Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

The education ministry's misguided reliance on testing

The education ministry's aim in enforcing tests like TOEIC as part of its requirement for high school students trying to go to college was dubious from the outset ("TOEIC opts out of new university entrance tests," July 3). So it is unsurprising that exam ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Look after rabbits on Okunoshima

I have just been to Rabbit Island (Okunoshima in Hiroshima Prefecture). I saw the cruelty and sadness that the rabbits have been living in. I do not accept this behavior! Almost all the rabbits were injured, sick or dying. Probably all the rabbits are ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Abortion's impact was overstated

Regarding Robert Austenfeld's letter in the July 7 edition, "Abortion's role in depopulation," I think he has overstated the proportional effect of abortion on the falling birthrate. Every abortion does not necessarily affect the fertility rate, but you would not have thought that after ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Trump drifting into self-parody

Regarding "Trump urges Americans to 'stay true to our cause' in controversial July Fourth fete" in the July 5 edition, Trump's darkly ironic commandeering of a holiday that celebrates independence from tyranny, along with his latest rallies and interviews, reconfirms that he's devoid of ...

Reader Mail Jul 5, 2019

The Chinese dragon still hungers

Regarding the story "Activist calls on Japan to highlight the persecution of China's Uighurs" in the June 29 edition, countless ancient adages warn about the ceaseless hunger of dragons. Despite having overwhelming power and strength, the dragon always craves more. They can live in ...

Reader Mail Jul 5, 2019

Abortion's role in depopulation

Regarding Haruaki Deguchi's opinion piece in the July 1 edition, "Blame gender gap for Japan's low fertility rate," a massive rigorous study of abortions worldwide by Thomas W. Jacobson and Wm. Robert Johnston, titled "Abortion Worldwide Report" says there were "only" 123,000 performed in ...

Reader Mail Jul 5, 2019

Hikikomori can find inspiration

I had mixed feelings about the article "Hikikomori: The prison inside" in the June 2 edition. Vosot Ikeida and I are of the same generation, and his experiences enticed me into reading this article all the way through. To become a social recluse, there are ...

Reader Mail Jul 5, 2019

Learning from each other in peace and harmony

People from about 70 different countries live together in my city of Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture. When the Hadano International Association held an international exchange festival, we enjoyed a Japanese speech contest and a fellowship gathering (a buffet-style dinner party, a tea ceremony, calligraphy and a ...

Reader Mail Jun 28, 2019

FSA missing the boat on pension issues

I found that the Financial Services Agency report suggesting that pensioners need at least ¥20 million in savings not only alarming but also strange in a way that I have not noticed the media commenting on in Japan. The FSA is the primary regulator of ...

Reader Mail Jun 28, 2019

Japan robbed at the World Cup

I watched Japan play the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup. The Japanese team was excellent; I thoroughly enjoyed the way they played and the effort they put into it. I am so sorry that Japan were eliminated by that penalty decision. I know that ...

Reader Mail Jun 28, 2019

On to another foolish war

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and his fellow hawks in the Trump administration are trying to further escalate the situation with Iran and to encourage Trump to launch an attack on them, which he actually almost did, only to pull back at the ...

Reader Mail Jun 28, 2019

Relativist narrative does a disservice

While a certain degree of skepticism may be healthy for society, raising unwarranted doubts can lead to a betrayal of truth. For a professor emeritus, Ramesh Thakur shows fairly sloppy — and dangerous — historical thinking in his June 7 opinion piece, "Which Tiananmen ...