◇Edited by Akira Miyahara◇
Here is the second edition to Ryugakusei no Tame
no Jidai o Yomitoku Jokyu Nihongo (Penetrating Contemporary Japan: Advanced Japanese for International
Students—From reading comprehension to conversation and composition), a book for advanced learners that has had a great reputation ever since it was first published. The contents of the original book have been updated, and to deepen the learner's understanding, the text now comes wtih furigana readings.
Six subjects (Life, Aging Society and the Declining Birthrate,
Education, Companies and Work, Science & Technology and People,
and the Environment) are covered in 26 chapters.
This book carries a series of 'real life' articles from the Nikkei
Shimbun, the Asahi Shimbun, Iwanami books, and the Maruzen
Library series of books. The articles have been selected from the
viewpoint of their (1) reflecting the actual state of contemporary
Japanese society, (2) enabling the learner to associate the material
with the situation in his/her own country, (3) being a medium through
which the learner can express his/her feelings and opinions, and (4)
providing a means to understanding Japanese society without background
knowledge of the relevant subjects.
Mainly targeted at post-graduate international students, the book
develops the practical Japanese ability of the learner in terms of
reading comprehension, conversation, and composition at the advanced
level. The learner can readily develop these three skills by working
through the sections entitled 'Reading Kanji and Using Words and Phrases'
(a section of example usages of the words and phrases is appended
to the end of the book), 'Talking Practice' and 'Writing Practice.'