May 11, 2018

End long-term restraint of psychiatric patients

May 17 will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of my son, Kelly Savage, following 10 days of being restrained (strapped to a bed) at Yamato Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture. Medical authorities have determined that Kelly's death may have been caused ...

May 11, 2018

Real and symbolic discrimination

The article "Banning women from the dohyō: Sexism or tradition?" in the May 1 edition quotes Chizuko Ueno of the University of Tokyo making an odd special plea. Women, we learned recently, are forbidden to enter sumo's "sacred" dohyō (ring) because they are ritually "impure." ...

May 11, 2018

Worst case? War on the peninsula

Commenting on the various potential outcomes of a Trump-Kim summit in the op-ed piece "Can you really walk out, Mr. Trump?" in the May 8 edition, Kuni Miyake's analysis falls short. Miyake claims a "worst-case scenario" would entail Trump buying Kim's lies about a ...

May 5, 2018

Singled out by airport police for special attention

I would like to say to the Aichi Prefectural Police who were at Chubu Centrair International Airport on April 26, "thank you." Thank you for always looking out for the safety of people living in Aichi. Thank you for making sure that the citizens in ...

May 5, 2018

No welcome mat at Narita International

When I, a web developer and blogger from India, reached Japan at Narita International Airport, an official asked me questions, including "why have you come to Japan?" I replied to her that I came for tourism, to visit Tokyo Tower and some other places. She ...

Apr 27, 2018

Finding the true meaning of identity

Regarding the package of stories exploring dual citizenship in the April 19 edition, identity is not held in a passport. My mom moved to the U.S. in 1959, and today at 86 has not only kept her Japanese passport all these years, when many ...

Apr 27, 2018

'Okinawaization' of the rest of Japan

It's often said that mainland Japan is becoming "Okinawaized," meaning that Japan as a whole is becoming a U.S. fortress just like Okinawa. Recently about 60 carrier-based aircraft were transferred from the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture to the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture near ...

Apr 27, 2018

Unaccountability in the Abe government

Regarding "Abe denies Kake cronyism in Diet grilling" in the April 12 edition, when the stuff hits the fan, all the implicated suddenly suffer inexplicable losses of memory. It's as though they have taken a drug to mimic Alzheimer's — suddenly all the king's men ...

Apr 27, 2018

Life lessons from a beloved rabbit

The article "Lessons on life, love and compassionate leave from a silly old bunny" (in the Feb. 26 edition) reminded me of my family's experience. I fully understood the writer when she said: "During the last days, my husband and I wept like children over ...

Apr 20, 2018

Abstinence-only sex education doesn't work

Robert Austenfeld's proposal in his Letter to the Editor in the April 15 edition ("Why not teach abstinence in schools?"), seems nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to project his own personal and religious beliefs into the debate on the use of abortion ...

Apr 20, 2018

Setting the record straight on Akiba

The March 6 article "Japanese official allegedly did not rule out building nuclear weapons storage site in Okinawa" repeated an allegation by a U.S. researcher that we know not to be true. This is in reference to a 2009 discussion between the U.S. Congressional ...

Apr 20, 2018

You have to look out for yourself

You have to look out for yourself Facebook, Edward Snowden and AR-15s all have something in common. Americans are always so shocked to find out what is going on in the world. Snowden told the world about NSA spy programs. Cambridge Analytica told the world ...