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NEWS IN JAPAN TODAY
RETIREMENTWOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE ~
YELLOW SANDS FROM CHINA
WHEN SHOULD A CHILD GET A CELL PHONE?
IS SPANKING OKAY?COSMETIC SURGERY
WORST FEARBLOOD TYPE
WHAT MAKES YOU MAD/SAD/HAPPY/?
STRANGE FOOD YOU HAVE EATEN
MAKE SOMETHING FOR ME (FOOD)
RELIGIONS IN JAPAN
VISIT TO A HOSPITAL
HAPPIEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE
FAMOUS PERSON IN JAPAN HISTORYPLACE YOU HAVE VISITED OVERSEAS
TEACHERS IN JAPAN
TAKING OFF SHOES BEFORE ENTERING A HOUSE
ABOUT YOUR BOSS
ARE JAPANESE GOOD DRIVERS?
JAPANESE WORK ENVIRONMENT
QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER
ENGLISH EXAMS IN JAPAN
ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
WHERE YOU GREW UP
SOMETHING FAMOUS ABOUT YOUR CITY
DATING IN JAPAN (GOOKON)
PERSONALITIES (SON,FRIEND,HUSBAND, THEIR OWN)
HOW DO YOU USE YOUR PHONE?
POLLEN (HAY FEVER)
BLOOD TYPES AND WHAT THEY MEAN
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?
IS JAPAN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
ENGLISH CONVERSATION SCHOOLS IN JAPAN
WHAT CHARITY WOULD YOU GIVE TO?
WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT?
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD
MEMORY OF CHILDHOOD
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
WOULD YOU EVER PARACHUTE/BUNGEE/
IF YOU KNEW OF CHEATING, WOULD YOU TELL?
ANY JOB IN THE WORLD
GETTING A LICENSE IN JAPAN
UNIFORMS IN SCHOOL
WOULD YOU EVER OWN A GUN?
YOUR FIRST KISS!
FAVORITE MUSIC OR BAND/ ACTOR
SEXIEST MAN/WOMAN ALIVE
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE BLUE?
MOST EXPENSIVE THING YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE IN A BIG CITY OR A SMALL CITY? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
PRONUNCIATION: FOR “R” SAY “ER”
YES, NO, SOUNDS
WAR IN AFGHAN
YOUR PRIME MINISTER
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
QUALITIES THAT MAKE A GOOD PERSON
What is your favorite wild animal?
Have you ever seen/touched one?
What’s your favorite color? Why?
What is your favorite computer game? How often do you play it?
What is your favorite book? Who was it written by?
What is your favorite country apart from your own? Why?
Where is your favorite place? What do you do there?
Who is your favorite artist? Have you seen any of the artist’s work? Where?
What is your favorite food? What’s your favorite western food?
What is your favorite leisure activity? How many times a week do you do it?
Who is your favorite person? What do they do?
What is your favorite TV program? What’s it about?
Who is you favorite footballer? Which team does he play for?
Where is your favorite restaurant? What type of food does it serve?
What is your favorite day of the week? What do you normally do on this day?
Who is your favorite band? Where do they come from?
What is your favorite sport? How often do you play?
Do you like fast food?
Is obesity a problem in your country?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite type of candy?
What is the most disgusting food you have ever had to eat?
Which foods are good for you?
Which foods make you fat?
Do people in your country eat dog? Do you?
Which country do you think has the strangest eating habits?
Can you cook?
Do you like cooking?
What is you favorite dish?
What would you do if you you were invited to dinner but you didn’t like the food? Would you eat the food regardless?
Could you ever be vegetarian?
Could you ever be vegan?
What foods are traditionally eaten at: births / weddings /funerals in your country?
Which food could you NEVER give up?
Have you ever eaten something and then had to spit it out again? What was it?
What is the best meal you have ever eaten and where was it?
What is the worst meal you have ever eaten and where was it?
What’s your favorite cuisine (Chinese/Thai etc…)?
What is your favorite drink, alcoholic (if appropriate in your culture) and non-alcoholic?
If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it?
How much would you give to family and friends?
If you were told that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
if you were asked to give a speech in front of two thousand people, would you do it?
if you worked in a bank and a bank robber came in with a gun?
What if he only had a baseball bat?
if you went skinny dipping and a stranger saw you, what would you do?
if your son stole your car, would you report it to the police?
if you saw a colleague stealing at work, would you report them?
if you could go to the moon, would you go?
If you were walking through the forest and you saw a tiger, what would you do?
You were invited to friends house for dinner and they served your least favorite food?
if you found a wallet with one thousand dollars in it and an I.D. card?
if you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
if you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday, where would you go??
if you bumped your car into another persons and nobody saw you do it, would you leave your contact details or just drive off?
if you had the chance to ask god a single question, what would you ask Him?
if you were president, what would you change about your country?
if you were lost in the jungle with no way to call for help?
if a stranger came up to you in the street and told you that their child was very sick and needed a thousand dollars for the operation, would you give it to them?
