Reader Mail Feb 15, 2019

A faulty reading of history

I enjoy Brahma Chellaney's perspectives: They are often fresh and thought-provoking. However, judging by his "The shackles of history in a democracy" Opinion piece in the Feb. 5 edition, he should find a new history teacher. To say that India has had a "static" historical ...

Reader Mail Feb 15, 2019

The tragic case of Mia Kurihara

Thank you for your editorial "Another fatal case of child abuse" in the Feb. 6 edition. After reading it, I cannot help but imagine how the parents of the victim, Mia Kurihara, were glad when they had their cute baby girl 10 years ago. We ...

Reader Mail Feb 15, 2019

Remembering Taichi Sakaiya

"Author and economist Taichi Sakaiya dies at 83" in the Feb. 11 edition prompted me to write. I have just read one of his books, "Nihon Towa Nanika"("What is Japan?"), first published in 1991 by Kodansha. In this book, Sakaiya wrote that Japanese diligence basically ...

Reader Mail Feb 8, 2019

Trump-Kim summit: It takes two to tango

Thank you for your analysis of the upcoming summit ("Vietnam pick a win for Trump, Kim" in the Feb. 7 edition). In order to fill out the picture a little more, of U.S. and North Korean contributions to denuclearization and peace ahead of the ...

Reader Mail Feb 8, 2019

The government just can't be trusted

Regarding the story "Government touts longest growth phase" in the Jan. 30 edition, when it comes to money and truth, the last entity anyone should trust enough to ask about either is the Japanese government, so why are their views being foisted on readers ...

Reader Mail Feb 8, 2019

Coretta Scott King, the queen of nonviolence

The article "How Coretta Scott King brought her husband's message to Japan" in the Jan. 17 edition led me to ponder the core of Martin Luther King's nonviolence and Mrs. King's way of life. Many Japanese know about the "nonviolence" of Martin Luther King. One ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Columnist's misguided take on Naomi Osaka

In his opinion piece titled "How Japanese is Naomi Osaka?" in the Jan. 28 edition, Kuni Miyake asks a leading question. He has a special connection to the tennis star. He tells us that Osaka did better when his eyes weren't on the TV screen ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

The attributes of being Japanese

Kuni Miyake's commentary "How Japanese is Naomi Osaka?" in the Jan. 28 edition is an excellent article that clearly explains some of the attributes of being a Japanese. It also shows that the language is but one part of being Japanese. I was moved ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Pelosi stands tall in U.S. wall fight

The Washington Beltway is littered with political carrion from the Trump abattoir — Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Michael Flynn, H.R. McMaster, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Gary Cohen, James Mattis, James Comey and many others — but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands tall. Pelosi ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Profs do too much part-time teaching

In his commentary "The global decline of Japanese universities" (Jan. 19), Takamitsu Sawa mentions that a key factor for university rankings is the number of papers published and their citations, where Japanese academics do not perform well. From my observations, one reason for the bad ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Tattoos don't belong in onsen

The Media Mix column headlined "News outlets tiptoe around tattoo controversy" in the Jan. 13 edition reminds me of the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." That holds true in Japanese society. Foreigners — rugby players or fans — should follow the ...

Reader Mail Jan 25, 2019

Bad funding decisions ail universities

Regarding the opinion piece "The global decline of Japanese universities" in the Jan. 19 edition, I'm not sure professor Takamitsu Sawa has a real grasp of what ails Japan's universities most. More important than how they are evaluated internationally is how their dwindling resources ...