Reader Mail Sep 20, 2019

Japan's schools not as bad as portrayed

I agree with Asia Dobbs' main point that secondary education in Japan would do better to value diversity more ("To create an immigrant-friendly Japan, start with education reform" in the Sept. 12 edition). However, the article portrays some aspects of education in Japan as ...

Reader Mail Sep 20, 2019

Can Abe fulfill his 'historic duty'?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok early in September ("Abe urges Putin to fulfill 'historical duty' and sign treaty" in the Sept. 6 edition), seeking a resolution to the dispute over the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. "We ...

Reader Mail Sep 20, 2019

A-bombs ended WWII's atrocities

About Masamichi Yabuki's Sept. 15 letter "Disturbing lack of regret by U.S.," I admit that I am disturbed by some Japanese persistence in spinning history, and I would probably be angry if the U.S. government ever apologized for using atomic bombs on Japan. It ...

Reader Mail Sep 20, 2019

The conundrum of nuclear waste

The letter to the editor "Dealing now with nuclear aftermath" in the Aug. 25 edition) made me ponder another problem of nuclear waste. We do not have established technology that will ensure safe storage of high-level radioactive waste. I hear that they are going to ...

Reader Mail Sep 13, 2019

Nations must make decision to coexist

The editorial "War memories must live on in Reiwa Era" in the Aug. 16 edition led me to ponder on war and peace. I fully support the concluding remark of the editorial that "we must continue to tell the stories of the war." However, it ...

Reader Mail Sep 13, 2019

Disturbing lack of regret by U.S.

Ryohei Murata was the Japanese ambassador to the United States from 1989 to 1992, and I would like many people, especially Americans, to know what he wrote in his memoirs about the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After describing the dropping of A-bombs ...

Reader Mail Sep 13, 2019

Beware of 1984 in the 21st century

I heartily congratulate Ted Rall for his honesty and courage in calling out the current climate for journalists whose views are deemed by corporate management to be outside the mainstream ("Real freedom of the press doesn't exist in the U.S." in the Aug. 27 ...

Reader Mail Sep 13, 2019

Can new English exams be fair?

Regarding the editorial "Address concerns about new English exams" in the Sept. 6 edition, I wonder how they evaluate the speaking skill of each examinee. Usually, oral skills in a foreign language consist of various factors like pronunciations with phonetics, accents, intonations and gesticulating ...

Reader Mail Sep 6, 2019

Human capital can make Tokyo better

Regarding the commentary "Making Tokyo more competitive" by Haruaki Deguchi in the Aug. 27 edition, a moderate climate makes life pleasant, but weather is not holding Tokyo back from being a leading world city. The city already has a first rate communications and transportation ...

Reader Mail Sep 6, 2019

Drink sugi tea to combat hay fever

Years ago, I was given a bottle of homemade tea by a neighbor. After drinking one cup a day, my husband, who had severe allergic reactions to sugi pollen, asked me to go back to that neighbor and ask for another bottle. I got more ...

Reader Mail Sep 6, 2019

Do more about Rabbit Island

The letter titled "Please help the bunnies on Rabbit Island" by Miah in the Aug. 25 issue moved me. First and foremost, Miah, how considerate you are to care about the rabbits. In fact, I had a Lionhead rabbit named Ringo (Apple in Japanese) ...

Reader Mail Sep 6, 2019

Trump is risking global catastrophe

Regarding Koichi Hamada's superb commentary, "U.S.-China spat is more than just a trade war," in the Sept. 2 edition, knowledge of basic negotiation, finance, geopolitics, macroeconomics and history reveals that Donald Trump's "strategy" is ignorant and risks a global economic crisis — or worse. Essentially, ...