Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'Heat advisory' to be issued to prevent heatstroke


One summer in Japan


TOKYO — The Japan Meteorological Agency will start issuing a ‘‘heat advisory’’ this summer... (Read more)


Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words . Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.

heatstroke (n.): a kind of stroke which is caused by heat
advisory (n.): an announcement or bulletin that serves to advise and usually warn the public
precaution (n.): an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event

Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. What will the Japan Meteorological Agency start issuing this summer?
2. What are the precaution statements that the agency is going to advise the people?

Follow-up:
1. What other problems could arise this coming summer/this summer?
2. Do you know of other solutions to prevent heat stroke?
3. Do you think that Japan is going to have problems this summer regarding the power supply? (Because Japan is having a regular power outage.)
4. What happens in summer in your country?

Agree or Disagree:
1. I love summer!
2. Summer is the same in all parts of the world.
3. Japan has a lot of summer festivals.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Japan core machinery orders fall due to power shortages

One of the machine manufacturers in Japan
BBC - Japan's recovery from the earthquake and tsunami continues to be hampered by the disruption to power supplies.
Core machinery orders in Japan fell by 3.3% in April, compared with the previous month, the latest data from the cabinet office shows.
Analysts said the data showed that the recovery in Japan remains volatile in the wake of power shortages.
Machinery orders are a key indicator of companies' capital spending and expansion plans.
"We have power shortage issues which are going to stay for a long time," said Yuuki Sakurai of Fukoku Capital Management.
Mr. Sakurai said that even if companies were to buy new machinery, they would not be able to utilize it fully because of power supply problems - so they may use their capital in other areas.
He added that as the summer season reaches its peak, things are likely to get worse.
"If they are trying to save power, we may even grow as a lower-than-expected rate," he said.
"This is not a steady recovery," he added.

Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words . Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.
hamper (v.): to prevent the progress
disruption (n.): interruption of normal work or practice
cabinet office (n.): an agency/department of the government
volatile (adj.): tending to vary often or widely, as in price
in the wake (idiom): as a consequence of something

indicator (n.): a data/something that provides information that could predict the state of the economy
utilize (v.): consume or use


Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. What is the current situation of the machinery industry in Japan?
2. What will happen if companies will buy new machineries?
3. What is(are) the key indicator of companies' capital spending and expansion plans?


Follow-up:
1. What could be the solution to this problem?
2. After the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, what have been the common problems of companies aside from power shortages?
3. Mr. Sakurai said that as the summer season reaches its peak, things are likely to get worse. Why do you think he said that?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gov't to encourage foreigners with specialized skills to work in Japan

Are there many foreign workers/professionals in Japan?

Shibuya Crossing
Source: Tokyo Images

(Japan Today) TOKYO - The Japanese government outlined Thursday plans to give preferential treatment to foreigners with specialized skills, depending on their research achievements, academic background and other points, to encourage them to work in Japan.
The Ministry of Justice plans to put the point system, by which their visas of up to three years can be extended to five years, into effect by the end of this year amid intensifying international competition for competent human resources, especially engineers.
Under the system, the government will give points to foreigners by checking their annual income, work experience, and other factors, and extend the visas or give other preferential treatment to those with a certain level of points.
The possession of a master’s business degree and the frequency of published research papers will likely be valued highly in the check system.
Those subject to the system will be university professors, researchers, business managers, doctors, lawyers and other highly specialized professionals, according to the outline.
Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words . Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.
preferential treatment (n.): job or employment preference given to someone who has the proper training and skills
specialized (adj.): developed or designed for a special activity or function
achievement (n.): successful completion; accomplishment; success
amid (prep.): among; in the middle of
intensifying (adj.):  increasing in strength
competent (adj.): properly or sufficiently qualified; capable
possession (n.): something owned; something that a person has
outline (n. or v.): summary or summarize


Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. What does the Japanese government say about hiring foreign employees?
2. Is there an international competition for human resources? Who are the most "needed" people?
3. What does the Ministry of Justice plan to put up?
4. How will the foreigners receive points?
5. According to the outline, who are the people likely to be chosen to work in Japan? (What are their jobs?)


Follow-up:
1. Do you think Japanese people should hire foreigners to work and live in Japan?
2. In your opinion, what is the reason why the Japanese government wants to hire foreigners?
3.. Do you like to work abroad?