Kim’s Son Elevated Before Meeting
( New York Times )

The youngest son of Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s reclusive leader, has been promoted to a military general, that country’s official Korean Central News Agency reported early Tuesday, the clearest sign yet that he is in line to succeed his father as the country’s leader.

The new generals’ roster also included Kim Kyong-hui, the elder Mr. Kim’s sister. She is the wife of Jang Seong-taek, often regarded by
outside analysts as the No. 2 man in the North and a potential caretaker for the government should Kim Jong-il, 68, who is in failing health, suddenly become incapacitated.

In a conservative Confucian society that reveres age, selling the public and, more important, the elite on a leader in his 20s is not easy. State-controlled media seem to be making a virtue of necessity, emphasizing not only Kim Jong-un’s computer expertise but also his freshness and youth, circulating songs, poems and posters singing his praises. He has lately accompanied his father on factory tours, and was said to have joined him on a recent trip to China.

The campaign may convince some of the people, experts say, but it is
likely to have little impact on the elite, who will be testing his
willingness to exercise power. Some in the West, including Defense
Secretary Robert M. Gates, have ascribed the sinking of a South Korean warship by a North Korean torpedo attack in March to the succession struggle and Kim Jong-un’s efforts to establish credibility with the military brass.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・roster 名簿
・Confucian 孔子の、儒教の
・revere 崇敬する、あがめる
・convince 確信させる、納得させる
・credibility 信じうること、信用性

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Japan Will Ask China to Pay for Crash
( New York Times )

Chinese-Japanese tensions over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain re-escalated on Monday when Japan said it would ask China to pay for repairs to two coast guard ships damaged by the trawler.

The Japanese request was effectively a retort to China’s demand that Japan apologize and offer compensation for the episode, even after Japan had freed the captain last Friday in what was widely seen as a
capitulation to placate an increasingly assertive China.

On Sunday, Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, called China’s latest
demands “unthinkable,” a sign of his sensitivity to criticism that Japan had shown timidity to Chinese bullying.

The Japanese release of the captain seemed aimed at defusing a heated
standoff in which China had imposed economic sanctions and even detained four Japanese.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・repair 修繕、修理(する)
・assertive 断言的な、言い張る(assert:強く主張する)
・standoff 行き詰まり、対峙
・impose (義務・罰などを)負わせる、課する
・detain (人を)引き止める、拘束する

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A Masterpiece of Nature? Yuck!
( New York Times )

A friend recently sent around an e-mail with the subject line “lost cat bulletin.” Open the message and ― gack! ― there was a head-on shot of a star-nosed mole, its “Dawn of the Dead” digging claws in full view and its hallmark nasal boutonniere of 22 highly sensitive feelers looking like fresh bits of sirloin being extruded through a meat grinder.

“I don’t think anyone would come near that cat, much less steal it,” tittered one respondent. Another participant, unfamiliar with the mole, wondered whether this was a “Photoshop project gone bad,” while a third simply wrote, “Ugh.”

There are some animals that few would choose as wallpaper for a Web browser, that, to the contrary, will often provoke in a human viewer a reflexive retraction of the nostrils accompanied by either a guttural or adenoidal vocalization: ugh, yuck, eeww, etc.

Let’s not pussyfoot. They are, by our standards, ugly animals ― maybe cute ugly, more often just ugly ugly. And though the science of ugliness lags behind investigations into the evolution of beauty, a few researchers are taking a crack at understanding why we find certain animals unsightly even when they don't threaten us with venom or compete for our food. Here are just a few examples.

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【 まずは準備運動 】

・nasal 鼻の
・extrude 押し出す、突き出す
・provoke (感情・行動などを)引き起こす、怒らせる
・nostril 鼻の穴、鼻孔
・guttural 喉の
・pussyfoot こっそり歩く、日和見的態度をとる
・lag のろのろ歩く、遅れる
・crack 裂け目、割れ目、試み
・venom (ヘビ・サソリ・ハチなどの)毒

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Arrest in Disputed Seas Riles China and Japan
( New York Times )

What started nearly two weeks ago with the Japanese Coast Guard’s arrest of a Chinese trawler captain in disputed waters has snowballed into a heated diplomatic standoff between China and Japan, highlighting anxieties in Asia about China’s rising power and assertiveness.

The standoff over the arrest, which took place in waters near uninhabited islands claimed by both countries, escalated Sunday as China announced that it had suspended high-level exchanges with Japan, and threatened additional “strong countermeasures,” after Tokyo said it would extend its detention of the captain.

“We demand the Japanese side immediately release the Chinese captain unconditionally,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu. “If the Japanese side clings obstinately to its course, making mistake upon
mistake, then China will take strong countermeasures and Japan will bear all the consequences.”

The situation has also become a test of wills between Japan, the region’s established power and now-fading economic giant, and China, a rising force that feels its time has come to take what it regards as its rightful place in Asia.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・anxiety 心配、不安(の種)
・uninhabited 居住者のいない(inhabit:住む、居住する)
・threaten 脅す、脅迫する
・detention 引き止め、阻止、拘留(動詞:detain)
・cling くっつく、くっついて離れない
・obstinately 頑なに、頑固に
・bear 産む、(義務・責任などを)負う
・consequence 結果、重大性

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