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こういう対策ウンヌンは他の方が力を入れているので乗り気ではないのですが、取り上げている方が少なかったので、CSISのDebating Japanを紹介させてもらいます。英検や国連英検で取り上げられる話題についていけない方は新聞の社説やNHKの視点・論点などを丁寧にチェックするのが良いのでしょうが、退屈なのが難点です(苦笑)。

2020年08月05日 (水) 国連事務次長 中満 泉

そこで先ほどのサイトなのです。内容だけでなく英語表現も学べる優れもです。米国のシンクタンクが日本の論点を色々取り上げてくれるDebating Japanという連載をしていて議題に対してYESとNOの観点から研究者が問題を語ってくれています。

Debating Japan is a platform for scholars around the world to address pressing issues in Japan’s policy debate and U.S.-Japan relations.

最新のトピックは移民問題。こういうのはデータもそのままパクれるので重宝しますね(笑)

August 7, 2020

From the Editor
Immigration reform is often talked about as a way to address Japan's demographic challenges. In late 2018, Japan revised its immigration law to attract new foreign workers and deal with labor shortages in key sectors. In April 2019, the revision went into effect, and since then, Japan has been accepting foreign workers under two types of “specified skills” visas. Is Japan’s new approach working, and has Japan done enough to strengthen immigration?

In the seventeenth issue of the Debating Japan newsletter series, the CSIS Japan Chair invited Mina Pollmann, a doctoral candidate in political science at MIT, and Dr. Naohiro Yashiro, vice president and a professor of economics at Showa Women’s University, to share their perspectives on Japan’s immigration policy since the April 2019 reforms.

YESの立場の研究者の抜粋です。the Japanese government has not done enough to bolster immigration.と否定敵ですね。

Homogenous and insular, Japan is not an immigrant-friendly nation-state. Despite demographic trends that necessitate increasing the labor force through increased immigration, the Japanese government has not done enough to bolster immigration. 

こちらはNOの研究者。the government is making positive changesと肯定的な表現を盛り込んでいます。

In summary, though Japan needs more immigration if it wants to offset the declining population, the government is making positive changes to increase immigration by gradually widening the door for urgently-needed blue-collar and labor-intensive jobs.

状況はより深刻になっていますが、日本のコロナ対策も少し前に取り上げられていました。


FROM THE EDITOR
On January 16, 2020, Japan announced its first case of Covid-19 and continues to coordinate a response to the pandemic. On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a partial state of emergency and expanded it nationwide on April 16. He lifted the state of emergency last week in all but eight of the country’s prefectures and could soon cancel the remaining restrictions as the government tries to address public health concerns and promote economic growth.

In the fifteenth issue of the Debating Japan newsletter series, the CSIS Japan Chair invited Dr. Kazuto Suzuki of Hokkaido University and Dr. Hiromi Murakami of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies to share their perspectives on Japan’s response to the coronavirus.

YESの立場はmany people have confidence in Japan’s strategyとポジティブな評価です。

Although there is strong public dissatisfaction with the current economic compensation package and the lack of political leadership, many people have confidence in Japan’s strategy to fight against Covid-19. 

一方NOの立場はLow death tolls are not due to prudent measures, but rather pure luckと手厳しい。

Low death tolls are not due to prudent measures, but rather pure luck. There should be no more hesitation, disorganization, and wishful thinking. It is time for the Abe administration to think through what needs to be done to prepare for the coming waves of this pandemic.

まずは自分の興味のあるトピックを丁寧に読んで、表現も含めて学ぼうとすると他のトピックも読みやすくなるでしょう。国際政治のシンクタンクなので科学が手薄ですが昨年からのトピックは以下の通り。

RESOLVED: Japan Has Not Done Enough to Bolster Immigration
August 7, 2020


RESOLVED: Japan Is Well-positioned to Counterbalance China in Southeast Asia
July 1, 2020

RESOLVED: Japan's Response to Covid-19 is Prudent
May 20, 2020

RESOLVED: Japan Should Deepen Defense/Security Cooperation with Taiwan
April 2, 2020

RESOLVED: Japan’s Justice System is Fair
February 28, 2020

RESOLVED: Abe’s Investment in His Relationship with President Trump Has Advanced Japanese Interests
January 30, 2020 | By Hannah Fodale

RESOLVED: Japan Could Lead Global Efforts on Data Governance
June 27, 2019

RESOLVED: Abenomics Is a Viable Growth Strategy for Japan
November 25, 2019 | By Hannah Fodale

RESOLVED: Japan Has More to Gain Than to Lose from Its Export Controls on South Korea
September 24, 2019

RESOLVED: Japan Needs A Two-Party System
July 29, 2019


RESOLVED: Japan and the United States Should Strike a Quick Bilateral Trade Deal
April 15, 2019


RESOLVED: Heisei was an Era Marked by Japanese Soft Power
May 15, 2019

こういうDebateモノは本場では色々なチャンネルがあって大物も登場しています。まあ、こんなのがわかれば資格試験なんて眼中になくなるでしょうが。。。





NPRでもIntelligence Squared U.S.が聞けますが、2016年まではもっと丁寧に紹介してくれていてトランスクリプトもありました。自殺幇助を合法にすべきか、なんて今の日本でホットになっている話題もありますので、過去ログからも学べます。

November 20, 20144:46 PM ET

対策ウンヌンではなく、こういうのに必死に食らいついていつの間にか資格なんて楽に受かる英語力がついていたというアプローチも大有りだと思うので自分の適性を見極めてください。

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