Friday, July 29, 2022

Japanese authorities release details on Shinzo Abe's assassination 日本当局は安倍晋三暗殺の詳細を発表


Japanese authorities release details on Shinzo Abe's assassination.

ABC News on Youtube shows that authorities have released details on how the suspect allegedly prepared for the attack.




Useful Translations:

Shinzo Abe 安倍晋三 Abe shinzō      
Assassination 暗殺 ansatsu
Prime Minister 首相 shushō
President 大統領 daitōryō
Authorities 当局 tōkyoku
Details 詳細 shōsai
Suspect 容疑者 yōgi-sha
Attack 攻撃 kōgeki

Japan's plan to reopen nuclear power plants due to record-breaking heat 記録的な猛暑のため、原子力発電所を再開する日本の計画


BBC News on Youtube shows that Japan is in the midst of its hottest early summer on record, with  June temperatures breaking through 40C last week.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says the country must quickly restart more of its nuclear power plants as power stations struggle to keep up.

But 11 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster the push to restart Japan's nuclear plants remains deeply unpopular.





Useful Translations:

Plan プラン Puran
Reopen 再開 saikai
Nuclear power plants 原子力発電所 genshiryokuhatsudenjo
Heat 熱 netsu

Japan swelters in its worst heatwave ever recorded 日本はこれまでに記録された最悪の熱波で蒸し暑い


Jul 1, 2022: BBC News on Youtube shows that Japan is sweltering in its worst heatwave since records began in 1875.

The blistering heat has drawn official warnings of a looming power shortage, and led to calls for people to conserve energy where possible.

But the government is still advising people to use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke as cases of hospitalization rise with the heat.





Japan's Princess Mako finally marries commoner boyfriend 日本の小室眞子がついに庶民の彼氏と結婚


BBC News on Youtube shows that Japan's Princess Mako has married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro - thus losing her royal status.

Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a "commoner" although male members do not.

She also skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and turned down a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family.

She is the first female member of the royal family to decline both.






Some Useful Translations:

Princess お姫様 Ohimesama
Princess Mako 小室眞子 Komuro Mako
Royal 王立 ōritsu
Status 状態 jōtai
Law 法 Hō
Female 女性 josei

Things Okay in Japan but Illegal Around the World 日本では大丈夫ですが、世界中で違法です


Paolo fromTOKYO on Youtube shows the exciting story.

There are some shocking laws that are okay in Japan, but illegal around the world. See videos on things you can’t do in Japan because of laws or unknown laws that could get you arrested. See things that are legal in Japan but may be illegal in other parts of the world.  Many think that Japan is a very strict country, but when you hear some of these Japanese laws you may be scratching your head. Doing any of these things is not recommended. This video is for entertainment only. Japanese merchandise is interesting.

The law of Japan refers to legal system in Japan, which is primarily based on legal codes and statutes, with precedents also playing an important role. Japan has a civil law legal system with six legal codes, which were greatly influenced by Germany, to a lesser extent by France, and also adapted to Japanese circumstances. The Japanese Constitution enacted after World War II is the supreme law in Japan. An independent judiciary has the power to review laws and government acts for constitutionality.

The early laws of Japan are believed to have been heavily influenced by Chinese law. Little is known about Japanese law prior to the seventh century, when the Ritsuryō was developed and codified. Before Chinese characters were adopted and adapted by the Japanese, the Japanese had no known writing system with which to record their history. Chinese characters were known to the Japanese in earlier centuries, but the process of assimilation of these characters into their indigenous language system took place in the third century. This was due to the so-called willingness of the Japanese to borrow aspects of the culture of continental civilisations, which was achieved mainly via adjacent countries such as the Korean kingdoms rather than directly from the so-called Chinese mainland empires.



日本では大丈夫ですが、世界中で違法であるいくつかの衝撃的な法律があります。 逮捕される可能性のある法律や未知の法律のために日本でできないことについてのビデオをご覧ください。 日本では合法であるが、世界の他の地域では違法である可能性のあるものを参照してください。 日本は非常に厳しい国だと多くの人が考えていますが、これらの日本の法律のいくつかを聞くと、頭を悩ませているかもしれません。 これらのことを行うことはお勧めしません。 このビデオは娯楽のみを目的としています。 日本の商品は面白いです。



Japan Tops Ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time 日本が初めて観光地ランキングでトップ


It seems that the country of Japan indeed tops ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time.

Prepare for your next cool visit to Japan, the top ranked tourism destination.

Expand your Japanese skills by learning phrases commonly used in news stories. Also learn additional useful Japanese expressions. Learn Japanese from the News and by talking Japanese.

Tourism is interesting in Japan. Japan recorded a total of 4 million tourists in 2020, ranking 43rd in the world in absolute terms. The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is really obvious.

