Reader Mail Dec 21, 2018

Looking back on the good, and not so good, days

When I came to Japan, Emperor Showa had just died. Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita had just resigned and Chiyonofuji was the reigning sumo yokozuna under challenge from the behemoth Konishiki. Tsutomu Miyazaki was murdering little girls, Odaiba was still under development, Shunichi Suzuki was ...

Reader Mail Dec 14, 2018

Women can save Japan from its ills

I frequently see newspaper articles about Japan's severe and growing labor shortage, and politicians talk as if they actually want to resolve this problem. However, the actions of politicians and corporate managers clearly show they don't care. There is a huge potential labor force right here ...

Reader Mail Dec 14, 2018

Small-scale water purifiers are the way to go

Regarding the editorial "Privatizing the water supply" in the Dec. 9 edition, I would recommend against the privatization of water supplies in Japan. Certainly there is some water infrastructure that is very outdated and likely to suffer considerable damage during an earthquake. This is ...

Reader Mail Dec 14, 2018

In praise of yuzu in Fukushima

The article "Yuzu is Britain's in-vogue citrus fruit" in the Dec. 9 edition, was very appealing to me because the yuzu tree we planted a few years ago has bore fruit for the first time. Just four yuzu, but they were great presents for ...

Reader Mail Dec 7, 2018

Japan's leaders are failing the nation

In a country with one of the world's biggest GDPs and some of the most expensive and advanced technology, having a cybersecurity chief who has never used a computer in professional life and without real IT understanding would seem an impossible joke. ("Minister in ...

Reader Mail Dec 7, 2018

Livestock benefits outweigh pitfalls

I was disappointed to read the article "It's time to rethink animal agriculture" in the Nov. 17 edition and would like to point out some inaccuracies. Ruminants such as cattle efficiently convert foods unpalatable to humans (i.e. grass) into a highly nutrient dense human food, ...

Reader Mail Dec 7, 2018

Unfair portrayal of non-Japanese use of medical system

A popular "wide show" program on Fuji TV called "Miyane-ya" ran a segment Nov. 22 regarding the "improper use" of medical services by foreigners in Japan. However, as a foreigner living in Japan paying my fair share of medical fees, I found major flaws ...

Reader Mail Dec 7, 2018

Keep state money from Shinto ritual

The story "Prince stirs free speech debate" in the Dec. 2 edition prompted me to write something that I have thought about for a long time as a Japanese who grew up after the war. First of all, I agree with Prince Akishino. Too much ...

Reader Mail Dec 7, 2018

South Korea plays to home audience

About "South Korea top court orders Mitsubishi to pay compensation for wartime labor" in the Nov. 30 edition, some rulings made by South Korea's Supreme Court relating to wartime labor incidents contradict the international treaty between Japan and South Korea. It is clear that these ...

Reader Mail Nov 30, 2018

Gene-editing may be best path forward

Regarding the story "Babies were genetically edited: Chinese scientist" in the Nov. 27 edition, this is a most radical step indeed. It was only a matter of time before someone tried it and more are likely to follow. So, rather than criticize such a ...

Reader Mail Nov 30, 2018

U.S. missionary's misadventure

The unfortunate brutal murder of a young American at a remote island ("'A case of misdirected adventure': Tribesmen kill American," Nov. 23) is an example of how misadventure and irresponsibility can lead to the demise of a dream and end a precious life. The ...

Reader Mail Nov 30, 2018

Pro-democracy rather than anti-Trump

Unfortunately, Brian Farmer's Nov. 24 letter ("Anti-Trump letter lacks logic") about mine of Nov. 17 ("Trump now has adult supervision") missed the point by a Trumpian mile: My celebrating the midterm results was more pro-democracy than anti-Trump, although those terms are nearly synonymous. Principally, my ...