Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Re-examining our behavior

The world has been suffering greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. The extremely aggressive pathogen has been proven to attack not only our lungs but also our heart, nerves, brain, vessels, kidneys and skin. The origin of the coronavirus has not been determined exactly, yet it ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Basically, Trump hates his job

Regarding the Aug. 3 article “Trump plans ‘emergency’ to stay in office,” Trump has a love-hate relationship with his job. Tragicomically, he hates the most important elements because — exactly like his fawning flock of sycophantic sheep — Trump despises everything he doesn't understand. He ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Drastic measures must be taken to save Japan from virus

When Japan decided to lift the nationwide state of emergency on May 25 while there still were confirmed COVID-19 cases in different prefectures, I presumed that the situation was going to get worse and that Japan was going to suffer from the ensuing relaxation ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Re-examining our behavior

The world has been suffering greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. The extremely aggressive pathogen has been proven to attack not only our lungs but also our heart, nerves, brain, vessels, kidneys and skin. The origin of the coronavirus has not been determined exactly, yet it ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

An old depreciation for the balcony

The July 26 article “The Japanese balcony gets a rethink amid a pandemic”(headlined “A new appreciation for the balcony” in the print edition) was an interesting story. I have lived in a housing complex for almost 35 years, so this topic is very familiar ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

The world needs to learn from the tragedies of 2020

When you hear the words “2020,” what kind of words, sounds or images do you have in your mind? Words you may think would tend to start with “D,” including death, devastating, disastrous, disease, disparity and desperate. We have seen a lot of painful ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Japanese workers should be allowed to stay home when ill

Regarding the Aug. 4 article “62% in Japan with cold-like symptoms went to work amid pandemic” and similar news reports, one of the most logical measures to fight COVID-19 that the Japanese authorities unfortunately didn't take was to allow employees to get extra paid ...

Reader Mail Aug 7, 2020

Hiroshima-Nagasaki, a crime against humanity?

In 1985 nuclear physicist Phillip Morrison lectured at Harvard about the Manhattan Project. I asked Dr. Morrison if the Los Alamos scientists were aware of the long-term effects of nuclear radiation? Morrison answered “yes,” the scientists knew, but it wasn’t a consideration. Scientists at ...

Reader Mail Jul 31, 2020

Got To Travel campaign nothing but another boondoggle

It is so disappointing to see the Japanese government wasting hundreds of billions of yen of taxpayer money by pushing the Go To Travel campaign. It's obvious that the effect of the campaign would be marginal in terms of helping small businesses in the ...

Reader Mail Jul 31, 2020

White people are privileged in Japan

"Being 'othered' in Japan is not the same as oppression" (June 29) is a very well-written, empathetic article. However, the fact that this article has come from a privileged "white" professor itself underlines the existence of racism in Japan. How many Black or Asian (non-Japanese) ...

Reader Mail Jul 31, 2020

The Olympics, COVID-19 and trust

With Japan entering the one-year run-up to the 2021 Olympics, a hovering question is whether the country will be ready in a world that will still likely be confronting the COVID-19 virus. Will the international community have confidence that Japan is safe and prepared ...