Japan Social Issues
About this class
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.
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Hello my name is Padli. I am from Kansai International University of
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
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
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?
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 514-935-5770. Here is their website in case you want more information http://mtlwalks.com/.
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.
You might be interrested about some other volunteer work, oriented towards helping younger student(elementary school) with social experiencing and basic learning activities.
Tel. : 438.380.0667
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This course requires students to develop individual portfolios about contemporary issues, sharing work with increasing depth as the semester progresses.
Students write and collaobrate to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and broaden perspectives regarding local,...