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精選詞彙 Vocab #038: 日本送空屋與北海道高校的羊肉 Japan’s vacant homes and Ebetsu highschool lamb products

· 精選詞彙單元 Vocab


Houses in small towns in Japan are given away for free. Japan is now facing an unusual property problem – more homes than people to live in them. According to statistics, in 2013, there were a total of 61m houses and 52m households in Japan. The aging society is going to make the situation worse.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences:

Prefecture n. – a district under the authority of a prefect or governor.

  • Tokyo prefecture is the second largest single metropolitan area in the world behind New York.

Household n. – a house and its occupants regarded as a unit.

  • The average number of people per household in Taiwan is 3.07.

Next summary:

Embetsu agricultural high school in northern Hokkaido avoided being shut down by reviving the school’s sheep farming and lamb products that is now considered a souvenir / local specialty.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences:

Sth is at stake idiom. – something is being risked and may be lost or damaged.

  • The school’s survival was at stake if it wasn’t for the great lamb products they produced.

Breeding n. The mating and production of offspring by animals.

  • The Embetsu high school was responsible for the breeding of Suffolk sheep.
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