Writing III D

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Second year Japanese students writing extensively in English.

Kansai University of International Studies
by 020 Koki on November 16, 2015
            These days, there is a problem related to refugees in Europe. Perhaps you have watched the news about the Syrian refugees. According to Amnesty International’s report, the number of refugees is more than 4 million. This is a serious problem, so maybe it will have some kinds of influences all over the world. Which country accepts the refugees? Does Japan do that? I am not sure these questions of facts now, so I will search about something related to refugees.

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by 030 Naaaaatsu on November 16, 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 JWolf_802 on December 11, 2015
Vermont Commons School
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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by kmarsh on December 11, 2015
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Katya Marsh Modern US History Mark Cline Lucey 7 December 2015  

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by SlowSlothIsSlow on December 11, 2015
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While each country seems to come into trade with ambitions to boost their overall economy and wealth, it is important to remember the individual citizens. Low quality mass production creates cheap products that can be sold in huge amounts internationally. Small, local farmers cannot even begin to compete with these lower prices. Their livelihood depends on being able to make enough money on their crops to survive, and regular citizens are more likely to choose the cheaper product; putting small farmers in dangerous waters financially.

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by asendra on December 11, 2015
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Neoliberal free trade would be a net positive for humans and the planet because everyone would be working with each other to build a stronger system that allows more people to move up from poverty and into the middle class, but unfortunately, because of how different countries think about themselves, like the United States, the idea of free trade would end up with a net negative outcome. Countries could end up cutting corners and end up only looking out for themselves and not helping other countries unless they were already allied with them.

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by Camel on December 11, 2015
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Neoliberal free trade is a net positive for humans because competition puts the needs of consumers before the needs of an agenda-oriented government. In this economic structure there will be trade offs, putting many small businesses and fledgling industries out of business, but in the end we need to globalize our economy for competition. When the consumer has the power to choose, we all win. Neoliberal free trade is positive because it decreases taxes for goods being imported, and thus exported goods from other nations.

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by gfastie on December 11, 2015
Vermont Commons School
I believe wholeheartedly that ultimately, globalization is what is best for civilization, and that we will eventually need to globalize, likely form a ‘one world government’, and remove barriers between separate regions. I think of this as the sci-fi theory of thought- it's an almost universal motif that in utopian futures, (think Star Trek’s socialist United Federation of Planets) there's one, united, world government, while in distopian futures (think 1984’s warring Oceania, Eurasia, and EastAsia), there are multiple, warring governments (or none at all).

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by jakeweissgold on December 11, 2015
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  Is Free Trade a Good Thing?

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by rysenior on December 11, 2015
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Climate change is one of the biggest crisis’s that the world faces today. As long as government officials continue to deny it’s existence, we will never get anything done. As important as these climate meetings are, it should already be well accepted that climate change is a problem. To fix this, we need to stop oil companies from supporting government officials, and force them to accept this fact. If these officials continue to deny climate change, our world will go into an energy crisis, and we will have no possibility of reversing our damage.

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by 032Kiei on November 12, 2015
Kansai University of International Studies
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 037 Kurumi on December 17, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
Today, I will talk about my way of thinking how to success. In last class, we learned Richard St. John’s research about what we need for success. I don’t know what success is, but I am able to expect it. I guessed it is that dreams come true and to be able to do something what I want, and then I thought there are some things that lead for it. Those things that I think are three here. Confidence and think nothing

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by 022 MISAKI on December 17, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
Introduction Hello, I watched the movie “success by Richard St. john 8 words in 3minutes” in the writing class. I thought about what success is. Then I would like to write my opinion about passion, work, good, my definition of success and so on.   Passion

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by 022 MISAKI on December 17, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
       Hello, today I would like to tell you about music. Japan has a big TV program at the end of the year. It is “a singing contest between a male and a female team of popular singers, sponsored annually by NHK on New Year’s Eve”. Today is December, I would like to look up Music.

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by 031Azusa on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
Success (refresh)   Do you know how to come true your success you want? I think nobody knows about the method because there will be no failed persons if everybody have the knowledge. However, I think there are many keys for the success. I am going to give three keys of them.   Making plans

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by 021 Atsushi on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
     If I’m asked “What’s success in your life” by someone, I would not be able to answer well, because there are many opinions which differ with each person. When I hear an idea of success, I’m surprised every time and my heart is moved. This time, I want to introduce some famous people’s ideas of success and I want to tell you my definition of success.  

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by 018 Saya on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
     I would like to tell you about music. I like listening to music, and also singing. I like Japanese music more than Western music, so I usually listen it. I will introduce about my favorite Japanese group and their songs. After that, I would like to tell you the reason why I like Japanese music more than Western music.

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by a5142044 on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
I will write about Japanese music. I like music and listen every day. There are many kind of music and instrument in Japan. Typical instruments are samisen, Taiko, Koto, and they produce a good sounds. There are traditional Japan. In Japan, Music is known as “Ongaku or “Hougaku”. “on” means music, and “gaku” means enjoying, Japanese has enjoyed music for a long time.

