Writing III D

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Second year Japanese students writing extensively in English.

Kansai University of International Studies
by 018 Saya on January 28, 2016
     Do you know anything about TPP? Honestly, I didn’t know anything about it, so I researches about TPP, its benefits, disadvantages and my opinion about it. I am going to tell you about these things below.      First of all, I would like to tell you about TPP. TPP is the abbreviation for Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is Economic Partnership Agreement for freely economy by the countries of the Pacific Rim. Many countries are joining TPP, for example, Singapore, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, Australia, America, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico and Japan.

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by 032Kiei on January 25, 2016
Today, I am going to think about Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP). TPP is one of the biggest issue in Japan. Many Japanese people think about this issue, but they don’t have enough knowledge about it. Therefore, I would like to talk about TPP’s positive points and negative points in this paper.

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by 037 Kurumi on December 21, 2015
A few years earlier, TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) becomes a current topic around the world, we can hear often about it on TV or newspapers. However, there are many difficult words, and time goes without our understanding. TPP was not global like now at first, only it worked for 4 countries. Hence, it is inevitable for the people in the other countries not to know details, so I searched websites and learned the merits and demerits of TPP. I will write my opinion about TPP.

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by 020 Koki on December 20, 2015
Is TPP good for Japan?                 Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, which is called “TPP”, was started among Singapore, Brunei, Chile and New Zealand in 2006. Japan has participated in it since 2013, and now 11 countries has taken part in it. To be honest, I do not know anything at all about TPP. Is it good for Japan? Does we have merit points? I want to know the answer so that I will research its merit and demerit points. Then I would like to write my opinion about them.  

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by 030 Naaaaatsu on December 20, 2015
apan has joined TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) for 2 years ago. Many Japanese people are unwilling to agree this arrangement. However, Japanese government decided to take part in TPP. TPP includes 12 countries, America, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chili, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, and Japan. I would like to tell you about merit points and demerit points of TPP.

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by 043Risa on December 19, 2015
     What is TPP? The official name is Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. Originally, Singapore, New Zealand, Brunei, and Chili made the Agreement which was called Pacific 4. However, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, and some other countries had taken part in the Agreement one by one, and after that it became TPP. The purpose is to unify the each country’s rules and systems. Next, I would like to tell you about them from now.

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by 005 Yohei on December 17, 2015
Thinking about TPP               This “Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement” will become an important agreement for the countries which will participate. This agreement will decide rules, laws, the taxes and many other things for the countries. But this might be a negative effect against Japan and also for other countries too. Today I want to write about how it will give good and bad effect to Japan and other countries.

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by 030 Naaaaatsu on November 26, 2015
Syria has a civil war. Syrian people go to the Europe countries to be saved. However, some of Europe countries are unwilling to accept them. Only Germany accept them. According to Asahi Digital, Germany has a history that the Germany’s president Adolf Hitler slaughtered Jews in world warⅡ. Therefore, Germany’s constitution says that an obligation of accepting Refugees. A number of the refugees are very huge, so Germany wants other countries to accept more. More than 17 countries said that accepting refuges. First, I will tell you about the current status of Syria and refugees.

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by 018 Saya on November 26, 2015
     Recently, a lot of serious problems have been happening all over the world. Do you know anything about refugees? I think the refugees’ problem is the most serious problem. I think most of the young people don’t know much about the problem. Actually, I didn’t know anything about it. That’s why I focused on the refugees from Syria, and researched about their present circumstance, so I will mention about it. And also, I will tell you about Japanese Prime Minister’s opinion and my opinion.  

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by 043Risa on November 23, 2015
5142043 Risa Fukui        I would like to talk about an architect, Shigeru Ban. Did you know him? I did not know him and I was not interested in architecture. However, I was impressed after I watched his presentation so I would like to tell you about my opinion.  

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by 032Kiei on November 19, 2015
Today, I would like to talk about the issue of refugees in Japan. In this paper, I would like to focus on three points. The first one is the institution that how the Japanese government accepts refugees. The second one is how many people tried to migrate to Japan last year. The last one is what happens if people are accepted as refugees in Japan.

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by 018 Saya on November 16, 2015
 Have you ever dreamed about your own house? What kind of house do you want to live? When we build houses, we are going to order our requests to architects. Today, I would like to introduce an architect, and after that I will tell you about my opinion for his work.  

