Jun 16, 2017

LDP's cover-ups continue unabated

Part Two in the soap opera "Japan's School for Scandal" is even more shameful than Part One. The prime minister reprises his role as a smooth school operator, working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the truth hidden. The hapless media have no idea what's ...

Jun 9, 2017

Use caution giving touch screens to kids

Regarding the April 23 story "Toddlers playing with touch screens sleep less," of course it is important for toddlers to get their sleep, because they are still at a stage where they need to sleep to grow. And even if there is no change ...

Jun 9, 2017

In defense of the conspiracy bill

I would like to explain the significance of the bill criminalizing an act of planning and preparation to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, which was mentioned in The Japan Times editorial of May 27, and the opinion pieces by Jeff Kingston on May ...

Jun 9, 2017

Thai government objects to column

Regarding the column by Pavin Chachavalpongpun in the June 3 edition, while Thailand respects freedom of opinion and expression, this right has to be exercised responsibly in order to protect the rights and reputation of others. In the article, several unsubstantiated claims were made by ...

Jun 2, 2017

Ease the stifling school pressure on teenagers

How does one measure satisfaction in life? Money? Relationships? The article "Why are Japanese teens so glum?" in the May 2 edition explains that Japanese teenagers are behind other countries in well-being and happiness. I believe that one reason why Japanese teenagers are glum ...

Jun 2, 2017

Abe should distance Japan from Trump

Kudos to William Pesek for calling out Shinzo Abe's shameful embrace of Donald Trump's bluster, policy chaos and anti-Asian sensibilities ("For Shinzo Abe, an epic buyer's remorse" in the May 24 edition). History won't be kind to him running to Trump Tower like a ...

Jun 2, 2017

JFK's wisdom still resonates today

The article "JFK at 100: a legacy etched in minds of Americans" in the May 29 edition made me ponder John F. Kennedy. In the article, Kennedy's daughter — former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, is quoted as saying, "I've thought about him and ...

Jun 2, 2017

Music copyright group going too far

Regarding the story "Music schools to sue over copyright fees" in the May 17 edition, I think the action of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) will keep people away from music. It may be difficult for music schools ...

May 25, 2017

Rethink laws governing Imperial family

While wishing the young couple a happy future together, I do feel it is a pity that Princess Mako will be "obliged to leave the Imperial family" in order to marry her university classmate Kei Komuro ("Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor, to marry former ...

May 25, 2017

Okinawa faces Abe intimidation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga intimated at his March 27 news conference that if Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga recanted approval by his predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima, of the reclamation of waters off the coast of Henoko, the government would sue Onaga for indemnity caused and ...

May 25, 2017

Abe, LDP adept at burying scandals

"Where there's smoke there's fire" and where there's Shinzo Abe there seems to be scandal after scandal, all of which are conveniently swept away under the tatami of lies and deflections that his party seems so skillful at constructing to make his crimes and ...

May 19, 2017

Kindred nuclear spirit in France

Regarding the story "Film, shows tell stories of Fukushima evacuees" in the May 6 edition, I was one of the 60 people in Amberieu en Bugey — a small town outside Lyon, France — who had the privilege to see Hidenobu Fukumoto's film "Munen" ...