Jul 4, 2015

Correct definition of 'singularity'

The Big in Japan column titled “Humans face singular concern over AI jobs” in the June 28 edition contains an error which needs to be corrected. The article defines “singularity” as the moment “when artificially intelligent machines become smarter than we are.” The correct ...

Jul 4, 2015

Storm in a teacup over Toyota exec

William Pesek makes some salient points in his article titled “Toyota’s drug problem, and Japan’s” in the June 28 edition. Even allowing for the fact that Hamp broke the law — and Japan’s extreme intolerance of illegal drugs — “Go ni itte wa go ...

Jun 27, 2015

Increase fertility via better aid for young moms

Regarding the article entitled “The true cost of fertility treatment in Japan” in the June 21 edition, the difficulty and time-consuming nature of these treatments, their costs, and the anguish that is often experienced by the couples who resort to them will ensure that ...

Jun 27, 2015

LDP revisionism borders on fantasy

Regarding the June 20 article “LDP to review Occupation, tribunal,” the Liberal Democratic Party intends to set up a group to examine the postwar Occupation and the International Military Tribunal, or Tokyo War Crimes Trial, because, according to one official, they need to “scrutinize” ...

Jun 20, 2015

Egyptian court sentences have followed rules

Regarding the article titled “Mass death sentences now a part of life in Egypt” in the June 5 edition, let me first clarify that the defendants who were previously or recently condemned by the Egyptian High Court are being tried before a normal court, ...

Jun 20, 2015

G-7 needs to grow with the times

The editorial “Keeping the G-7 relevant” on June 12 points out the salient points of the G-7 summits. The aim and purpose of the summit of the G-5, when first initiated by French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing in 1975, was for the leaders of ...

Jun 13, 2015

'Comfort woman' resolution must have legal basis

While international pressure is mounting on the Abe administration to resolve the “comfort women” atrocity, researchers and scholars have been offering suggestions to bring it to a closure. Some of them appear to be attempts to reduce the scope of the issue. Ralph Cossa’s ...

Jun 13, 2015

Value of Juvenile Law questioned

Regarding the article “Teens admit forcing boy to take fatal swim” in the June 9 edition, is the Juvenile Law really necessary? This argument always comes up when minors commit violent crimes. A bill to lower the age of majority from 20 to 18 ...

Jun 13, 2015

Bigger taxis will come in handy

Regarding “Nissan’s spacious wagon cabs hit capital” in the June 9 edition, let’s face it, when some rotund Texas “cowboy,” who weighs a hefty 160-plus kg, arrives in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics alongside his 90-plus kg wife, the cab driver at Narita is ...

Jun 6, 2015

Miyagi train line's return means a lot

The story headlined “Tsunami-hit Miyagi rail line back” in the May 31 edition moved me to tears. I rode the line over 10 years when I was a student and remember especially Nobiru Station (in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture), where an American oyster inspector and ...

Jun 6, 2015

Sports Agency can be boon for young

I concur with the editorial “Aiming for more than medals” in the May 31 edition that the limited resources should be focused on broadening and deepening sports participation among the underprivileged and disadvantaged for the long-term benefit of Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is ...

May 30, 2015

Abe risking his place in history over apology

Regarding the story “Abe ‘not planning war apology’ ” in the May 24 edition, if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fails to make a full and sincere apology for Japan’s wartime aggression and maltreatment of the so-called “comfort women,” then it’s very probable that he ...