Dec 19, 2011

VOA Special English News 79

A Japanese automaker is planning to help a Canadian mining company speed their development of rare earth metals. Toyota announced on Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Matamec Explorations. The agreement offers Toyota some of the metals it needs to cars that do not use gasoline. The mine's chief officer said Toyota will buy everything the mine produces. Rare earth metals are a set of 17 chemical elements that are not rare. But they are usually found in amounts that do not make them financially valuable. China currently produces almost all rare earth elements.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
It is not old news that China used stopping the export of rare earth to Japan as diplomatic measure in answer to Senkaku Island problem. It is not good situation that one country monopolies one  resource.


ジョン said...

every thing
--> everything

metals are set
--> metals are a set

found in mounts
--> found in amounts

China, currently
--> China currently

"some of its metals it needs"
This is what the recording itself said, but I think that "some of the metals it needs" sounds more natural.

On your opinion: I agree that having one country that monopolizes resources is a less-than-ideal situation.

bikenglish said...


Thank you for correcting my English.