Reader Mail Jul 26, 2019

Abe fuels fire of instability

Michael Bosack, in his opinion piece "For Japan, Upper House results signal stability" in the July 23 edition, doesn't even scratch the surface of Japanese politics. In reality, Shinzo Abe capitalized on the pervasive sense of instability he helped create in this nation. Abenomics has ...

Reader Mail Jul 26, 2019

The negative side of Kyoto tourism

As a long-term foreign resident of Kyoto, I read the View from Osaka column "Four Kansai issues stirring up Upper House election" (July 21) with great interest. Mass tourism, of course, is becoming more and more of a problem worldwide, and is certainly being contributed ...

Reader Mail Jul 26, 2019

Missing the point on abortion

Regarding Chris Flynn's July 12 letter commenting on mine of July 7 in which I stated that a rigorous and detailed study on abortion worldwide and country by country showed that between 1948 and 2015 over 39 million Japanese babies had been aborted. My ...

Reader Mail Jul 19, 2019

Automakers can help save bicyclists' lives

I am a Canadian citizen whose main mode of travel is the bicycle. The Japanese auto industry has an opportunity to save many of the world's cyclists from injury and death. Accidents by car drivers opening the door in the face of cyclists is called ...

Reader Mail Jul 19, 2019

MSDF can project Japan's goodwill

About the July 15 story on the subject of Japan considering joining a task force to protect the Strait of Hormuz ("SDF to the Mideast? U.S. plan stirs debate"), I would like to encourage Japan to become more involved in peacekeeping and natural disaster ...

Reader Mail Jul 19, 2019

The folly of U.S. overseas bases

In the late 1970s, Newsweek magazine reported that the U.S. Defense Department had launched a curious study of the kind usually conducted by an academic institution: Why did the great empires in history such as the Romans, Mongol, British, etc. all fall? The cause, ...

Reader Mail Jul 19, 2019

Lack of good faith at Hanoi summit

An expert on foreign relations, Kuni Miyake knows full well that John Bolton's ultimatum of "no concessions without denuclearization" made peace talks in Hanoi totally impossible ("Is John Bolton our last hope?" in the July 9 edition). As an article in the March 31 edition ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

The education ministry's misguided reliance on testing

The education ministry's aim in enforcing tests like TOEIC as part of its requirement for high school students trying to go to college was dubious from the outset ("TOEIC opts out of new university entrance tests," July 3). So it is unsurprising that exam ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Look after rabbits on Okunoshima

I have just been to Rabbit Island (Okunoshima in Hiroshima Prefecture). I saw the cruelty and sadness that the rabbits have been living in. I do not accept this behavior! Almost all the rabbits were injured, sick or dying. Probably all the rabbits are ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Abortion's impact was overstated

Regarding Robert Austenfeld's letter in the July 7 edition, "Abortion's role in depopulation," I think he has overstated the proportional effect of abortion on the falling birthrate. Every abortion does not necessarily affect the fertility rate, but you would not have thought that after ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2019

Trump drifting into self-parody

Regarding "Trump urges Americans to 'stay true to our cause' in controversial July Fourth fete" in the July 5 edition, Trump's darkly ironic commandeering of a holiday that celebrates independence from tyranny, along with his latest rallies and interviews, reconfirms that he's devoid of ...

Reader Mail Jul 5, 2019

The Chinese dragon still hungers

Regarding the story "Activist calls on Japan to highlight the persecution of China's Uighurs" in the June 29 edition, countless ancient adages warn about the ceaseless hunger of dragons. Despite having overwhelming power and strength, the dragon always craves more. They can live in ...