Japanese politics SIR – Your briefing on Japan's economy hinted that the leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan was partly responsible for the country's economic stagnation (“Why Japan keeps failing”, February 23rd). However,the DPJ has highlighted issues such as petrol taxes going to a special fund for road construction and exposed scandals at the Ministry of Defence. It is regrettable that you never touched on these.
Furthermore, I strenuously object to the title on the cover of your Asia edition, “Japain”. Japan is the official name of our nation, registered and acknowledged by the United Nations and other international bodies. It is completely outrageous that you combined the word for our nation with “pain”. You made fun of our respected nation's name on a cover that is sold on newsstands all over the region. This conduct is equal to burning a national flag, which is base and inconsiderate. No nation's name should be treated like this.