The Reading / Listening - Rising Sun Flag - Level 5

There are tensions between South Korea and Japan. South Korea's government has asked Japan to ban the Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan's Olympics organising committee said it sees no problem with the flag. It said: "The Rising Sun flag is widely used in Japan and it is not considered to be a political statement, so it is not viewed as a prohibited item." South Korea said: "The Japanese know full well that their neighbours regard the Rising Sun flag as a symbol of Japan's militaristic and imperial past. Japan needs to be more humble and own up to its historical legacy."



Relations between the two nations have taken a downturn recently. They are currently in a bitter trade war. People in Korea are burning Japanese products and boycotting Japanese beer, clothing and other goods. Many South Koreans are shunning Japan as a tourist destination. Japanese airlines had to cut the number of flights to Korea. Last month, Japan removed South Korea from its "white list" of trusted trade partners. This led to delays in the exports of items like car parts and household electronics. The tensions pose a threat to the global supply chain of semi-conductors.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rising Sun Flag - Level 4 or  Rising Sun Flag - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1084335/japan-korea-rising-sun-tokyo-2020
  • http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/908430.html
  • https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/09/120_275149.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There are
  2. The Rising Sun flag is widely
  3. a political
  4. it is not viewed as a prohibited
  5. The Japanese know full
  6. a symbol of Japan's militaristic and
  7. Japan needs to be more
  8. own up to its historical
  1. imperial past
  2. item
  3. used
  4. legacy
  5. tensions
  6. humble
  7. well
  8. statement

Paragraph 2

  1. They are currently in a bitter
  2. burning Japanese products and
  3. South Koreans are
  4. a tourist
  5. This led
  6. the exports of items
  7. The tensions pose
  8. the global supply chain of
  1. semi-conductors
  2. destination
  3. like car parts
  4. a threat
  5. shunning Japan
  6. trade war
  7. boycotting Japanese beer
  8. to delays

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ South Korea and Japan. South Korea's (2) ___________________ asked Japan to ban the Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Japan's Olympics organising committee said it sees no (3) ___________________ flag. It said: "The Rising Sun flag is widely used in Japan and it is not considered to (4) ___________________ statement, so it is not viewed as (5) ___________________." South Korea said: "The Japanese know full well that their neighbours regard the Rising Sun flag as a symbol of Japan's militaristic (6) ___________________. Japan needs to be more humble and own up to its historical legacy."

Relations between the two nations (7) ___________________ downturn recently. They are currently in a (8) ___________________. People in Korea are burning Japanese (9) ___________________ Japanese beer, clothing and other goods. Many South Koreans are shunning Japan as a tourist destination. Japanese airlines had to (10) ___________________ of flights to Korea. Last month, Japan removed South Korea from its "white list" of trusted trade partners. This (11) ___________________ in the exports of items like car parts and household electronics. The tensions pose a threat to the global (12) ___________________ semi-conductors.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearetensionsbetweenSouthKoreaandJapan.SouthKorea'sgove
rnmenthasaskedJapantobantheRisingSunflagattheTokyo2020Olym
pics.Japan'sOlympicsorganisingcommitteesaiditseesnoproblemwit
htheflag.Itsaid:"TheRisingSunflagiswidelyusedinJapananditisnotco
nsideredtobeapoliticalstatement,soitisnotviewedasaprohibiteditem
."SouthKoreasaid:"TheJapaneseknowfullwellthattheirneighboursre
gardtheRisingSunflagasasymbolofJapan'smilitaristicandimperialpa
st.Japanneedstobemorehumbleandownuptoitshistoricallegacy."Rel
ationsbetweenthetwonationshavetakenadownturnrecently.Theyar
ecurrentlyinabittertradewar.PeopleinKoreaareburningJapanesepro
ductsandboycottingJapanesebeer,clothingandothergoods.ManySo
uthKoreansareshunningJapanasatouristdestination.Japaneseairlin
eshadtocutthenumberofflightstoKorea.Lastmonth,JapanremovedS
outhKoreafromits"whitelist"oftrustedtradepartners.Thisledtodelays
intheexportsofitemslikecarpartsandhouseholdelectronics.Thetensi
onsposeathreattotheglobalsupplychainofsemi-conductors.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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