2007年09月24日

穏健派、日本の新首相に


Moderate Is Chosen as Japan’s Next Prime Minister
( New York Times )

Yasuo Fukuda, a mild-mannered political moderate known for his abilityto build consensus behind the scenes, was chosen Sunday by Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party to become the country’s next primeminister.

Facing one of its deepest crises in its half-century grip on power, the Liberal Democrats settled on Mr. Fukuda, 71, to steady a party wobbling from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s troubled one-year government, his abrupt resignation 11 days ago and a surging opposition.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・moderate 穏健な(人)
・grip 握る(こと)
・settle 落ち着く
・steady しっかり押さえる、安定させる
・wobble ぐらつく、よろめく
・surge 急に高まる、急上昇する
・opposition 反対、野党


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2007年09月14日

日本の総理大臣、辞任


Prime Minister of Japan Will Step Down
( New York Times )

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the nationalist leader whose vision of an unapologetic and strong Japan foundered on scandals and gaffes, announced abruptly this afternoon that he would step down.

Mr. Abe, deeply unpopular, had already been written off by Japan’s political establishment and news media, his political future measured in months. But the resignation’s timing ― three days after the start of a parliamentary session ― stunned Japan. It drew accusations of irresponsibility from inside and outside his party, and threw the country’s already tense political situation into further disarray.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・unapologetic 謝罪(しようと)しない
・founder 沈没する、(馬が)つまずいて足をけがする、完全に失敗する
・gaffe 失言、失態
・establishment (社会の)権力層、上位層
・stun 衝撃を与える、気絶・失神させる
・accusation 告発、非難
・disarray 混乱(状態)


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2007年09月12日

安倍首相、テロ対策法の延長に命運を賭ける


Abe stakes future on terror law extension
Strikes conciliatory note as he opens Diet session
( Japan Times )

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the 62-day extraordinary Diet sessionMonday, one day after indicating his readiness to step down if he fails to win extension of Japan's support for antiterrorism operationsin Afghanistan.

In the evening, Abe told reporters that his remark Sunday should be "taken at face value."

"I made the remarks with the determination to stake my job on and dealwith the issue with the utmost effort," Abe said.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・stake 賭ける
・extension 拡張、延長
・extraordinary 並外れた、特別の
・indicate 指し示す、表す
・face value 額面価格、文字通りの意味
・deal with 取り組む、扱う、処理する
・utmost 最大限の


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2007年08月27日

麻生氏、安倍首相の要請受諾 自民党幹事長に


Aso accepts Abe's offer, will be next LDP secretary general
( Japan Times )

Foreign Minister Taro Aso accepted an offer Sunday night from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, according to informed sources.

Abe is set to reshuffle the Cabinet and officially name a new LDP executive lineup on Monday. The moves come in the wake of the heavy defeat his party suffered in the July 29 Upper House election. Aso, 66,was widely expected to be the new LDP secretary general.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・secretary general 幹事長
・reshuffle (トランプを)切り直す、(内閣などの)入れ替え
・executive (経営)幹部、管理職
・lineup 整列(した人々)、(内閣などの)顔ぶれ
・suffer (苦痛・被害を)こうむる、経験する


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2007年08月01日

追い詰められた安倍首相


Mr. Abe on the Ropes
( New York Times )

Japan’s deeply unpopular prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is insisting that he won’t step down, even after his Liberal Democratic Party won only 37 of the 121 contested seats in the upper house of Parliament inlast Sunday’s election. Mr. Abe is not legally required to go so as long as he holds on to the lower house majority, but the political message is clear: If he is determined to stay, he must change course.

That means spending far less energy promoting a strident revival of military nationalism and far more on delivering the kind of competenceand clean government that made his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, also a military nationalist, such an effective leader.


【 まずは準備運動 】

・contest 争う
・require 必要とする、求める
・as long as 〜する限り(は)、〜である限りは
・hold on to 持ち続ける
・determine 決心する 
・strident 耳障りな、きしる 
・competence 能力
・predecessor 前任者


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