Jul 5, 2014

Reinterpretation is no suicide pact

As a scholar specializing in international law and with 10 years of experience in teaching the law, I read the July 3 editorial, titled “Abe guts Article 9,” with great disappointment and dismay. The editorial claims that the Cabinet decision on July 1, which ...

Jul 5, 2014

Give the athletes a break in 2020

Regarding the June 20 article “Holding 2020 Games in August dangerous“: What was Tokyo’s Governor’s Office thinking when it made its pitch to the International Olympic Committee? Has any IOC member jogged around the Imperial Palace in downtown Tokyo in late July or early ...

Jul 2, 2014

War decisions aren't 'collective'

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution states that “the Japanese people shall forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat of the use of force as a means of settling international disputes.” But in all of the debate over ...

Jul 2, 2014

Source of sadness over gender

The June 22 editorial “Struggling with gender identity” commends Japan’s education ministry for conducting its first-ever survey on the issue of gender identity among the nation’s youth. The psychological condition in which the gender into which some individuals are born seems to contradict the ...

Jul 2, 2014

More foul play against Okinawa

Tokyo has agreed with Washington over our heads to set up an always-off-limits water area in Oura Bay adjacent to the projected new base at Henoko. The off-limits water area will extend over almost half of Oura Bay. The purpose of providing this water ...

Jul 2, 2014

Does this drama serve women?

NHK, Japan’s semi-public broadcaster, has launched a new series of dramas with fanfare during prime time on Thursdays. The samurai drama “Yoshiwara Uradoshin” (Back-alley justice in Yoshiwara) is set in Yoshiwara, the gaudy, government-sanctioned prostitution quarters of old Edo (now Tokyo), where women and ...

Jun 25, 2014

Backhanded apology accepted

Regarding the June 24 article “Lawmaker apologizes for sexist jibe“: It was appropriate that Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly member Akihiro Suzuki offered an apology to Your Party assembly member Ayaka Shiomura, the woman he and others heckled a few days earlier when she attempted to ...

Jun 25, 2014

Assembly bears responsibility

If a fellow passenger in a car knows the driver is drunk, he or she is liable to the same severe penalties as the drunken oaf. And if a politician makes subhuman remarks about someone’s gender and the rest of the assembled oafs neither ...

Jun 25, 2014

Heap ridicule on other speakers

Is this what the country needs? Cowardly politicians, bullies in the ranks, loudmouthed sexists without a brain? The incident leaves me speechless. If the bullies were true men, they would have come forward earlier. [Akihiro Suzuki]and the other taunters should resign from the assembly. ...

Jun 25, 2014

Scare tactics from the EU tribe

Jim Makin’s June 12 letter, “EU pullout would lower wages,” shows a hazy knowledge of just about everything. To enumerate where he is in error: 1. Benito Mussolini did not come to power by listening to electorates; he did it by the fascist “March ...

Jun 25, 2014

Duty-free reform off the mark

Regarding the June 18 Kyodo article “Duty-free reform to boost tourism“: I feel that this initiative will have little effect on tourist numbers. To Western visitors, Japan is very “foreign”; prospective tourists are nervous at the prospect of a visit. This duty-free initiative is ...

Jun 25, 2014

A plea for more public seating

“Duty-free reform to boost tourism” and the June 18 article “Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji” are more ideas to boost foreign tourism in Japan, to encourage people to visit and shop here, and to make the country more inviting. Because Japan is ...