Jul 30, 2014

Get tough with selfish 'patients'

Regarding the July 24 Bloomberg Focus article, “Retirees swell national debt treating clinics as clubs“: I completely agree. To go further, I personally would mark these people as selfish and inconsiderate of others. I do not go to the doctor unless I have a ...

Jul 30, 2014

Contact keeping elders healthy

Regarding the closing quote from the article above, “Older people are squeezing money from the young and future generations under the current system“: No elder-bashing, please! The current crop of older people — such as the lifelong taxi driver mentioned who didn’t retire until ...

Jul 30, 2014

The name for a horrible practice

Cesar Chelala’s July 29 article, “Safe alternative rites to female circumcision,” was well written and interesting. I would like to comment on the headline, though. While the article talks about mutilation, the headline uses the less drastic word circumcision. The association for a less ...

Jul 30, 2014

Nazi-Catholic link is baseless

While I mostly agree with Barry Andrew Ward’s generally well-reasoned July 24 letter, “Simplistic explanation for Nazis,” it’s too bad it was tainted with what seems like a factually baseless attempt to link Nazism to Catholicism. Every authentic historical treatment on Adolf Hitler’s religious ...

Jul 23, 2014

Pressures to bear with cold beer

Regarding the June 27 article “Drink responsibly when you’re out with friends this summer“: In 2007 my hometown’s temperature reached 40.9 degrees Celsius. It was the hottest place in Japan. At my age, a well-chilled beer is absolutely indispensable for overcoming such sweltering weather. ...

Jul 23, 2014

Welfare of Filipino workers

Regarding a recent series of articles appearing in The Japan Times — “Filipino caregivers sign away their rights” (July 14), “Nursing firm withheld funds from Filipino workers” (July 15) and “Nursing care provider drops death liability waiver for Filipino workers” (July 16): The Embassy ...

Jul 23, 2014

Simplistic explanation for Nazis

Jim Makin’s most recent letter, “Mindset that favors fascism” (July 10), starts off with yet another scare tactic. Who exactly are these politicians lurking in the shadows who would make Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron look like “lily-livered lefties”? Gosh, should I be afraid? ...

Jul 23, 2014

Confusing race with nationality

Regarding the July 14 front-page article “Rola altering DNA of pop culture“: Japanese pop culture talents like “Rola,” “Becky” and Jun Hasegawa are Japanese citizens despite being ethnically “half.” The Nationality Law does not recognize half citizens. A person is either a citizen or ...

Jul 23, 2014

Prepping next leaders for denial

After reading innumerable articles over the years about men of power and influence denying scientific evidence of climate change, denying that women should have equal rights, supporting trickle-down economic theory despite its having been proven not to work, and generally opening their mouth and ...

Jul 23, 2014

Switch off sounds of the future

Regarding Michael Hoffman’s July 13 Big in Japan column titled “The high cost of peace and quiet“: Who are these cunning, selfish entrepreneurs who think that they can just barge into any quiet neighborhood and establish a noisy day care center? Outrageous! I’m in ...

Jul 16, 2014

Misguided take on world history

As a schoolboy in England in the late 1940s, I clearly remember seeing much of the world colored in red, the red of the British Empire. We were told that “we controlled one-quarter of the globe.” That empire, with all its faults, was primarily ...

Jul 16, 2014

The all-weather universal hero

Godzilla is one of the most famous monsters in the world. Generally it is often regarded as a symbol of something destructive, strong and, sometimes, heroic. I think of Godzilla as a metaphor that reflects aspects of the times. The original movie, “Godzilla,” was ...