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by 018 Saya on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
     I would like to tell you about music. I like l istening to music, and also singing. I   like Japanese music more than Western music, so I u   sually listen it. I will   introduce   about my favorite Japanese group and their songs. A   fter that, I would like to tell you the   reason why I like Japanese music more than Western   music.   First, I would like to introduce about my favo  

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by 037 Kurumi on December 15, 2014
Kansai University of International Studies
I belong to light music club, which called JAZZ club in this university, and I started playing bass guitar. Therefore, I’m familiar to rock music among many kinds of music around the world. However, I didn’t know exactly what rock music is, so I researched about it. I would like to introduce about what rock is and what kinds of rock are there.

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3 years 10 months ago

Hello. I'm Tuna, from Kansai Univ. of International Studies. Thank you for writing an great essay.While I was reading your essay, I was shocked because there are lots of incidents killing innocent black people. The number of them was more than I was expected. Police officers are busy, as you mentioned, but they should pay attention to local people and families in the area. The image of police is not good these days, so we have to change it. Your essay was very informative and it taught me a lot. Thanks.

3 years 10 months ago

I'm a student in Japan. My name is Yuya^^ I7m really interested in your essay, this is because, you described the important news in network society. I have heard this news before, in China people spread secret information on the SNS like Twitter or Facebook. It is very serious, then young people have to be indiscreet.

3 years 10 months ago

Hi, I’m 003 Tigers. Your essay was very good. I think that food wasting is a big problem in the world. However, most Japanese people don’t worry about it because Japan is one of the richest countries and they don’t care that. Thanks to your writing, I could know the information about it. This problem can cause many problems such as ecological health and so on. We know that a lot of people are hungry around the world. Therefore, we should think the measures to solve it. Japanese people should feel danger because Japan can be poor country in the future.

Reply to: Tokyo Skytree
3 years 10 months ago

Hi. I enjoyed information of Tokyo Skytree from your essay. I have been to Tokyo three times. Actually, I haven’t been there. However, I have a fear of heights, so I can’t see directly below from high tower. I didn’t know that Tokyo Skytree has various attractions. Tokyo Skytree has a lot of attractions that we can enjoy. So next time, I will go aquarium, restaurants, cafes, and other shops. I think Tokyo Skytree is one of the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo, there are a lot of famous spot, so I will go them in the future with my wife.

Reply to: Tokyo Skytree
3 years 10 months ago

Hi. I enjoyed information of Tokyo Skytree from your essay. I have been to Tokyo three times. Actually, I haven’t been there. However, I have a fear of heights, so I can’t see directly below from high tower. I didn’t know that Tokyo Skytree has various attractions. Tokyo Skytree has a lot of attractions that we can enjoy. So next time, I will go aquarium, restaurants, cafes, and other shops. I think Tokyo Skytree is one of the most popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo, there are a lot of famous spot, so I will go them in the future with my wife.

3 years 10 months ago

Hi. I am Daichan. Your essay is very wonderful. I did not know about history of Tokyo station, but now I got it. when I read this essay, I wanted to the Tokyo station! I have watched this station on TV, but I was not able to believe that it is 100-year-old building!! I have not heard his name, but I realized that he is very famous. I have not eaten Ekiben, so I want to eat all Ekiben!! I have a question for you! What your favorite Ekiben? Please tell me. I hope that you will reply to me!

3 years 10 months ago

Thank you for your essay. I have also been to Kanyukan many times, but your essay is written about its information which I didn’t know. Therefore, I could learn about it more and want to go there one more time. I think that Kaiyukan is admirable aquarium because it has a lot of characteristics and give visitors surprise and impression. I think that one of good things of Kaiyukan is that there are a lot of fishes and whale in there, especially, it has some rare them. I also want many people, especially, foreigner to visit there and get moved.

Reply to: Tokyo Skytree
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks to this essay, I could get some information which I didn’t know about Tokyo Skytree. For example, it has some restaurants and an observation tower. I heard that it registered as the highest tower in the world by the Guinness World Records on November 17th 2011 for the first time. In addition, inside this tower, there is an aquarium, a few cafes, a restaurant and some stores where you can buy souvenirs which are available only at television companies. Actually, we visited in Tokyo in order to go shopping and other sightseeing, so I was interested in your essay.

Reply to: Golden Pavilion
3 years 10 months ago

Hello. I didn’t pay attention to fame of kinkaku-ji from Japanese people. Actually, many students visit there as a school trip or something, but I thought it’s more famous for foreigners. Kinkaku-ji is not merely one temple in Kyoto. It has a long history and its appearance fascinates many people. I have not visited kinkaku-ji, so I want to go to see there. Kinkaku-ji has an untold story, so I think it’s also a secret of the fame of it. Kinkaku-ji is stands out in Kyoto, so I hope more and more tourists will come to see it. Thank you for writing a excellent essay about kinkaku-ji.

3 years 10 months ago

I agree with you. Recently, there are a lot of type of media in the world. Such as newspaper, radio, internet, and TV. Sometimes I read article which has sensationalism, so I felt strange and stereotype. Some bad journalists write misinformation to people to get money, if they do that, news lose credibility. Relating money makes journalist wrong. These elements made media uncertain. CNN, LCN, TVA Nouvelles, and other media have airwave, so they have to inform exact information, facts, and so on. However, to avoid misinformation is very difficult in this society, because there are various viewpoints. I think all journalists are ought to consider when they give information and write article. We need media in this information society, so they have to be certain contents.

Kansai University of International Studies

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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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