Japan Social Issues

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This course tackles the many current social issues in Japan as well as the issues around the world. Students read articles about the issues they are interested in, summarize them and write their opinion about them. Our students hope to interact with other students outside Japan as regards local and international issues.

by Nathalie on November 3, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
On October 24 2017, Jorge Barrera posted an article on CBC News “Health Canada Knew of Massive Gaps in First Nations Child Health Care, Documents Show: Officials Were Unprepared to Implement Changes Prescribed by Landmark Human Rights Ruling.” The article speaks of “Ottawa [discriminating] against [the] First Nation children by underfunding on-reserve child welfare services and by failing to apply

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by Sarah_B on November 3, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
An article posted on the “Women’s Agenda”, written by Rob Sturrock, on November 1st, 2017, discuss how men can be involve in the feminist movement. Some may ignore the fact that we need males in the movement but most agree that having males by our side will only make things better. Feminists are only looking for equal rights and not superiority so why not work together?

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by boi on November 1, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
This news article is one that caught my attention because we don’t see that type of news often. The article named “WikiLeaks offers up a $100,000 bounty for the withheld JFK documents” is pretty self-explanatory. WikiLeaks tweeted on October the 27th that they will give a reward of 100,000$ to anyone who releases the John F. Kennedy assassination files from 1963. Donald trump announced in a tweet that he would release the JFK files but only 2800 were released and 300 were kept hidden from the public.

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by Gabriel M. on November 1, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
In a study published in the Journal of Association of American Medical Colleges nearly eight years ago, there was an intricate investigation into the healthcare system of the United-States and its efficiency. The purpose of the research was to get a medical student’s perspective on the healthcare system and their opinion on whether we should expand coverage and spending on programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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by Hannah on October 31, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
As Sylvia Thompson wrote in the Irish Times on July 15 2017, the trend of buying clothes online could lead to a rise in people buying used and vintage clothes online, as well as other eco-conscious alternatives to mainstream fashion.

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by billybastien on October 24, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Quebec’s poorest region is on the edge of growing rich. But why is the Gaspe not rich yet? Its habitants fear the unknown; will oil extraction transform their region that’s renowned for being a natural paradise. Certain sites are already being used for production, while others still serve for exploration purposes. These sites aren’t located along the coast, though there are exceptions, but rather in the hinterlands where the population don’t hear nor see what is going on. Pollution is still happening despite being invisible claim environmentalists.

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by Sarah_B on October 24, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Academic Journals and the News  

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by Gabriel M. on October 24, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
The atrocious shooting that occur every single year in America and the constant fear of murder in Chicago, New York, Miami, Las Vegas and many more major cities in the United-States propulse the gun control debate at the center of discussions. In what seems to be dividing the political right and left more and more, many call for either less or more guns for reasons of public safety. The Republicans and conservatives argue that more guns would increase the safety of communities whilst liberals and Democrats see less guns and more regulation as a more positive alternative.

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by boi on October 23, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
In the article titled “Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact, it is revealed that Greenpeace issued a report containing various information including the gas emission ratings of 17 companies. Some of these companies include tech giants such as Samsung and Amazon. According to the report, most of the biggest companies did not stand by their agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and some are actually polluting even more.

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by Hannah on October 23, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Despite the modern view of China as an industrialized mass polluter, historically, this Far Eastern country has always focused on sustainability. Recently, a return to the Confucian value of sustainability has been making its mark on the Chinese fashion industry, as Clay Hales reports in Business of Fashion on October 11th, 2017.

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by lulumgomes on October 23, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
The article “The Silicon Valley Suicides”, written by Hanna Rosin and posted December 2015 on The Atlantic, investigates the high rate of suicide among teenagers in the city of Palo Alto in particular. The investigation started after a suicide cluster, that is numerous death occurred in close succession and proximity, followed the suicide of Cameron Lee.

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by Justin on October 20, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
In a previous post, the drop rate of Quebec's schools was adressed, and it was obvious that something is off with our system. As many causes were identified, one of them for sure is that school doesnt stimulate the interrest from kids/teenagers. In this post, there will be a link to an organization for volunteer work, to help kids with their homework and participation in school.   Atelier850: http://atelier850.ca/  

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by Ilias on October 17, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Équiterre’s mission is to help people, organizations and governments to live in a more ecological way and to accelerate that change. It has many projects, like ecological horticulture, fair trade initiatives, local food production and many more. It has a global reach, as it helped a Swiss village install vegetable gardens to help urban agriculture. Équiterre says that volunteering corresponds to their core values, as it promotes solidarity.

