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How the Two “L”s Stifle Reform in English Education in Japan August 4th, 2014 | Author: David

How the Two “L”s Stifle Reform in English Education in Japan

The other day, a Japanese colleague mentioned how he had noticed that it is becoming more and more common to see university job advertisements for teachers with expertise in English education. As he pointed out, this is a relatively new development. Traditionally, English teachers at the university level were required to be experts in either linguistics or literature. More

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April 25th, 2014 | Author: David

Priorities (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. It’s encouraging to see that at least people are starting to talk about the issue. More

Priorities April 21st, 2014 | Author: David


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Recently, I saw a story about a female teacher who took a day off work to attend her son’s entrance ceremony at a different school. More

April 11th, 2014 | Author: David

In the News (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. Both of these are difficult topics, but I hope that more and more Japanese people will become aware of them and start pushing for change. More

In the News April 7th, 2014 | Author: David

In the News

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Some of you probably noticed that there have been two big news stories in Japan recently relating to topics we have discussed on this blog. More
April 4th, 2014 | Author: David

Have You Been Shopping? (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. Judging by the readers of this blog, it seems that the media has been hyping this up a bit. More

Have you been shopping? March 31st, 2014 | Author: David

Have you been shopping?

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As you all know, consumption tax will go up tomorrow from 5% to 8%. I read a story this morning about how everyone was out shopping at the weekend in a rush to stock up.<!–more–>

Speaking from my own experience, I was in the new Costco in Tokoname twice last week because I needed to buy a lot of things for my new house, and it was absolutely packed on both days. The first time was a Sunday, so I wasn’t too surprised, but the second time was a weekday. I asked one of the staff if they were always so busy, and he said that it was particularly crowded because of the tax rise, so I guess the news story was true, at least for Costco.

As you probably know, Japan’s sales tax is really low compared to other countries. In Britain, for example, it is 20%, although you don’t have to pay it on essentials like food and children’s clothes.

The problem in Japan is that people are struggling with rising prices and static salaries. The last time the tax was raised from 3% to 5%, it led to an economic slump that lasted for years, and many people (including me) think that the same thing will happen again.

Mind you, I have heard a lot of people say that the tax increase might actually cause prices to fall as retailers will be forced to cut their prices in order to attract shoppers. Let’s hope that is what happens.

I know we have discussed this topic before, but what I would like to know this week is whether you have been out shopping because of the tax rise. Has anyone bought a “big-ticket” item like furniture, household appliances, or a car? If not, have you been stocking up on cheaper items?

Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

このブログは英語学習者のためのものです。レベルの高い人もいれば、初心者もいますので、自分のレベルや学習経験を気にする必要はありません。「いつもコメントを書いている人は仲間みたいだから参加しにくい」と思う方もいるかもしれませんが、勇気を出してコメントを書いてみてください。必ず温かく迎えてもらえます。多くのコメントは英語で書かれていますが、もちろん日本語もOKですし、英語と日本語を混ぜて書いても大丈夫です。言いたいことが言えないときは、How do you say 「〜」in English? と聞けば、きっとだれかが教えてくれると思います。私のエントリー、または他のメンバーのコメントの中に分からないところがあったら、「”…”はどういう意味ですか?」と遠慮なく聞いてください。このブログで使われているフレーズや表現をたくさん吸収すると、より自然な英語に近づけることができますよ!

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March 28th, 2014 | Author: David

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be (Feedback)

Thanks for all your comments. It’s a tricky topic, isn’t it? By the way, the person I lent 1 million yen to had previously lent me 300,000 yen, so I was happy to lend him the money. More

Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be March 24th, 2014 | Author: David

Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be

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Thanks for all your comments last week. I went to the neighbourhood council meeting last night and introduced myself. I have told them that I will probably join, but that I need a bit of time to think about it because of the cost. More

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