Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

The attributes of being Japanese

Kuni Miyake's commentary "How Japanese is Naomi Osaka?" in the Jan. 28 edition is an excellent article that clearly explains some of the attributes of being a Japanese. It also shows that the language is but one part of being Japanese. I was moved ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Pelosi stands tall in U.S. wall fight

The Washington Beltway is littered with political carrion from the Trump abattoir — Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Michael Flynn, H.R. McMaster, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, John Kelly, Gary Cohen, James Mattis, James Comey and many others — but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands tall. Pelosi ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Profs do too much part-time teaching

In his commentary "The global decline of Japanese universities" (Jan. 19), Takamitsu Sawa mentions that a key factor for university rankings is the number of papers published and their citations, where Japanese academics do not perform well. From my observations, one reason for the bad ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2019

Tattoos don't belong in onsen

The Media Mix column headlined "News outlets tiptoe around tattoo controversy" in the Jan. 13 edition reminds me of the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." That holds true in Japanese society. Foreigners — rugby players or fans — should follow the ...

Reader Mail Jan 25, 2019

Bad funding decisions ail universities

Regarding the opinion piece "The global decline of Japanese universities" in the Jan. 19 edition, I'm not sure professor Takamitsu Sawa has a real grasp of what ails Japan's universities most. More important than how they are evaluated internationally is how their dwindling resources ...

Reader Mail Jan 25, 2019

Nobel Prizes prove plenty of creativity

As professor Takamitsu Sawa says in "The global decline of Japanese universities" in the Jan. 19 edition, Japanese universities are lower than Chinese and Korean ones in the world ranking with special reference to the ranking in Asia. I have to acknowledge this, but ...

Reader Mail Jan 25, 2019

Live in the 21st century like its the 18th

Regarding the story "T Card customer data handed to police and prosecutors without court approval" in the Jan. 21 edition, so very shocking, not. We live in a Big Brother society today. There are surveillance cameras and spies everywhere. It's our version of "1984," "The ...

Reader Mail Jan 25, 2019

If Futenma, why not Yokota too?

To our chagrin and fury, the Abe government has started landfill work at Henoko in Okinawa Prefecture, ruthlessly destroying the pristine natural environment. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the work must go ahead as quickly as possible to eliminate the danger the Futenma base ...

Reader Mail Jan 18, 2019

We should make foreign laborers feel welcome

The editorial "Support for foreign laborers" in the Dec. 30 edition enticed me into quickly reading it to the end. It's a blessing that up to 345,000 blue-collar workers will come to Japan in the first five years of the new visa program because ...

Reader Mail Jan 18, 2019

Pursuit of cheap labor isn't helping

Regarding the Jan. 12 story "Rising labor costs biggest threat to Japanese firms in Asia," welcome to the 21st century. This is not a criticism aimed at any particular country, but against the corporate system of exploiting cheap labor in developing countries. That is ...

Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Kaoru Kanetaka was a true pioneer

Kaoru Kanetaka was a Japanese ambassador of sorts, certainly a woman of great ability, ambition and energy ("Kaoru Kanetaka, travel reporter, dies at 90," in the Jan. 10 edition). She's a role model for young Japanese women of today. Kanetaka helped the world to see ...

Reader Mail Jan 11, 2019

Ghosn's detention cruel and primitive

The disgraceful detention of Carlos Ghosn by Japan's prosecutors is a blatant violation of human rights. It is also, from my reading, a breach of a habeus corpus act passed in 1948 to bring Japanese law into line with international juristic standards. Ghosn's case is, ...