2018/05/26 第95回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic 1: Why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow

Source:https://www.ted.com/talks/nabila alibhai why people of different faiths are painting their houses of worship yellow
(I recommend using subtitles and transcripts.)

Q1. What do you think about the project? What changes did the project bring about?

Q2. Innumerable lives have been lost in the name of religion since ancient times. Is religion a root cause of “religious” wars? If so, would it be better for people to let go of religion?

Q3. Are there any religions that scare you or make you nervous? Please explain.

Q4. In addition to religious conflicts, what kind of issues can divide people? What can be those issues in a small group of people, such as school or workplace?

Q5. In what way can people from different ethnicities, cultures and religions coexist peacefully?



Topic 2: From Tokyo to Kyoto: A Foreign Mom’s Journey of Settling in Kansai


Q1. Have you relocated from one prefecture to another in Japan? How did you like the new location? If you have never relocated, please mention which prefecture you would like to live in the future.

Q2. Telling a Kyotoite that they play the piano well amounts to complaining that their music is too loud. Have you heard of any other unspoken customs performed in Kyoto or another prefecture?

Q3. Have you had a tough time due to unfamiliar custom, practices, or characteristics of the people?

Q4. Are you prejudiced against people from a particular prefecture? Are there any significant differences in mentality of residents between prefectures?

2018/06/03 BBQのお知らせ



2018/05/12 第94回例会TOPICを発表します!

TOPIC 1:Japanese company makes virtual shadow boyfriends to help protect woman who live alone.



1.Do you think this will help women who live alone? Are there any other ideas to live safely?

2.Have you ever felt scared when you are alone at home?

3.Which do you think is more favorable: living alone or living with your family or someone else?

4.What is the most important thing for you in choosing the place to live? (cheap rent, enough space, safety, brand-new room, etc…)

5.Would you like to live in an apartment or in a house?


TOPIC 2:How free is our freedom of the press


1.What do you know of James Risen or Edward Snowden? What do you think about them?

2.Do you think the press in Japan have freedom?

3.Do you think the Japanese government is also gathering information about us? Have you ever felt any fear about getting your personal information leaked while using your smart phones? What do you think about “my number system”?

4.Recently, there are so many scandals about the Japanese government. Can you trust them? Do you believe they make Japan better?

5.Do you usually vote in elections? Why do you think younger generations in Japan don’t really vote?



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2018/04/21 第93回例会TOPICを発表します!

TOPIC 1: How I became an entrepreneur at 66

1. What are your future plans as you get older? Do you have any goals for your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and more?
2. What do you think are the advantages of elderly people compared to younger people?
3. What have you learned as you get older? What are the things you couldn’t do in the past but can do now?
4. Do you have any role-models around you? If yes, what is he/she like?
5. If you were going to start your own business, what would you do?

TOPIC 2 : Moritomo Scandal

1. Are you interested in the Moritomo scandal? Are you catching up with the latest news on this issue?
2. Some people think that because the politicians have such a strong control over the personnel deployment of the government staff, ministries can hardly protest the instructions of the politicians. What do you think about this?
3. The Governor of Osaka Prefecture said in an interview that the Diet should spend more time on the discussion on other issues such as the introduction of an integrated resort in Osaka instead of the Moritomo scandal. Do you think that the Diet should focus on solving the scandal or move on to the discussions of other issues?
4. What will you do if your boss orders you to do something illegal? Will you follow the
instruction due to the fear of being treated unfairly by ignoring it? Have you ever experienced a dilemma like this?
5. Which do you prefer: a great leader with scandals or a weak leader with honesty?

2018/04/07 第92回例会TOPICを発表します!


TOPIC1 The future of good food in China

Q1. Do you have any experiences where you spent a lot of time in your childhood to learn something? For example, it took a lot of effort for the presenter to learn patience as a kid.
Q2. Do you pay attention to the origin of different food when you buy them? Do you have any images about specific origin areas? Do they influence your decisions on whether to buy the food or not?
Q3. What do you feel about the wrongdoings about food, such as dishonesty about origin of foods or the unrevealed use of pesticides?
Q4. What is the most important factor when you buy food? Do you place the priority on origin, price, manufacturer or freshness?
Q5. Do you know any systems or regulations to prevent wrongdoings related to food?



TOPIC2 The genius of the London tube map

Q1.Do you often use maps? When and in which way do you use them, e.g. guide map, Google map, etc?
Q2. Is the railway map in Osaka easy to understand? How about the one in Tokyo or foreign countries? If it is difficult for you, how can we improve them?
Q3 .In 2020, many foreigners will visit Japan for Olympic Games. What can we do to make the Japanese maps more understandable?
Q4. To make a new system, what do you think is important? (The speaker said that focus, simplicity and thinking in a cross-disciplinary way are the important points.)

2018/03/24 第91回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic1:Showa’s not giving up without a fight
Q1 What is the biggest news in the Heisei Era for you?
Q2 Do you feel nostalgic about the Heisei Era?
Q3 What new imperial era do you think will be announced?
Q4 What do you think about the Emperor’s decision to abdicate in his lifetime?
Q5 What do you know about the Japanese Emperor? Why isn’t he called “King”?


Topic2:How to prepare for an exam
Q1 What’s your favorite subject?
Q2 Do you still study? Is there anything you would like to learn about?
Q3 How do you prepare for an exam?
Please tell us your study strategies and habits.
Q4 Do you remember what grade you got at school?
Q5 Is learning a language different from learning other subjects?

2018/03/10 第90回例会TOPICを発表します!

Augie Picado: The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing

https://www.ted.com/talks/augie_picado_the real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing
Q1. Do you think what he says is the real reason why manufacturing jobs are disappearing?
Do you agree with his statement? If not, explain why you disagree.
Q2. What do you think are advantages and disadvantages of free trade?
Do you agree with a trade policy that restricts importation and protects local industries?
Q3. How automated is your company or your working place?
Do you think that automation will advance?
Q4. The speaker said, ‘Efficiency is the name of the game.’ Please share your example of this.

‘Why Armani?’: Parents question pricey uniforms at public school in Tokyo’s Ginza district

www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/09/national/armani-parents- question-pricey-uniforms-public-school-tokyos-ginza-district/
Q1. What images are in your mind when you hear the word ‘brand’?
Q2. Why do people wear uniforms?
Do school children need to wear uniforms?
Q3. Should the uniform reflect the image of the upscale area of Ginza?
Q4. What was your school uniform like when you were a student?
Q5. What would you do if your child was a student at the school?

2018/02/24 第89回例会TOPICを発表します!

Topic1:What really motivates people to be honest in business?



1.What motivates you at work?

2.Do you think fraud, committed by public corporations, is unacceptable? Please explain why.

3.What’s your protected value?

3-1.Please give and explain your protected value.

3-2.Why do you have a protected value like that?

3-3.Free discussion about protected value.


Topic2:How can groups make good decisions?



1.What situation or factor inhibits your independent thinking?

2.Are you good at making decisions in a group? Why do you think so?

3.Please share some of your experiences or skills to avoid groupthink.(If you don’t have one, please think of one now.)

4.What is most important to become wiser group? Please discuss in your “group”.