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noriyosan73Mar. 22, 2015 - 03:27AM JST
Just order one copy of any USA foreign language published book. Look at how the vocabulary is presented, how much is presented and how it is continually refreshed. The Japanese English books present one conversation. "Hello, how are you today?" "Fine, and you?" Never all the possible options. Just one. In chapter X twenty articles of clothing are presented. In chapter Y four seasons and 12 weather conditions are presented. In chapter Y the question is "What clothes do you wear when it is cold?" Later in geography, "It is winter, what clothes do you wear in Hokkaido?" The Japanese government loves to keep education the same as grandfather had. Why is afraid to provide real professional growth by sending ONE teacher to California to see real foreign language teaching and to participate in a California Foreign Language Association conference?
Answer: Because what was good enough for grandfather is good enough for the child. How sad.
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
noriyosan73Mar. 18, 2015 - 11:28PM JST
Any ALT from the USA knows that the books and materials that the Japanese government requires junior high schools to use are BORING. Of course, protecting the publishers is the number one priority so nothing will happen. The publishers in the USA have to compete to sell the textbooks to a school. What is the secret to the success of the foreign language programs in the USA? It is the presentation of the vocabulary, opportunities to practice in real life situations (not the dumb umbrella story) and the continual refreshing of the information. A giant step for teaching English in Japan would be for schools to send one English teacher from every prefecture to the California Foreign Language Teachers Association CFLTA meeting and the English as a Second Language meeting to see what quality materials are.Will it happen? NO, the "good ol' boy" system is more important than quality teaching.
noriyosan73Mar. 18, 2015 - 11:15PM JST
"Yes, everyone deserves to be miserable." It is an old joke. Marriage is just a contract that two people sign.
Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?
noriyosan73Mar. 01, 2015 - 08:13AM JST
In the restroom, bathroom or toilet area (whatever it is called) the message next to the electric hand blower dryer says, "Push for a message from the "leader." How many times can he be Chicken Little? Answer as many times he wants because the result of his "hot air" is no war. Yep, he won the battle and avoided war again. Hello media, stop giving him the publicity that the NK people can access on the limited internet service.
Posted in: N Korean leader tells army to prepare for war
noriyosan73Feb. 25, 2015 - 09:47AM JST
It is time for Japan to be independent of the USA taxpayer and do what is good for Japan. If the Japanese believe it is beneficial to Japan, then do it. It they think it is not, don't do it. Are the Japanese interested in China's opinion on the matter? NO! Make a decision, Japan, and do it.
Posted in: Should Japan join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, which seems to be stuck over differences between Japan and the U.S.?
noriyosan73Feb. 24, 2015 - 01:04PM JST
Today, 2/23/15, USA, is the 70th anniversary. There is no hatred for the Japanese. The USA loves the cars and many other products from Japan. A message for China and Korea-GET OVER IT-THE WARS- AND MOVE ON TO THE FUTURE! Until China can invent a time machine to go back to the 1930s, it will have to learn to live with the history that so far cannot be changed.
Posted in: Crown prince warns of need to remember World War II 'correctly'
noriyosan73Feb. 24, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
LED-great idea, but not for all seasons. Full employment policy would put blue uniformed people changing the lights twice a year.Another reason to keep nuclear energy a preferred resource in the snow country.
Posted in: LED traffic lights too cool for snowy Aomori
noriyosan73Feb. 24, 2015 - 12:56PM JST
Putin will say and do anything to cover up his stalin-like philosophy. He will "string along" anyone or any country as long as he can postpone any intervention. Once a KGB, always a KGB. Japan needs to add on its own with sanctions rather than following the USA sanctions until he folds just to show him who really is in charge. Hello China, SK, et al. Are you in for freedom or for the money? Probably $$$ because it isn't in your backyard. SAD.
Posted in: Russia accuses U.S. of bringing chaos to Middle East
noriyosan73Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:30AM JST
A better solution would be to move the 65 year old to the co-pilot's seat, provide more training for the present co-pilots, bring in new co-pilot candidates, and negotiate a new pay scale. The airlines, pilots, co-pilots and future pilots win and the experienced pilot is still available in case of an emergency.
Posted in: Pilots' retirement age to be raised to 67 to cope with shortage
noriyosan73Feb. 21, 2015 - 12:26PM JST
What a waste of money. Nobody ever learned Algebra through his or her butt. More seat time means more boredom and resentment. If anything, schools should pay the teachers additional pay to provide enrichment on a voluntary basis. The first step is to make the textbooks interesting and challenging and to use on-line instruction for supplemental work. Textbook publication is a monopoly in Japan. A little competition and a look at the textbooks in the USA would be a good start. Secondly, eliminate the need for cramming schools by giving teachers the power to remove any students who hold the class hostage with their bad behavior. If the teachers do their job and the students learn their daily lessons from the teachers, the parents will not have to pay for additional instruction. The third point is the parents cannot be allowed to use the schools and cramming schools for supervision of their children. No teachers should have to work 7 days a week to supervise sports, etc. They need to raise and supervise their own children on the weekends and teachers need to supervise and raise their own children on the weekends. Teachers need to be assigned to classrooms and responsible for making the classroom more appealing. Presently, in most classrooms the only decorations are the sports awards hanging on the wall. Finally, listen to a few ALTs from the USA or other countries or send a few Japanese teachers to the USA expenses paid to visit schools.
