- Discussion Week 14 -
- Friday the 8th of July
- Deforestation -
In the past, deforestation was a big problem, but these days there are a lot of measures in place in order to prevent major issues from happening, such as logging companies planting new trees to replace those that they cut down.
However; Between 2000 and 2012, 2.3 million square kilometres (890,000 square miles) of forests around the earth were cut down. As a result of deforestation, only 6.2 million square kilometres remain of the original 16 million square kilometres of forest that formerly covered the earth.
But are the measures to preserve forests enough?
Will we have a problem if deforestation continues the way it currently is going?
Easter island's inhabitants died out because they cut down too many of the trees on their island, causing all wildlife to leave, and without the trees and animals to sustain their lifestyles, the people of Easter island died out.
Is deforestation happening in Japan? How is it controlled in Japan? What other issues could deforestation cause?
Let's talk about that.
- Sunday the 10th of July
- Legalising Marijuana -
Of all illegal drugs, marijuana seems to be least harmful to human health. In fact, it was and still is used in some old Japanese cuisine.
Marijuana seeds are even in Shichimi!
The fact that marijuana is even illegal in Japan is actually a law that came from overseas.
Also Cannabis is a legal domestic industry that produces fabrics and such. The Taima Museum (Cannabis Museum) in Nasu is supported by the local police, sell legal cannabis cookies, candles, etc. It is also not against the law to import Cannabis seeds.
Some people argue that Marijuana cause people to be too relaxed, and become lazy, and through that, can neglect children, pets, and sick people. What do you think?
Some people also argue that marijuana is a so-called "gateway drug" which means; people think that if they don't feel any negative effects from this drug, they may think that more potent drugs may not be so harmful, so they try stronger and more dangerous drugs, do you think this is true?
Why do you think it's illegal and has major issues all around the world?
Compared to other drugs, do you think marijuana is a big problem for the world?
Lets talk about that.