2009年08月27日(木)の放送内容 VIETNAM TARGETS SHINKANSEN
Vietnam has decided to adopt Japanese's bullet trains technique for its high speed train plan to connect its 2 biggest main citites.
*Vietnam is expected to adopt Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train technology for a planned high-speed service linking the country's 2 main cities.
//高速鉄道：High Speed Railway
Vietnam train company has concluded on Thursday that Shinkansen is sperior to French and Germany high speed trains in the aspects of safety and convenience.
*Vietnam's government-affiliated railway corporation concluded by Thursday that the Japanese system is safer and more convenient than high-speed technologies from France and Germany.
//鉄道公社：government-affiliated railway corporation
Vietnam's goverment-affiliated railway corporation is planning to link the capital Hanoi in north and Hochimin in South by 2020. The distance between these cities is 1600 km and currently it takes 30 hours but after completion of the plan, the time would be shortend to 6 hours.
*The plan is to build a 1,600-kilometer railway, linking the capital of Hanoi in the north, with Ho Chi Minh in the south, in about 6 hours. The trip currently takes about 30 hours.
Vietnam is aiming to launch the new railway by 2020.
//北部の＊＊、南部の＊＊：＊＊in the north, ＊＊in the south
//the trip takes,,,, : 時間かかる
Vietnam is now asking Japan for development financial assistance to a part of 55 billion usd of grand tortal of the plan.
*It has been sounding out the possibility of obtaining Japanese government assistance to fund part of the construction cost of about 55 billion dollars.
Meanwhile, Japan has had a positive attitude to Vietnm's request considering that it would help Japanese Shinkansen technology spread world wide.
*The Japanese side has been positive about supporting the plan, as an opportunity to promote Shinkansen technology worldwide.
//be positeve about:～に対して前向き
But whether this plan go further is not clear becuase of remaining financial problems.
*But it is still unclear if the plan will be realized because of unprocured funds and other financial issues.
2009年09月22日(火)の放送内容 U.S. TO IMPOSE TARIFFS ON CHINESE TIRES
The U.S. president Obama decided to impose extra tariff to tires impored from China, the amount of which is increasing.
*U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese tires, imports of which are increasing rapidly.
//中国製タイヤ：chinese tires, Cahinese-made tires
The white house announced on Friday that it will impose extra tariffs to Chinese tires for coming 3 years.
*The White House announced on Friday that the tariffs on Chinese-made tires will last three years.
This is in respose to the Union's request.
*They come in response to the demands of labor unions.
The labor union had asked the gornment to limit imports of Chinese tire, which are so cheap, saying it would harm domestic tire industry.
*The unions have demanded restrictions on low-cost Chinese-made tires, arguing that they threaten the domestic tire industry.
Meanwhile, some tire manufacturers have asked the government to act prudently, because most of them have their own factories in China.
*U.S. tire firms are calling for prudence, as many have factories in China.
The tariffs' rate was set lower than what the International Trading Committie in America advised. This shows that while Obama focused on protecting jobs for Americans, he also took the voice against this measure into account.
*The tariff rates were set lower than what had been recommended by the federal trade panel. Obama is believed to have given consideration to those who oppose the action, while attaching importance to job protection in the United States.
//give consideration to *** : **** を考慮する
//attach importance to *** : ****を重大視する
Meanwhile, Beigin is against the action saying it would just end burdening America's auto firm and comsumers.
*China has strongly opposed the move, saying it will only impose a greater burden on U.S. vehicle manufacturers and consumers.
//imose a burden on : に
Also China said that it was a aggressive trade protection act and America made a bad exmaple of abuse of rescue measure. China is likely to cosider a possible counter measure including filing lawsuit to WTO.
*It calls it a serious act of trade protectionism by the U.S., and says it sets a bad precedent of abusing remedial measures. China says it will study possible countermeasures, including bringing the case to the WTO.
//bring the case to the WTO
2010年04月28日(水)の放送内容 KONNYAKU PROMOTED IN RUSSIA
In order to sell Konnayaku abroad, its producers in Japan have introduced it to Rossia for the first time.
