Japan: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Thomas Nguyen

Period: 1st Period

Nation of your choice: Japan

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I am curious about Japan because of its high security and development and also its natural environment. Japan has beautiful mountains,trees,rivers,and lakes. Japan's transport network is very expensive and enables speedy and comfortable traveling. Japan is a safe country with a low rate of crime. In Spring, the trees begin to bloom cherry blossoms. In autumn, their trees turn red and yellow. Also when it is Autumn they paint the mountain Autumn colors.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): There are four islands that make up Japan. It is Honshu,Hokkaido,Kyushu,and Shikoku. Japan on a map is pretty small but if people travel there it would be big because many people travel to Japan to explore its history. Himeji Castle is Japan's magnificent castle that people go sight seeing. This is one of the sight seeing in Japan but there are many more.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): My prediction is that I will learn about Japan's culture and its economics and its social issues. Also I would think that I will be learning Japan's forecast.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Japan is an importance to the U.S. Their engineering skills are legendary. Their mobiles aren't that bad and they have achievements in arts, designs, and in electronics.   

New York Times Topics: Japan

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name:Thomas Nguyen

Period: 1st Period

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Departing From Japan's Pacifism, Shinzo Abe Vows Revenge for Killings"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): International New York Times

Essay Author: Martin Fackler

Date of Publication: February 2, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising, to make the terrorists pay the price.

Quote: According to Kunhiko Miyake, a former high-ranking Japanese diplomat, "This is 9/11 for Japan."


Comment: Kunhiko Miyake states,"It is dangerous world out there for the Japanese". Japan is facing this harsh reality of killing when the masked militant killed Kenji Goto, a journalist, who is a veteran of war zones. The nightmare of Japan begins after Mr. Goto was killed. The anger appears to have given Japan the resolve to reject Islamic State's threats, and support Mr. Abe's effort to raise Japan's profile in the Middle East. They will increase there security when foreigners enter a country so many people will be saved. They are leaving the crisis responsibility to Mr. Abe because he says he know what he is doing.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Thomas Nguyen

Period: 1st Period

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Japan Output Jumps but Consumers Unconvinced by Bank of Japan Stimulus"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: February 27, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: A sign central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold.

Quote: Shuji Tonouchi, a strategist believes that, "If consumer spending doesn't pick up by April, it will be difficult for industrial production to accelerate."


Comment: Shuji Tonouchi views,"Japanese households are cutting spending's and sales fell for the first time in seven months". If they are cutting the spending's, it will make it hard for industrial production to go faster. Without the industrial production, their wouldn't be things like iron,coal, utilities,etc. This production includes manufactures, mining, and utilities. These sectors is a small portion of GDP. GDP stands for gross domestic products. They are a high sensitive to interest rates and consumer demands.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):"Central Bank in Japan has no ceiling for Asset Purchases, Chief says"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Reuters

Date of Publication: Feb. 26 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): The article is focused on Hanruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan. The article is written by Reuter. He wrote this article because Japan doesn't have ceilings there. Since the bank doesn't have a celing, the bank will be target by people in Japan. People would want to rob the bank or break into it.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): The content and theme focuses on the bank that doesn't have a ceiling. Without the ceiling, the bank will be targeted by people in Japan. People are aiming for the oul or money. Core consumer inflation started to slow down.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): The article tone and mood is serious. The tone and mood is serious because they need a roof for the bank. Not a lot of places in Japan have a roof. The would probably make the reader feel bad for Japan because their bank isn't being protected or sheltered.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): The stylistic device of the article is using irony. About two years ago, the bank in Japan was targeted. If they get no ceiling or roof the bank will keep on being targeted. Many things are starting to slow down such as the core consumer inflation.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): The article is show who is talking in " Central bank in Japan has no ceiling for asset purchases, chief says". The person will explain what is going on currently. Also, there will be more than one person talking in the article. In the article, there are many quotes by each person who spoke about Japan.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Japanese Women Play Without Their Superstar"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Sam Borden

Date of Publication: March 9, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?): The article focuses on the Japanese women soccer team playing without their superstar member. The article is written by the author Sam Borden. The article is written for the Japanese team that they will be playing in the national without their star member. The Japanese soccer team wen through training drills, scooting short passes and blasting shots in the goal. Sam wrote the article because Sawa, the soccer superstar won't be playing in the nationals with her team.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?): This article focuses on the Japanese women soccer team. According to Aya Miyama," We must be strong as we defend our title". This quote is saying that even if they don't have their star player, they can still make it to the finals if they stay strong. The authors message is how will they survive without their star, Sawa, who injured her knee. Sawa scored an extra-time goal against the United States in the World Cup final four years ago.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?): The tone and mood of this article is curious. The article is is curious being it got the writer thinking," What will they do without their star player?" The readers will feel down for Sawa because she is the star player of Japan's soccer team. Sawa is the most famous Japanese women's player and one of the country's most beloved athletes. The Algarve Cup is where the Japanese people who will play soccer without Sawa.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.): The stylistic device in this article is also irony. Sawa has injured her knee. She won't be attending the Algarve Cup. It is one big game without Sawa playing in it. She led the team to victory at the World Cup in 2011.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?): The first paragraph is structure with an introductory of the Japanese women soccer team. Also, the article is being structured by her fellow teammates talking to she how they felt about Sawa not playing in the Algarve Cup. The team captain said," We must be strong as we defend our title." They won't give up even if Sawa is injured. They will give it their all for Sawa's sake, in hope she will come back.

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Comment Stream

2 years ago
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It was really interesting that all these social issues are happning in Japan And I learned so many facts I did not know. I think you used gtray articls that really went in depth with Japans isssues and I love the pictures. Have you ever been to Japan? Do you want to go to Japan? Do you think Japan is very different than California?

2 years ago
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Really interesting,I did not know much about Japan. I dig the visuals too.

2 years ago
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How big is Japans army? do the ppeople support the U.S being there?

2 years ago
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I think you did a great job and I would also like to know how big Japan's army is.