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Kansai University of International Studies
by 033ryosuke on November 16, 2015
5142033 Ryosuke Chinen

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by 043Risa on November 16, 2015
        The problems of Refugees 5142043 Risa Fukui  

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by 037 Kurumi on November 16, 2015
The admission of refugees has become a controversial matter all over the world. There are countries which accept many refugees and other that accept only a few. Also I understand that there are both advantages and disadvantages. Then, are there no other ways to help desperate refugees?

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by 005 Yohei on November 16, 2015
              Japan is a country that only accepts few people in a year as a refugee. But think about it. Why can every country accept a million of people by not knowing about them? Also on the premise, Japan was a closed society for over two hundred years, and Japan has raised a society that could move the economy with no help by other countries. From this you can know Japan’s characteristics are more like a village society than a multiethnic society. It’s more natural and easy to be stable in this way. Although to help other countries that need help is necessary in this current world.

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by ecarey on February 11, 2016
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Elliot Carey 2/3/16 Race relations over the past hundred years have changed drastically, for better and for the worse. What America has seen as a nation of many diverse groups of people is inequality, social injustice, and overall apathy. This is not including however the great triumphs made in order to correct these grievous mistakes by individuals, groups, and movements.

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by Ceilek on February 11, 2016
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We all would like to believe that racism has been dealt with and that the civil rights movement paid off and solved the issue. However, looking at the news recently provides a glimpse into reality and shows us that in truth, that it could not be further from the truth. Instead, we see a world where white supremacists work in the shadows and where we teach our police officers that black people are more likely to commit violent crime. Because of this, police brutality against people of color is one of the leading issues facing our society today.

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by gfastie on February 11, 2016
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It is not my place, as a privileged, white, Vermonter, to speak with any authority on race relations in the United States. Racism can be a tremendously personal issue, and I have no real personal experience with it. I can, of course, see statistics about racial disparities in arrests, in wealth, in callbacks from jobs, but I cannot speak to the experience of being black in America. Interestingly, it may have been easier for someone in my position to understand the plight of African Americans 50 years ago than it is now.

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by rysenior on February 11, 2016
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I think Black lives still face racism today. Anywhere in America, officers will be more prone to frisk and or arrest black citizens over whites. Black will be convicted more often than whites. And blacks have more of a chance of being racially profiled in work, or just walking on the street. Not a whole lot has changed since slavery, but there have been some major leaps. Civil rights was an enormous jump towards equality. Racism began to go under the radar, and Black people began to feel more equal to a white person.

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by SlowSlothIsSlow on February 7, 2016
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      Race equality has improved in America. Most equality has been on an upward trend in America. However improvement is not a finished solution to a problem. We still have plenty of issues to work through as a country, even if they aren’t quite as blatant as they might have been 100 years ago. While we are on the road to more equality, we haven’t quite figured out what exactly equality means, and what is socially and politically most correct. There are obvious inequalities and profiling instances today, that were clearly not just fixed up perfectly by the Civil Rights Movement.

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by Camel on February 7, 2016
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The evolution of the Civil Rights movement today has taken a turn towards violence and upheaval of authority. The major difference between the early Civil Rights movement and today’s is the early movement had defined goals. During the Civil Rights Movement, much of the earlier attention was towards the right to vote; however, the movement today has shifted to distributing attention on many injustices surrounding racial tensions.

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by Lasker on February 4, 2016
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Alex Lasker Mark Cline-Lucey Social Studies 2 February 2016 Racial issues have always existed throughout history, being bad enough as to one race enslaving another. These tensions and issues have been fought, and denounced by multiple different races. The biggest movement in the United States history is the Civil Rights Movement, which lasted nearly ten years. The movement started small, then grew to be big enough to influence laws regarding segregation and racial oppression.

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by Ben Maksym on February 4, 2016
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I feel that issues of Race in America continue to be relevant, even since the civil-rights movement. They may have vanished from the public eye after legislation was passed to help people of color and to reduce their daily struggles, but they are certainly still relevant today, as has been shown on many occasions. For instance, the shootings in Ferguson and New York bear a striking resemblance to shootings carried out in the pre-civil-rights era south, where blacks were often threatened and killed with few to no repercussions against the murderer.

