Peter Yates, Filmmaker, Is Dead at 81
( New York Times )

Peter Yates, a British-born director whose best-known films were
well-observed tales of Americana, including the car-chase cop thriller “Bullitt” and the coming-of-age, bike-race comedy “Breaking Away,”died on Sunday in London. He was 81.

Mr. Yates was nominated for two Academy Awards for directing, for
“Breaking Away” (1979), an underdog-triumphs story in which four local teenagers in Bloomington, Ind., take on a privileged team of bicycle
racers from Indiana University; and for “The Dresser” (1983), an
adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play about an aging theater actor and his long-serving assistant, which starred Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. (Both films, which Mr. Yates also produced, were nominated for best
picture as well.)

Still, Mr. Yates’s reputation probably rests most securely on “Bullitt” (1968), his first American film - and indeed, on one particular scene, an extended car chase that instantly became a classic. The film stars Steve McQueen as a conscience-stricken lone-wolf San Francisco detective, and the chase begins with him behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang in a slow, cat-and-mouse pursuit of killers who were in a Dodge Charger. It escalates into high-speed screeches and thuds on city streets and ends in a fiery blast on a highway.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・triumph 大勝利、大成功
・adaptation 適合、適応、翻案、脚色
・reputation 評判、名声
・ rest 休む、支えられている
・pursuit 追跡(動詞:pursue)

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Tunisia Leader Flees and Prime Minister Claims Power
( New York Times )

Tunisia’s president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, fled his country on Friday night, capitulating after a month of mounting protests calling for an end to his 23 years of authoritarian rule. The official Saudi Arabian news agency said he arrived in the country early Saturday.

The fall of Mr. Ben Ali marked the first time that widespread street
demonstrations had overthrown an Arab leader. And even before the last
clouds of tear gas had drifted away from the capital’s cafe-lined
Bourguiba Boulevard, people throughout the Arab world had begun debating whether Tunisia’s uprising could prove to be a model, threatening other autocratic rulers in the region.

“What happened here is going to affect the whole Arab world,” said Zied Mhirsi, a 33-year-old doctor protesting outside the Interior Ministry on Friday. He carried a sign highlighting how he believed Tunisia’s protests could embolden the swelling numbers of young people around the Arab world to emulate the so-called Jasmine Revolution.

The protesters, led at first by unemployed college graduates like Mr.
Bouazizi and later joined by workers and young professionals, found grist for the complaints in leaked cables from the United States Embassy in
Tunisia, released by WikiLeaks, that detailed the self-dealing and excess of the president’s family. And the protesters relied heavily on social media Web sites like Facebook and Twitter to circulate videos of each demonstration and issue calls for the next one.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・overthrow ひっくり返す、転覆する
・uprising 反乱、暴動
・affect 影響を及ぼす、感動させる、(病気が)冒す
・embolden 勇気づけて〜させる(bold:大胆な、勇敢な)
・grist 製粉用の穀物

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Insanity - a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.


I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.





Japan Keeps a High Wall for Foreign Labor
( New York Times )

Despite facing an imminent labor shortage as its population ages, Japan has done little to open itself up to immigration. In fact, as Ms. Fransiska and many others have discovered, the government is doing the opposite, actively encouraging both foreign workers and foreign graduates of its universities and professional schools to return home while
protecting tiny interest groups - in the case of Ms. Fransiska, a local nursing association afraid that an influx of foreign nurses would lower industry salaries.

Experts say increased immigration provides one obvious remedy to Japan’s two decades of lethargic economic growth. But instead of accepting young workers, however - and along with them, fresh ideas - Tokyo seems to have resigned itself to a demographic crisis that threatens to stunt the
country’s economic growth, hamper efforts to deal with its chronic budget deficits and bankrupt its social security system.

Though Japan had experienced a significant amount of migration in the
decades after World War II, it was not until the dawn of Japan’s “bubble economy” of the 1980s that real pressure built on the government to relax immigration restrictions as a way to supply workers to industries like manufacturing and construction.

What ensued was a revision of the immigration laws in a way that policy makers believed would keep the country’s ethnic homogeneity intact. In 1990, Japan started to issue visas to foreign citizens exclusively of Japanese descent, like the descendants of Japanese who emigrated to Brazil in search of opportunities in the last century. In the 1990s, the number of Japanese Brazilians who came to Japan in search of work, like Mr. Saito, surged.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・imminent 今にも起こりそうな、差し迫った
・remedy 治療、療法
・demographic 人口統計学(demography)の
・chronic 慢性の、長期にわたる
・revision 改訂、訂正(動詞:revise)
・homogeneity 同質(性)
・descent 降下、家系
・descendant 子孫

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Bloodshed and Invective in Arizona
( New York Times )

She read the First Amendment on the House floor - including the guarantee of “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” - and then flew home to Arizona to put those words into practice. But when Gabrielle Giffords tried to meet with her constituents in a Tucson parking lot on Saturday, she came face to face with an environment wholly at odds with that
constitutional ideal, and she nearly paid for it with her life.

Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Ms. Giffords, killing a
federal judge and five other people, and wounding 13 others, appears to be mentally ill. His paranoid Internet ravings about government mind control place him well beyond usual ideological categories.

But he is very much a part of a widespread squall of fear, anger and
intolerance that has produced violent threats against scores of
politicians and infected the political mainstream with violent imagery. With easy and legal access to semiautomatic weapons like the one used in the parking lot, those already teetering on the edge of sanity can turn a threat into a nightmare.

【 まずは準備運動 】

・constituent 組成の、成分の、選挙区民、選挙人
・constitutional 憲法の
・paranoid 偏執症の(患者)
・raving 荒れ狂う、狂乱の、支離滅裂な話、たわごと
・intolerance 耐えられないこと、不寛容
・infect 病気をうつす、感染させる

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