Reader Mail Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Editorials Dec 23, 2011

Conflict over child allowance

As the central government's work to compile the fiscal 2012 budget goes into full swing, conflicts between the central and local governments are deepening over the use and distribution of funds. One such conflict is over funding of the monthly child allowance. Children younger ...

Editorials Dec 16, 2011

Unprincipled nuclear power policy

The Diet on Dec. 9 approved bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation agreements signed with Jordan, Vietnam, Russia and South Korea before the Fukushima nuclear crisis. They will go into effect in January at the earliest, paving the way for exports of nuclear technology, including reactors, ...

Editorials Nov 4, 2011

Ruling on 'mixed' treatment

If one combines medical treatment covered by public health insurance with medical treatment not covered by such insurance, using newly developed treatment methods or drugs not yet approved by the public health insurance system, in principle one has to pay all the costs for ...