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2008年から書き始めた、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニングの、7章トピック集は、2011年10月30日を、もちまして、全てコンプリートしました!

現在:全226トピック

Education (教育・学校関連)

The causes and effects of juvenile delinquency or bullying at school

The growing number of children not wanting to go to school

The increasing amount of disruptive behavior in school classrooms
How should we deal with the “breakdown of the class room”?
How to deal with violence against teachers


Changes needed in Japan’s educational system
How will education change in the future?


Should English education in Japan be reformed?

Should the university system be reformed?
Do school curricula have a well-balanced content?
Is modern education moving in the right direction?


What tomorrow’s children need to study

The value of life-long learning / lifelong education

Should school teachers share the responsibility of parenting?
Should moral values be taught in school?


Should teachers be evaluated by their students?

Would a five-day school week be beneficial for students?

Should exceptionally good students be allowed to skip grades?

Should high-school education become compulsory?

Should colleges grant credits for volunteer activities?

Does university education prepare young people for real life?

Differences between school education and practical life experience

The value of competitive sports for small children

Praise or punishment ? which is more effective in educating children?

Should the school dress code be abolished?

Should schools encourage individuality in students?

Should high school students be allowed to have part-time jobs?

Public school education vs. private school education

How will the decreasing number of students affect education in Japan?
The pros and cons of smaller classes


Teaching children the difference between right and wrong

The importance of character development

Where can today’s children find good role models?

Are professional athletes good role models for children?

Are you for or against English education in elementary schools?

Should English be excluded from university entrance exams in Japan?

Should everyone study a foreign language?

The importance of speaking foreign languages

The teaching of English by Japanese teachers

What makes a successful language learner?

The merits of international educational exchange
The merits of studying abroad


Should computers be introduced more aggressively into school education?
At what age should computer education begin?


Should home schooling be made more available in Japan?
Why is the number of homeschoolers increasing?
The pros and cons of distance learning


What are the major problems with home schooling?

Do computer games harm the development of children?

Science & Technology (テクノロジー)

Do the benefits of genetically modified crops outweigh the dangers?

The pros and cons of human cloning

The pros and cons of genetic engineering
The ethics of science in the age of genetic engineering


Space exploration: Is it worth the price?
The future of space travel


How can the Internet change people’s lives?
How will technology benefit the aging society?
Is the use of new technology invading our society?
Which modern inventions have changed our lifestyle most?


Will the Internet harm interpersonal communication?
The pros and cons of using e-mail


Should there be restrictions on Internet content?
Should access to the Internet be restricted by law?


The pros and cons of online shopping

High technology and Japan’s future

Will technology ever be able to predict natural disasters accurately?

The pros and cons of nuclear power generation?

Will renewable energy sources completely replace fossil fuels?

The future of robots in daily life

What robots can and cannot do

Pet robots vs. pet animals

Advantages and disadvantages of office automation

Merits of public transportation

Telecommuting ? the pros and cons of working from home

Medicine (健康・医学)

Should doctors be permitted to help terminally ill patients die?

The rights of smokers and non-smokers

How to deal with everyday stress

What makes organ transplants so controversial?

How to increase the number of organ donors

Should organ transplants be made more available in Japan?

Euthanasia: The ethical dilemma of mercy-killing

Should doctors tell the truth to cancer patients?

Overmedication: Are people relying too much on medicine?

Suggestions for improving hospital care

Is medical care too expensive in Japan?

The pros and cons of alternative medicine

Banning smoking in public places

The causes of the increase in the number of young Japanese smokers

Japan’s changing eating habits ? good or bad?

Young people’s obsession with dieting

The pros and cons of vegetarianism

The importance of maintaining a healthy diet
The values of health foods


Why are an increasing number of young people struggling with depression?

The causes and effects of anxiety disorder

Economy and Business (ビジネス・経済)

Why do more young people prefer not to work full-time?

Should job promotion be based on performance or seniority?

The increasing unemployment rate in Japan

What can be done to improve the Japanese economy?

Can Japanese overcome its current economic difficulties?

To what extent should Japan restrict food imports?

The causes and effects of unprecedented price destruction

Should the mandatory retirement system be abolished?

Problems facing temporary workers

Is Japan really a workaholic country?

Childcare leave for parents of newborn babies

The pros and cons of work-sharing

Should companies adopt a more casual dress code?

Increasing death from overwork

The social responsibilities of large corporations

Has the Japanese work ethic changed?

Business ethics: product quality vs. the profit motive

Discrimination in workplaces

The causes and effects of corporate scandals

Problems facing foreign workers in Japan

Should foreign nationals be given more employment opportunities in Japan?

Regulation on illegal workers from abroad

Japanese companies moving abroad

The increasing trend among young Japanese women toward working abroad

Environment (環境問題)

Should endangered species be protected by law?

Should recycling be required by law?

The effects of changes in the world’s weather

Effects of tourism on the natural environment

Who is responsible for destroying the environment?

