Feb 10, 2017

Standing up to Trump the bully

Regarding "JAL bars some fliers from U.S. flights" (Feb. 4), it's been decades if not centuries since such prejudice has so blatantly ruled the White (only) House. Using JAL as an instrument to impose his hatred, Donald Trump is already fulfilling his mandate as ...

Feb 10, 2017

Japan's unique sense of purpose

Regarding the Big in Japan column titled "Does contemporary Japan need religion?" in the Feb. 5 edition, it is rare that a nation can mold itself to pursue a common objective over a prolonged period of time. Japan is one of the few such cases ...

Feb 5, 2017

Japanese sumo fans can rejoice

Regarding "Kisenosato promoted to sumo's highest rank" (Jan. 26), for Japanese sumo fans this must be a huge relief. There's only one problem. For years, Japanese people have been voicing concern that foreign sumo wrestlers are dominating the sport. They're too strong and Japanese wrestlers ...

Feb 5, 2017

Sloppy reporting on hydrogen

Regarding "Toyota, Shell betting $10.7 billion on hydrogen" in the Jan. 19 edition, when reporting on environmental matters you owe it to the planet and our children to get your facts clear and correct. Two separate sentences early in the article very strongly imply ...

Jan 27, 2017

Going smoke-free can be good for business

Regarding the Jan. 14 Media Mix column titled "Media sidesteps calling Japan Tobacco out on advertising" and two other recent articles about making Tokyo smoke-free for the Olympics, several people and organizations are reported as fearing the loss of business if restaurants are made ...

Jan 27, 2017

Rall wrongheaded on women's march

Of all the wonderful articles printed about the women's march, how did you decide to run such a misleading, misogynistic piece of opinion by a man ("Failure and hope in Women's March," by Ted Rall in the Jan. 25 edition)? The day was the only ...

Jan 27, 2017

Bureaucrat bullies know no bounds

The revelations of education ministry impropriety are likely the tiniest tip of the ugliest iceberg in Japan sea's of state sordidness. The mandarins in every ministry must be spending most of their huge budgets on hiding and dissembling, and surely the practice of exerting influence ...

Jan 27, 2017

Nuclear evacuees deserve better

Regarding the story "Fukushima evacuees face cuts to support," Jan. 20, we all knew this would happen, didn't we? It's typical of the LDP and the nuclear village idiots to ignore the plight of those who were left homeless by the Fukushima nuclear plant ...

Jan 20, 2017

Osprey training belies treaty provisions

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Defense Minister Tomomi Inada confirmed in a rubber-stamping fashion that Ospreys' midair refueling drills in Okinawa would be resumed, even though the cause of the Dec. 13 crash had not yet been fully investigated and detailed to the public. According to the U.S. Marines in ...

Jan 20, 2017

The beauty of country living

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Regarding the story "Country life holds growing appeal for young people" in the Jan. 4 edition, the author has described an extraordinary community. It's an incredible story, especially that of a Tokyo University graduate who bravely took the less-trodden path by giving up an ...

Jan 13, 2017

Abe should do much more on sex slave issue

If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to defuse the latest tension with South Korea over the forced employment of Korean women in Japanese military brothels he could intervene personally to resolve the issue. A possible course might be to visit Seoul and lay a ...

Jan 13, 2017

Remembering Daniel Inouye

Regarding the story "Obama says war gave way to friendship" in the Dec. 29 edition, President Barack Obama touched on Daniel Inouye in his speech at Pearl Harbor, saying that "it is here that we reflect on how war tests our most enduring values ...