Reader Mail Apr 10, 2020

Masculinity in a brave new world of uncertainty

Regarding the March 1 story “Softening of 'cool' Japanese men not what it seems,” when Japan was enjoying the bubble economy there were so many so-called corporate warriors whose watchword was “Can you work 24 hours straight?” It seems that not only the social ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

Children are the future

One of the biggest failures of the world in stopping the COVID-19 outbreak was our inability to gauge the actual impact of this pandemic. Probably, we all have been overconfident from the day we began to hear the news of the disease outbreak in ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

Abuse of power is the real emergency

As with most if not all of the government's measures, the state of emergency plans issued April 6 are so full of holes and contradictions, people should be ready for the real emergency to begin soon, not from any virus, but from those wielding ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

A poem about COVID-19

Wash your hands! Don’t go out! If you must, then mask it! Lest you end up in an unwanted casket. Self isolating and avoiding the street, trying not to lose your job while making ends meet. Still, Bezos, Ma, Zuckerberg and Gates are making profits at dizzying rates. While Big Pharma is wringing it’s ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

A plea to the government: Don’t lock down

As a former business journalist for The Economist and a clinical psychologist treating health anxiety, I have watched in admiration as Japan’s economy has stayed open during the coronavirus panic. Now pressure is mounting to lock down the country. I beg Japan’s government not ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

Denying virus payouts to sex workers violates their rights

Regarding the April 3 story “Concern as Japan’s sex workers excluded from freelancer virus payouts,” as a former self-employed Ginza nightclub hostess, I am incensed by the blatant occupation-based discrimination by the Japanese government. In my five years of experience, all nightclubs I knew ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

Consider teachers during the pandemic

I work in Japan as a teacher. Despite the news talking about teleworking in recent months, and about how some people are still going to work because of their inability to telework, I’d like to see an article about how schools are still forcing ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

Stricter social distancing required

During the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan seemed to be able to control the spread. However, the number has been steeply rising. When we read through news articles on handling pandemics, it is clear that reducing social contact is required to lower or ...

Reader Mail Apr 9, 2020

This is a good time to change Japan’s academic year

The coronavirus pandemic has been very disruptive, including to Japan’s schools. When I read in the news that as far as California is concerned, all schools in the state will not reopen this academic year, the idea occurred to me that beginning the Japanese ...

Reader Mail Apr 8, 2020

There is much that we the people can do

Regarding the March 20 letter to the editor "School closures are a cruel blow to children," school closures will not turn out to be so bad if we can offer online lessons. Using technology in an efficient way is always a wonderful thing. With ...

Reader Mail Apr 8, 2020

New ideas for wind farms

I’ve been reading your piece on Iki Island and its environmental problems (“The Climate Crisis: Emergency on Japan’s ‘lucky island’,” Jan. 5). It sounds idyllic: What a shame I don’t speak Japanese and am rather too old now to relocate. Would it be possible, do ...

Reader Mail Apr 8, 2020

In the pink — cherry blossom viewing will survive

First and foremost, I would like to say to Rika Asakura, who wrote the March 20 letter to the editor “School closures are a cruel blow to children” —“Congratulations on your graduation from high school!” The March 21 article, “In bloom? Celebrating Japan’s iconic cherry ...