If Your doctor had just told you that you had a month to live, how would you use the time left?
If your mobile phone fell into the toilet?
If someones’ underwear was showing, would you tell them?
If a classmate asked you for the answer to a question during an exam while the teacher was not looking, what would you do?
WOULD YOU EVER
Would you ever adopt a child?
Would you ever cheat on your partner?
Would you ever “take a bullet” for someone else?
Would you ever slap someone for something they said?
Would you ever go skinny dipping?
Would you ever lie to your partner?
Would you ever give money to a beggar?
Would you ever donate money to a charity?
Would you ever marry someone your parents didn’t approve of?
Would you ever eat raw meat?
Would you ever donate blood?
Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
Would you ever consider doing a dangerous job?
Would you ever steal anything?
Would you ever join the army?
Would you ever do a bungee jump?
Would you ever date somebody ten years older than you?
Would you ever date somebody ten years younger than you?
Would you ever complain in a restaurant if the food didn’t taste good?
Would you ever do a parachute jump?
Would you ever give your life to save another person’s life?
Would you ever eat a grass hopper?
If you had to choose between wealth and no love; and love with no wealth which one would you choose? Why?
What are you saving your money for?
“money makes the world go round.” Do you agree? Why? Why not?
Can money buy love? Why? Why not?
What’s the average salary in your country?
If you won the lottery, or some other type competition, and won lots of money, what would you do with it?
What’s the most expensive thing that you have ever bought?
How much money have you spent today? What did you spend it on?
Do you ever give money to charity?
If so, how often and how much?
Is it possible to be rich, even if you do not have lots of money?
How important is money to you?
Have you ever given money to a beggar?
Have you ever been in debt?
Which is more important, Love or money?
How much money did you spend yesterday?
Who is the current leader of your country?
What are the strongest political parties in your country?
Do you believe in democracy?
Did you vote in the last election?
How often do you have elections in your country?
What are your views on communism?
Are there any women politicians in your country?
What is the average age of politicians in your country?
Where are your houses of parliament?
Are women allowed to vote in your country?
How old do you have be to vote in your country?
What do you think about politicians?
Who did you vote for in the last election?
What makes a good leader?
Who is your favorite past government official?
Would you like to have so much responsibility as a politician?
Do you think the current official is popular with the people? Why/why not?
What would you do if you could run the country for a day/week/month/year/term of office?
What qualities do you think are most important for a leading government official?
Why do you think it’s important to vote?
At what age do you think people should be able to vote?
Should voting be compulsory?
Who should be allowed to vote?
TELEVISION & RADIO
Do you think TV can be educational? Why? Why not?
What is your favorite radio station?
What is you favorite television station?
Do you listen to the radio? How often?
what is your favorite television program?
How often do you watch television?
In your opinion, is TV too explicit at times?
Should there be more programs directed towards children or young people?
Which type of shows do you normally watch?
Why are talk shows/game shows so popular?
Which do you prefer games shows or talk shows?
Why do you watch TV?
When do you watch the most TV?
Do you think that children watch too much television?
At what time do you think it is suitable to show programs of a sexual nature?
At what time do you think it is suitable to show programs of a violent nature?
How many televisions and radios do you have in your home? What about your car?
Where do you work and what is your current position? How long do you plan to continue working where you are?
Do you have to work overtime? If so, how often? How many days a week do you normally have to work? Is this usual in your country?
Do you like your job? Why? Why not? How important is promotion to you? When was the last time you were promoted?
What jobs in your country are considered to be good jobs? Why?
What would be your dream job? Why?
When you were a child, what job did you want to have when you were older? Why? Have you ever been fired from a job? When?
Have you ever been unemployed? How long for? How do you feel about your boss? How do you think he/she feels about you?
Where do you see yourself being in five years? Ten years? Have you ever failed a job interview? Do you know why?
Would you describe yourself as a workaholic? What do you think, is the worst job in the world?
What is your favorite subject?
What subjects are you best at?
What subjects are you worst at?
What foreign languages do you learn?
Who is your favorite teacher? Why?
What is the most difficult subject?
What is the easiest subject?
How many days a week do you go to school?
How much homework do you have to do?
How do you get to school?
Do you want to go to university?
Which university do you want to go to?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What time do you start school?
What time do you finish school?
Do you have school dinners? What are they like?
Who is your best friend at school?
How often do you have exams?
What is your happiest school life memory?
what is your worst school life memory?
When you were at school, did your school provide a cooked lunch? Did you like it?
When you were at school, what job did you want in the future?
Describe your perfect teacher.
How much homework did you have to do in high school?