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 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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by boi on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Nature Canada’s mission is “To protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.” They get involved in national issues such as wilderness protection, bird conservation and endangered species. They have 5 branches that work for different goals. NatureNetwork is a network of naturalist charities and groups, on provincial and regional levels, that advocate nature conservation in Canada. NatureVoice is a program of advocacy that encourages the federal government to vote for environmental friendly policies.

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by boi on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
The information I found researching my super post revealed many disturbing situations that are more common than I thought. I didn’t realize that an entire population could lose electricity after a natural disaster. It was also very impressive to see so many people come together to help out people in need. The events described in the super post lead me to search for organizations that deal with the environment and how to protect it because if the population of earth keeps multiplying and consuming at the rate we are, we are doomed for disaster and hurricanes will only grow in strength.

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by Nathalie on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
  On October 5 2017, Cynthia Reason published “SickKids “Palace of Sunshine” offered helio-therapy for polio, tuberculosis” on InisdeToronto.com.

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by Nathalie on October 16, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
  On October 1 2017, Jim Day published an article in The Guardian, “Charlottetown man selling cherished car to help sick children”, about an 84-year-old Charlottetown resident, Sterling Hickox, who is selling his 1965 Cadillac convertible with the original 429 engine, and giving all of the proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

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by Nathalie on October 5, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
Sunday, October 1, 2017 marks the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States, killing 58 people and injuring 515 while Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. He shot an automatic weapon for 15 minutes straight from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. For the past 20 years, America has had 70 mass shootings.

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by audreynoiseux on October 5, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
On average, Aboriginal people in Quebec are less well educated than all Aboriginal Canadians, who are themselves less well educated than all Canadians. In Quebec, the proportion of Aboriginal people is almost three times greater than elsewhere in Canada, and a larger proportion of First Nations people lives on reserves. The poverty among the Aboriginal people is increasing in Canada. This meaningful issue is one of the main cause of school dropout of the Aboriginal people.

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by Rice on October 4, 2017
Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
  People who have more education tend to earn a greater amount of money than those who don’t. It should come as no surprise then that Doctors, who are required to study far longer than most professions, make more money than most other professions too. They are often held in high esteem too, due to the required effort and high grades that are needed to succeed. Keeping this in mind, why are doctors paid so much in Quebec? From all my research I can clearly distinguish 3 reasons why: Training, high country income and competition  

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Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

Reply to: Medical Marijuana
1 year 7 months ago

Marijuana is something dangerous if used by people who have no skill of drugs. We know that marijuana is legal in America but in Japan is strongly prohibited. In some countries people who died because of consuming marijuana increasing significantly. As you said, the effect is quiet surprising, because people who has addicted by marijuana they can be healed perfectly.

1 year 7 months ago

Commmented by Ikumi

Thank you for your writting this essay and I could enjoy to read that.
By the way, you said that the robots can't replace the human teachers. In my opinion, that is no. Robots can replace the teachers in the future. There two things, the robots teach only facts, so the children will be not go to bad way. In addition, robots has an AI now, so they can think as humans and they have a big memorable system which is beyond human's brain. Moreover, they can teach everything that in bigdata. Bigdata is the data about everythings of human's activities. Robots can get information from there. According to these two things, I think that robots can replace the teacher in the future. However, it's maybe far in the future.

1 year 7 months ago

Firstly, I hope that the world will become peaceful. I agree with your opinions that the world is becoming violent again because many wars are happening in the world again and again. I think that many people in the world should not cause the wars because the wars just kill many people. Recently, many refugees have problems. Especially, most refugees run away from Syria because of the civil war. I think that solving this problem is very difficult, but many people in the world should think the way to solve the problem. I hope that the world will become peaceful. Thank you.

1 year 7 months ago

I agree with you. I also think computers will never replace teachers. In my opinion, As AI technique glows more and more, the risk will be high. However, only human can understand human’s feelings or emotions. Teachers usually have to consider how students feel. On the other hand, computers don’t have a heart so that they cannot understand human’s feelings. This is the reason why you thought computers shouldn’t replace teachers, right? I enjoyed reading your essay. Thanks a lot.

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