Winter vacation started last week. It continues until January, so I want to just take it easy for a while. However, I also have some preparation I need to do for studying in Japan. Since I am going to finish winter quarter early, I need to begin the research for my final project. I also need to make a plan for research while I'm in Japan.
Well then, how about I begin my research for winter quarter in this entry. First off, if think about what would be good to research, two topics come to mind. The first one is the comfort women issue. The other is gender relations in Japanese society today. Both are interesting topics, but since the comfort women issue is a historical issue, it probably doesn't have much bearing on Japan today, but I wonder what others think? I'm interested in Japanese politics, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate research for this class. I also wonder how that kind of research is useful to me. Studying political stuff is fine, but in the end, I don't have any way to solve the problem. On the other hand, if I study gender relations in modern Japan, it might be useful to me in the future. On top of that, studying that would be easier I think. It's good for me to increase my knowledge of difficult subjects, and I enjoy the challenge, but maybe this time simple is better?