Dec 21, 2017

Protect all precious life on our planet

The articles "Nobel Peace Prize says to Korea nuke players: We are watching" (in the Oct. 8 edition) and "Empress Michiko praises ICAN's Nobel Peace Prize" (Oct. 21) made me ponder the crises and peace of our world. If any nation of the world uses ...

Dec 21, 2017

Mixed emotions on Ginza celebration

It is a matter of joy that the Ginza Line should celebrate its 90th anniversary ("Heart of Gold" in the Dec. 17 edition). The Ginza Line is one of the iconic institutes that represents Japan's technological innovation and economic prosperity, and I'm sure many ...

Dec 15, 2017

Aeon's porn ban a step in right direction

Before living in the pornography-free United Arab Emirates as a student, I did not realize the effect that seeing pornographic magazines every day had on me. In Japan, pornography is accessible to all, with a high dependency on convenience stores for sales. Trying to enforce ...

Dec 15, 2017

Tokyo rail system far from perfect

I am not so sure if the rail system in and around Tokyo is getting as user-friendly as rail companies seem to think. If you have lived here more than 15 years, you will remember a time when transfer signage was frequently posted and easy ...

Dec 15, 2017

The simple reality of Jerusalem

Since President Donald Trump's announcement that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the international arena seems to have descended into chaos ("Nations criticize Trump's recognition of Jerusalem" in the Dec. 8 edition). World leaders are outraged, ...

Dec 15, 2017

The real irony of Japan capitalism

"It's quite the irony," William Pesek writes in "Corporate Japan looking too Chinese for comfort" in the Dec. 1 edition. "In its efforts to keep up with China, Japan is becoming too China-like for comfort." This eyebrow-raising observation leads him to list instances of ...

Dec 8, 2017

Pushback against smoking ban was pitiful

Japan must catch up with the rest of the world to protect the health of its people. We are appalled to read the recent decision by policymakers in the Nov. 17 story "After LDP resistance, health ministry waters down planned smoking rules at eateries ...

Dec 8, 2017

New Zealand's disgraceful lack of prosecution

Regarding the story "No prosecution over deadly Christchurch building collapse" in the Dec. 1 edition, the decision not to prosecute those responsible for the failures in design in the CTV building whose collapse killed so many people is disgraceful. My heard goes out to Kuniaki ...

Dec 8, 2017

U.S. must honor treaty obligations

Doug Bandow, in his opinion piece "War with North Korea is not a viable option" in the Nov. 30 edition, writes: "Of course the problem of South Korea defending itself against a North armed with nuclear weapons would remain. Yet it still isn't in ...

Dec 8, 2017

Winter the best time for hiking

Regarding the story "Unlock wintery landscapes with a pair of snowshoes" in the Nov. 25 edition, I'd like to take exception with the statement that "many people choose to hang up their boots during these colder months — assuming their favorite hiking routes are ...

Dec 1, 2017

Don't punish everyone in the U.S. military

Regarding the story "U.S. military restricts travel and bans drinking after fatal Okinawa traffic accident" in the Nov. 21 edition, in 1961, I was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa for three months and was then transferred to the receiver site on Iejima, ...

Dec 1, 2017

Effort in the U.S. started long ago

This article ("#MeToo movement confuses media in Japan" in the Nov. 26 edition) made me realize that Japanese people's impression of the U.S. is often different from reality. First and foremost, women's power in the U.S. is much stronger than in Japan, but I believe ...