Japan’s Political Dynasties Come Under Fire but Prove Resilient
( New York Times )

By almost any measure, Katsuhito Yokokume should have at least a fighting chance in the coming parliamentary elections, which could decide Japan’s future.

A truck driver’s son who graduated from the nation’s top
university, Mr. Yokokume, an energetic 27-year-old lawyer, is a
candidate for the main opposition Democratic Party, which has ridden rising popular discontent with the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party. Yet, on a recent chilly morning of greeting voters with deep bows and handshakes at a train station, he got the same apologetic but blunt rejection he gets every day.

“I’m sorry, but this is Koizumi country,” one commuter explained.

Now, as the party faces its biggest challenge since its founding in 1955, such de facto hereditary control of parliamentary seats is coming under unprecedented criticism here. But it is also showing stubborn resilience.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・popular 人気のある、庶民の
・chilly cool より寒く、cold ほど寒くない寒さ
・apologetic 謝罪する、わびの
・rejection  拒絶

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In Japan, Fear That Submarine Starters Will Fall by the Wayside
( New York Times )

Shunsuke Watanabe is the dirtiest player on Japan’s World Baseball Classic team. After throwing just one pitch, his right leg is streaked in soil from his kneecap to the tips of his toes. He does not bother dusting himself off because on the very next pitch, it happens again.

The 32-year-old Watanabe is the latest and, some fear, perhaps the last of a nearly half-century-old Japanese tradition of submarine starters. Sure, American baseball has its own colorful history of submarine pitchers, but they have mostly been relievers like Chad Bradford of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the former players Kent Tekulve (184 saves) and Dan Quisenberry (244 saves). Watanabe has been exclusively a starter and an ace for Japan’s Pacific League Chiba Lotte Marines since 2004, going 54-35 since then.

“My father couldn’t have imagined the impact of his advice,”
Watanabe said. “He simply was suggesting I take up the submarine style as a way to make the team in high school if I wanted to keep playing. If I hadn’t changed, I probably would have made the team and ridden the bench and that would have been it for my baseball career.”

【 まずは準備運動 】

・streak 筋、縞(をつける)
・dust off ちり・ほこりを払う
・exclusively 排他的に、独占的に
・take up 取り上げる、(時間・場所・立場・コースなどを)取る

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Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.


Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.




An Empty In-Box, or With Just a Few E-Mail Messages? Read On
( New York Times )

SINCE e-mail became a fixture in our professional and personal lives, many academic researchers have investigated the complex mix of feelings brought on by the technology.

We feel guilty about being late in responding, about our in-boxes being disorganized, about the tens of thousands of unread messages that we’re sure we’ll never get to. What is it about e-mail that consumes us -- that invades every corner of our personal space, demands ever more sophisticated methods of organization, and makes us wish for extra hours in the day to deal with the deluge? More important, how can we overcome it?

But eventually every finely honed trick to tame my mail would
collapse, and I’d backslide into a messy, undisciplined in-box. So in my search for a new way to deal with e-mail, I followed one guiding principle: Keep it simple. Any method that made too many demands on my time or my brain was bound to fail.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・fixture 定着物、備品
・bring on 生じさせる
・in-box (電子メールの)受信箱
・overcome 打勝つ、克服する
・principle 原理、原則

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Earlier Date Suggested for Horse Domestication
( New York Times )

It is a long way from Kazakhstan to Kentucky, but the journey to the Derby may have started among a pastoral people on the Kazakh steppes who appear to have been the first to domesticate, bridle and perhaps ride horses --around 3500 B.C., a millennium earlier than previously thought.

Archaeologists say the discovery may revise thinking about the
development of some preagricultural Eurasian societies and put an earlier date to their dispersal into Europe and elsewhere. These migrations are believed to have been associated with horse domestication and the spread of Indo-European languages.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・domesticate (動植物などを)環境に適応させる、飼いならす、(人を)家庭になじませる(domestic:家庭内の)
・pastoral 田園(生活)の、牧歌的な、草地の
・bridle 馬勒(手綱)をつける
・revise 改訂する、修正する
・preagricultural 農耕以前の (agriculture:農業)
・dispersal  散布、分散
・migration 移住、渡り

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