Oct 22, 2014

Lawbreakers from the get-go

Regarding Daniel Krieger’s Oct. 10 feature article,”Making noise about keeping the decibels down“: The Japan Election Law prohibits door-to-door solicitation/campaigning, which is a tremendously good thing. But this explains why candidates have to resort to patrolling the streets shouting their names to gain recognition. ...

Oct 22, 2014

Foreigners still getting welfare

Recent articles about foreign residents’ claim to welfare benefits have misrepresented the Japanese Supreme Court ruling. It did not say that foreigners are “ineligible” or “can’t claim” welfare benefits. It said they don’t have the “right.” This is exactly as it has been for ...

Oct 22, 2014

Pleasant surprise in the big city

Recently I spent 10 days of vacation in Tokyo with my family. Before going, I was a little afraid. I come from a little city in Switzerland, and Tokyo, by contrast, is known to be a huge crowded town. But when I arrived, I ...

Oct 22, 2014

Nobel Prize's effect on a child

In the Oct. 9 front-page, wire service article “Nobel Prize shines light on sweeping impact of LEDs,” there is a table of Nobel Prize winners from Japan. In the table, the first Japanese listed as receiving the prize is Hideki Yukawa, an expert in ...

Oct 15, 2014

Official ways for spreading Ebola

With fears about the spread of the Ebola virus in the headlines, I feel that it’s important to point out that both the Japanese and U.S. governments have installed an excellent infection-spreading system at their borders. I refer to the fingerprinting devices used on ...

Oct 15, 2014

No justification for Islamic State

I am shocked that The Japan Times published the Oct. 10 AFP-Jiji article “Ancient prophecies of apocalypse give Islamic State jihadists hope.” The article contains implied praise for Islamic State — the most horrifying terror group in the world. Carefully read, the article reflects ...

Oct 15, 2014

Strange obsession with robots

Regarding the Oct. 8 article “Toshiba unveils a humanoid robot that could be a sign of the times“: I find it ironic that as the human population continues to increase, we are trying our best to make robots do the work of humans, aiming ...

Oct 15, 2014

Nuclear village fooling itself

Regarding the Oct. 14 Reuters article “As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis“: Duh?! When will all the nuclear-village idiots across the globe realize that radioactive waste from aging nuclear power plants will need safe storage for up to 100,000 years? ...

Oct 8, 2014

Protecting kids from predators

Regarding Tomohiro Osaki’s Oct. 1 front-page article “Nation reflects on crimes against kids“: While recognizing the existing cultural hurdles entrenched in Japanese culture — especially those which pertain to an ingrained work ethic that frowns upon fathers in particular playing a role in parenting ...

Oct 8, 2014

Okinawa's 'indefinite' burden

At the Oct. 1 plenary session of the Diet’s Upper House, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained that U.S. Air Station Futenma on Okinawa must be relocated [further north] to Henoko because the air station must not remain fixed where it is forever. On a ...

Oct 1, 2014

Woman who took on 'dinosaurs'

Regarding the Sept. 28 article “SDP’s Takako Doi, first female leader of major political party in Japan, dies at 85“: I am sad about Takako Doi’s passing probably because she was in her political prime when I arrived in Japan, and so her passing ...

Oct 1, 2014

Real learning with fewer tests

Hiroshi Noro makes sweeping generalizations in his Sept. 18 letter “Aim of annual achievement tests,” beginning with the notion that the goal of the nationwide tests is ultimately for educators to improve students’ abilities. In reality, the goal is to get students to do ...