Reader Mail Dec 15, 2011

A place where Santa falls short

Thank you for Amy Chavez's Dec. 10 column about the splashy holidays in Japan ("How does 'Come all ye Bodhisattvas' grab you?"). In 2005 I visited Japan in November and was surprised to see all the holiday lights going up. Having lived there as ...

Reader Mail Nov 27, 2011

Beware the foreign academics

Regarding the Nov. 22 Zeit Gist article by Nicolas Gattig, "MacArthur, identity theory and Japan's lingering eigo woes": I'm sure that Gattig-sensei receives many murmurs of approval as well as hidden yawns when he makes presentations at Japanese ESL conferences. This same glib message ...

Reader Mail Oct 16, 2011

Time to rebuild from Tepco failure

"If somebody tells us to stop using the cost-plus pricing formula, we would say, 'We are not in a philanthropic business,'" said a power-industry person in the Oct. 10 article "Tepco guarding its ground." This quote by itself perfectly sums up why Tepco needs to ...

Editorials Jan 21, 2010

JAL's rehabilitation begins

Japan Airlines Corp., together with its two key subsidiaries — Japan Airlines International Co. and JAL Capital Co. — filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday with the Tokyo District Court under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law. The group's combined liabilities of ¥2.32 trillion amount to the ...

Editorials Oct 22, 2009

Unexpected Olympic pitch

The mayors of the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have announced their desire to invite the 2020 Summer Olympics to their cities and have called on the central government and the Japan Olympic Committee for support. Mayors Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima and Tomihisa ...