2017

No proof of Putin's hand in Trump's election

Regarding the letter “Putin’s hand in Trump’s election” in the Dec. 25 edition, it is astonishing that in a day and age of myriad information and 24/7 global electronic surveillance, there has not been one shred of solid evidence linking the Russian government to ...

Dec 30, 2016

Make college more affordable

As seventh-graders at Seiko Gakuin in Yokohama, we are currently discussing the gap between the rich and the poor, researching all of the things that cause this social problem. We think that one solution is making education cheaper. Some causes of the gap include ...

Dec 30, 2016

More info needed on illegal drugs

Regarding the story “Aska released on evidence claim” in the Dec. 21 edition, Japan’s entire notion of drug use has been completely off the scale for too long. Looking at the headlines is a clear sign that Japan is behind the rest of the ...

Dec 22, 2016

A message of world peace at Christmas time

The article “Arlington cemetery offers a history beyond war” in the Nov. 27 edition reminded me of my visit to the grave of John F. Kennedy. Arriving at the grave, the first thing I did was pray for the repose of Kennedy, feeling the ...