November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #5 specific example – population drop in Japan

Text: “Japan’s population plummeted by 640,000 in 2021 for biggest drop on record.” Japan Times https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/04/15/national/population-drop-japan-record/ Extract: “Japan’s population totaled 125,502,000 as of Oct. 1, down 644,000 from a year earlier to mark the biggest decline on record in the rapidly graying nation, government data showed Friday. The population dipped for Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – news article on language in history textbooks

Text: “Publishers revise textbook phrases about ‘forced’ Korean laborers.” Asashi Shimbun. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14585864 There have been a number of ongoing issues between Japan and Korea over Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea and how those issues are addressed in textbooks. In Japan textbooks for school use must be approved by the central Read more…

May 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #4 specific example – article on dropping gang membership

Text: As revised laws squeeze yakuza, gang rosters slowly shrink.” Asahi Shinbun. Extract: “Tougher laws and prefectural rules have made life increasingly difficult for yakuza gangs in Japan, leading to a gradual exodus of members over the past decade, sources said.” https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14456883 The news article (and the broader topic of Read more…