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2018-05-07 21:43:45
Trip to Macao
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">My wife and I went to Macao from May 3<sup>rd</sup> to 6<sup>th</sup> and had a wonderful experience there. I’d like to share my experience while traveling there. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Macao has been modernized for the past decades. I visited there about forty years ago with my parents. Most Japanese at that time were one-day visitors for gambling from Hong Kong where they purchased a lot of duty-free goods. But, now Macao was inundated with Chinese tourists as well as visitors from all over the world. Macao is a mecca for casinos, shows and historical monuments. The difference between Cotai and Las Vegas would be the number of Chinese visitors. Slot machines and card tables were occupied by exiting Chinese tourists. Macao became the fourth richest country in the world thanks to the gamblers’ contribution. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">There were several five star hotels at Macao and Cotai area. Cotai was a gambling area on an small island which used to be a small fishermen’s village. The area was extremely similar to the Strip in Las Vegas; it had MGM, Marriott, Venetian, Parisian with Eiffel Tower and Grand Hyatt. Each hotel had its casino and high-end shopping malls. Venetian at Cotai had gondolas on a winding canal stretching along a shopping mall.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We watched a fantastic water show at a theater in Grand Hyatt. The show was extremely similar to “O” in Las Vegas. I was mesmerized by the breathtaking acrobatic show for 85 minutes. All the casts were trained to be well synchronized and choreographed. Majorities of the seats were taken by Chinese tourists.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We stayed at the Ritz Carlton at Cotai.</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 33); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; white-space: nowrap;">www.ritzcarlton.com/jp/hotels/china/macau</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The hotel staff was all nice and gentle and they all spoke English fluently. Everything was taken care of with hospitability. The Club Lounge offered a variety of foods four times a day. The staff always asked us if we needed anything to be requested. We were kindly escorted by a complementally limousine service wherever we went. But, we might not be a good guest for the hotel. We didn’t gamble, not buy a brand bag or jewels at the shopping mall. However, we received hand-written thank you cards from staff at the Club Lounge and the concierge desk.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Macao is also famous for its historical monuments. It had governed by Portugal in 1500s and still preserved its old buildings. The cobble stone streets reminded me of the narrow and winding streets in European countries. The Macao Museum exhibited an old life style of families living as fishermen on boats. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Macao’s delicious cousins satisfied the visitors’ palates. An egg tart and a milk pudding would be of choice. Chinese food with a Portuguese flavor which came along with a Portuguese wine also matched our taste. Waiters and waitresses at restaurants and shops spoke English enough to communicate with the customers. They spoke something to us in Cantonese first, but they switched it into English. On the contrary, I’m afraid not so many Japanese employees at shops can handle English when they are spoken to by a foreigner. It would be imperative to improve their English comprehension by the year 2020 when we will hold Tokyo Olympics.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">While I stayed at Macao, I serious feel that Japanese government should expedite the process of the casino law and start developing a casino complex with a show theater by 2020. In addition, we should master English good enough to communicate with foreign visitors. Japan is now famous for its low criminal rate and numerous sightseeing spots. I guess casinos with shopping malls and theaters could save Japan from being a heavily debt country and galvanize our economy. I’d like to visit Macao in the near future to see&nbsp; its development and prosperity.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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2017-08-22 20:44:01
Our Trip to Las Vegas
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span lang="EN-US">Recently my wife and I had a wonderful and exciting time during our trip to Las Vegas. In May, 2014, we had stayed at Bellagio, a five star hotel in Las Vegas and enjoyed seeing Cirque du Soleil’s shows. Since then, I had been thinking about visiting there again and watching the acrobatic shows. I searched a travel booking site and found the cheapest business flight and the best rate for a five star hotel room. American Airlines gave us the best offer, and I immediately booked seats without thinking about the consequences. I later encountered a predicament on our way back to Japan.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span lang="EN-US">The AA’s business flight from Haneda to LAX was comfortable. The seat was wide and became fully flat. Delicious meals were served twice with a variety of liquors. The stewardesses were friendly and gave me a tidbit of information about the weather in Las Vegas. One kindly suggested that I bring a jacket when I go see the show because it would be cold inside the theater. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span lang="EN-US">The flight to LAX was excellent; however, we were not welcomed at LAX immigration. We were asked to go to a machine and input individual information with finger prints and a photo. The machine gave me a confirmation paper, but I had to wait in a fairly long line to pass the immigration desk. We waited almost two hours in line to go through the immigration counter. Finally, when I reached the desk and handed over the slip of paper, a male officer asked me the destination and my purpose for going there. My fingerprints and photo were taken again. I guess these stringent background checks at immigration may not be effective in detecting illegal immigrants and terrorists. They may come through the border of Mexico.<br />
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"><span lang="EN-US">We finally arrived at Las Vegas. I didn’t realize how bad the scorching heat in Las Vegas in August is until I came to the city. The temperature outside was over 40C. However, inside the buildings, it was around 20C. It was interesting to watch that a lot of heated gamblers with no sleeves and shorts</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="EN-US">getting completely beaten up by casino dealers with black jackets and ties.<br />
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<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US">Aria is one of the best hotels in Las Vegas, and we stayed at a corner suite room on the high- end floor. The rooms were spic-and-span with a nice street view from the 55th floor. Housekeepers were Latinos and they cleaned the room quickly. They usually came to our room twice a day to make sure that everything was all right. They always appreciated the tips from the bottom of their hearts each time they came to our room. I realized that five-star hotel rooms cannot be kept neat and clean without the help of these Latinos. <br />
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<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US">I loved watching four Cirque du Soleil’s shows. We were very mesmerized by “O”, “KA”, “Love” and “Mystere”. The performers were well synchronized and their performance was an art. I imagine that Las Vegas attracts not only gamblers but also those spectators from all over the world who come to see the shows. <br />
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<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US">However, I still frown upon people with tattoos because a tattoo is considered a symbol of Yakuza in Japan. I often saw a lot of pretty ladies in bikinis with tattoos pool side. Actually, in Japan, people with tattoos are not allowed to get into pools. It reminded me of the scenes in “Orange is the New Black” where women inmates have tattoos all over their bodies.<a> I wonder if those people with tattoos will be permitted to swim in pools during Tokyo Olympics in 2020.</a></span><span lang="EN-US"><br />
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<!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US">A tragedy occurred on the final day of our trip. We arrived at the airport and proceeded to the gate thinking back to the fantastic memories of the shows and hotel stay. When we were finally about to board, <a>the captain came out to the gate and said something to the gate attendant. </a></span><span class="MsoCommentReference"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:8.0pt;line-height:200%">&nbsp;</span></span><span lang="EN-US">Then, she radioed several places and finally announced that the plane was having mechanical trouble. <a>We waited an hour, then an hour more and finally left the airport to LAX. </a></span><span lang="EN-US">When we finally</span><span lang="EN-US"> arrived at LAX more than three hours later than expected time of the arrival and dashed to the electric board, I couldn’t find our plane to Tokyo.&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">The AA flight back to Narita had gone already. There were a lot of Japanese tourists on the same plane to LAX and they all missed the plane back to Japan. We went to a check-in counter and waited in line to be issued new tickets. Some of the Japanese passengers in coach class couldn’t get a non-stop flight back to Japan. <a>Some were asked to go to Miami the next day, and then fly to Dallas to get a plane to Japan. </a></span><span class="MsoCommentReference"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:8.0pt;line-height:200%">&nbsp;</span></span><span lang="EN-US">I was nervous and desperate. What would we do if we had to stay another night in LA at a cheap motel provided by AA and then go to Miami? But, luckily enough, we got tickets for ANA going back to Haneda at midnight on the same day. We were asked to go to the carousel, get our luggage and come back at night to the international gate. I suddenly rose to the occasion and explained that we would fly business and be privileged to use business class lounge while we waited for the ANA flight back to Haneda. We were allowed to use <a>AA’s lounge&nbsp;</a></span><span lang="EN-US">and spent another ten hours there until the ANA counter opened at night. Finally, when we arrived at the ANA counter, another problem came up. Although we had vouchers for ANA, my name was not transferred from the AA flight to the ANA flight. An American gate attendant at the ANA counter explained that AA’s ticket clerk failed to transfer my name to ANA. I almost fainted at the counter, but I convincingly explained the predicament we would be in if we failed to catch this flight back to Japan. ANA staff got in contact with the AA office which issued my ticket to Haneda. I really appreciated the help of the ANA staff, and I made up my mind that I would not use AA again. <br />
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2017-05-17 15:39:03
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<p>Hi,everyone! &nbsp;I'm waiting my turn of a doctor appointment at a hospital now.</p>
<p>I have agonized by long lasted rush on my face. &nbsp;I think it causes from pollen allergy and yellow sand. &nbsp;Are there anybody who have same problems?</p>
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2017-05-16 16:54:36
My trip to Sydney in May,2017
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0mm 0mm 10pt"><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">My wife and I visited Sydney, Australia from May 2nd to 7th. In Japan, we have several holidays from the end of April till early May, and a lot of people travel abroad during this time. We went to Sydney a couple of years ago in August, and had a wonderful stay there. There was only an hour difference in time, so I didn’t need to worry about the jet lag. The season in Australia was opposite to that in Japan. However, the temperature in Sydney in early May was very similar to that in Tokyo, and we didn’t need to think about the clothes. Moreover, there was less humidity in Sydney. Because of our positive past experiences, I imagined that Sydney would be the best place for us to travel abroad this season. <o:p></o:p></font></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0mm 0mm 10pt"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><font face="Century">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">As we were repeat travelers, we decided to use the railway systems in the city. I read a travel book that was a couple of years old and understood how to use “MyMulti”, which was a card used for any transportation in 2013. However, the system has changed and the card was replaced by “Opal” which is similar to </font><a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_1; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035"><font face="Century">the Oyster pass in London, or Myki card in Melbourne</font></a></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">. At the airport, there was a big booth selling Opal. I was at a loss whether or not I should buy the card because I didn’t have any information about Opal. </font><a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_2; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035"><font face="Century">The office staff kindly explained how to use the card an</font></a></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">d where to add money to Opal. The city rail was a double decker train and took only twenty minutes to arrive at the nearest station from our hotel. The train was clean and comfortable, but it was often delayed. From my experience, I learned lesson number one which is not to read an old city guidebook - buy a new one to acquire the latest information.</font></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0mm 0mm 10pt"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><font face="Century">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span><font face="Century"><span lang="EN-US">There were many Asian people in Sydney. Asian high school girls sat near us on the train and chatted in both Mandarin and English. Indians spoke English with an accent, but their English was usually grammatically correct. I saw a lot of Asian businessmen walking along the street. However, in pubs and cafés, the majority of customers were white people. When we went to Taronga Zoo, we saw groups of Australian high school students who were enjoying their excursion to the zoo. I’m not sure that the zoo is an academic place for high school students to visit. While we were walking on the street, I was shocked to see many white homeless people. I had the impression that the number of street dwellers had increased since my previous visit. I was wondering if Australians had to compete with these multilingual immigrants who seemed to be more business-minded than white Australians</span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-fareast-language: JA">.</span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp; <a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_3; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035">I learned lesson number two which indicates we should restrict the number of immigrants who might become our competitors in the near future.</a></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0mm 0mm 10pt"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><font face="Century">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">On the final day, when we</font><a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_4; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035"><font face="Century"> </font></a></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">were taking a walk to the Art Gallery, I suddenly got a call from a Qantas operator. She asked us to change our flight to All Nippon Airways which would depart 10 minutes later from Sydney to Haneda on the same day. Actually, I had the impression that the Qantas flight was overbooked. I agreed to change our flight to ANA. She said that she would send the new itinerary to my email address, but I didn’t have a PC to check the document. When we came back to the hotel, I met a Japanese businessman who planned to get on the same Qantas flight back to Haneda. He also got a call from Qantas asking him to change his flight to the next day’s flight</font><a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_5; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035"><font face="Century">. I suddenly was very worried about whether or not our ANA flight might be the next day’s flight back to Japan</font></a></span><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">. I asked a concierge to call Qantas to check my flight immediately. He said it would take at least an hour to connect to the service center and that I should wait at my room for a while. While we were waiting for the call, the concierge called ANA’s operation center to make sure that our seats would be secured for that night’s flight back to Japan. The ANA service center answered the call in a minute and the concierge reconfirmed our seats on the ANA flight that night. I was very relieved to hear his answer. It took about thirty minutes to connect to a Qantas operator and took another 10 minutes to reconfirm our ANA flight for that night with her. When we arrived at Sydney Airport three hours prior to the flight time, there were many passengers at the ANA’s business counter. We waited for a while and finally got our boarding passes. I imagined that business class passengers were also worried about being kicked out of the flight when they were a bit late. However, there were many Japanese attendants at the ANA counter and they were very polite and kind. I was relieved that we were lucky to get seats on the ANA flight on the same day. Through this experience, I learned lesson number three, which told us we should avoid foreign airlines.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0mm 0mm 10pt"><span lang="EN-US"><o:p><font face="Century">&nbsp;</font></o:p></span><font face="Century"><span lang="EN-US">I usually learn valuable lessons when I travel abroad. I actually expand my horizons and see things from a different perspective. </span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-fareast-language: JA">However,</span></font><a style="mso-comment-reference: LS_6; mso-comment-date: 20170509T2035"><span lang="EN-US"><font face="Century">I don’t </font></span></a><font face="Century"><span style="mso-comment-continuation: 6"><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-fareast-language: JA">want to be in trouble </span><span lang="EN-US">while travelling abroad.</span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="mso-fareast-language: JA">When we go abroad next time, I definitely procure the latest information about the city and purchase Japanese airlines’ tickets to make sure that our seats will be secured. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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2017-04-30 16:37:40
Preparing e-mails
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<p>I was writing a journal in English and just stopped because I wasn't quite sure which sentence is more appropriate.</p>
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<p>My task was to prepare an e-mail to a colleague in SA to send. Or</p>
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2017-03-07 16:22:22 Best way to lean English. Blueboy5617
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<p>&nbsp;I have good idea . This is Reading out a lot . I like it so much. Reason Why , it' s a simple to memoreize way.If you memoreise all secondly text book , You can speak well. But now ,You write in English by P.C. or just writing &nbsp;meanimg less.When you write , you must call out this sentences.It's mean you use with your hands and eyes and voice. Very interesting. I recomend you call out sententh during the writig.</p>
<p>&nbsp;Acutually i donnot tachi the writig until now. This's &nbsp;that &nbsp;understand gramer or speaking fluency. fainally non trancerat is much better.</p>
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2017-02-25 07:22:22
Visiting countries where English is spoken
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background: rgb(254, 254, 254);">I like to travel countries where English is spoken as an official language. It’s interesting to compare the different of their culture, an accent of their English.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br />
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<span style="background:#FEFEFE">Two years ago, I visited London during my summer vacation. https://londonliverpoolstreet.andaz.hyatt.com/ja/hotel/abridged/home.html</span></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background:#FEFEFE">I love London because it is one of the safest cities I have ever visited. I was amazed that public transportation was clean and safe. In addition, they spoke English with British accent, which sounded so authentic to me. English people were kind and generous to tourists. I spoke to British Airways’ attendants and they were very friendly. A male purser explained nicely where to go in London.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">London had many museums and historic places. The British museum was filled with plunders from all over the world. Admission fees of those museums were free, maybe because they displayed looted goods, not their own property from former British colonies.</span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">The London Museum showed that in 1666, about two-thirds of the buildings in London were burned down because of a fire from a bakery. But later, they built the city from scratch. However, the city was again destroyed by Nazis during WWII. At the Imperial War Museum, a vivid picture of destruction by the German Army was displayed. And moreover, numerous cruel evidences of the Holocaust were also exhibited and explained, including how Jewish people were tortured by Hitler. I imagined that English people still bore grudges against Germans.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">I think England is very different from the US even though both countries use the same language. I felt that minorities in London tried really hard to assimilate into the society. They tried their best to speak British English to survive. However, it would be hard for an immigrant to merge into the atmosphere in London until they mastered British English perfectly.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br />
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<span style="background:#FEFEFE">Then I decided to go to Australia last summer because Australia is safe and its official language is English. I’ve been to Cairns and Sydney, and both cities were excellent places to stay because Australians in general were very friendly. I made friends with a couple from Brisbane on my way to Sydney while we flew business. I felt a bit of difficulties understanding their Australian English because they pronounce “a” as “I”. For example, they pronounced “Sundays” as “son dies”. I felt it was a bit difficult when I listened to their Australia English. I changed planes in Sydney and went to Melbourne.https://melbourne.park.hyatt.com/ja/hotel/abridged/home.html</span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">Melbourne was a European-style city, and it had a lot of old brick buildings in the center of the city. The city is square, and its streets are wide. Trams were running in the city, and there was no fee inside the city limits. I guess Australia is a rich country enough to provide a free-ride of public transportation to visitors.</span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">Asians were everywhere in the city. Many of the receptionists were Asians who spoke Standard English with a bit of an accent. There are a lot of mixed race couples.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><br />
<span style="background:#FEFEFE">In general, Australians are very generous. When I dropped in at a chocolate shop and bought a souvenir, a cashier gave me freebies. He was so generous to give tourists free gifts even though it is unlikely I will visit there again. Australians are friendly to Japanese because they have few negative feelings toward Japanese Military during and after WWII.</span><br />
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<span style="background:#FEFEFE">What about a country where English is widely spoken as a semi-official language? Hong Kong was used to be a colony of the UK and English is spoken in restricted area.</span></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background:#FEFEFE">http://www.ritzcarlton.com/jp/hotels/china/hong-kong </span></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background:#FEFEFE">Last May, I stayed at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Hong Kong and all hotel staff spoke English good enough to communicate with me. An English speaking Asian receptionist took me to the club lounge on 116th floor. While I was waiting for check-in, I had the opportunity to eat a variety of food from a buffet with Champaign and wine at the club lounge. The staff there spoke English very fluently. A blond clerk from Russia was working at the lounge, and she spoke excellent English. A tall, nice-looking waiter who was from the Netherlands was very kind to us. They were very friendly and greeted us gently. I was very satisfied with their hospitality. However, the Asian receptionists were a bit different from them. They were very polite but a little bit aloof. I didn’t understand the reason why the Asians were a bit impolite to Japanese guests until I visited the Hong Kong Museum of History. It exhibited HK’s history and culture. The museum vividly displayed a video of Japanese occupation for more than three years leading up to the end of WWII. The Japanese army invaded HK from mainland China, and the Japanese military regime led people to starvation. More than a million people evacuated HK and went to China because of lack of food. Sadly to say, many starved to death. After visiting the history museum, I came to realize that people in HK may still bore grudges against Japanese people even though they ostensibly smiled at Japanese customers.</span><br />
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<span style="background:#FEFEFE">Visiting places where English is widely spoken is so fascinating to me. I understood the culture and history and got to know people there while I talked to them in English. However, we cannot communicate with each other openheartedly until we erase the sad history of the past.</span></span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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2017-02-11 19:30:28
Illegal immigrants from Africa and how to control them
<p class="m-5583492487840199491xmsonormal"><span lang="EN-GB">I often hear sad news of illegal immigrants from African countries who cross the Mediterranean Sea to find a place to live in the EU countries. Some of them loose their lives on their way to Europe. When they finally arrive at a gate city in Italy or Greece by boat, they need to travel through the EU countries until they finally find a job and place to live. Even though they finally find menial work, they can only scrape by and cannot get a decent education to climb up the social ladder. Therefore, the future of illegal immigrants from African countries is extremely dismal and gloomy. Why do they need to leave their homeland and want to live in the EU countries? Can they imagine their future when they embark on a journey to the EU?&nbsp; I think they are victims of human traffickers and the immigrants should be aware of risks when they leave their countries. To restrict the number of immigrants to the EU, the EU countries should stringently control the number of illegal immigrants in various ways.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="m-5583492487840199491xmsonormal"><span lang="EN-GB">First, the EU government should scrutinize their background when they arrive in the EU. If they don</span>’<span lang="EN-GB">t have a legitimate passport, they should be deported to their native countries. Some of them may be members of terrorist groups who try to instigate insurgences in the EU countries. Some people say that asylum seekers cannot be distinguished from terrorists and they need to be protected. However, officers of immigration departments can distinguish between asylum seekers and terrorists when they examine the past records using the passports. Illegal immigrants without passports should not enter the EU countries.