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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Japan's Prime Minister Resigns as Promised

Kan's premiership had effectively ended in June when he survived his
government's no-confidence motion by promising to quit. He had agreed
to step down after Parliament passed key pieces of legislation -- one
on the budget and two that would compel the nation's utilities to buy
renewable energies such as solar and wind power. The final two bills
were passed on Friday, becoming the official kickoff for the leadership race. "Under the severe circumstances, I feel I've done everything that I can do," said Kan, 64, in a nationally televised speech. "Now I would like to see you choose someone respectable as a new prime minister."

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Letter to Our Readers: Times Begins Digital Subscriptions
( New York Times )

On Monday, The New York Times took a major step forward as we introduced digital subscriptions in the United States and the rest of the world. Since we first announced our plan 11 days ago, we have heard from so many of you, our readers. We are grateful for your feedback and, most of all, for your commitment to The Times.

As I have said previously, the introduction of digital subscriptions is an investment in our future. It will allow us to develop new sources of revenue to strengthen our ability to continue our journalistic mission as well as undertake digital innovations that will enable us to provide you with high-quality journalism on whatever device you choose.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・subscription 購読契約、署名、寄付
・commitment 献身、深い関与、約束
・revenue 収入、歳入

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A Lustrous Pinnacle of Hollywood Glamour
( New York Times Japan Times )

Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who dazzled generations of moviegoers with her stunning beauty and whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79.

In a world of flickering images, Elizabeth Taylor was a constant star. First appearing on screen at age 10, she grew up there, never passing through an awkward age. It was one quick leap from “National Velvet” to “A Place in the Sun” and from there to “Cleopatra,” as she was
indelibly transformed from a vulnerable child actress into a voluptuous film queen.

There was more than a touch of Ms. Taylor herself in the roles she played. She acted with the magnet of her personality. Although she could alter her look for a part ? putting on weight for Martha in “Virginia Woolf” or wearing elaborate period costumes -- she was not a chameleon, assuming the coloration of a character. Instead she would bring the character closer to herself. For her, acting was “purely intuitive.” As she said, “What I try to do is to give the maximum emotional effect with the minimum of
visual movement.”

Sometimes her film roles seemed to be a mirror image of her life. More than most movie stars, she seemed to exist in the public domain. She was pursued by paparazzi and denounced by the Vatican. But behind the seemingly scandalous behavior was a woman with a clear sense of morality: she habitually married her lovers. People watched and counted, with
vicarious pleasure, as she became Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky -- enough marriages to certify her career as a serial wife. Asked why she married so often, she said, in an assumed drawl: “I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me.”

【 まずは準備運動 】

・dazzle 目をくらます、まぶしくする
・indelibly 消えないように、永久に.(delete:削除する、消す)
・voluptuous 肉感的な、色っぽい
・coloration 着色、配色、(生物の)天然色
・intuitive 直観的な(名詞:intuition)
・vicarious (他人の経験を)想像して感じる、代理をする
・drawl ものうげに言う、母音を引き延ばして言う

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All that is, at all, Last ever, past recall;
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand pure.


The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a
little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the
ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that
someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books -- a mysterious
order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.




Dearth of Candor From Japan’s Leadership
( New York Times )

With all the euphemistic language on display from officials handling
Japan’s nuclear crisis, one commodity has been in short supply:

When an explosion shook one of many stricken reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Saturday, power company officials
initially offered a typically opaque, and understated, explanation.

“A big sound and white smoke” were recorded near Reactor No. 1, the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power, announced in a curt memo. The matter “was under investigation,” it added.

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For Elderly, Echoes of World War II Horrors
( New York Times )

Hirosato Wako stared at the ruins of his small fishing hamlet: skeletons of shattered buildings, twisted lengths of corrugated steel, corpses with their hands twisted into claws. Only once before had he seen anything like it: World War II.

“I lived through the Sendai air raids,” said Mr. Wako, 75, referring to the Allied bombings of the northeast’s largest city. “But this is much worse.”

For the elderly who live in the villages lining Japan’s northeastern
coast, it is a return to a past of privation that their children have
never known. As in so much of the Japanese countryside, young people
have largely fled, looking for work in the city. The elderly who remained are facing devastation and possible radiation contamination, a challenge equal only to the task this generation faced when its defeated, despairing nation had to rebuild from the rubble of the war.

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Two wrongs don't make a right.


Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.




Fewer Japanese Students Studying Abroad
( New York Times )

According to the latest statistics available from the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, the number of Japanese students studying abroad declined 11 percent to 67,000 in 2008, compared to 2007. The number was off 20 percent from the peak in 2004 and according to experts and
university officials, that downward trajectory has continued since 2008.

But the falling number of Japanese youth eager to study overseas appears to be more than just an enrollment trend. It is also strikingly
inconsistent with the direction that the leading Japanese employers say they want to take, as they seek to expand their global reach in search of new markets. Their strategy relies on internationally savvy young talent.

In the meantime, the mismatch in the labor market continues. More big
Japanese corporations say they are planning to make their overseas
business -- rather than the domestic market -- their main focus, and they are publicizing their decision to hire more non-Japanese, in part to offset their inability to secure young Japanese capable and interested in taking on international jobs.

This new emphasis on international recruitment is suddenly making
international students studying at Japanese universities a hot commodity.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・trajectory (弾丸・ロケットなどの)弾道、曲線
・eager しきりに求めて、したがって
・enrollment 登録、入学、入隊

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