Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

It’s no use crying over spilled oil

The Aug. 23 article “Wakashio scuttled as data reveal sudden turn toward Mauritius” was a strong magnet to me. After reading this article, I found similar articles in the Japanese-language Asahi Shimbun. It reported that the second-in-command was steering the vessel alone, while the crew ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Trump can't make socialism a four-letter word

Regarding the Aug. 25 article “Republicans paint dark picture of U.S. future if Trump loses,” Trump is hoodwinking voters by trying to make “democratic socialism” and “communism” synonyms, ascending to mind-numbing heights of outdatedness, dimwittedness, hypocrisy, narcissism and ignorance. In political science — a discipline ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Abe leaves a mixed legacy

My time in Japan has overlapped with some major historical moments: Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as the first U.S. president to do so; the first ever retirement of an emperor and the subsequent naming of a new era; and now the early retirement ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Japanese leaders put economy over citizens’ well-being

The Aug. 24 article “Over 2 million used Japan's Go To Travel subsidy campaign in first month” proved to me that Japan’s leaders are only concerned about making the economy better. When the government announced the Go To Travel campaign to support the tourism ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Nuclear waste disposal is a matter of environmental concern

It has been reported that the town of Suttsu in Hokkaido is considering applying for a two-year “literature research” into the possibility of storing high-level radioactive nuclear waste. A maximum of ¥2 billion in subsidies will be granted by the central government. “The future of ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Language matters

Regarding the Aug. 27 article “Naomi Osaka withdraws from Western & Southern Open semifinals as part of protest against racial injustice,” she joined a long list of professional athletes who have used their platforms to bring attention to matters pertaining to police brutality in ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Saddened by Abe’s resignation

It is sad to read of the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after many years of service to his country, and everyone wishes him well and that he recovers from his illness. His leadership was a great example to a world where there ...

Reader Mail Aug 31, 2020

Japanese connections with Indian languages

I came across the old July 6, 2008, opinion piece “Was the Japanese language influenced by Tamil? The war goes on,” and my view is that it’s not just Tamil, but the Japanese language is structurally (i.e grammar and expressions) very similar to Indian ...

Reader Mail Aug 28, 2020

Japanese, but not Japanese

Although published in 2018, the article "The empty seat on a crowded Japanese train: 10 years on, the 'gaijin seat' still grates," written by Baye McNeil, has stuck with me for these few years. It stuck to me because Japanese people also distance themselves ...

Reader Mail Aug 28, 2020

Donald Trump is not a racist

Regarding the Aug. 14 article “Trump gives credence to false, racist Kamala Harris theory,” the lunatic-left, fake-news media has “reported” for 45-plus years on Trump’s “racism,” but the facts below prove unequivocally that he is the most racially colorblind president ever. Period! In 1973, Trump ...

Reader Mail Aug 28, 2020

Embassies should step in and help returnees self-quarantine

Regarding the Aug. 10 article “Re-entry ban horror stories pile up in Japan's Indian community,” This is a sad situation. My heart goes out to those foreigners who are deeply attached to Japan and are legal residents here but find themselves stranded away from ...

Reader Mail Aug 28, 2020

Another base issue

To our chagrin in Okinawa, U.S. base-related problems come one after another ceaselessly. This time it is the relocation of U.S. Naha Port Facility, commonly known as "Naha Military Port," to the city of Urasoe’s west coast facing Camp Kinser, U.S. Forces Okinawa's most important ...

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