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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese people really think about Marie Kondo See in context

 I now stick to short story collections if I'm doing the e-book/Kindle thing.

I agree on it. It is easier to read short stories on Kindle than long stories. Thank you!

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese people really think about Marie Kondo See in context

I read her book as soon as it'd been published. So, I don't remember it in detail, but I came to think about possessions. Buying things makes us happy temporarily, but doesn't last long. Why do we buy so many unnecessary things? Things occupy our space in the house. We are usually stressed out by our possessions. Spark joy, proposed by Kon Mari, is a good indicator to keep things or throw away. I can throw away almost anything, but there are the things I cannot throw away. Books. I've been reading many books for a decade to improve my English skills. Now, I don't have any place to store my books in my house. I read bools repeatedly, so it is hard for me to throw them away. I tried an e-reader, Kindle, but I usually gave up reading on the device. I don't know why this happens. I can finish reading whenever I read paperbacks. Is there anyone who feels the same way?

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Posted in: Record ¥333 million paid for bluefin tuna at new Tokyo market's first auction See in context

333 million yen is too much. How can he spend so much money on one big tuna?

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Posted in: Kyoto Board of Education administers English test for teachers with disheartening results See in context

English teachers in Japan don't know how to improve their language skills. They only obtain grammatical knowledge, but they never use English. TOEIC 730 doesn't mean you are fluent. I've seen a lot of people who had the score 700 or above but could not speak English well. It is true that grammar is necessary, but the problem here is they only learn grammar and don't try to use English as a tool. The fundamental function of language is sending and receiving messages. English learners forget about the function.

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Posted in: 'Naturally-degradable' dry battery does not harm environment See in context

It is important to invent products that do not harm nature. Many kinds of products such as plastic bags are not degradable enough, which causes many issues. News reported that divers had found the waste in the sea which is not degradable. We must find a way to solve the problem.

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Posted in: Toyota suspends autonomous vehicle testing in U.S. after Uber crash See in context

I would like to express the victim's condolences.

The accident made me think that we should introduce fully automated vehicles after we make a rule and a law for the new products. Who should take responsibility when accidents happen? This is a really important issue that should be solved before the introduction of the cars.

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Posted in: Pope cautions Japanese students over 'excessive' competitiveness See in context

I agree with his comment. Most people in Japan probably forget the pleasure of learning. People fundamentally have intellectual curiosity. They can enjoy their lives because of it. However, by taking tests their purpose of learning will be changed from their curiosity into scores, which may undermine their motivation. A lot of people also suffer from severe working conditions. There is a kind of atmosphere we must not say we are busy. "Everyone is busy. So, it is normal to work in this situation." This is very dangerous for employees' physical and mental health.

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Posted in: Many people can recall a school teacher who had a major influence on their lives. Was there such a teacher in your life and how did he or she influence you? See in context

I have never influenced by teachers, but I suppose some students might be influenced by teachers. It is said that students get interested in subjects because of teachers' personality or the way of teaching, which sometimes change students' lives. Some might become English teachers because they learn from great English teachers.

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Posted in: What do you think of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program? See in context

I think this is a great program. Students can be exposed to English from JET teachers who come from other countries. But the problem is how to conduct classes. The classes should be the place where students and teachers communicate.

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Posted in: English education is an issue of critical importance for Japan in view of today's world situation. A simple and powerful initial step would be to raise university exam levels to the global standard. See in context

The concept is right. However, TOEFL ibt is too difficult, because the test is made for studying abroad. TEAP provided by EIKEN Foundation is the best test I've ever seen. The level is appropriate for 18-year-old students.

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Posted in: Education ministry proposes radical English education reform See in context

This policy is a right thing. The purpose of learning English should be communication. And also it's fun!

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Posted in: Why are Japanese so bad at English? See in context

There are some reasons why Japanese people cannot speak English. They don't do enough input activities. They don't practice speaking. The opportunities to speak English are not provided. I guess most students don't learn the importance of learning English. Education is only way to improve the situation.

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Posted in: Education ministry proposes radical English education reform See in context

Japanese people haven't been able to acquire the English language for a long time. There are some reasons for this. The structure of the Japanese language is different from that of the English language. And also they don't use English for communication. Therefore, they need to consider how to solve the problems. They should be exposed to as much English as possible because of the difference between two languages, and communicate with others in English. I believe these activities improve their English skills.

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Posted in: Scientist urges withdrawal of his own 'breakthrough' stem cell research See in context

I want to believe STAP cells can be made, because there are a lot of people who are waiting for an organ transplant. Organs could be created by the technology. If the technology didn't exist, patients would feel tremendously sad.

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