Jul 28, 2017

Bolster corporate governance

Your editorial on corporate governance on July 22 suggests Japanese businesses need to learn from their mistakes. However, you fail to mention how to solve the problems. The solution has to be a combination of auditors and independent board directors who would sit on the ...

Jul 28, 2017

Scoffing at Trump isn't helping

At the start of the article "Trump's quip on Akie Abe's English skills causes stir" in the July 22 edition, the reporter wrote "U.S. President Donald Trump is a man of controversy and nobody would be surprised if he caused another one." I can't ...

Jul 28, 2017

Japan, Taiwan and Okinotorishima

I applaud The Japan Times' courage in publishing Mark Valencia's opinion piece "Hypocrisy in the South China Sea" in the July 22 edition. Indeed, I dare venture such hypocrisy and thereby lack of moral high ground is why no one has felt able to ...

Jul 28, 2017

Finding comfort in DNA influence

About the Natural Selections column July 22 headlined "Can DNA influence collectivist society?" — Interesting thought. If it's true, it means that we cannot hope to change things much with education, politics and culture. So be it. In a world that sometimes seems to ...

Jul 14, 2017

U.S. must define end of military presence

On June 23, Okinawa commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the end of the World War II Battle of Okinawa. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the memorial ceremony and gave an address in which he acknowledged that Okinawa's base-hosting burden is very heavy, adding that ...

Jul 14, 2017

Educators deserve better conditions

For years I've been reading stories about the 40 percent of the workforce in irregular (part-time or temporary) employment, and this story ("Job-hopping hits seven-year high," July 6) brings the first welcome news about a changing workforce. As usual, though, I missed anything about the ...

Jul 7, 2017

Not much public can do during a missile attack

Those of us, like myself, who grew up during the Cold War era, are very familiar with the situation of having to worry daily about the threat of missile attacks, or even a nuclear holocaust. I never imagined then that one day I would ...

Jul 7, 2017

Remembering Dhaka massacre

I would like to say a few words about the heinous atrocity that took place one year ago at Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital of Bangladesh where innocent Japanese and Italian lives were lost. I show my deepest condolences to the grieving families and ...

Jul 7, 2017

Please Hitachi, no reactor in Wales

I hope Hitachi Ltd. will give up on its attempts to build a nuclear power station at Wylfa in Wales ("Hitachi looks to build nuke plant in Britain" in the April 7 edition). I live on the island of Ynys Mon where the station would ...

Jun 30, 2017

Thai prison is real, should be shut down

In his letter to The Japan Times in the June 11 edition, Thai Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag accused Pavin Chachavalpongpun of making unsubstantiated claims when he reported that there is a temporary prison on the grounds of the Daveevattana (Thavi Wattana) Palace of Thailand's King ...

Jun 30, 2017

Amazing power of dogs' compassion

The article "Service dogs help senile Aussies live at home" in the June 7 edition made me ponder the relationship between dogs and senior owners. Since I myself love dogs, I know several dog-loving neighbors. They love taking their dogs for a walk every morning ...

Jun 30, 2017

The problem of racism in sports

Does skin color and race really matter in sports? This question always comes to mind when I play and watch America's pastime, baseball. On May 1, a few Boston fans shouted racial epithets at Adam Jones, the Baltimore Orioles outfielder. Although it may be normal ...