(#1 in tourism) France is the world's number one destination for international tourists, the most recent figures from the UNWTO show indeed. Almost 90 million people visited France in 2018. Spain isn't far behind, with over 82 million visitors. The United States, China and Italy complete the countries in the top five.

Japan still seems to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It is a unique blend of traditional and modern, with many temples and buildings from the past co-existing with modern achievements in beautiful architecture and technology.

Japan seems to be safe for tourists. Japan is indeed very safe and the crime rate is quite low. Like any other destination, though, travelers should be aware of their surroundings and know what to do in case something unusual happens.






(観光業で第1位)フランスは国際観光客にとって世界一の目的地であり、UNWTOの最新の数字は確かに示しています。 2018年には約9千万人がフランスを訪れました。スペインは8200万人を超える訪問者を抱えており、それほど遅れをとっていません。米国、中国、イタリアが上位5か国を完了しています。



Some Useful Translations:

Japan 日本
Ranking ランキング
Tourism 観光
Destination 行き先
First 初め
Time 時間
Country 国
Prepare 準備
Next 次
Previous 前
Visit 訪問
Expand 拡大
Skill スキル
Learn 学び
Phrase 段階
Useful 使える
Expression 表現
Talk 話
Interesting 面白い
Perform 実行
Better より良い
Comparison 比較
Obvious 明らか
International 国際的
Complete 完了
Popular 人気
Unique 個性的
Architecture 建築
Technology テクノロジー
Safe 安全
Crime 犯罪
Surroundings 周囲
Unusual 普通でない
Happen 起こる

Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys サルを噛んだり、噛んだり、攻撃したりして警戒する日本の都市


WGN News on Youtube shows that people in a southwestern Japanese city have come under attack from monkeys that are trying to snatch babies, biting and clawing at flesh, and sneaking into nursery schools.



Some Translations:

Japanese city 日本の都市 Nihon no toshi
Alarm 警報 keihō
Bite 噛む kamu
Claw 爪 tsume
Attack 攻撃 kōgeki
Monkey 猿 saru
Animal 動物 dōbutsu
News ニュース nyūsu
Show 見せる miseru
People 人々 hitobito
Southwestern 南西部 minamiseibu
Baby 赤ちゃん akachan
Flesh 肉 niku
Sneak スニーク sunīku
School 学校 gakkō
Fear 恐れ osore

Overtime is killing workers in Japan 残業は日本の労働者を殺している


WION on Youtube shows the Japan story.

In Japan - overtime is taking lives of workers. Some estimates claim up to 10,000 workers die due to overwork in Japan every year. Palki Sharma tells you why Japan's work culture is so toxic.


日本では、残業は労働者の命を奪っています。 日本では毎年、過労により最大10,000人の労働者が死亡しているとの推定もある。 パルキ・シャルマは、日本の労働文化がなぜそれほど有毒であるかをあなたに話します。

Some Translations:

Japan 日本 Nihon
Overtime 時間とともに jikan to tomoni
Lives 生きている ikite iru
Workers 労働者 rōdō-sha
Estimate 見積もり mitsumori
Die 死ぬ shinu
Overwork 過労 karō

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan, dozens ordered to evacuate after eruption 日本で桜島火山が噴火し、噴火後に数十人が避難を命じられた

WION shows Japan's Sakurajima volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, erupted on Sunday, prompting evacuations in the region.

Sakurajima (Japanese: 桜島, literally "Cherry Blossom Island") is a so-called active stratovolcano, formerly an island and now a peninsula, in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, Japan. The lava flows of the 1914 eruption connected it with the Ōsumi Peninsula. It is certainly the most active volcano in Japan.

As of April 2021, the volcanic activity still continues, dropping volcanic ash on the surroundings. Earlier eruptions built the white sand highlands in the region. On September 13, 2016, a team of experts from Bristol University and the Sakurajima Volcano Research Centre in Japan suggested that the volcano could have a major eruption within 30 years; since then two eruptions have occurred.

Sakurajima is a stratovolcano. Its summit has three peaks, Kita-dake (northern peak), Naka-dake (central peak) and Minami-dake (southern peak) which is active now.

Kita-dake is Sakurajima's highest peak, rising to 1,117 m (3,665 ft) above sea level. The mountain is in a part of Kagoshima Bay known as Kinkō-wan. The former island is part of the city of Kagoshima. The surface of this volcanic peninsula is about 77 km2 (30 sq mi).

The geological history of the fascinating volcano is interesting.

There is a map of Sakurajima from 1902 that shows it as a distinct island.

Sakurajima is in the 25 km (15 mi)-wide Aira caldera, which formed in an enormous "blow-out-and-cave-in" eruption around 22,000 years ago. Several hundred cubic kilometres of ash and pumice were ejected, causing the magma chamber underneath the erupting vents to collapse. The resulting caldera is over 20 km (12 mi) across. Tephra fell as far as 1,000 km (620 mi) from the volcano. Sakurajima is a modern active vent of the same Aira caldera volcano.

