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A New School Year Comes with New Worries

A New School Year Comes with New Worries

Article by Ren Topping

September 29, 2020

To say that the 2020-2021 school year has been, and will continue to be, different, is an understatement. The COVID-19 crisis has shattered the school routine we once knew and brought on one full of masks, hand sanitizer, and reminders to stay 1.5 meters apart. Even after dealing with months of online l...

The Strangeness of AP 2020

The Strangeness of AP 2020

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

May 21, 2020

In these last few months, the coronavirus has impacted every facet of our lives. As high-school students finish up AP testing, the extent of this impact is felt with a new intensity. While a majority of exam programs worldwide—such as the worldwide IB exams, the English A levels, the French Baccalauréat—announced that they would cancel their 2020 exams, the College Board opted for an al...

Take in Some Good News

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Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

May 3, 2020

Amid the Covid-19 chaos, it is easier than ever to fall down a rabbit hole of news; understandably, it seems as if all the coverage is about the pandemic. With all this negative news, we sometimes don’t get to hear about the wonderful things, so here are a few acts of kindness from around the globe...

Unmasking Japan’s Mask Shortage

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Article by Tei Kim, Writer

April 24, 2020

Weeks ago, after the severity of the coronavirus was publicly acknowledged by the Japanese government, masks, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer have, for the most part, disappeared from shelves at most local pharmacies. In particular, the demand for masks has risen significantly with the rise in confirmed case...

Distance Learning: A Look Back and A Step Forward

Distance Learning: A Look Back and A Step Forward

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

April 21, 2020

“In the beginning, I thought this was a minor nuisance with not much potential to cause any large-scale problems. But after seeing the stock market experience its worst few weeks since the financial crisis in 2008, hundreds of thousands dying, countries declaring national emergencies and halting t...

Coronavirus and Domestic Abuse

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Article by Sejin Yu, Writer

April 19, 2020

Across the world, governments, organizations, and leaders are urging people to stay at home. But what if staying at home isn’t safe? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, each year in the United States, more than 10 million people are abused by their intimate partners. Now, the rap...

Going, Going, Ghosn

Going, Going, Ghosn

Article by Julie Defibaugh, Writer

March 11, 2020

“I am here to expose a system of justice that violates the most basic principles of humanity,” said Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chairman turned Interpol fugitive. Gesturing wildly, at a news conference last month the 65-year-old Brazilian-Lebanese-French desperately asserted his innocence against ...

Coming Soon: A Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags

Coming Soon: A Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

March 9, 2020

We’ve all heard of the slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” to combat the negative impacts of our waste on the environment. When it comes to plastics, we often focus on the last of the three R’s. However, recycling can sometimes actually contribute to climate change. In Japan around 86% of plastics are r...

The Economics of Tokyo 2020

The Economics of Tokyo 2020

Article by Tei Kim, Writer

March 9, 2020

Unless the coronavirus derails the 2020 Olympics, the much-anticipated global event will begin on July 24, mere months from now. Athletes and tourists will start flooding into Tokyo for the games from all over the world. The New York Times estimates that approximately 600,000 people will visit Tokyo f...

Making Change: TEDx Youth Returns to ASIJ

Making Change: TEDx Youth Returns to ASIJ

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

February 24, 2020

On Wednesday, February 26th, the High School will host its third annual TEDx Youth at ASIJ event, which the TEDx team has been working hard on since September. An organization dedicated to sharing and teaching “ideas worth spreading,” TED has hosted conferences and events for over thirty years ac...

Changes Are Coming to the ACT

Changes Are Coming to the ACT

Article by Serena Landers, Writer

February 12, 2020

The ACT is undergoing a major change: starting in September 2020, students who have taken the test previously will be able to take each of the four sections -- English, math, reading, and science -- individually. Right now, students have to take the full test if they want to retake the test, even if it...

The Burning of Australia

The Burning of Australia

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

January 29, 2020

Hundreds of fires have engulfed Australia from September last year. They grew as a result of hot and dry summer weather and strong winds, then exacerbated by the worsening effects of climate change.  Last year is said to have been the hottest year on record for Australia. According to data from ...

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