Reader Mail Nov 8, 2019

Action, not technology, leads to change

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, Japan's approach toward sustainability has drawn great attention. "Green tech for Olympics urged for use in other cities" in the Oct. 29 edition discussed many environmentally friendly innovations, such as uniforms made from recycled plastic ...

Reader Mail Nov 8, 2019

Reducing plastic is no panacea

A lot of shocking facts caused by plastic are prevailing around the globe these days through Twitter, Instagram, television and newspapers, and this leads quite a few people to be anti-plastic; they use paper-made materials and boycott such products as plastic bottles and plastic ...

Reader Mail Nov 8, 2019

A lack of urgency toward disasters

As a Japanese student, I must take issue with the story "Words to live by: The vocabulary of evacuation" in the Oct. 29 newspaper. The main message of the article is that learning the vocabulary used in emergence situations is becoming more necessary. I agree ...

Reader Mail Nov 8, 2019

Policies on early eduction are lacking

Regarding the story "Japanese early education staff feel least valued among eight OECD nations, survey finds" (Oct. 27), I agree that one of the reasons is inadequate financial support from the government, but there should also be more powerful and effective management. Despite the growing ...

Reader Mail Nov 1, 2019

Improve work environment for teachers

I am a student. The Media Mix column titled "Schools struggle to cope with staff shortages" in the Oct. 27 edition caught my attention because I have been wondering whether to become a teacher or work for a company in the future. One of ...

Reader Mail Nov 1, 2019

Appreciation from a Welsh rugby fan

I am a Welsh woman who, having seen some of the Rugby World Cup television coverage from your beautiful country, have to say how respectful and engaging your own fans have been to not just the Welsh rugby team but to Wales in general. ...

Reader Mail Nov 1, 2019

Greta deserves our respect, not scorn

As a high school student, I agree with Radjeep Seth's letter in the Sept. 27 edition, "Young Greta gets climate outrage right at U.N." Greta Thunberg is an inspiration to other environmental activists. She has taken the world by storm with her passion to ...

Reader Mail Nov 1, 2019

Reducing hospital beds a bad idea

Regarding the story "Abe-led government panel suggests 130,000 fewer hospital beds to reduce costs" in the Oct. 30 edition, this idea would add to the rising number of elderly people dying alone. My father works in a small Kobe community as a general practitioner. Most ...

Reader Mail Nov 1, 2019

Foreign population adds to Japan

Regarding the story "Foreign population hits record 2.83 million" in the Oct. 26 edition, I strongly believe that the rise has had a positive impact in terms of the economy and culture. From a "third culture kid" perspective, I was exposed to a variety of ...

Reader Mail Oct 25, 2019

Too much civility is bad for Japan

I love Michael Hoffman's observations on Japanese society and culture. But his Big in Japan column headlined "Uncontrollable rage is a largely sober phenomenon" in the Oct. 20 edition fails to get to the bottom of the problem. Hoffman quotes a university professor's comments on ...

Reader Mail Oct 25, 2019

Finding meaning in sugidama

I read the article "After 13 years in Japan, my advice is to stay curious" in the Oct. 17 edition with great interest as a Japanese. Frankly, I did not know the meaning of sugidama, although I have seen them many times in Japan. The ...

Reader Mail Oct 25, 2019

The weaponization of denial

Yoichi Funabashi's opinion pieces are usually well-informed, thoughtful and sane. It's a disappointment to find him now writing as a patriot. His article "Tokyo, Seoul and the weaponization of history" in the Oct. 11 edition boldly broaches urgent issues but fails to come to ...