*Japanese producers of konnyaku have introduced their products in Russia for the first time. They're trying to expand the overseas market for the gel.
//○○の販路を海外に拡大する：expand the overseas market for ○○
Konnyaku producers from Gumma pref., where the amount of its output is the highest in Japan, participated in an agricaltual sample exhibision in Urajiostok on 14th APR. They dispersed Konnyaku samples like humbargs and noodles made from Konnayaku.
*Ten people from Japan's largest konnyaku-producing district went to an agricultural product fair in Vladivostok on Wednesday. They offered free samples, ranging from burgers to noodles.
//農産物見本市:agricaltual sample exhibision
Japanese food is now drawing attention from consumers in Rossia, who care about their health.
*Japanese foods are attracting attention in Russia among health-conscious consumers.
Female visitors to this fair said, " It would help us to keep on diet" " If it's reasonable, I want to buy it!"
*"This will help me stick to my diet.""I want to buy it if it's not expensive."
The amount of Konnyaku consumed in Japan has been decreasing, so its producers want to expand thoverseas market for it.
*Consumption of konnyaku is declining in Japan, so the producers hope to expand their overseas market.
2010年01月26日(火)の放送内容 CONSUMER SENTIMENT FALLS
According to a research conducted once in 3 months by Japanese bank, the number of people who think the market has gotten worse has incrased for the first time in 1 year and half. This means people have started to be alarmed against def
*The Bank of Japan's quarterly survey found consumer sentiment has deteriorated for the first time in 18 months. This reflects growing public concern about deflation and the future of the Japanese economy.
This survey was conducted by the Bank of Japan fomr November to December in 2009, targeted more than 2000 men and women over 20 years old.
*The survey was conducted in November and December 2009, and collected data from more than 2,000 men and women aged 20 or older.
//20歳以上：aged 20 or older
Accroding to the survey, 31 persence think business in 2010 would get worse, increased by 11 points from the previous.
*31 percent of the respondents believe the economy will deteriorate in 2010. That was an increase of 11 percentage points from the previous quarter.
Meanwhile, only 8 percent think the economy will get better.
*Only eight percent said they foresee an improvement.
Also people who think product price has lowered accounted 34%, which overtook the rate of people thinking otherwise for the first time in 5 years.
*Meanwhile, 34 percent said they feel consumer prices have fallen compared with a year ago. It's the first time in about five years that the figure outnumbered those who feel prices have risen.]
43% of the people who felt consumer prices had fallen think of it preferablly and 20 % dont.
Among respondents who felt that prices have declined, 43 percent felt the trend is favorable, while 20 percent felt the trend is unfavorable.
2009年11月10日(火)の放送内容 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW SKIDS
The number of visitors to Tokyo Motor Show has decreased to less than half compared with the previous in 2007.
This is maily because sales of cars has largely fallen world wide and many auto makers decided not to participate.
*The Tokyo Motor Show has ended with fewer than half the number of visitors from the previous 2007 show, reflecting the global sales slump that prevented many foreign automakers from participating.
//global sales slump: 世界の***の販売が大幅に
Some domestic car makers had shown off the state of art cars such as electric cars and very efficient cars in the exhibision held from 23th/Oct to 4th/Nov.
*Many Japanese makers at the show, which ran from October 23rd through Wednesday, showed off electric cars and other cutting-edge, fuel-efficient vehicles.
However, the number of visitors was 614,400.-, which was half of the privious one in 2007 which drew more than 1400000 people. This is the lowerst level since 1958.
*But just 614,400 visitors turned up, compared to more than 1.4 million people in 2007, the lowest since 1958.
Experts said, this was because of the show losing its attarcation due to only 3 months foreign participants compared with 26 in the previous time in the hard economy.
*Auto analysts say the show has lost some of its luster. Just three foreign firms took part amid the business slump, compared with 26 two years ago.
The show's organizer, The Japan Automobil Association, is now considering of some measures like reducing participation fee, for the next show in 2011, in order to attract more foreign companies.
*The show's organizer, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, says it is considering cutting participation fees for the next event in 2011 to encourage more foreign firms to take part.
//出展料を引き下げる：cut prticipation fees