Aug 25, 2017

Develop community workshops

For all the great things about life in Japan, one thing bothers me about raising my son here, and that's the lack of a farm, or a normal backyard, or a garage with power tools and a lawn mower to repair, let alone any ...

Aug 25, 2017

Arbitrary age cut-off for Tokyo 2020 volunteers

My teenage son Matthew was born in Tokyo in November 2002. He would like to be a volunteer for Tokyo 2020 as a show of support for his birthplace. He is a competitive swimmer and a member of the Auxiliary Medical Service in Hong ...

Aug 10, 2017

Why hold Osprey night training in Hokkaido?

Japan and the United States are said to be mulling Futenma-based Ospreys conducting night-flight training in Hokkaido to reduce the burden on Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. bases in Japan. Is this really the reason Ospreys will be training in the skies over ...

Aug 4, 2017

Lack of Olympic economic boon comes as no surprise

Regarding the story "Sports economist pours cold water on Tokyo Olympics fervor" in the July 28 edition, did Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Japan Olympic Committee cronies really think that hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 would significantly improve Japan's economic woes? ...

Aug 4, 2017

More needed for disaster prep

I commend Japan's governors for working together to address disaster preparedness ("Governors adopt declaration on disaster readiness," July 28). However, having visited Japan for over 20 years teaching and studying disaster management, I have noted several key problem areas which I recommend the governors consider ...

Aug 4, 2017

Abysmal handling of documents

The July 10 editorial titled "Poor handling of government documents" interested me because of my own government experience. The law indeed has flaws, but why is the Diet unable to fix it? I experienced real culture shock when I joined a government agency in 2001. ...

Jul 28, 2017

Remembering a life of work serving others

Since I believed that Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara would live longer, his death at the age of 105 was very shocking and sad news ("Legendary doctor Hinohara dies at 105" in the July 19 edition). I had several occasions to hear his lectures in addition to ...

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 ...