Japan is also swimming against the tide on same-sex marriage

LGBTQ+ rights in Japan | Literary incorrectness | PMQs | A marital palindrome | Cross words

Olympic gold-medal winner Tom Daley. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Olympic gold-medal winner Tom Daley. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Last modified on Tue 27 Jul 2021 13.46 EDT

Many congratulations to Tom Daley on his magnificent win with Matty Lee. Probably worth pointing out, though, that while your article is correct in saying that same-sex marriage is not legal in either Russia or China, (Tom Daley ‘incredibly proud to say I am gay and an Olympic champion’, 26 July) the same state of affairs is sadly true in the host country, Japan.
Graham Courtney
Tokyo, Japan

I have long expressed to the younger members of my family that the Guardian represents a bedrock of literary correctness. So you must appreciate my mortification at reading “more trains, less planes” in your second leader (25 July). Please have the young scribbler write out “fewer not less” a hundred times or so.
Tony Ward
Loughborough, Leicestershire

Before the start of PMQs last week, the Speaker of the Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, remarked that it was exactly 60 years since the introduction of “questions to the prime minister”. Perhaps the time is now ripe for the introduction of a new proceeding, to be entitled “answers from the prime minister”.
Ron Mitchell

On the matter of names (Letters, 26 July), I have often wondered if Nora, my mother (who had no middle name), married my father in order to be a palindrome. I know of no other such cases.
Dr Bob Aron
Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Seeing the clue “Evening meal” in today’s quick crossword (27 July), I predict there will be letters.
Rev Jenny Welsh

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