Sakurajima was formed by later activity within the caldera, beginning about 13,000 years ago. It is about 8 km (5 mi) south of the centre of the caldera. Its first eruption in recorded history was in 963 AD. Most of its eruptions are strombolian, affecting only the summit areas, but larger plinian eruptions have occurred in 1471-1476, 1779-1782 and 1914.

Volcanic activity at Kita-dake ended around 4,900 years ago: later eruptions have been centered on Minami-dake. Since 2006, activity has centred on Showa crater, to the east of the summit of Minami-dake.

Japanese language:


桜島(日本語:桜島、文字通り「桜島」)は、九州の鹿児島県にある、以前は島で現在は半島である、いわゆる活発な成層火山です。 1914年の噴火の溶岩流は、大隅半島とつながっていました。確かに日本で最も活火山です。

2021年4月現在も火山活動は続いており、周囲に火山灰が降り注いでいます。初期の噴火により、この地域に白い砂浜の高地が建設されました。 2016年9月13日、ブリストル大学と日本の桜島火山研究センターの専門家チームは、火山が30年以内に大噴火する可能性があることを示唆しました。それ以来、2回の噴火が発生しました。


北岳は桜島の最高峰で、海抜1,117 m(3,665フィート)に達します。山は金光湾として知られる鹿児島湾の一部にあります。かつての島は鹿児島市の一部です。この火山半島の表面は約77km2(30平方マイル)です。



桜島は幅25km(15マイル)の姶良カルデラにあり、約22、000年前に巨大な「噴火と洞窟」の噴火で形成されました。数百立方キロメートルの灰と軽石が放出され、噴火口の下のマグマ溜りが崩壊しました。結果として得られるカルデラは、直径20 km(12マイル)を超えています。テフラは火山から1,000km(620マイル)まで落下しました。桜島は、同じ姶良カルデラ火山の現代的な活火山です。


北岳の火山活動は約4,900年前に終わり、その後の噴火は南岳を中心に行われました。 2006年以降、南岳山頂の東にある昭和火口を中心に活動を行っています。

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Overall prices in Japan rose 2.4% in June; Inflation shows early signs of hitting a peak 日本の全体的な価格は6月に2.4%上昇しました。 インフレはピークに達する初期の兆候を示しています

WION on Youtube shows that global inflation appears to be slowly having an impact on Japan, a country that is considered as one of the strongest economies in the world. Weak Yen and volatile oil prices continue to make situation shaky.

Amid rising consumer prices, it sure seems that some Japanese companies in Japan have begun providing "inflation allowances" to workers.

Certain companies in Japan are starting to provide "inflation allowance" to employees, in a bid to alleviate workers’ concerns about rising food, electricity and gasoline prices and allow them to focus on important productive work.

Computer software developer Cybozu has decided to make special lump-sum payments to employees in Japan and abroad in July and August. The amount will range from ¥60,000 to ¥150,000 for workers in Japan, depending on the number of hours worked.

At Jul 27, 2022:

1 United States Dollar equals 136.58 Japanese Yen

Japanese Language:

YouTubeのWIONは、世界のインフレが、世界で最も強力な経済の1つと見なされている日本にゆっくりと影響を与えているように見えることを示しています。 円安と不安定な石油価格は状況を不安定にし続けています。



コンピュータソフトウェア開発者のサイボウズは、7月と8月に国内外の従業員に特別一括払いを行うことを決定しました。 労働時間に応じて、日本の労働者は60,000円から15万円の範囲になります。



Monday, May 9, 2022

Katakana ( 片仮名、カタカナ ) is a Japanese syllabary

Katakana ( 片仮名、カタカナ ) is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with hiragana, kanji and in some cases the Latin script (known as rōmaji). The word katakana means "fragmentary kana", as the katakana characters are derived indeed from components or fragments of more complex kanji. Katakana and hiragana are both kana systems. With one or two minor exceptions, each syllable (strictly mora) in the Japanese language is represented by one character or kana in each system. Each kana represents either a vowel such as "a" (katakana ア); a consonant followed by a certain vowel such as "ka" (katakana カ); or "n" (katakana ン), a nasal sonorant which, depending on the context, sounds either like English m, n or ng ([ŋ]) or like the nasal vowels of Portuguese or Galician.

In contrast to the hiragana syllabary, which is used for Japanese words not covered by kanji and for grammatical inflections, the katakana syllabary usage is certainly comparable to italics in English; specifically, it is used for transcription of foreign-language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo). It is also used for emphasis, to represent onomatopoeia, for technical and scientific terms, and for names of plants, animals, minerals and often Japanese companies.