Do the world's wilderness areas need to be better protected?

Roles of forests in the world ecology

Government’s responsibility to protect the environment

Are environmental groups making a difference?

Cars - convenience vs. Environmental concern

The environmental issue that most concerns human civilization

How to alleviate water shortage problems

Would daylight saving time be beneficial for Japan?

How can we decrease waste [garbage]?

How to prevent illegal dumping of waste

Mass consumption society vs. recycling-oriented society

Protecting animals in danger of extinction

The pros and cons of animal rights

How can people help to save endangered species?

The controversy surrounding the use of animals in experiments

The functions of zoos in modern society

Preparing for an earthquake

Are we becoming more vulnerable to natural disasters?

Marriage (結婚)

The increasing divorce rate

Why are Japanese getting married later?

Should women change their family names when they get married?

International marriage

Are you for or against gay marriage?

Family (家庭生活・親子関係)

The ideal parent-child relationship

Are Japanese children spoiled?

The role of family relationships in childhood development

What rights should children have?

The roles of men and women in the home

Sharing housework

Working mothers and their influence on the family

The pros and cons of the double-income family

Why do so few men take time off for childcare?

The pros and cons of surrogate mothers

Japan’s declining birthrates - a national crisis?

My idea of the perfect family

My views on parenting

Philosophy of Life (人生哲学)

Characteristics of a good leader

Agree or disagree: Gambling should be banned

What things contribute to a person’s quality of life?

My views on the proverb “Honesty is the best policy”

The value of having a good personality

The importance of religion in people’s lives

When individuality can turn into selfishness?

When should a person be considered mature?

The importance of music in people’s lives

Politics & International Relations (政治問題・国際関係)

Should Japan play a larger role in the United Nations?

Can terrorism ever be eliminated?

Should Japan play a strong international role?

The best way for Japan to contribute to world peace

Japan’s role as a member of the Asian community

Should Japan accept more refugees?

Should Japan curtail its ODA spending in difficult economic times?

Obstacles to nuclear disarmament

Why nuclear weapons are not completely banned?

The spread of nuclear weapons

How to eliminate weapons of mass destruction

How to confront the problem of land mines

The public’s lack of interest in politics

Should all political leaders be chosen directly by the public?

How have recent leadership changes affected Japanese politics?

Can Japan be called a democratic society?

Should Japan strictly protect the “peace” constitution?

The threat of international terrorism

Government’s roles in managing crisis situations

The future of the United Nations

Should developed nations do more to help developing nations?

Is world peace a remote possibility?

Is the clash of world religions inevitable?

Are war and violence an inseparable part of society?

Is there a need for US military presence in Asia?

Ethnic problems in the world

The growing gap between rich and poor nations

Do Japanese people need to become more internationally minded?

Mass Media (メディア)

Should the names and photos of juvenile criminals be made public?

Individual privacy vs. the public’s right to know

The invasion of privacy by the mass media

Media coverage of famous people’s private lives

The moral and ethics of the mass media

Impacts of advertising on consumers

Should cigarette advertisements be banned?

How will the Internet change the mass media

Pluses and minuses of watching TV

Effects of TV and movie violence on young viewers

What should good TV programs be like?

Should TV and movie violence be restricted by law?

Newspapers as an information source

The role of the media in shaping public opinions

How do weekly magazines reflect society?

Will newspapers become obsolete in the Internet-driven 21st century?

Will books eventually be replaced by electronic media?

Does the media sensationalize crime?

Law & Crime (法律・犯罪)

Should capital punishment be abolished?

Should all countries ban private ownership of guns?

Can more severe punishment prevent crime?

To what extent should public manners be governed by law?

Should the legal drinking age be more strictly enforced?

Should there be an age limitation on the punishment for juvenile crimes?

The problems of illegal drug use

What type of crime most threatens our society?

How to tackle increasing cybercrimes

Does Japan live up to its reputation as a safe country?

Aging Society (高齢化社会)

Problems with the aging society

Problems facing senior citizens today

How will the aging population affect our society?

Health care for the aged

Tax system for the aging society

Social security system for the aging society

Can age restrictions in the workforce be justified?

How will the aging society affect workplace?

Culture (文化)

Is today’s pop music too commercialized?

The roles of cultural traditions in modern society

The recent popularity in Japan of learning Asian languages and culture

Export of Japanese pop culture to foreign countries

Comics and young Japanese

Cautions to Japanese tourists in foreign countries

Advantages and disadvantages of package tours

Sports (スポーツ)

The advantages and disadvantages of hosting the Olympics

Commercialism in the Olympics

Which sport should be considered Japan’s national sport?

Should professional athletes be prohibited from taking part in the Olympics?

How sports can contribute to international relations

参考教材

トピックは、ほとんどすべて、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニングの最後の章のトピック集からの引用です。

Do the benefits of genetically modified crops outweigh the dangers?
Agree or disagree: Gambling should be banned
上の二つは、実際に英検1級で出た過去問題のトピックで、その引用になります。

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