Topic 1 Naomi Osaka: Noodle company apologises for ‘white-washing’
Q1 Do you know Osaka Naomi and Nishikori Kei?
Q2 What do you think watching Nissin’s TV commercials?
Q3 About one in every 50 babies born in Japan are mixed race like Osaka. “Hafu” is the Japanese word for mixed race. Does the “hafu” face prejudice in Japan?
Q4 The company, which sponsors the Japanese tennis team, apologized as the row escalated, saying “We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future.” Why did the company “whitewash” Osaka in a manga drawing?
Q5 Is Japan a country which is -even now- extremely homogenous?
Topic 2 How playing sports benefits your body
Q1 Do you play or watch any sports?
Q2 Why might learning to accept defeat be beneficial in the long run? What do athletes learn after suffering a tough loss?
Q3 In addition to building a new friendship, what are some other benefits of the communal experience of being on a team?
Q4 Playing sports, or exercise in general, increases endorphins. What do increased endorphins offer?
Q5 What do you expect from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games?