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by Ilias on October 17, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Greenpeace is an independent organization founded in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Its goal is to protect the environment and the biodiversity while promoting peace and advocating the cessation of nuclear threats. It has been a big voice in the environment for a long time, and still is. Its members are running a campaign to help endangered whales. That’s not their only project.

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by Ilias on October 17, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
“VertCité manages projects and offers help in sustainable development, while being a privileged resource in that subject for the population” [traduction by me]. They focus their effort in the Saint-Laurent borough by “managing an eco-shop; the event ‘Érablière Urbaine’ (urban sugar bush in French); the program ‘Quartier 21,’ which encourages local initiatives in sustainable development; and many urban agriculture projects” [traduction by me].

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by Gabriel M. on October 17, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Canadian Collective Anti-Islamophobia   The CCAI or Canadian Collective Anti-Islamophobia is more than just an ordinary non-governmental organisation defending the views and interests of a cultural and religious minority. It is a movement with compassionate volunteers who fight against racist and discriminatory organisations and government bills such as the “Charte de la Laïcité Québécoise”.  

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by Gabriel M. on October 17, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Canadian Cancer Society   The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) was founded in 1938 though many had been fighting for the organisation’s creation since 1929. Today, the organisation describes itself as a country-wide society with an army of engaged volunteers whose only objective is to aid and find a cure to those suffering from cancer.  

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by boi on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
The Nature Conservancy Canada’s vision is that they “envision a world in which Canadians conserve nature in all its diversity, and safeguard the lands and waters that sustain life.” Their mission is to lead and inspire others to create a legacy for future generations by protecting important areas and biological diversity in Canada. They claim to do this through durable conservation outcomes such as managing lands and waters and by basing their decisions on scientific facts.

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21 hours 49 min ago

Hello my name is Padli. I am from Kansai International University of
Study Japan.

I read your article and it reminds me about the homeless in my country in
Indonesia. They do not only have home, address and many more to live.
Sometimes they commit crimes like stealing someone's wallet. They also sing
songs with guitar to get money in front of people’s house. I know these are
the only things that they can do to survive, but it is really annoying
for us. Unfortunately, the number will not shrink because it is too high.
It is different in Japan. I have lived in Osaka, Japan for more than 4
years and I have only seen the homeless in a village.
I do not know why there are no many homeless people here even though the
living expenses
are quite expensive, but in 2016 while Tokyo counts fewer homeless in
daytime, advocacy group finds higher numbers at night, totaled 1,473.
Although they do not show up at stations or big parks frequently, some
people who thought their financial situation is unstable, they stay at
internet cafes, but they are not classified as homeless, so Tokyo
government assumes that there are still a number of homeless who are not
counted accurately (Osumi, 2016). Homelessness in every country has
different condition depending on the way of their thinking and how
the government is taking care of them. In my opinion, the government should
give them education so that they can get skills to do a job or do
business and have a bright future.

In the case of Canada, do you think this problem will be solved if the
government will prioritize it, or there are just way too many of them that
the national budget will not be enough if your suggestions will be
implemented?

3 days 15 hours ago

Hi, Gabriel. This is Shimin from Hyogo, Japan. Your posting is very informative.

It is undeniable that gun possession, gun control, and gun violence are major problems in America, that absolutely cannot be neglected. However, it is a larger problem when guns itself becomes the assumed method of solving the issue. Across articles that I have read before, there are Americans who used to not own guns. They started possessing them, in hope of protecting themselves from the real offenders who abuse the possession of the arms. It is truly a problem when Americans think that
the solution to the issue, is the issue itself. Having this mindset will only increase the number of people carrying guns in America, and not help at all with the idea to decrease gun violence.

In Japan, there are hardly any gun-related cases. Although it is difficult to say for the yakuza (mafia), gun possession is against the law. There are hunters in Japan who are allowed to possess and use them, but only with a license that is very tightly controlled. The process of obtaining the license is very strict, to the point that the authorities will actually ask parties related to the concerned hunter, in order to judge if the license can be processed.

America can solve the gun issue, only if she is truly determined to get rid of the arms in the country. However, it can be very complicated as the number of people involved is very huge, and the culture between America and Japan is very different.

What are the gun laws in Canada?

