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 ...

Sep 15, 2017

Set an end date for bases in Okinawa

At a recent meeting with U.S. Ambassador William Haggerty, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera asked him to heed Japanese people's concerns over hosting U.S. bases. That's a roundabout way of expressing his dissidence over low-altitude flight training by Ospreys on six designated routes on mainland ...

Sep 15, 2017

JR Tokai making the right moves

Regarding the story "JR Tokai will travel on a different track, bucking trend of luxury sleeper trains" in the Sept. 12 edition, many people may have been surprised by the very conservative management strategy of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), not only in ...

Sep 15, 2017

Immigration vital for Japan's future

Regarding "Panel to brainstorm lifestyle solutions for Japan's demographic ills" in the Sept. 10 edition, no one wants to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Japan has the world's highest debt to GDP burden among developed and growing economies, and it continues to live ...