Are there any specifically Japanese social problems, e.g. things that you only know the Japanese name for?
How would you explain these Japanese concepts?
Hikikomori Freeter Parasite singles
Karoshi Power harassment Sodai gomi
Which of these are the most serious issues in Japan? Are there any other issues which are more serious?
What do the terms “freeter”, “power harassment” and “parasite singles” have in common linguistically?
What are the differences between these expressions?
Japanese “freeter”/ freelancer
Japanese “paato”/ a part-time job
gang/ gang member
Write the words that match these definitions. No abbreviations are possible in English.
health problems caused by bad diet, usually shown by excess fat around the waist
someone, e.g. a political prisoner or protester, refusing to eat as a protest
children not going to school or leaving school early without permission, maybe going to shopping centre with their friends instead or secretly going back home once their parents have gone to work
What are shorter and/ or more informal ways of saying these things in English?
environmentally friendly homosexual an intellectual
Explain what these “Janglish” terms mean:
base up bed town cashing claimer
cool biz/ warm biz cup ramen doctor stop game centre
girl hunt goal in Hello Work high teen
idling stop inside report live house low teen
manner mode new half no make OB
OL one man company/ one man president
one room mansion private time range food recruit suit
recycle shop silver age skinship televi game
What are the differences between the Japanese and English meanings of these expressions?
cosplay cunning feminist
freshman salaryman talent reform
The following expressions have two meanings in English. What are they?
demo bubble diet slump terror
Discuss some of the topics on this worksheet in pairs
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