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by jakeweissgold on February 3, 2016
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Jake Weissgold Mark CL MUSH February 2, 2016  

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by EhindsVCS on February 3, 2016
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Race relations has taken a huge step forward since the civil rights outcry of the 1960s, and although there is still much to be desired if we want a world of true racial equality, the progress that has been made is still something to be admired. An entire societal overhaul has taken place, and in only 50 years we have altered the societal norm for race relations from one of rigorous segregation and dominance, to one far closer to equality and integration. The civil rights movement that we studied made some great progress.

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by Storm on January 15, 2016
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The United States of America is an amazing nation that continues to lead the world through the complex geopolitical problems that we are faced with today. As a strong economic and political world leader, we have become the role model for developing nations attempting to give their people the same freedoms and opportunities that Americans have become so accustomed to. This is why it is so important to work harder than we ever have before to better ourselves as a nation, because what we change will set a precedent of improvement around the world and inspire change.

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by gfastie on January 13, 2016
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Our union, one held together by the principles set forth in the constitution, is divided by fear. We exist as a nation because after the American Revolution, each state agreed to come together on principles of liberty and freedom. The union has never been perfect in the pursuit of these values, but we have always persevered through dedication to these values. Our country has strayed furthest from these values in times when fear has overcome our principles, and history has never failed to remember those times as faults in our collective judgement, from Jim Crow to Japanese internment.

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by gfastie on January 13, 2016
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Our union, one held together by the principles set forth in the constitution, is divided by fear. We exist as a nation because after the American Revolution, each state agreed to come together on principles of liberty and freedom. The union has never been perfect in the pursuit of these values, but we have always persevered through dedication to these values. Our country has strayed furthest from these values in times when fear has overcome our principles, and history has never failed to remember those times as faults in our collective judgement, from Jim Crow to Japanese internment.

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by I Don't Know on January 4, 2016
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Neoliberal free trade is a net positive for humans across the globe that are living in poverty, but is a negative for people who are living in developed nations. The 14.8%(1) of people that are living in poverty in developing nations would benefit the most from free trade, as the goods become cheaper making it easier to live off of less money. Free trade would be good for developing nations and countries so that they are able to grow their consumer class as goods would be cheaper and more available.

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by lpierce_ on December 11, 2015
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Free trade is one of the most difficult global issues to take a non-biased approach to. In a perfect world, free trade would work to benefit everyone, for a net gain. Any disparity in capital traded between countries would be eventually offset, so no country would have a clear-cut advantage. For example, Chinese manufacturing would eventually flood our market, but our money would flood their economy, lowering the value of their goods. In this perfect world, everyone experiences lower prices.

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by Ben Maksym on December 11, 2015
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In general, I believe that Neo-liberalism is a net negative for the world as a whole. It causes massive fluctuations in the world’s economy, increases poverty in developing nations by helping to foster competition and monopolies, and is, for the moment, really only working for the benefit of the United States, and even then only for the benefit of a small few. Menial workers still have to worry about production being outsourced overseas for cheaper pay, while those overseas have to worry about degradation of their lives and values and not being able to feed their families.

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by JWolf_802 on December 11, 2015
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Throughout my time at VCS, specifically in Mark’s classes, the idea of globalization has been a major theme. It has always been referred to as something that continuously is growing and we should support in order to be global citizens. However, this has been one of the first drawbacks to globalization that has been brought up. For the first time, global connections are questioned and often viewed negatively. While the personal question of, should the lives of developed nations be valued at treated better than others?

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by Lasker on December 11, 2015
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Trading across the world has shown to be helpful and unhelpful in multiple ways throughout history, trading provokes innovation and peace deals between countries and nations. As well as ensuring that countries gain resources that they cannot easily produce on their own. The downside of trading is the loss of jobs in countries, since importing and exporting certain materials can make a job held by someone obsolete, due to the cheap and more efficient use of importing and exporting materials and resources.

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Reply to: Big issue in Japan
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you for your essay. I sometimes watch the news about drug. Famous comedians also tried to take a drug, and because of it, people will arrest by a police. Recently, very famous person was doubted to use drugs. I think drug issue is pretty serious in Japan. Therefore, your essay made me excited. Actually, I didn’t know the details and kinds of drugs. It strengthened my knowledge. I heard from my friends, you will speech about drug at a speech concert. I am looking forward to listening to your speech. I think you are interested in drug now, right. You should not use drug.

