Apr 20, 2018

Abstinence-only sex education doesn't work

Robert Austenfeld's proposal in his Letter to the Editor in the April 15 edition ("Why not teach abstinence in schools?"), seems nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to project his own personal and religious beliefs into the debate on the use of abortion ...

Apr 20, 2018

Setting the record straight on Akiba

The March 6 article "Japanese official allegedly did not rule out building nuclear weapons storage site in Okinawa" repeated an allegation by a U.S. researcher that we know not to be true. This is in reference to a 2009 discussion between the U.S. Congressional ...

Apr 20, 2018

You have to look out for yourself

You have to look out for yourself Facebook, Edward Snowden and AR-15s all have something in common. Americans are always so shocked to find out what is going on in the world. Snowden told the world about NSA spy programs. Cambridge Analytica told the world ...

Apr 20, 2018

Sexist old guard should step aside

Regarding the recent incident over women entering the ring at a sumo event, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been promoting "womenomics," but women face discrimination every step of the way. Elected female politicians face harassment in their government assemblies. Corporate sex harassment goes without ...

Apr 20, 2018

The need to stamp out sontaku

In his opinion piece "Preventing another Moritomo scandal" on April 14, Ichiro Asahina said politicians should focus on "more important issues," such as North Korea and work-style reform. But how can a government paralyzed by successive scandals effectively tackle such issues? The scandals are not ...

Apr 13, 2018

Why not teach abstinence in schools?

Philip Brasor's Media Mix column headlined "In Japan no one wants to talk about sex education" in the April 8 edition tells of a sex education program by an "unnamed school" in Adachi Ward that apparently flew in the face of the Tokyo Board ...

Apr 13, 2018

Sumo's treatment of women is stupid

Regarding the story "Women tending to collapsed mayor told to stay out of 'sacred' sumo ring" in the April 6 edition, sumo has sanctioned violence and sexual harassment. Apparently, stupidity added. Although the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association apologized after life-saving women were told ...

Apr 13, 2018

China poses dire threat to Japan

I am a Taiwanese American living in San Diego. I was born in Kyoto, when my father was a district attorney there before the end of World War II. I love to visit Japan. From my dealings with Chinese, I have been surprised to find ...

Apr 13, 2018

Quake aid and Japan's bad taste

I was very much impressed with the Letter to the Editor titled "Returning Taiwan's quake generosity" by Hiroshi Noro in the April 1 edition. Feeling quite the same gratitude toward Taiwanese since our quake happened in 2011, I visited my nearest post office, asking them ...

Apr 13, 2018

Russia right to be wary of NATO

Regarding the story "Riga alarmed as Russian missile tests force partial closing of Baltic Sea and airspace" on April 5, given that aggressive behavior that NATO has exhibited against Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, I'm not certain what is ...

Apr 6, 2018

A grateful traveler says thanks to Japan

Regarding the story "Long lines plague Narita" in the March 27 edition, I am a woman of "a certain age," just returned from 13 days of traveling on my own in Tokyo and Kansai. This was my first trip back after spending three years ...

Apr 6, 2018

Make the Tokyo Games vegetarian

Every year the world focuses on energy for the global event known as Earth Hour. This is very good, but there is no international concept for focusing on meat and dairy consumption, which we know has a terrible effect on climate change, water shortages ...