Answer question 1) or question 2) in English. You should write 100-130 words.

1) “They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra just for you.”

A famous English writer wrote this in a poem about parents. Do you agree with his idea about parents? What qualities (good or bad) do you think you’ve been given by your parents?

2) Japan is said to be changing quickly as it moves in the direction toward internationalism. What changes do you expect to see in Japan in the future? (You could consider environment, pollution, family size, use of English, foreign travel, etc.)


Someone once wrote that “school was the happiest time of my life.” Was your time at school a happy one? What will you remember most about your school days? You should write about 100 words in English.


Many students are traveling overseas these days. Some countries are more popular than others. Choose a country you would like to travel to. Why would you like to travel there? How long would you like to stay? You should write about 100 to 120 words in English.


Answer Question A or Question B in English. You should try to fill most of the lines provided on your answer sheet.

A: It seems that recently young people in Japan are having many problems and there are a lot of crimes committed by young people. What crimes have you heard of in the news? What are your thoughts and comments about this?

B: What does the word kindness mean to you? Many people will think of kindness to people. However, shouldn’t we also think of kindness to the environment as well? Isn’t that the greatest kindness from one generation to the next? What do you think?



A: If you had a problem in your life, what would you do? Would you talk with someone about your problem? Who would you talk with, and why? Would you listen to them? How would you solve your difficulties?

B: In life, there are many times when you have a choice to be a good friend to someone or not. There are also times when you may have had a good friend. What is a “good friend”? What do you think about the necessity of friends?



(A) Last year saw the World Cup held jointly in South Korea and Japan. The media’s reaction before, during and after the events themselves covered many themes. What did you think of the media’s comments? Also, what were your own thoughts and reactions to the soccer ‘boom’ last year during the World Cup season?

(B) Many people say that Japanese culture and society traditionally respect silence. And yet modern society seems to be very noisy. Do you think there is a lot of silence in your life? What about in your relationships with your family, teachers and friends?



(A) Describe a book or a movie that you would recommend. What was it about? Why would you recommend it? How did it affect you? What was it that made it special for you?

(B) Wherever we go recently, we see people chatting or sending text messages on their mobile phones in such places as restaurants and trains or while shopping. What do you think of this? What are the advantages and the disadvantages of this phenomenon? What about your own use of mobile phones?



(A) Summer in Japan can often be rather hot and unpleasant for a number of reason, while winter is, generally speaking, cold. What are some of the things you do to keep warm in winter and cool in summer? How does the weather influence you, your family and friends?

(B) There is a lot of discussion in Japan these days about the increasing percentage of aged people and the decreasing numbers of younger people. What are some of the issues related to this? What are some solutions?



In our lives we all have many teachers. All the way from kindergarten to high school and university we have teachers talking to us, teaching and even sometimes scolding us. What are the qualities of a good teacher? Describe one teacher you admire: his or her character, influence on you, etc.



Imagine that an exchange student from another country will visit your home. If you could choose one place in all of Japan to introduce to this student, which place would you choose? Describe this place, and explain why you want to take this student there; for example, what do you hope the student will learn?



Write about an event or story that has appeared in the news within the past several years. Describe this event or story, and explain why you think it is interesting or important.



People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties of modern life. Some read; some exercise; others work in their garden. What do you thing are the best ways of reducing stress? Use specific details and examples to support your answers.



Some people say that you learn more outside of school than in school. Write about an experience you had outside of a school classroom that taught you something interesting or memorable.




Imagine yourself ten years from now. Describe your life at that time, and the steps you will take to get there.



Imagine you are alone on a small island far away from anywhere. You can take something to read with you. What would you take? Explain the reasons for your choice.



Write about an experience you had in which you tried something new. Explain what you did and what you learned from this experience.



Which do you think people can learn more from: success or failure? Explain, giving an example from your life experience.



Do you think it is best to travel alone or with a group? Explain the reasons for your choice?


Write about someone you know who is different from you. How are you different, and what have you learned from this person? Your answer should be in English and about 10 lines in length.


Write about an impressive experience you have had in your life. Describe what happened, and what you learned from this experience. Your answer should be in English and about 10 lines in length.


Write about a place you would like to visit in the future. What do you know about this place, and why would you like to visit there? Your answer should be in English and about 12 lines in length.