Reader Mail May 17, 2019

New emperor is thoughtful, democratic

Lady Nadine Bonsor, who met Emperor Naruhito when he was a prince studying at Oxford University, remembers the young man as being "immensely courteous" ("U.K. host recalls prince's 1984 visit" in the May 3 edition). Reading his memoir, "The Thames and I: A Memoir of ...

Reader Mail May 17, 2019

Reasonable rules for attire needed

The Media Mix column "Keeping up appearances in the workplace" in the April 28 issue was a real eye-opener. It says office workers at Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc. are allowed to wear casual clothes such as jeans and sneakers. The article also says that ...

Reader Mail May 17, 2019

Do more to ease tourist congestion

According to the news, the number of tourists is increasing in Japan to the point that it's actually causing a problem — "over-tourism." I can agree that there are a lot of tourists at sightseeing spots. A few days ago, I went to Tokyo Skytree ...

Reader Mail May 17, 2019

Remove barriers for non-Japanese

According to the article "Foreign-born candidates discuss challenges and prejudice on the Tokyo campaign trail" in the April 26 edition, it still seems to be difficult for foreign people in Japan to have their voices heard. Some foreign-born candidates are faced with discrimination while ...

Reader Mail May 17, 2019

Trump must go even without criminal charges

The Mueller report handed a limp legal lightening rod to those adrift in the Trumpiverse's darkness: Their earthly messiah's deftness in circumrotating the event horizon of criminal justice is stellar. But that undershoots the galactic lesson of Mueller's findings: Textbook criminality is never the sole ...

Reader Mail May 10, 2019

Marking the importance of sister-city ties

This year our city, Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, is celebrating 55 years of sister-city friendship with Pasadena, Texas. Goodwill mission members from Pasadena visited Hadano last month to honor our sister-city history. After a one-week visit, they told us that they were overwhelmed not only with ...

Reader Mail May 10, 2019

Saying no more to corporate racism

On April 30, the last day of Heisei, I left a company where I worked for exactly five years. I aspired to start a new life with the advent of the new Reiwa Era. To put it in a nutshell, as far as the salary ...

Reader Mail May 10, 2019

Nishiogikubo needs protection

On Tokyo's Chuo Line between Ogikubo and Kichijoji is the unique area called Nishiogikubo. In the 20 Questions column in the April 14 edition headlined "Transforming nonessentials into essentials," Australian fashion designer Vaughan Allison, when asked what was the most underrated area of Tokyo, answered ...

Reader Mail May 10, 2019

Grasping at straws on Okinawa bases

Charles E. Morrison's opinion piece "Younger Okinawans' view of U.S. bases isn't black and white" in the May 8 edition seems to be trying to put lipstick on a pig. A search for a silver lining in a dark cloud cannot hide the fact ...

Reader Mail May 2, 2019

Art museum renovation comes up short

Profound disappointment. After a two-year closure and ¥5.5 billion of public funds, upon visiting the newly renovated Fukuoka Art Museum, I was astonished to see little improvement and bad design. While I understand they wanted to preserve the integrity of the original architect's work, ...

Reader Mail May 2, 2019

English flaws at secondary level

The increased passing rates of junior high and high school third-year students' in their respective Eiken Grade 3 and Pre-2 level tests, as reported in "Secondary schools miss English target" in the April 17 edition, is a positive step forward. That these rates fell ...

Reader Mail May 2, 2019

Just some good old capitalism

Regarding the article "Scammers asking for cash after handing out Japanese flags" in the April 30 newspaper: Why is this a scam? In fact, it's not a scam. The people are selling flags for ¥500 and telling people why, or if you prefer, asking for ...