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 ...

Reader Mail Dec 10, 2009

The right to vote is not enough

We are reading much news about the Hatoyama administration considering giving permanent residents voting rights at the local level. As a permanent resident since 1984 and now a "senior citizen," the news doesn't excite me at all. What's the point of the ...

Reader Mail Sep 24, 2009

Stay the hand of marginalization

" Colombo risks squandering Sri Lanka's hard-won peace" is the most analytical and up-to-date article on the war and the illusive peace in Sri Lanka. Only the historical reference to Dutagemunu (a Sinhalese ruler who vanquished an invading Tamil army more than 2,000 years ...

Commentary / World Jun 21, 2009

Sustainable welfare plus profits

by Peter Singer

MELBOURNE — Something new is happening at Harvard Business School. As graduation nears for the first class to complete their master of business administration since the onset of the global financial crisis, students are circulating an oath that commits them to an "ethical" pursuit ...

Commentary / World | SENTAKU MAGAZINE Jun 16, 2009

Ozawa's residual influence

Even after being forced to resign as Democratic Party of Japan president because of a scandal involving his secretary, Ichiro Ozawa appears to exert strong influence over his successor, Yukio Hatoyama. A second factor that may augur ill for the unity of the No. ...

Reader Mail Mar 29, 2009

Condoms not as helpful as hyped

The Washington Post editorial perspective printed in The Japan Times on March 21, "Lacking condom sense," concedes that abstinence is the best remedy for controlling AIDS, but adds that the world "isn't perfect — and neither is Pope Benedict's pronouncement on the effectiveness of ...

Reader Mail Feb 5, 2009

High road to physical fitness

Regarding the Jan. 27 Hotline to Nagatacho article " 'Marathon' ritual must change": While I understand the author's intent in asking for change, I must respectfully disagree with him on the "need" for things like his son's "marathon" to be discontinued. I myself was ...