カタカナ(片仮名、カタカナ)は日本語の音節文字であり、ひらがな、漢字、場合によってはラテン字(ローマ字)とともに、日本語の書記体系の1つのコンポーネントです。カタカナという言葉は「断片的なかな」を意味します。カタカナの文字は、より複雑な漢字の構成要素または断片から実際に派生しているためです。カタカナとひらがなはどちらもかなシステムです。 1つまたは2つの小さな例外を除いて、日本語の各音節(厳密にはモーラ)は、各システムで1つの文字またはかなで表されます。各かなは、「a」(カタカナア)などの母音を表します。子音の後に「か」(カタカナか)などの特定の母音が続く。または「n」(カタカナ)、文脈に応じて、英語のm、n、ng([ŋ])、またはポルトガル語やガリシア語の鼻母音のように聞こえる鼻音。


Hiragana ( 平仮名, ひらがな ) is a Japanese syllabary

Hiragana ( 平仮名, ひらがな ) is a Japanese syllabary, part of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana as well as kanji.

It is a phonetic lettering system. The word hiragana literally means "flowing" or "simple" kana ("simple" originally as contrasted with kanji).

Hiragana and katakana are both indeed kana systems. With few small exceptions, each mora in the Japanese language is represented by one character (or one digraph) in each system. This may be either a vowel such as "a" (hiragana あ); a consonant followed by a vowel such as "ka" (か); or "n" (ん), a nasal sonorant which, depending on the context, sounds either like English m, n or ng ([ŋ]) when syllable-final or like the nasal vowels of French, Portuguese or Polish. Because the characters of the kana do not represent single consonants (except in the case of ん "n"), the kana are indeed referred to as syllabic symbols and not alphabetic letters.

Hiragana is used to write okurigana (kana suffixes following a kanji root, for example to inflect verbs and adjectives), various many grammatical and function words including particles, as well as miscellaneous other native words for which there are no kanji or whose kanji form is obscure or too formal for the writing purpose. Words that do have common kanji renditions may also sometimes be written instead in hiragana, according to an individual author's preference, for example to impart an informal feel. Hiragana is also used to write furigana, a reading aid that certanly shows the pronunciation of kanji characters.



ひらがなとカタカナはどちらも確かにかなシステムです。いくつかの小さな例外を除いて、日本語の各モーラは、各システムで1つの文字(または1つの有向グラフ)で表されます。これは、「a」(ひらがなあ)などの母音のいずれかです。子音の後に「ka」(か)などの母音が続きます。または「n」(ん)、文脈に応じて、音節の最後の場合は英語のm、n、またはng([ŋ])のように聞こえるか、フランス語、ポルトガル語、またはポーランド語の鼻母音のように聞こえます。かなの文字は単一の子音を表さないため(ん "n"の場合を除く)、かなは実際にはアルファベットではなく音節記号と呼ばれます。


Friday, February 11, 2022

This Small Japanese Town Is A UFO Hotspot この小さな日本の町はUFOのホットスポットです

VICE News Channel on Youtube shows that in a small Japanese town with desolate streets and shuttered storefronts, aliens are said to be frequent visitors.

A so-called unidentified flying object (UFO) is any perceived aerial phenomenon that cannot be immediately identified or explained. On investigation, most UFOs are identified as known objects or atmospheric phenomena, while a small number really remain unexplained.

Scientists and skeptic organizations such as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry have provided prosaic explanations for a large number of claimed UFOs being caused by certain natural phenomena, human technology, delusions, or hoaxes. Small but vocal groups of "ufologists" favour unconventional, pseudoscientific hypotheses, some of which go beyond the typical extraterrestrial visitation claims and sometimes form part of so-called new religions.

It seems that unusual sightings have been reported in the sky throughout many times in human history. However, UFOs did not achieve their current cultural prominence until the period after World War II, escalating during the Space Age. The 20th century saw studies and investigations into UFO reports conducted by governments (such as Projects Grudge and Sign in the United States, and Project Condign in the United Kingdom). Various investigations have also been done by organisations and individuals.




科学者やサイコップ調査委員会などの懐疑的な組織は、特定の自然現象、人間の技術、妄想、またはいたずらによって引き起こされたと主張されている多数のUFOについて、無作法な説明を提供しています。 「UFO研究者」の小さいながらも声高なグループは、型にはまらない疑似科学的な仮説を支持します。そのいくつかは、典型的な地球外生命体の訪問の主張を超え、時にはいわゆる新宗教の一部を形成します。

人類の歴史の中で何度も空で異常な目撃が報告されているようです。しかし、UFOが宇宙時代の間にエスカレート、第二次世界大戦後の期間まで彼らの現在の文化的隆起を達成しませんでした。 20世紀には、政府(米国のプロジェクト・グラッジとサイン、英国のプロジェクト・コンディグンなど)によって実施されたUFOレポートの調査と調査が行われました。組織や個人によってもさまざまな調査が行われています。