Reader Mail Dec 3, 2009

Stress universality of language

Roger Pulvers' Nov. 29 article, "Though elusive to all, the language of Japan surely merits a break," raises the difficulties faced by foreigners learning Japanese and Japanese learning other languages. This is an old story, and a recent publication by sociolinguist Takao Suzuki (summarized ...

Reader Mail Nov 22, 2009

Breaking campaign pledge is risky

Regarding the Sentaku Magazine article published in The Japan Times on Nov. 16 under the headline "Does Ozawa run the show as Hatoyama foots the bill?": Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has long been known by informed members of the Japanese electorate as a weak ...

Reader Mail Oct 8, 2009

Won't pay to read news online

Regarding the Oct. 5 article "Murdoch: Japan newspapers will have to charge for online content": Anything that limits the money Rupert Murdoch can make seems unfair to him. He's trying to encourage all news agencies to charge for news so that it's easier for ...

Reader Mail Sep 20, 2009

Problems with the native tongue

Regarding the Sept. 16 article "Few answers for language market": Long after reading about and watching attempts by some Canadian provinces and U.S. states to get their populaces to become bilingual in French and Spanish, respectively, I wonder about the cost-effectiveness of the push ...

Reader Mail Aug 20, 2009

Left keeps trying to disgrace Japan

Regarding the Aug. 15 editorial "Dangerous revisionist sentiment": Little did I imagine that I would come across such an odious article. I totally agree with Toshio Tamogami, who has been bravely trying his best to convince the mentally retarded aliens who read The Japan ...

Reader Mail Jul 26, 2009

For a more beautiful fortification

I have just read Alice Gordenker's July 16 column — "So, what the heck is that?" — about ishigaki construction at Japan's castles. The article conveyed interesting information about engineering design, but I think that the castle expert quoted in the article, Yasuhiro Nishigaya, ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2009

Change technological priorities

Regarding the July 8 article "Aso takes aim at wealthy states' 'land grabs' in developing world": A standing ovation to Prime Minister Taro Aso for addressing "responsible foreign investment" in agriculture to deal with the "food crisis" that may be looming ahead of us. ...

Reader Mail Jul 12, 2009

Students lack drive and creativity

Regarding the June 30 article "Older, smaller population to impact Japan's choices": Writers Brad Glosserman and Tomoko Tsunoda say that in the future, due to Japan's declining population, Japan's "economic competitiveness" will be challenged as its "markets shrink." If this is the ...

Reader Mail May 24, 2009

Dishonorable comparison of plights

Debito Arudou has done it again — taken a reasonable idea toward championing equal rights for foreign residents, then taken it way too far with his extremism. He writes: "Why not just sew gold stars on (foreign residents') lapels and be done with it?" The ...

Reader Mail Apr 26, 2009

Utada just being cheeky

I found the April 10 review of Utada Hikaru's new album, "This Is The One," to be a bit insulting to Utada's character. The reviewer said she was "whoring" herself "both musically and lyrically." Utada has stated before, however, that her English lyrics are ...

Reader Mail Mar 26, 2009

Cultural attitude needs mending

A paradigm shift needs to occur in the Japanese cultural attitude toward foreigners that influences immigration policies. Some of us perceive an attitude of: "We really don't want you foreign barbarians in our pure society in the first place, but in reality we have ...

Reader Mail Feb 1, 2009

Former ASDF chief still in denial

Regarding the Jan. 28 article "Tamogami out of ASDF, not out of range": It irritates me that the former chief of staff (retired Gen. Toshio Tamogami) of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force can get away with (the sort of comments that led to his ...