2008年12月24日

佐藤首相、米国による核報復を期待する


Sato wanted U.S. ready to nuke China
( Japan Times )

Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, who won the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize for working out Japan's three-point nonnuclear policy, asked the United States in 1965 to use its nuclear weapons against China in immediate retaliation should a war break about between that country and Japan, according to newly declassified Japanese diplomatic documents.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・retaliation 仕返し、報復
・declassify 機密扱いを解除する


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トヨタ、70年間で初の赤字見通し


Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years
( New York Times )

On Monday, Toyota said it expected an operating loss in its auto operations of 150 billion yen, or $1.7 billion, for the fiscal year ending March 31. That would be the company’s first annual operating loss since 1938, a year after the company was founded, and a huge reversal from the 2.3 trillion yen, or $28 billion, in operating profit earned last year.

Analysts said Toyota’s downward revision, its second in two months, showed that the worst financial crisis since the Depression was threatening not just the Big Three but also even relatively healthy automakers in Japan, South Korea and Europe. Many other companies will also soon be reporting losses.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・reversal 逆転、反転
・revision 改訂、修正
・threaten おどす、おびやかす


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2008年10月13日

水族館のサメが処女懐胎


Scientists: Va. Shark's Pup a 'Virgin Birth'
( New York Times )

Scientists have confirmed the second case of a ''virgin birth'' in a shark.

In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia aquarium contained no genetic material from a male.

The first documented case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks involved a pup born to a hammerhead at an Omaha, Neb., zoo.

''This first case was no fluke,'' Demian Chapman, a shark scientist and lead author of the second study, said in a statement. ''It is quite possible that this is something female sharks of many species can do on occasion.''


【 まずは準備運動 】

・confirm 強める、堅固にする、確認する
・aquarium 水族館
・asexual 性別(性器)のない、無性の
・reproduction 再生(産)、生殖(作用)


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2008年10月06日

帰ってきた麻生太郎


The Return of Taro Aso
( New York Times )

Japan’s new prime minister, Taro Aso, is well known - and not fondly remembered - by Japan’s neighbors as a pugnacious nationalist. As foreign minister from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Aso soured relations with China and South Korea and raised tensions throughout the region, praising the achievements of prewar Japanese colonialism, justifying wartime atrocities and portraying China as a dangerous military threat.

Now, the power brokers in the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party have made him Japan’s fourth prime minister in just two years and rebranded Mr. Aso as a “pragmatist.”

Mr. Aso is expected to focus on stimulating Japan’s stagnant economy. To successfully lead a 21st-century Japan, he will also need to swap nationalism for pragmatism when it comes to foreign relations.Japan’s future depends on cultivating stronger political and economic relations with China - its largest trading partner - South Korea and other rapidly advancing neighbors.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・fondly 愛情を込めて
・neighbor 隣の人、隣国(の人)
・colonialism 植民地主義.
・stimulate 刺激する、激励する
・cultivate 耕す、栽培する


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2008年09月03日

日本、リーダーシップの不在


In Japan, a Leadership Vacuum
( New York Times )

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s abrupt resignation, the second by a Japanese premier in under a year, underscores the chronic leadership vacuum plaguing the world’s second-largest economy, even as it threatens to slip into recession.

Indeed, a string of unpopular, colorless leaders has actually been the political norm in Japan, which has gone through 13 prime
ministers in the last two decades. For generations, political
decisions here have been made by consensus, usually in back rooms
among the various factions of the Liberal Democratic Party, which
has enjoyed nearly unbroken rule for 50 years. Strong leaders capable of putting a personal imprint on policy, such as former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a Liberal Democrat who resigned two years ago, have been the rare exception.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・abrupt 突然の、ぶっきらぼうな
・chronic 長引く、慢性の
・recession 退場、(景気などの一時的)後退
・faction 党派、派閥
・imprint 押印、痕跡
・rare 珍しい、まれな


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