Aug 10, 2017

Why hold Osprey night training in Hokkaido?

Japan and the United States are said to be mulling Futenma-based Ospreys conducting night-flight training in Hokkaido to reduce the burden on Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. bases in Japan. Is this really the reason Ospreys will be training in the skies over ...

Aug 4, 2017

Lack of Olympic economic boon comes as no surprise

Regarding the story "Sports economist pours cold water on Tokyo Olympics fervor" in the July 28 edition, did Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Japan Olympic Committee cronies really think that hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 would significantly improve Japan's economic woes? ...

Aug 4, 2017

More needed for disaster prep

I commend Japan's governors for working together to address disaster preparedness ("Governors adopt declaration on disaster readiness," July 28). However, having visited Japan for over 20 years teaching and studying disaster management, I have noted several key problem areas which I recommend the governors consider ...

Aug 4, 2017

Abysmal handling of documents

The July 10 editorial titled "Poor handling of government documents" interested me because of my own government experience. The law indeed has flaws, but why is the Diet unable to fix it? I experienced real culture shock when I joined a government agency in 2001. ...

Jul 28, 2017

Remembering a life of work serving others

Since I believed that Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara would live longer, his death at the age of 105 was very shocking and sad news ("Legendary doctor Hinohara dies at 105" in the July 19 edition). I had several occasions to hear his lectures in addition to ...

Jul 28, 2017

Bolster corporate governance

Your editorial on corporate governance on July 22 suggests Japanese businesses need to learn from their mistakes. However, you fail to mention how to solve the problems. The solution has to be a combination of auditors and independent board directors who would sit on the ...

Jul 28, 2017

Scoffing at Trump isn't helping

At the start of the article "Trump's quip on Akie Abe's English skills causes stir" in the July 22 edition, the reporter wrote "U.S. President Donald Trump is a man of controversy and nobody would be surprised if he caused another one." I can't ...

Jul 28, 2017

Japan, Taiwan and Okinotorishima

I applaud The Japan Times' courage in publishing Mark Valencia's opinion piece "Hypocrisy in the South China Sea" in the July 22 edition. Indeed, I dare venture such hypocrisy and thereby lack of moral high ground is why no one has felt able to ...

Jul 28, 2017

Finding comfort in DNA influence

About the Natural Selections column July 22 headlined "Can DNA influence collectivist society?" — Interesting thought. If it's true, it means that we cannot hope to change things much with education, politics and culture. So be it. In a world that sometimes seems to ...

Jul 14, 2017

U.S. must define end of military presence

On June 23, Okinawa commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the end of the World War II Battle of Okinawa. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the memorial ceremony and gave an address in which he acknowledged that Okinawa's base-hosting burden is very heavy, adding that ...

Jul 14, 2017

Educators deserve better conditions

For years I've been reading stories about the 40 percent of the workforce in irregular (part-time or temporary) employment, and this story ("Job-hopping hits seven-year high," July 6) brings the first welcome news about a changing workforce. As usual, though, I missed anything about the ...