Commentary / World | SENTAKU MAGAZINE Nov 28, 2011

Existential fear stalks M.D.s

The Japan Medical Association (JMA), once the most powerful lobby group with mighty political clout, still clings to its position of staunchly opposing any scheme to increase the number of doctors, in order to protect its own vested interests. As the nation faces an increasing ...

Commentary Oct 6, 2011

Dams muddy China's image

by Brahma Chellaney

China's frenzied dam building at home and abroad is emerging as a flash point in inter- and intrastate relations in Asia. Burma's decision to suspend work on a controversial Chinese-funded dam marks a tactical retreat on a project that has symbolized China's resource greed ...

Reader Mail Oct 8, 2009

Children's interests came second

In his Oct. 6 article, "Savoie case shines spotlight on Japan's 'disappeared dads,' " Debito Arudou makes several valid points about the need to revise the way that child custody and visitation rights are treated under Japanese law, and about Japan's koseki (family registration) ...

Reader Mail May 31, 2009

Necessary evil in dangerous times

The May 15 AP article "Britain overzealous in terrorism arrests" was critical of the fact that Britons of South Asian descent are more likely to be detained in antiterrorism raids than any other ethnic groups. I agree that this is unfortunate and discriminatory, but ...

Reader Mail Mar 26, 2009

Good news for Canadian citizens

Thank you for Jenny Uechi's March 17 Zeit Gist article, "Canucks abroad fret over new curbs on citizenship." I have been monitoring this issue for about six months, and Uechi's article might be the best in the past six months. I was ...

Reader Mail Jan 22, 2009

Efforts of activists misguided

Although bombastically titled, Gregory Clark's Jan. 15 article was a welcome riposte to the chorus of criticism originally inspired by Paul de Vries' Dec. 2 Zeit Gist article, "Back to the baths: Otaru revisited." A subscriber to the Japan Times ...