Japan: A Look at it's Social Issues

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

Project Proposal

Name: Frank Xu

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: Japan

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): Japan's culture is orginiated from China. So, I want to find out what is the different and similar social issues between China and Japan, these neighbors who has complex relationship.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): Emperor Jimmu established Japan in 660 B.C. on the Japanese archipelago. In 645 A.D, Japan sent Messenger to China Dynasty Tang to learn the culture. Since that time, Japan culture are developed based on Dynasty Tang. The mean social issues are population decline, widening gap between rich and poor and issues in the World War Two.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): What cause the social issues in Japan and where does Japan go(policy, economy) in the future.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): As the world's third-largest economy, Japan is a important part in the world and also in the peaceful development in East Asia.

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Frank Xu

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): Politician Urges Japan's Premier to Stand by World War Two Apologies

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

Essay Author: Martin Fackler

Date of Publication: Feb.24, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Japan should apology to the country's wartime aggression, and not pull Japan too far to the nationalist right.

Quote: According to Mr. Kono,"I don't want the Liberal Democratic Party to go any further to the right. Right now, I'm seeing more ultra-right politics than conservative politics.

The author states,"Mr. Abe himself disputed some of the past apologies before he became grime minister in 2012.

Comment: I agree that Japan and Abe government should apology to country's wartime aggression because my experience in the history knowledge confirm that Japan's invasion made huge damages to many countries in  Asia. Mr. Kono's ideas on that he doesn't want the Liberal Democratic Party to go any further to right are extremely useful because they sheds insight on the difficult problem of Japan's policy. If Japan government still turn the whole country to right, Japan will get more tense relations with neighboring countries like China and Korea. It is bad for the development of Asia countries.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Frank Xu

Period:2

Title of article (in quotation marks):Okinawa Governor Orders a Halt to Work on U.S. Military Airfield

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

Essay Author:JONATHAN SOBLE

Date of Publication: MARCH 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: Okinawa people against the work of U.S military airfield in Okinawa islands.

Quote: The narrator says, "The governor of Okinawa ordered the suspension of work on a new American military airfield on Monday, escalating a confrontation with the central government. Officials in Tokyo said they would ignore his order and continue preparations for the project."

Mr. Onaga says, "I have made up my mind, If it comes to it, I will proceed earnestly."

Comment: As the writer talk about in the article, we know that the United States has many problems with the Okinawa local people because the U.S military base. It is a long problem since the U.S started build airfield in Okinawa. As far as I am concerned, United States should keep the relationship with the local people and execute some things to achieve it like limited the amount of airplanes in the Okinawa airfield and move some bases immediately.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):Japan post offers$5 billion for Australian package delivery company

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

Essay Author:Jonathan Soble

Date of Publication: February 17th, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)

It focus on what Japan Post do. The reporter wrote it for the newspaper to introduce this event: Japan Post offers $5 billion for Australian delivery company.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

The article specific introduce this business event, like how Japan Post offer that Australian company as the one of the world's largest financial institutions and how can this event explain what is the policy for the economy of Japan in nowadays.

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?)

Basically, the wrote has the positive attitude toward this event. He thinks this will be a good thing for Japan Post' future. Reader feel that this event is good for the developed of the global economy. This article just use the normal indicative mood to create its tone.

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 article used some rhetorical questions to explain some thing to reader like how this event effect Japan Post and the Australian company. Apart from this, as what I felt, not any more stylistic devices.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

This is a news item. The author use the total-part-total structure. At first it tells reader that what events is the news talk about. The, the writer use several paragraphs to tells reader each part of details of this events.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks):Japan’s Growth in Solar Power Falters as Utilities Balk

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

Essay Author: JONATHAN SOBLE

Date of Publication: MARCH 3, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)

This article focus on the Solar power system in Japan. Jonathan Soble, a reporter in Tokyo writer this article. He writer this article because Japan's Solar system are develop quickly now.

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?)

The utilities's effect to Japan's solar system. The author tell us that their infrastructure cannot handle the swelling army of solar entrepreneurs intent on selling their power. And their willingness to invest more money depends heavily on whether the government remains committed to clean energy.

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 writer's tone was not positive. The article makes reader felt that if Japan's government and other organizations don't care more about the solar power system, Japan's solar power can not develop. Writer used normal indicative mood to create the tone.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.)

This article just used normal stylistic devices.

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)

It is a news item.

Letter to...

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Frank Xu

101 Elliott Ave Apt 24

Santa Rosa, CA95401

March 24, 2015

New York Times Tokyo Bureau

5 Chome-3-2 Tsukiji Chuo

Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

Dear Mr. Martin Fackler,

Hallo, Mr. Fackler. I am a student from Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, California. I have a country project in my English class and my country is Japan. So, I read some of your articles and I have something to talk with you.

I read the article “Departing from Japan’s Pacifism, Shinzo Abe vows revenge for killings”. From my standpoint, this article very clearly tell readers what problem does Japan face in the event that ISIS killed two Japanese hostages. In this article, you said that “Mr. Abe, a strong-willed conservative, has tried to push his nation into shedding the passive brand of pacifism that it repentantly embraced after defeat in World War II, and playing a more active role in world events.” I also have my personal view about this topic.

At first, I have a disagreement that the quote I writed in the last paragraph. As far as I am concerned, Japan has never embraced pacifism even though after defeat in the World War II. The leader of Japan never give up the wild ambition that push Japan back to the Great Japan Empire. The right-wing force with militarism are rasing now in Japan. Shinzo Abe also wants to unlocking the Japanese Self-defense Force for “protect itself”. So, on my opinion, Japan is not departing from pacifism. The killing of hostages has no any relationships with Japan’s pacifism. The fight against terrorists is a important work for the whole world. Or, the hostages became the victim for Abe to unlock Japan Self-defense Force. However, I agree with you about that your observation of the normal people’s reaction. No one wants to back down but they are all angry. All the people united to against the terrorist group. Also, some people feel that they will just fall into an unending cycle of violence begetting violence. On my opinion, each country in the history in this kind of condition that the nation was invaded, some group sent unreasonable threat which harm the safe of people, people were united to against it’s enemy. And now, ISIS, and other terrorists, are the enemies of our world. Every should feel angry to them, and united to against them. Nobody wants war-except the arms dealers. But, unlike Germany, Japan still does not make an apology to the countries which destroyed by Japan in World War II. Japan should change its mind in these kind of history problems, or it will never be accepted by the international community as a “normal country”.

At last, I want to claim that every one should oppose ISIS and other terrortsts and thank you for your work on the article and clearly analysis.

Sincerely,

Frank Xu

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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It is very cool that you are interested in Japan. It is a great country and I would also love to visit there. I enjoyed your Tackk page very much. 👲

2 years ago
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I liked the article about the Australian trading company

2 years ago
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Frank!! I really enjoyed how you picked Japan because of your nationality. I think your letter was very nicely written. Within the articles, which was the most important to you???????????🐠

2 years ago
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FRANKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Hows it going? well I thought that the whole thing was really good. Why did you chose this place? 🐷