Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Kaoru Kanetaka was a true pioneer

Kaoru Kanetaka was a Japanese ambassador of sorts, certainly a woman of great ability, ambition and energy ("Kaoru Kanetaka, travel reporter, dies at 90," in the Jan. 10 edition). She's a role model for young Japanese women of today. Kanetaka helped the world to see ...

Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Ghosn's detention cruel and primitive

The disgraceful detention of Carlos Ghosn by Japan's prosecutors is a blatant violation of human rights. It is also, from my reading, a breach of a habeus corpus act passed in 1948 to bring Japanese law into line with international juristic standards. Ghosn's case is, ...

Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Suspects' rights must be protected

Regarding the Dark Side of the Rising Sun column headlined "Is global scrutiny of Japan's justice system fair?" in the Jan. 6 edition, compared with the United States, Japanese authorities are more careful about issuing arrest warrants, which has brought about peculiar investigation methods. ...

Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Bring dignity back to the dohyō

While John Gunning's Inside Sumo column Jan. 3 was interesting, I truly wish he would address two issues that have seen the sport devolve into what it is today. Keeping the word hinkaku (dignity) in mind, the two things I would like to see ...

Reader Mail Jan 4, 2019

Single-handedly reviving one slice of Japan

In my optimistic youth, I promised my Japanese wife that we would return to Japan someday to care for her aging parents. Twenty years later, she reminded me of my promise and that is how I came to be living in Yamanashi Prefecture at ...

Reader Mail Jan 4, 2019

We need more Henoko coverage

Thank you for covering the Henoko base construction issue in Okinawa a little, but we need much more coverage, and also some analysis, right now. As professor Douglas Lummis has written, there are huge engineering obstacles that the government must overcome, besides all the other ...

Reader Mail Jan 4, 2019

The significance of a farm stay

The article "Away from it all: More tourists shun hot spots for taste of the country life" in the Dec. 27 edition prompted me to ponder the unique meaning of a farm stay. It is good news that so many overseas travelers are coming to ...

Reader Mail Jan 4, 2019

There's no honor in whale hunt

The decision by the Japanese to resume commercial whaling is disgraceful. Some countries will not be satisfied until species are hunted to the brink of extinction or extinction. The business of pulling out of international agreements when it suits a country is another problem. There ...

Reader Mail Jan 4, 2019

Americans should learn their roots

Regarding the story "U.S. users of DNA tests warned on privacy and shock results" in the Dec. 24 edition, on the brighter side, more Americans could realize their multiethnic roots and America is likely to be the better for it, as its citizens give ...

Reader Mail Dec 28, 2018

Leaving the IWC won't solve anything

Japan's decision to leave the International Whaling Commission ("Japan to leave IWC and resume whaling" in the Dec. 27 edition) is indeed a big blow to the global efforts in whale conservation. To my mind there is an unfortunate clash of cultural conflicts between the ...

Reader Mail Dec 28, 2018

Medical patients can win in the end

The Big in Japan column titled "Second opinion: Should you trust your doctor?" in the Dec. 9 edition was a good opportunity to rethink how to consult a doctor. What matters most is a doctor's quality. Some physicians just look at the screen of the ...

Reader Mail Dec 28, 2018

Just be among all people

Regarding the article "For me, 2018 was the year Japan began to listen" in the Dec. 20 edition, after wading through the self-promotion and self-adulation, I was able to turn my thoughts toward reasons for living in a foreign country. For those of us unencumbered, ...