Reader Mail Jul 24, 2020

JETs suffering under draconian ticket policy

While the JET Programme is famous for developing flexibility, grit and dynamism in its teachers, certain policies fall short of supporting JETs in their role. In particular, the COVID-19 world pandemic has highlighted some disparities. Although JETs are asked to adapt to their individual ...

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2020

Government, don’t forget about international students

Regarding the July 22 article “Japan to dial back entry restrictions on some foreign residents,” first and foremost, I would want to thank The Japan Times for prompt updates about Japan for us English speakers; your daily reports of what is happening inside Japan ...

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2020

Visas should be given to international students

I'm a Japanese-language student. I studied the language in my home country (India), but now I want to learn it in Japan. This July I planned to take JLPT N3, but it got canceled. Now I can take it in December only, until then ...

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2020

JETs suffering under draconian ticket policy

While the JET Programme is famous for developing flexibility, grit and dynamism in its teachers, certain policies fall short of supporting JETs in their role. In particular, the COVID-19 world pandemic has highlighted some disparities. Although JETs are asked to adapt to their individual ...

Reader Mail Jul 24, 2020

America's COVID-19 misinformation

The U.S. is on fire with COVID-19. According to the CDC, the U.S. has the highest number of deaths and positive test results in the world on a per capita basis. The White House hopes to stem the tide by hiding the data and ...

Reader Mail Jul 17, 2020

Ease the harsh travel limitations on international students

The time will finally come, according to the July 13 story “Japan to allow re-entry for more foreign residents amid coronavirus measures, sources say.” But it is not yet time to make whoopee because the Japanese government is still in the planning phase of ...

Reader Mail Jul 17, 2020

Defense tech teamwork between Japan and U.S. works

I was recently reading some Japan Times articles on the F-35 and F-3 fighter acquisitions by Japan, and would like to encourage further teamwork between the U.S. and Japan. Many people believe that Japan receives technology from the U.S. military, but this assumption is not ...

Reader Mail Jul 17, 2020

China needs a better system for organ donations

While reading the July 4 article “China plans reforms to organ donation rules as harvesting concerns linger,” I rethought this serious issue. Cracking down on organ trafficking and illegal organ transplants with firm, established rules is a good idea. The idea of trafficking organs is ...

Reader Mail Jul 17, 2020

Abe more interested in damage control than governing

Regarding the July 9 article “Abe aides worry over damage to LDP from Kawais' indictment,” Prime Minister Abe's camp seems only interested in his image and thus betray their disinterest in the substance and purpose of democratic government. They concern themselves solely with damage ...

Reader Mail Jul 10, 2020

Japanese and foreigners ‘other’ each other

I totally agree with the June 29 article “Being ‘othered’ in Japan is not the same as oppression.” Having lived in Japan on and off since the mid-1970s, I know that the situation of Caucasians in Japan is not at all comparable to that ...