2008年11月05日

小室哲哉、詐欺容疑で逮捕


Komuro arrested over contract fraud
( Japan Times )

Osaka prosecutors arrested well-known music producer Tetsuya Komuro on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding an investor out of \500 million by signing a contract to sell the copyrights to music he mostly wrote but didn't own.

Komuro owned up to the fraud during questioning by prosecutors
Tuesday, according to a source.

The news of his arrest, however, did not surprise some people in the music industry because rumors had already circulated that Komuro was short of funds.

"It's not surprising. It's well-known in the industry that he is short of money. People often said, 'You should not work with him,' " one industry worker said.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・arrest 逮捕する
・contract 契約(書)
・prosecutor 検察官、検事
・allegedly 申し立てによると、〜したとされている


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posted by K.Andoh | Comment(0) | 日本−社会

2008年11月03日

古代都市の発見が聖書物語を書き換えるか?


Find of Ancient City Could Alter Notions of Biblical David
( New York Times )

Overlooking the verdant Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David toppled Goliath, archaeologists are unearthing a 3,000-year-old fortified city that could reshape views of the period when David ruled over the Israelites. Five lines on pottery uncovered here appear to be the oldest Hebrew text ever found and are likely to have a major impact on knowledge about the history of literacy and alphabet development.

For many Jews and Christians, even those who do not take Scripture literally, the Bible is a vital historical source. And for the state of Israel, which considers itself to be a reclamation of the state begun by David, evidence of the biblical account has huge symbolic value. The Foreign Ministry’s Web site, for example, presents the kingdom of David and Solomon along with a map of it as a matter of fact.

But the archaeological record of that kingdom is exceedingly sparse - in fact almost nonexistent - and a number of scholars today argue that the kingdom was largely a myth created some centuries later. A great power, they note, would have left traces of cities and activity, and been mentioned by those around it. Yet in this area nothing like that has turned up - at least until now.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・verdant 青葉の茂った、青々とした
・topple 倒れる、倒す
・archaeology 考古学
・fortify 強める、固める、要塞を築く
・literacy 読み書きの能力
・literally 文字どおりに、逐語的に
・vital 生命に関する、きわめて重要な、不可欠な
・reclamation 開墾、開拓、再生
・sparse (人口など)まばらな、(毛などが)薄い
・myth 神話


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posted by K.Andoh | Comment(0) | 国際


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