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 ...

Jun 30, 2017

Only gropers can stop themselves

The most effective measure to reduce gropers is the "heart." Regarding "JR to install cameras on Yamanote Line trains" in the June 8 edition, some people are applauding this implementation because they think it could reduce the gropers. But I have my doubts. For one, ...

Jun 23, 2017

Let North Korea be, in exchange for denuclearization

To affirm the unassailable rule of the Kim dynasty, even at the expense of its own people, the discomfiture of its neighbors and the misgivings of the world, North Korea asserts the freedom to misgovern and project itself without interference. Looking at it from ...

Jun 23, 2017

Japanese government upholds freedom of press

The opinion pieces by Jeff Kingston in the June 11 edition and William Pesek in the June 14 paper presented their interpretation of the relations between Japan and special rapporteurs mandated by the U.N. Human Rights Council. According to U.N. Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/5/2, ...

Jun 16, 2017

Falsely accused face tough choice

These days, I often hear news about gropers, as well as false accusations of molestation. It is a big issue for both of men and women. If a woman is molested on a train, it would be hard for her to speak up and get ...

Jun 16, 2017

Stop depicting rape in adult videos

Regarding the June 8 article, "Overhaul of sex crime laws receives wide-ranging support", I applaud the government for working toward long overdue changes to the 1907 laws concerning sex crimes. The current laws are lacking in specifics for certain sexual acts to be considered ...

Jun 16, 2017

LDP's cover-ups continue unabated

Part Two in the soap opera "Japan's School for Scandal" is even more shameful than Part One. The prime minister reprises his role as a smooth school operator, working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the truth hidden. The hapless media have no idea what's ...

Jun 9, 2017

Use caution giving touch screens to kids

Regarding the April 23 story "Toddlers playing with touch screens sleep less," of course it is important for toddlers to get their sleep, because they are still at a stage where they need to sleep to grow. And even if there is no change ...