Q9# Vietnam and Sweden

December 3, 2008

Are Vietnam and Sweden that different from Japan when it comes to marriage?

Japan has people living together, and some arranged marriages. What’s different here and how does it affect especially older people who have yet to marry?


Q8# Surprises in the presentation

November 29, 2008

Was there anything surprising (for you) in our last weeks’s presentation on Neets and Freeters?

Q7# Bringing down stereotypes

November 18, 2008

We have seen some forms of stereotypes that people have about different people. How do we broaden the perception that people have of different cultures and subcultures?

Q6# Is gaijin smash a good thing or a bad thing?

November 11, 2008

What do you think of the concept of ‘gaijin smash’ and its relatives?


Q5# What does a label mean anyway?

November 4, 2008

See the linked documents http://www.debito.org/?p=1891 and http://www.debito.org/?p=1875

Q4# Why some people don’t take a full time job

October 29, 2008

We looked at an article from last year about a freeter’s rally in Tokyo. They were urging the government to allow them to make more money so that they could have ‘a beautiful life’ too.

What do you think is the best way to do that; simply pay part-timers more, give more of them full time jobs, or do you have some other idea?

Q 3# Why might people not marry until they are older?

October 22, 2008

Sometimes there are different reasons for people delaying making decisions or taking action. Why might a person delay getting married? And what should that person do until they marry? How should he or she live his/her life?

Q2# Should ‘otaku’ be used as a positive, negative, or neutral label?

October 15, 2008

Hello Conference English students!

September 30, 2008

I’m hoping we can use this blog as a platform to help discussions in class and share different views.

Q 22# Comments on presentations by groups 4 and 5

December 16, 2009

What did you think of groups  4 and 5s’ presentations?

Q21# What did you think of the second and third presentations?

December 8, 2009

Please give opnions as well as some reasons why you liked;

a) topic content b) promotional ideas c) slides, etc

Q20# What did you think of today’s presentation?

December 2, 2009

We had one completed presentation today. What did you think of it and do you think their promotion strategies are feasible?

Q19# Making discussion questions

November 16, 2009

So you’re presenting on food as an example. What discussion questions would you make related to it?

For example; “Do you think foreigners would be attracted to this kind of food? Why or why not?”

Any good questions?


Q 18# Links to consider

November 9, 2009

Any good ideas in the links below for your group (please be specific)?



Q17# Promoting using an artist

November 2, 2009

If you selected an artist for your group’s culture, who would you choose?

What would you have him or her do?

Which countries would you have him or her go to?

Please explain the reasons for your answers.

Q16# Is loaning books enough of a promotion?

October 28, 2009

You were given the article about the Nippon Foundation and their loaning of books about various aspects of Japan to foreign libraries around the world.

Do you think this is an effective way to promote Japan?

Who will most likely read these books?

Could you use this promotion strategy  effectively for your group theme? Why or why not?


Q 15# Promoting cuteness

October 21, 2009

Let’s say we decided to follow the Japanese government’s lead, and so we have our ‘cute’ ambassadors.

What should we have them do to promote ‘cute’ culture?

What countries should we have them visit to promote ‘cute’ culture?

Q 14# Promoting with demographics in mind

October 12, 2009

Demographics has to do with different categories concerning population. This could be age, gender, education background, type of job, income, geographic location, etc..

When we choose a cultural aspect to promote, which demographics are most important to keep in mind? Please give specific examples and the reasoning behind your choices.

Q 13# How should we promote aspects from our country?

October 7, 2009

Many people need to be convinced or shown why something is interesting. This is where promotion strategies come into play.

What kind of promotion strategies would you use to promote some aspect of Japan?