Jan 13, 2017

'Sharing economy' has many pitfalls

The article "Despite barriers, 'sharing economy' picks up speed" in the Dec. 28 edition lacked balance. It reported as fact benefits of the sharing economy that are alleged but not proven. It did not discuss the sharing economy's downsides. In the United States, Airbnb has reduced ...

Jan 6, 2017

Perseverance pays off on the ice and in life

The article "Release and renewal: Ando's life full of joy, challenges" in the Jan. 4 edition made me proud that I learned to skate in Nagoya (when I was a student there), on the same ice rinks that the champion frequented. When I was growing ...

Jan 6, 2017

Abe's important message of peace

In his Counterpoint column headlined "Is Abe the wrong messenger for Pearl Harbor?" in the Dec. 25 edition, Jeff Kingston makes many factual errors, and his assertions, based on misunderstandings, are very arbitrary. There is no proof to suggest that "Pearl Harbor" is synonymous with ...

Jan 6, 2017

Abe's Pearl Harbor visit and the sanctity of human life

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's and President Barack Obama's visit to Pearl Harbor reminds us of the horrors of war and the power of reconciliation. Their honoring those who perished at Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki speaks not only to us, but to our children, ...

Jan 6, 2017

No proof of Putin's hand in Trump's election

Regarding the letter "Putin's hand in Trump's election" in the Dec. 25 edition, it is astonishing that in a day and age of myriad information and 24/7 global electronic surveillance, there has not been one shred of solid evidence linking the Russian government to ...

Dec 30, 2016

Make college more affordable

As seventh-graders at Seiko Gakuin in Yokohama, we are currently discussing the gap between the rich and the poor, researching all of the things that cause this social problem. We think that one solution is making education cheaper. Some causes of the gap include lack ...

Dec 30, 2016

More info needed on illegal drugs

Regarding the story "Aska released on evidence claim" in the Dec. 21 edition, Japan's entire notion of drug use has been completely off the scale for too long. Looking at the headlines is a clear sign that Japan is behind the rest of the international ...

Dec 22, 2016

A message of world peace at Christmas time

The article "Arlington cemetery offers a history beyond war" in the Nov. 27 edition reminded me of my visit to the grave of John F. Kennedy. Arriving at the grave, the first thing I did was pray for the repose of Kennedy, feeling the solemn ...

Dec 22, 2016

Putin's hand in Trump's election

It now seems certain according to the world's most prestigious intelligence agency that one Russian single-handedly hoodwinked the entire population of the United States of America by manipulating its presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. Trump's determination to brush off this sad mockery of politics ...

Dec 16, 2016

Japan's media can do better on gender equality

The University of Tokyo decided to offer housing subsidies of ¥30,000 per month for each female student admitted to the university. By this new arrangement, the university hopes to increase the overall rate of female students, who currently account for less than 20 percent ...

Dec 16, 2016

Allow controlled legal ivory trade

As a former general-secretary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), I wish to comment on the Media Mix column headlined "Japanese media fail endangered species" in the Dec. 4 issue. As a result of the hysteria ...

Dec 16, 2016

Toyosu culprits deserve prison

Regarding "Polluted water in Toyosu food market facility basements to be pumped out" (Dec. 11), what's really troubling about this whole scandal is the fact that if Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike hadn't blown the whistle on "Toyosu gate" those trying to cover up the ...