Feb 23, 2018

U.S. should use Japan as model for gun control

The article "Florida school shooter kills 17" in the Feb. 16 edition makes me feel so sad that I can't help crying. Every time some dangerous person kills innocent people indiscriminately with a gun in America, my heart breaks and I think that the ...

Feb 23, 2018

Four more instances of mottainai

Robert D. Eldridge employs a frequently used and semantically rich Japanese word to make a cynical argument in "The four mottainai in Okinawan affairs" (in the Feb. 14 edition). Eldridge was associated with the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan from 2009 to 2015. He cites four ...

Feb 15, 2018

Gene editing has great potential but also fraught with peril

The extraordinary capabilities of gene therapy technology are well presented in the article "Second man has gene editing in California as therapy raises no safety flags so far on first one" in the Feb. 8 edition. The benefits of such a therapy have undoubtable prospects ...

Feb 15, 2018

Strategies for increasing tourism

Regarding the story "Japan Tourism Agency aims to draw more Western tourists amid boom in Asian visitors" in the Feb. 7 edition, Japan has always been ranked high among Asian tourists, and in the not so distant past, among Western European and American tourists. ...

Feb 15, 2018

In Japan, drive as fast as you want

Japan has made a new law. Increased speed limits now say we can all drive up to 200 km per hour on any street. Furthermore, if you can afford to buy a Ferrari, there is no speed limit, you can drive as fast as ...

Feb 15, 2018

Abe should open communications with North Korea

While it seems a good sign that Prime Minister Abe has asked his South Korean counterpart for help if Kim Jong Un attacks Japan, the request raises more doubts than solutions ("Abe to ask South Korean President Moon Jae-in for evac support in case ...

Feb 9, 2018

Welcoming the ICAN leader

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, made a very impressive Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo on Dec. 10. She emphasized that we have to choose one of two fates: "The end is inevitable. But will that ...

Feb 9, 2018

Time to challenge a dictator

When Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, head of the militant group Islamic State, ranted and raved, the world vowed to stop the mad man's rhetoric in its tracks. When the Islamic State leveled the monuments of Palmyra and Nimrod, the world wailed and bemoaned the ...

Feb 9, 2018

The evils of eugenics

The article "Records of forced sterilizations found" in the Jan. 27 edition reminds us of the dark side of Japanese history. Many Japanese women were forced to get abortions or undergo sterilization surgery against their will. Not only disabled people but also people living with ...

Feb 9, 2018

Admiration for Tochinoshin

The story "Tochinoshin stands out amid chaos" in the Jan. 29 edition represents the current state of sumo in Japan. As a sumo fan, I am very happy to know that Tochinoshin gained three prizes: Champion Prize, Outstanding Performance Prize and Technique Prize. I was very ...

Feb 9, 2018

Is there a brighter future for women in Japan?

I'm happy to see American society finally stepping up to the plate regarding sexism and misogyny — it's been long overdue. Japanese society, however, still has a long way to go. Last year, I had high hopes in Yuriko Koike for prime minister; turns out ...