Dec 17, 2014

Opposition's pain, LDP's gain

Regarding the Dec. 14 article “Abe tightens grip on power as ruling coalition wins 325 seats in Lower House election“: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the main and possibly only beneficiary of this exercise in expensive futility. He can spend Christmas and New Year’s ...

Dec 17, 2014

Nuclear arms threat will persist

Regarding Ramesh Thakur’s Dec. 16 article, “Reducing the global threat posed by nuclear weapons“: Uh, good luck with that! The United States and the Soviet Union came very close to nuclear conflict a number of times during the dark days of the Cold War, ...

Dec 17, 2014

Despicable attack on violinist

As a musician and composer, I was greatly saddened to read in The Japan Times-incorporated International New York Times the Dec. 9 article “Fraud accusations stir violin world,” describing an American violinist’s despicable attack on the late Shinichi Suzuki, Japan’s highly respected founder of ...

Dec 17, 2014

Move toward a sustainable life

Consideration of Michael J. Boskin’s Nov. 22 article, “The next trade breakthroughs,” encourages my opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Keizai, the Japanese counterpart for the word “economy,” originally meant managing the state and supporting people’s lives — not making money. Most economists today are ...

Dec 13, 2014

Population worry is short-term one

Shinji Fukukawa offers many valid comments and criticisms in his Dec. 9 article, “Post-Abenomics” reforms,” but of his six suggestions for reform, the first one — that Japan must repopulate — is a red herring. I think that much of the hair- pulling and ...

Dec 10, 2014

Advances without atonement

I read with interest William Pesek’s Dec. 6 opinion piece, “Japan’s media needs to act as a watchdog, not a lapdog.” The failure to understand and address painful national issues has been on my mind. I am a frequent visitor to Japan. Recently, for ...

Dec 10, 2014

Distorted claims against China

Only the title of Brahma Chellaney’s Dec. 2 article, “Tibet core to Sino-Indian ties,” gets it right. Elsewhere, Chellaney lets his usual anti-China biases take over. India in 1954 did not implicitly accept China’s rights to Tibet without a quid pro quo, as he ...

Dec 10, 2014

Students take on nuclear debate

The Dec. 4 editorial, “Debating nuclear energy,” raises many issues on which high school students have been focusing — in English — for much of this year. The proposition for the Ninth Annual All Japan High School English Debate Tournament is that “The government ...

Dec 3, 2014

Why the clenched fists?

When Japanese are excited they punch the air with raised arms and clenched fists. Recently Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did it in photographs accompanying stories like “Wealth gap widening under Abe” (Nov. 23), and “U.S. in suspense over ‘Abenomics,’ ” and another one accompanying ...

Nov 22, 2014

Snap election is a cynical waste of tax money

There could be no more cynical way to waste the shrinking pie of public tax money than another meaningless election, reminiscent of the callous election Osaka leader Toru Hashimoto foisted on its citizens not so long ago just to bolster one individual’s own political ...

Nov 22, 2014

Also ask voters about Article 9

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said recently announced his decision to hold a snap election next month. He said, “We do need to ask Japanese citizens about the tax raise from 8 percent to 10 percent.” His words seem to be very democratic but ...

Nov 19, 2014

Coexisting with differences

The Nov. 8 editorial “A shameful statement on Ainu” reminded me of my experiences overseas and made me think of living in peace with differences. Any time I am traveling or staying in another country, one of the most often asked questions I get ...