1 month 2 hours ago

I am happy to learn that our government is taking the issue of mental health seriously and investing in it so to help those affected by it. If you are interested in volunteering with an organization that will teach you more about mental health I recommend you look into the Revivre organization. Revivre is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to help those living with anxiety, depressive or bipolar disorders, and their loved ones”. They offer various workshops that are available to sign up on their website http://www.revivre.org/. If you are interested in volunteering for this foundation you can call 514-529-3081 post 221, or you can email benevolat@revivre.org.

1 month 2 hours ago

I think you did an amazing job at making a connection between current events and the issue of mental health stigma! The show "13 Reasons Why" became very popular as soon as it came out and despite its numerous controversies it has brought to the public's attention the issue of mental health. If you are interested in ways to help raise awareness about mental health, I recommend you take a look at Montreal Walks for Mental Health foundation. It is a foundation whose mission is to “increase public awareness about mental health and eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people living with mental illness and those who support them”. Every year they organize a walk in the streets of Montreal, where everyone walks with same goal, that is to end mental health stigma. I have volunteered with this organization and I can confirm to you that the work they are doing is really good. If you are interested in helping this event take place and learn more about this organization you can send an email to walk4mh@mtlmarche.com or call at 514-935-5770. Here is their website in case you want more information http://mtlwalks.com/.

1 month 1 day ago

I think you could be interrested into an organization that is working with young students that do not have much money/support from their family, helping out with basics of life and keeping up with school.
maisondesfamilles.ca
sarah@maisondesfamilles.ca

1 month 1 day ago

You might be interrested about some other volunteer work, oriented towards helping younger student(elementary school) with social experiencing and basic learning activities.
http://atelier850.ca/
Tel. : 438.380.0667

1 month 2 days ago

I read your article and I found it very interesting how you talked about the forest fire and how the government are trying to take control of the situation. If I can add that if you want to help the people that might be affected in the area, then I might have a non-profit organization for you. They are called the Red Cross. Their goal is to “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world”. Their values are based on “Humanitarian values, as expressed in our Fundamental Principles, respect, dignity and inclusiveness, integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency, adaptability, quality and safety.” If you want any information what voluntary missions they are doing and how you can help their cause, you can follow this link: http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/contact-us and fill out their volunteer form and they will contact you to give you more info about their volunteering missions around the world.

1 month 2 days ago

I really like your article and how you talked about the aftermath of the Hurricane passage on the country. I thought that this might help people in trying to help for relief for the Hurricane and other disasters that might happen in the future. They are the Red Cross. Their goal is to “to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world”. Their values are based on “Humanitarian values, as expressed in our Fundamental Principles, respect, dignity and inclusiveness, integrity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency, adaptability, quality and safety.” If you want any information what voluntary missions they are doing and how you can help their cause, you can follow this link: http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/contact-us and fill out their volunteer form and they will contact you to give you more info about their volunteering missions around the world.

1 month 3 days ago

Hi aller1,
I really like your article, I found it very interresting and full of content.

Children with cancer and so their parents can refer to sources, help. it is important to remember that they are not alone in this situation, there are organization for this, like Opération Enfant Soleil.
The organization “Opération Enfant Soleil” is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the development of quality pediatrics and contribute to the implementation of social intervention projects for all children in Quebec. There is also more than $ 210 million that has been donated to major pediatric centers, regional hospitals and organizations across the province.

The organization’s biggest project is the “Téléthon” who’s held each year for 30 years. Last year the Téléthon raised 20 107 287$, for children to heal better.

For 2017, there are ways you can volunteer, give your help to those in need. Opération Enfant Soleil is leading many various fund-raising campaigns throughout the year, such as “Cartes de souhaits”, “Porte ton pyj”, “Relis don”, “Resto Soleil”, “Défi Country”, “Ô Quilles!”, “Opération Halloween”, and so many others. After all, it is with small act that we arrive to big things. To be a part of these various fund-raising campaigns, simply contact the organization itself: 514 380-2323. To become a volunteer the first thing to do is to fill up the “Volunteer Offer Form”, you also have to be aged more than 18 years old.

1 month 4 days ago

Hello Nathalie,
I'd like to start by saying that your post is very well-written and goes straight to the point. I found an organization that might interest you. Women Aware is an organisation that provides long-term support to victims of domestic violence. It was created in 1995 by a small group of women who themselves were survivors of domestic violence. Their major project is to do a lot of conference and fund raising for this cause. You can volunteer by going to their conference and participate in their actions like “16 Days of Activism”, which consist of 16 days of actions to end violence against women and girls. You can send them an email by going on their website; https://www.womenaware.ca, call them; 514-908-9014 or send them a letter through their box mail. For more information, go on their website.

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert

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