May 18, 2018

Abe uses the abductions for his own gain

Regarding "Abe expresses hope for progress on abduction issue through U.S.-North Korea talks" in the May 12 edition, Prime Minister Abe's prolonged throttle hold on political power is symbolized by the Catch-22 game he has long played with the abduction issue. After setting up a ...

May 18, 2018

Rebuttal of letter on Akiba issue

A letter to the editor in the April 20 edition by Bradley Roberts and Keith Payne attempts to "set the record straight" on Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba's presentation to a U.S. congressional commission on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for Japan in 2009. Akiba ...

May 18, 2018

Japan should ban or tax plastic bags

How could the editorial "Time to tackle the plastic problem" in the May 1 edition not mention bans on single-use plastic bags? Are you oblivious to their massive overuse here in Japan? A few stores here offer a ¥1 or ¥2 discount if you bring ...

May 18, 2018

Rethink Indian bullet train project

The opinion piece in the April 26 edition headlined "Is the Indo-Japan rail project a boondoggle?" was correct and timely. Haphazard policies of the Indian government, such as making the railway elevated for 90 percent of its length, from the originally planned 28 percent, would ...

May 18, 2018

Iran nuclear pact is a bad deal

Recently we saw two episodes that illustrate why President Trump was absolutely right to withdraw from the disastrous nuclear deal with the fanatical regime based in Tehran. The Houthi extremists currently ravaging Yemen, with the backing and support of Iran, fired missiles towards the Saudi ...

May 11, 2018

End long-term restraint of psychiatric patients

May 17 will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of my son, Kelly Savage, following 10 days of being restrained (strapped to a bed) at Yamato Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture. Medical authorities have determined that Kelly's death may have been caused ...

May 11, 2018

Real and symbolic discrimination

The article "Banning women from the dohyō: Sexism or tradition?" in the May 1 edition quotes Chizuko Ueno of the University of Tokyo making an odd special plea. Women, we learned recently, are forbidden to enter sumo's "sacred" dohyō (ring) because they are ritually "impure." ...

May 11, 2018

Worst case? War on the peninsula

Commenting on the various potential outcomes of a Trump-Kim summit in the op-ed piece "Can you really walk out, Mr. Trump?" in the May 8 edition, Kuni Miyake's analysis falls short. Miyake claims a "worst-case scenario" would entail Trump buying Kim's lies about a ...

May 5, 2018

Singled out by airport police for special attention

I would like to say to the Aichi Prefectural Police who were at Chubu Centrair International Airport on April 26, "thank you." Thank you for always looking out for the safety of people living in Aichi. Thank you for making sure that the citizens in ...

May 5, 2018

No welcome mat at Narita International

When I, a web developer and blogger from India, reached Japan at Narita International Airport, an official asked me questions, including "why have you come to Japan?" I replied to her that I came for tourism, to visit Tokyo Tower and some other places. She ...

Apr 27, 2018

Finding the true meaning of identity

Regarding the package of stories exploring dual citizenship in the April 19 edition, identity is not held in a passport. My mom moved to the U.S. in 1959, and today at 86 has not only kept her Japanese passport all these years, when many ...

Apr 27, 2018

'Okinawaization' of the rest of Japan

It's often said that mainland Japan is becoming "Okinawaized," meaning that Japan as a whole is becoming a U.S. fortress just like Okinawa. Recently about 60 carrier-based aircraft were transferred from the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture to the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture near ...