Oct 6, 2017

Koike picks right name for her party

The Party of Hope is aptly named. Yuriko Koike is hoping the Tokyo voters have a very short memory of all of the many promises that she would spend 100 percent of her time working for Tokyo. She is hoping that Tokyo voters do not ...

Oct 6, 2017

Turn on your car headlights, please

Regarding "Police caution drivers over risk of fatal accidents at dusk" in the Sept. 15 edition, I have always been puzzled as to why Japanese road users, even in the worst weather conditions, habitually drive without using their headlights. On the nightly NHK news, showing ...

Oct 6, 2017

Tanabe tourism office doing great

I read the article concerning criticism of the Tanabe tourist office ("Blame for 'bad tourists' to Japan lies with the advice they never receive," Aug. 28). My wife and I walked some of the Nakahechi track in 2011. Before we left Australia we had a ...

Sep 29, 2017

Election a waste of taxpayer money

As a long time Japanese tax payer, but of course without representation, I wonder why there is little noise from the general population about the election being called by the Abe administration, which will cost the country billions of yen in taxpayer money. Shinzo Abe's ...

Sep 29, 2017

Defending Abe administration

I was puzzled by Jeff Kingston's column in the Sept. 17 edition. I will focus on a few points to explain why. The conclusion of a peace treaty with Russia is one of the diplomatic priorities for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. President Vladimir Putin's visit ...

Sep 29, 2017

Jeff Kingston's column will be missed

I'm very sad to learn that the Counterpoint column by professor Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan won't appear any longer in The Japan Times. It has long been the most coveted column for me in the newspaper. Only one of his many instructive articles that ...

Sep 22, 2017

Belligerence won't resolve North Korean crisis

On the morning of Sept. 15 we were once again startled by the national alert system because North Korea had launched another large missile over Japan. I suppose the government wants everyone to believe that it is protecting them, and to have a sense ...

Sep 22, 2017

Kudos to Kono for his English ability

Regarding the story "English-fluent Foreign Minister Kono makes international debut at ASEAN gathering" in the Aug. 9 edition, I have been interested in Taro Kono since the Cabinet reshuffle and watched a lot of videos about him. I have a very good impression of ...

Sep 22, 2017

Kingston left out historic facts

The opinion piece by Jeff Kingston in the Sept. 10 edition presented his interpretation of "revisionism" and the "comfort women" issue, assertively describing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as "revisionist" and "extremist." But he did not present important historical facts contradicting the assertions in his ...

Sep 22, 2017

Keep up the good work, Yamao

It is regrettable that Shiori Yamao should have resigned from the Democratic Party in the wake of her extramarital affair. She was the first person in the Diet who succeeded in attracting people's attention to the shortage of child care facilities, and her image ...

Sep 15, 2017

The importance of perspective when it comes to disabilities

Regarding Mark Schilling's Wide Angle column headlined "Filming disability from a new angle" in the Sept. 8 edition, as a fellow wheelchair user I want to thank activist and documentary filmmaker Mizuko Yamaoka for bringing attention to the small things that affect the lives ...