Posted in: Kagoshima schools to resume Saturday classes once a month
noriyosan73Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:59PM JST
NO! Japan needs to spend its money to defend itself. The USA taxpayer would welcome the idea of removing just 50% of the useless military facilities in Japan. Okinawa is a perfect example. Put the casinos there.
Posted in: The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to enact new national security legislation to expand the range of activities that the SDF can engage in overseas. Would you support such a change?
noriyosan73Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:24AM JST
So this is how the French fight IS. Sell jets and let someone else do the fighting. The good point is the jets only need to fly to Libya and not to Syria. Finally the neighborhood is starting to realize that "one of the good 'ol boys" isn't such a reliable family member. Assad better get out of there soon.
Posted in: Egypt signs agreements to purchase advanced French warplanes
noriyosan73Feb. 17, 2015 - 12:12AM JST
Egypt bought French jets rather than US jets, but it flies US jets now. The neighborhood did the proverbial "head in the sand" (pun intended) when it came to the development of IS in various countries, including Assad's little kingdom. Go for it, Egypt, IS is next door and has Egypt as another target. It will be interesting to see what French jets can do and what the French will do to help Egypt. RIEN!
Posted in: Egyptian planes hit IS group in Libya after video of mass killing
noriyosan73Feb. 15, 2015 - 08:43AM JST
Thank you. The taxpayers in the USA can finally take Egypt off the giant sucking machine of wasted money. French Air Force is like Japanese Air Force. Lots of noise but no power and no intent to use the planes in air combat. It will be interesting, unfortunately, to see how long these French planes last in real air combat.
Posted in: Egypt ends U.S. arms monopoly with French jet fighter deal
noriyosan73Feb. 11, 2015 - 10:57AM JST
Let them go, but they (IS) won't let them go. Join the team in Syria, but do not expect to return. There is no quitting, and quitters only lose their heads. Why are so many people in the civilized world worried about preventing stupid people from committing suicide?
Posted in: 20,000 foreign fighters flock to Syria, Iraq
noriyosan73Feb. 11, 2015 - 10:52AM JST
Divide and conquer. A simple tactic by a wise KGB officer.
Posted in: Russian businesses woo Japan despite Ukraine sanctions
noriyosan73Feb. 11, 2015 - 12:26AM JST
Let him go to any country he wants. Once he is there, revoke his passport and NEVER let him return. The government cannot prevent stupidity.
Posted in: In view of what’s happening in Syria and Iraq, do you agree with the Japanese government’s decision to confiscate the passports of any private citizen who wants to go there?
noriyosan73Feb. 10, 2015 - 09:04AM JST
What is the real cost for taking his travel documents? Police surveillance in Japan 24 hours/day, police background checks for him and all his contacts, police reaction if he decides to take matters into his own hands, court time and warrants, ........
Let him go and don't worry about his safety, worry about the citizens' safety. Finally, the media cannot continue to provide an open platform for propaganda. The more drastic and revolting the actions IS takes, the more worry the country experiences.
Posted in: Gov't defends seizing journalist's passport over Syria travel plan
noriyosan73Feb. 09, 2015 - 12:19AM JST
The government should have let him go, then exiled him so that he could never return. Once again, a selfish journalist looking to get the story of the century thinks he can wear his country's constitution on his back and expect his country to save him when something goes wrong.
Posted in: Man's passport confiscated after he refuses to give up Syria travel plan
noriyosan73Feb. 08, 2015 - 08:42AM JST
It is about time. The USA is taxpayers are tired of being the "police of the world." Clean up your own neighborhood, the we can talk."
Posted in: Coalition planes bomb IS 'capital' in Syria
Mar. 31, 2015 - 06:43PM JST
That must have been SOME argument at 5:30 am.
Posted in: University assistant professor arrested for trying to kill wife
Mar. 31, 2015 - 06:41PM JST
TEPCO only knows how to lie... Even if the government finds out the damage is much…
Posted in: TEPCO to make all data on radiation at Fukushima plant public
Mar. 31, 2015 - 06:30PM JST
What do you mean? Henoko is going to cause Okinawa to explode? Like hydrogen?
Posted in: In view of the Okinawan government’s opposition to the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from Futenma to Henoko, should the Japanese government stick to the 2006 agreement over the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan?
Mar. 31, 2015 - 06:28PM JST
So all this talk about China invading Okinawa in the absence of a US…
Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work
Mar. 31, 2015 - 06:26PM JST
The fact that it took two years for people to actually discover that I smoke
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke