IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – opinion-editorial on trends in Japan

Text: Brock, Melanie. “Ten Japan trends to watch in 2022.” https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Ten-Japan-trends-to-watch-in-2022

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Some elements of this text to consider:

  • FYI, according to its website, “For more than 145 years, Nikkei has been providing unparalleled coverage of Japan’s economy, industries and markets.” https://info.asia.nikkei.com/about. This website focuses on a fairly range of news articles and approaches them more from a Japanese / business perspective.
  • Readers should not take anything for granted and should question what they read. For example, the beginning of the op-ed states that “Little is written about Japan’s pandemic management. In fact, little is written about modern Japan and the challenges it faces, where it is heading and how it might get there.” This statement is definitely open to debate.
  • The op-ed focuses on the economic / business aspects of the situation in Japan, and this focus fits in with the Nikkei Asia’s editorial focus.
  • The op-ed uses statistics / numbers to support many of its points which is to be expected in this type of an op-ed and this type of news outlet.

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