Dec 8, 2017

Pushback against smoking ban was pitiful

Japan must catch up with the rest of the world to protect the health of its people. We are appalled to read the recent decision by policymakers in the Nov. 17 story "After LDP resistance, health ministry waters down planned smoking rules at eateries ...

Dec 8, 2017

New Zealand's disgraceful lack of prosecution

Regarding the story "No prosecution over deadly Christchurch building collapse" in the Dec. 1 edition, the decision not to prosecute those responsible for the failures in design in the CTV building whose collapse killed so many people is disgraceful. My heard goes out to Kuniaki ...

Dec 8, 2017

U.S. must honor treaty obligations

Doug Bandow, in his opinion piece "War with North Korea is not a viable option" in the Nov. 30 edition, writes: "Of course the problem of South Korea defending itself against a North armed with nuclear weapons would remain. Yet it still isn't in ...

Dec 8, 2017

Winter the best time for hiking

Regarding the story "Unlock wintery landscapes with a pair of snowshoes" in the Nov. 25 edition, I'd like to take exception with the statement that "many people choose to hang up their boots during these colder months — assuming their favorite hiking routes are ...

Dec 1, 2017

Don't punish everyone in the U.S. military

Regarding the story "U.S. military restricts travel and bans drinking after fatal Okinawa traffic accident" in the Nov. 21 edition, in 1961, I was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa for three months and was then transferred to the receiver site on Iejima, ...

Dec 1, 2017

Effort in the U.S. started long ago

This article ("#MeToo movement confuses media in Japan" in the Nov. 26 edition) made me realize that Japanese people's impression of the U.S. is often different from reality. First and foremost, women's power in the U.S. is much stronger than in Japan, but I believe ...

Nov 24, 2017

Remembering the nine murder victims in Zama

The news of the murders in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, is so shocking that I cannot find the words to describe the unspeakable cruelty of the murderer or my unbearable grief for the nine victims. According to the editorial "Zama murders and malicious online intent" in ...

Nov 24, 2017

Double standard for sumo wrestlers

This confirms my worst fears about the glaring double standard in Japan's so-called justice system ("Harumafuji to be sent to prosecutors for alleged assault," Nov. 22). Yes, grand champion Harumafuji might very well be guilty of assault, aggravated assault or even assault with a deadly ...

Nov 24, 2017

Kenya adheres to the rule of law

My attention has been drawn to the editorial "Kenya Buckles Under Pressure" in the Nov. 24 edition. The editorial fails to capture the true essence of Kenya's evolving constitutional democracy and adherence to the rule of law as enshrined in our constitution. I would ...

Nov 17, 2017

Dreary choice for people of Asia: Xi or Trump

It's hard to take issue with Chas Freeman, the former American diplomat who, in the past, has asked intelligent questions about his country's often questionable foreign policy. He is a longtime critic of America's relentless pro-Israel policy. He's opposed the Israel lobby and the violent ...

Nov 17, 2017

Hair dye can also mean health risks

Has anybody at the school(s) ever considered that dying ones hair can have a medical implication? On every package of hair dye (at least in my home country, Germany) one finds a written statement: "Product may cause severe allergies. Must be discontinued immediately if rash, ...

Nov 17, 2017

Why the fuss over the Constitution?

Taro Aso, deputy prime minister and minister of finance, is candid enough a character to openly acknowledge that North Korea helped the LDP win the Oct. 22 general election by landslide. Before the election and during the electioneering period, Abe kept saying North Korea's ...