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