Reader Mail May 2, 2019

Stop using the era-name calendar

In my office, there is a lot of paper with "Heisei" already printed on it. Therefore, with the change to the new Reiwa Era, we have to throw all of that paper away and replace it with new stock. I can't stop feeling that it ...

Reader Mail May 2, 2019

Slim down the imperial family

I was very much interested in the editorial "The future of imperial succession" in the April 21 edition. If Japan continues the imperial system, I would suggest that the present imperial code should be revised, as many have been saying for a long time. First, the ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2019

Stop settling for appearance of achievement

Regarding the story "Medical school conducts roll call using facial recognition" in the April 13 edition, you can take a horse to water ... or in this case, you can force a student to sit in classes. But either way, if the water or ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2019

Campaigning via noise pollution

I am sitting at a quiet beach, listening to the waves and seagulls. On the nearby road following the coastline, vehicles with loudspeakers blurring stupid messages regarding their political candidate. When the election staff inside the cars wave their white glove-covered hands to bystanders I ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2019

Is convenience really rewarding?

"Two Lawson stores to trial unstaffed night operations" in the March 31 issue was an absorbing story. I don't agree with self-service stores. First, it is so tough for "information have-nots" to undertake the complicated procedures to purchase even a single item during the designated ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2019

U.K. keeps getting it wrong on India

Regarding the story "1919 massacre in Amritsar remembered" in the April 14 edition, the U.K. government has just missed the last bus to India and a golden opportunity to heal the wounds of the past. We Indians have forgiven them, or at least, we should ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2019

Fix Japan before Notre Dame

The Japanese government is too kind in offering to help France rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ("Japan eyes helping with restoration" in the April 17 edition). The Japanese religions are looked down upon by the Christian faithful and in their eyes fall amongst false ...

Reader Mail Apr 19, 2019

The slippery meaning of the new era name

The media coverage of Reiwa, the new era name, was extravagant. I was left with the sense that it was more than a mere announcement. Kuni Miyake, in his opinion piece in the April 9 edition ("What does Reiwa really mean to Japanese?"), reminds ...

Reader Mail Apr 19, 2019

Find little ways to reduce waste

My weekly treat is a Starbucks cappuccino. On each visit it jars when I see that, after the barista pours the cappuccino from the metal pitcher into the Starbucks paper cup, a certain amount always remains in the pitcher, and this is just poured ...

Reader Mail Apr 19, 2019

Pushing cashless society forward

The government has made a move toward a cashless society by announcing it will issue new paper money and replace the old bank notes by 2024. Even though the Finance Minister said the purpose is to prevent counterfeiting, the decision suggests that a transition ...

Reader Mail Apr 12, 2019

Make sure the scales of justice are balanced

Justice, I believe, should be impartial and I don't want to be wrong when hailing Japan's justice system as fair and just. As I have read in the pages of The Japan Times, numerous Japanese companies and associations have been found committing transgressions vis-a-vis ...

Reader Mail Apr 12, 2019

Easing stress on disaster survivors

I found the editorial in the March 24 issue, "'Indirect' deaths from disasters," interesting because while such deaths have been reported in the media, I didn't realize how dire and serious this situation is. Indeed, makeshift shelters are a necessity during an emergency, but ...