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="m-5583492487840199491xmsonormal"><span lang="EN-GB">Second, cracking down on smugglers is necessary to stop illegal immigrants to the EU countries. There are a lot of human traffickers in the Middle Eastern countries and the northern African countries which help immigrants pass across the sea and gain a huge profit. I think surveillance systems of satellites can detect boats filled with illegal immigrants, and coast guards will dispatch patrol boats to arrest human traffickers. Some people say that it may cost a lot to deploy patrol ships to the lesion. However, when we calculate the costs of saving their lives and providing them food and shelter, total cost of guarding the coast line would be far less than expected.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="m-5583492487840199491xmsonormal"><span lang="EN-GB">Finally, stabilizing political upheaval in African countries is necessary to reduce the number of illegal immigrants from these countries. Since Arab Springs erupted, Libya and other Arabic countries are in chaos. I think members of the UN should discuss how to quell rioters and insurgents in these countries. Some pundits may criticize and suggest that intervention of internal affairs of other countries is an infringement of sovereignty of foreign countries. However, it is absolutely necessary to stabilize the political situation of these countries with the help of Russia and other leading counties. As a result, people don</span>’<span lang="EN-GB">t need to escape from battle fields in those countries, and the number of illegal immigrants will drop dramatically.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="m-5583492487840199491xmsonormal"><span lang="EN-GB">I think illegal immigrants and asylum seekers are the by-products of the unstable political situation in African countries. There are a lot of countries in Africa where people</span>’<span lang="EN-GB">s rights are neglected and people are sacrificed by dictators. So far, the U.S. and other European countries have intervened in the internal affairs of African countries saying that those countries need democracy. However, destruction of political system in these countries causes more harm than good. It is urgent to stabilize the political systems in African countries and help people live in their native countries. In addition, it is necessary to crack down on illegal immigrants from those countries and human traffickers. As a consequence, people in European countries can lead a peaceful life without being worried about illegal immigrants.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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2017-01-25 21:21:13 Mr. Trunp
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2017-01-20 20:52:03
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">In Japan, there are lots of loan sharks; some charge borrowers more than 50% interest annually. I feel that borrowing money from these institutes is risky, but many people still desperately need money from the loan sharks. I’ve heard a lot of sad stories about borrowers with high interest rates who could not pay the money back and committed suicide. However, microcredit, or small loans given to poor women to invest into generating their own incomes, would be a panacea to help </span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">poor women</span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);"> </span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">in the world </span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">embark on a new business venture. In addition, microfinancing presents opportunities, such as extending education and </span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">small businesses.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);"> Families receiving microfinancing are less likely to pull their children out of school for economic reasons and they are more likely to open small businesses that will create new jobs. In 2006, Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank who were the founder of Microcredit were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:#555555;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">However, a randomized control study of micro lenders in India conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found access to microcredit had no impact on three poverty indicators: women’s empowerment, expenditure on child’s health and education. Alok Prasad, the CEO of India’s microfinance association, admitted that he didn’t know what proportion of India’s micro borrowers had benefitted from loans. The reason microcredit has not been the poverty killer is because poor people’s way of investing in businesses is wrong. If the poor were entrepreneurial, they would have come out of poverty by now.</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#555555;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">Economic studies also revealed that increasing access to microloans is not an effective strategy for helping more women start businesses that allow them to get out of poverty. Microfinancing groups have promoted the idea that there are all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities for impoverished women who could take advantage of if only they had the cash. However, according to news reports, poor people were selling off their meager assets to repay loans. Dean Karlan, a professor of economics at Yale University explained that all those rosy stories were essentially meaningless. Microfinance cannot be a panacea for poor people looking for a </span><span lang="EN-US" style="line-height: 115%; color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">way to get a leg up out of poverty.</span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:9.5pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#555555;mso-fareast-language:JA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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