2 years 8 months ago

Hi. Tune. How are you today? Your essay is always good. We want to be an English teacher in the future, however, computers may replace teachers. In my opinion, I think that computers ought not to replace teachers. I have one question for you. Why do people need teacher in the school? Because I think that teachers not only teaching his/her major to students, but also they can teach how to make a relationship. I think computers will not able to teach how to make a relationship, because computers do not have some emotions. Let’s become a great English teacher in the future!!

Reply to: Karoshi
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you for your essay. I think that your topic is interesting because karoshi is one of big social problems. Also, I often hear the word, so I guess it is increasing in Japan. I also think overwork is not necessary. If one worker die by overwork, the other workers have to work more instead of the worker, and he/she would also die by overwork. In addition, it is important for workers not to have stress. Therefore, I want the government to make a new law about labor. Also, I hope that the rate of death by overwork becomes low.
Erika Tanaka

2 years 8 months ago

I agree with you. Certainly, Tabaco has a lot of negative points and positive points. Seemingly, you don’t like smoker much, but I think they contribute Japanese society, because they pay special tax which is called “Tabaco Tax” it is used many facilities, it is a good positive point. However, I also feel offensive, the smell generates fighting between smokers and no-smokers. Hence, I propose that Japanese government and companies are ought to cooperate to increase smoking room. In 2020, Tokyo Olympic will be held in Japan, so there may generates confusing between Japanese people and foreign people, so the government should make counterplan against it. If they do that, the next Olympic will be succeed.

2 years 8 months ago

Your writing was good because I knew your opinions about old people’s driver’s licenses. I think that it is difficult to make them return their licenses soon, so the police have to be careful about old people driving a car. For example, checking on the roads, having over 65-year-old people take a medical check-up and so on. By the way, my hometown is a country and there are a few public transportations, so cars are essential for my family. I also think that Japanese government should increase the number of public transportations such as trains, buses and so on. 003 Tigers

Reply to: Black company
2 years 8 months ago

Hello. Thank you for writing a great and meaningful essay. While I was reading your essay, I was shocked because many workers suffer from working in their companies. They were expected to choose their workplace depend on their interests or something they like. However, working causes workers some troubles physically and mentally. As you mentioned, Japanese government should think about this problem and Black companies must be disappeared.

2 years 9 months ago

Hi. I am Daichi. When I read this essay, I could understand the accident. I think that this accident is similar to accident of Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. In 2011, The Great East Japan Earthquake was occurred, then Fukushima nuclear power plant was explosion. Many Japanese people has suffered from this accident since 2011. I think that nuclear power plant is very dangerous, so we have to quit using nuclear power plants as soon as possible.

2 years 9 months ago

Hello. Thank you for your essay. I have been interested in endangered animals and plants since before, because they become problem in the world. Also, thanks for your essay, I could learn about them more. According to your essay, there are some reasons of this problem, but the major cause of this problem is human action, and I think so. Actually, some people hunt animals and cause pollution. I think that animals are very important and also have their lives the same as human. Therefore, I also think that we, human, should consider solutions of the problem and revise our action.

2 years 9 months ago

Hi. Your essay is well done, so I read this very fluently. Anyway, Chernobyl plant’s problem gave a lot of people and countries big shock. I know that. Japan had happened accident because of the great east Japan earthquake in 2011. It attacked Fukushima nuclear plant, so the plant leaked nuclear to outside. So many Japanese people became panic even Japanese government. I was also surprised, but I didn’t understand, because the accident was so big. After that, Japanese TV news picked up accident at Chernobyl, so I learned about it. Now, Chernobyl plant is not dangerous. Therefore I think Fukushima plant can be like Chernobyl.

2 years 9 months ago

Thank you for your essay. I understood what you would like to tell us. In addition, I didn’t know the issue about food wasting before reading your essay. There are so many people in the world. People sometimes throw food which we couldn’t eat at all. However, there are many people who cannot eat enough food. We have to think the solution for changing the present circumstance of national economy and environment. Young people should work on this issue because I think young people relate to this issue than adults. At first, I will change the style of buying food. Your essay was pretty good.

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Working in Japan has been an interesting and rewarding experience. I came to teaching after a career in finance, first as an accountant with major north american pharmaceutical firms and then as a financial advisor.

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