Discussion Week 36 - Friday the 13th and Sunday the 15th of January

 - Discussion Week 36 -


- Friday the 13th of January

- Pay it forward 


Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.


An example of this idea is "The mathematician Paul Erdős heard about a promising math student unable to enroll in Harvard University for financial reasons. Erdős contributed enough to allow the young man to register. Years later, the man offered to return the entire amount to Erdős, but Erdős insisted that the man rather find another student in his situation, and give the money to him"


What do you think about this idea, do you think it would work in Japan, and if not, why not?




Let's talk about that.

- Sunday the 15th of January

 - Overworking to death - 


It seems that in Japan, there has been an issue lasting a long while that has to do with Japanese people working a lot of overtime. Through this a lot of people don't know which way to go with their lives, and either die from lack of good nutrition/sleep/essential needs, or commit suicide.


(For some inspiration on what to talk about in the class, please check this link: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/10/31/twitter-manga-shows-why-quit-your-job-isnt-such-an-easy-solution-for-suicidal-workers-in-japan/ )


Why does this happen?

Why don't people take a stand and change the way Japanese workplaces work?

Why do some people feel like death is the easier alternative to finding a new job?

Why is this more common in Japan than other countries?



Let's talk about that.


In class with Hohua!


Mark, Connor, and Hohua!













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