Discussion Class - Friday 13th November
Baby farms and The Morality of Childbirth in later life.
In countries such as India, baby farms are growing in popularity, surrogate mothers are birthing children for wealthy people that are unable to have children or don't want to carry the pregnancy themselves. Is this a good way to bring money into countries with a lot of poor people? What kinds of risks does this pose?
Also, we will talk about Childbirth at a later age, such as the politician, Seiko Noda, who felt pressured into having a child because of her job and her peers, and after she finally got pregnant via artificial means, she knew the possible risks of pregnancy at her age, and unfortunately gave birth to a severely disabled child, who may just spend the rest of it's life in a hospital. Do you think she made bad choices? Should she have terminated the pregnancy if she knew the child would be disabled?
Discussion Class - Sunday 15th November
My Number / Social Security Numbers
In many first world countries, Social Security Numbers already exist, and have been very convenient and useful for many years, especially for official business such as changing addresses, registering new personal information, and sharing your personal information with new employers or for use in other official business. Japan is seen as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, so why has it taken so long to implement this computerised system in Japan? What possible pros and cons are there to this system, will it be more trouble than it's worth?