Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

The power of loving peace

Regarding the Aug. 6 story “Hiroshima marks 75th atomic bomb anniversary with call for unity in pandemic,” we remember each victim. Each “had a name. Each person was loved by someone,” as Setsuko Thurlow said in her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech Dec. 10, ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

Local shopping districts deserve our support

The Aug. 8 article “Face value; Japan’s traditional shopping arcades struggle to remain relevant” inspired me to write about the shōtengai, the retail sector around us. Our local shopping area in Yokohama has also had a hard time. The shopping street is divided into two ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

How many more sacrifices at the altar will India need?

Regarding the Aug. 10 story “India faces lost generation as virus pushes children to work,” a long time ago, Swami Vivekananda wrote, "Forget not, that thou art born as a sacrifice upon the altar of the Motherland." That was when India was bound by the ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

Use the pause in tourist traffic to craft better policies

In Kyoto recently for business, I was struck by how much happier the residents seemed than a year ago, despite the ancient city being in the middle of a pandemic. Even owners of businesses that supposedly benefit from inbound tourism appeared to be enjoying ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

Trump's mail-in voting ruse is farcical

Regarding the article “Trump admits he’s blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes” in the August 14 edition, the "debate" over mail-in voting is preposterous, an outright non-issue — except among conspiracy-theory obsessives adrift in the Trumpiverse. The “controversy” is a farcical ruse, nothing ...

Reader Mail Aug 21, 2020

Politicians’ Yasukuni visits remain deeply disturbing

Regarding the Aug. 15 story “Cabinet members, including Shinjiro Koizumi, visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine as Abe makes offering,” prominent Japanese politicians paying their respects at a shrine where Class-A war criminals are honored is performative politics at its finest. This was a proven tactic used ...

Reader Mail Aug 14, 2020

We can still do many things this summer

The Aug. 20 article “Despite rainy season’s end, summer chilled by COVID-19” was really impressive. The spread of the novel coronavirus has prevented us from participating in routine summer events such as festivals, fireworks displays, climbing Mount Fuji and swimming in the sea in ...

Reader Mail Aug 14, 2020

China deserves criticism

Having read commentaries by Stephen R. Nagy, (“Misreading the Chinese tea leaves: A dangerous escalation,” July 31) and Kuni Miyake (“How Tokyo sees Pompeo’s 'Communist China' speech,” Aug. 4), I felt that they mainly asked the U.S. for self-control and rather defended the CCP ...

Reader Mail Aug 14, 2020

Ready for a COVID-19 vaccine

This is very good news indeed! (“Japan and AstraZeneca set for deal on 100 million doses of virus vaccine,” Aug. 7.) The "Oxford vaccine" seems to be the most reliable bet to deal with COVID. I would be most reluctant to get any other ...

Reader Mail Aug 14, 2020

Kamala Harris is Donald Trump's nemesis

Regarding the Aug. 12 article “'Fearless Fighter’: Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate,” Trump's laughably lame attacks against Harris since then ("nasty," "disrespectful" "most horrible") have been typically predictable and embarrassingly ineffective. The obvious truth is that Trump despises Harris — even though, ...

Reader Mail Aug 14, 2020

Lifting travel bans is a risky business

As everyone in Japan is still a bundle of nerves because of the coronavirus situation, especially with hundreds of infections being reported in Tokyo every day, it is heart-breaking to see that a lot of well-known shops and restaurants have gone out of business, ...