Jun 30, 2012

Japanese is difficult even for people in Japan

There is a confused expression in Japanese that has long minded me.

In this video, the announcement says  "一番乗り場に、列車が到着します。危険ですから、黄色い線の内側でお待ちください。"(ichi-ban-noriba ni, ressya ga toutyaku shimasu. kiken desukara,kiiroi sen no uchi-gawa de o-machi kudasai.)

In English,"A train will soon arrive in the number one platform. Please wait inside the yellow line for safety."

In this situation, "kiiroi sen no uchi-gawa" means a close area to a train in the platform, I think. (but, the announcement uses it as the right side of yellow line in this video.) I suggest that it should be "黄色い線より、下がってお待ちください。"(kiiroi sen yori sagatte o-machi kudasai)

Japanese expression is sometimes very difficult even for people in Japan.

Jun 26, 2012

Japan sells first Fukushima seafood since nuclear crisis

In Japan, the first seafood from waters near the Fukushima nuclear disaster was sold to people Monday in the city of Soma. A local fisheries group said no radioactivity was found in the seafood. Only two kinds of fish were sold and they were sold for a lower price than before the disaster. Other fish are still dangerous for humans because of the spill from the Fukushima nuclear energy center. The local fishing industry was severly damaged by the March 2011 nuclear disaster. 

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Jun 21, 2012

VOA Special English News 109

Two more young Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for Tibetan independence. Exiled Tibetan leaders said the protest took place Sunday in an ethnic Tibetan area of China's western Qinghai province. Early reports say one of protesters died. The condition of other is not known. The protesters wrote statements saying they chose to set themselves on fire to show love to the Tibetan people. They also expressed support for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

original news ・日本語のニュース


Jun 18, 2012

"Sake" in Texas

Yesterday, I have come across the article in Asahi that there is a "sake" brewery in Texas. It is a part of special articles about sake. This is a very interesting issue. I have placed the article on my blog because I would like to let my friend in Texas know  about it.

As you know, "sake" is Japanese alcohol drink and everything around "sake" is related to Japanese culture, I think.

The company's site is here.

Jun 16, 2012

Vodka-based "Ume-shu"

Today I soaked "ume" that were harvested in my yard with vodka to make "Ume-shu". Usually, "White-liquor"(ホワイトリカー) that is a kind of "syouchu"(焼酎) is used for making "ume-shu". But this time I used vodka because I have heard that vodka-based "ume-shu" is very good.

About six month later, I can enjoy vodka-based "ume-shu".

Jun 14, 2012

VOA Special English News 108

The government in Turkey has announced plans to let public school students take Kurdish language classes. Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan decribed the movement in parliament Tuesday. He called it an "historic step". Turkey has been under pressure from Eurpean Union to ease restrictions on the Kurdish language. Turkey is seeking to join the EU.

original news


Jun 9, 2012

A monster in an apartment

There is a strange scene on my way to work place. I don't know whether a person lives in this room and why it is placed there. Someday I will confirm whether someone lives there.

VOA Special English News 107

Norwegian climate scientists say the Arctic has been loosing 45,000 square kilometers of ice cover yearly over the past 20 years. They say the thinning polar ice has opened new passages for ships across the north. And they say that could make trade between Europe and Asia 40 percent faster than using the Suez Canal. Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere recently brought American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the city of Tromso. She visited in the area which could hold 20 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas supplies. The United State Geological Survey say they could be worth 9,000,000,000,000 dollars. She said many countries are looking at the possibilities for exploration of the Arctic for its resources.

original news日本語のニュース


My thought/opinion this issue
This is a very interesting news. Some countries might not depend on the Middle East's oil because of the effect of climate change.

Jun 5, 2012

VOA Special English News 106

The New York Times says President Obama secretly ordered attacks on the computer systems that operate Iran's main nuclear enrichment center. Unidentified informants close to the program called it a major expansion of America's first use of cyber weapons. The newspaper reported Friday that the cyberattacks began during the administration of former President George W. Bush.



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