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old news is new again.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2018年 1月18日(木)16時09分18秒
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  (1/17)
I brought " Old news is new agaih," from NHK English conversation program, again.
Today's subject is " Cobalt-rich crusts confirmed on seabed off Chiba."

Japanese researchers have confirmed details of a large area of rare metal deposts in the seabed off eastern Japan.
Neary 30 years ago, an area with cobalt-rich crusts was found about 350 km off Chiba Prefecture. And from April to May this year, researchers from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology cinducted a robot urvey of the area.
They say the surface of a submarine volcano at depths of 1500 to 5500 m is covered with the crusts, which extend for about 950square kilometers, 1.5 times as large as the 23 wards of Tokyo. And the crusts are more than 10 cm thick, which is about 2 times as thick as cobalt-rich crusts found in other area of the world.
An official at the agency sats surprising such a huge amount of mineral resources are found near Japan's main island of Honshu.

  Words and Expression
rare metal      レアメタル    depsit            鉱床, 鉱脈
off...          ...の沖      survey            調査
submarine volcano  海底火山     square kilometer  平方km


1. Listen once and answer the questios.
Q1. What does this large area contain?
Q2. Where is the area?
Q3. How large is the area?

2. Listen again  and answer the True / False questions.
  1. Researchers cobducted a survey in a submarine.
  2. The crusts are more than 10 cm thick.

                                          That's all.

" You can improve more than you think if you keep practicing."
                                                     from Keinan Iwamura.
 
 

Ernesto (movie)

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2018年 1月18日(木)15時12分28秒
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  (12/13)
I wrote this report one month ago.
Then this movie still have been puttingon a film. But my turn couldn't come, then.
After that, I was absent two weeks and we had arest week. And last weem, I reported about my absence. So it has been very late. But I'll report " Ernesto" (movie). Because I loved this movie.

On October 19th, I went to see a movie again with my wife.
That is "Ernesto." That movie is a Japanese-Cuba co-production. and Ernesto is the first name of Che Guevara.
Fledy(?) 前村, Japanese-Bolian, had given that name "Ernesto" from Guevara, and he had called himself " Ernesto Medio " 医者のエルネスト," when he fought against the military gpverment of Bolivia. So that movie is adding the subtitle, " Another Guevara."
In Bolivia, Fiedy 前村 helped to poor children from illness in his native land. He aims to be doctor and go abroad to study to Cuba that is immediately after the revolution.
It's centrally depicting his passinative student life. Then he happens tto meet Che guevara who completed his revolution and visited Hiroshima right after (1959, july). There, Fledy asks him, " What should I do for my country? " Guevara said to him, " It doesn't ask others, Your mind tell you it! "  Fledy admires Guevara as he hears those words. And on Cuba crisis, the conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union resulted in just before nuclar war, he volunteers for the militia.
But when his friend asked him, " What kind of word is the best when I persuade her? "  Fledy answered him, " You should say that I can die wth you." That friend goes well with her. But he leaves her becoming pregnant. Fledy fight him.
After that, Fledy takes good care of her and her daughter. That is the only romantic scene in this movie.
In the end, Fledy dies in the batlle against the military Govermentin Bolibia, butthe story that Fledy is killed by that poor boy who took care at his native land, is too good to be true, I think.
But they say Fledy is a existent man.
                                      Thank you.

" Now is the time to practice, not tomorrow."  from Keinan Iwamura.        
 

Different surnames.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2018年 1月11日(木)13時41分3秒
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  (2018.1.10)

What do you think about " different surnames " for a married couple ?
There were two insistence on surname on newspaper on Novenber. And today's newspaper, too.
They said that they couldn't understand about the need of "different surnames." When we have the same name, we have the good chance that we realize we have got married.
Others said thetb didn't want to change thier surnames when they got marrid. But as it don't permit by the law, he has chose his wife's sur name. So he had many problems. His career must be delayed. They couldn't understand why the different surnames system is not dood.
In the 750 article of the civil law, it has been decided that married couple has to have same surname. And in 2015, the Suprem Court of Japan has decided the constitutional judgement on it. But Mr. Yamaura, 山浦, who is a layer and was an associate justice od the Supreme Court in 2015, said on newspaper it violates the 24 article in the constitution taht married couple has to have the same surname. Becouse in the same surname system, one of them has to change the surname. That is incompatible with the equality of the sexes in marriage. He also said we should feel sympathy and have respect a minority opinion, too.
In our case, we had discused fully and decided my surname but our both surnames of our families will disappear. It's little bit unfortunate, I think.
                                       Thanks.

" Practice a little or practice a lot. But practice! " from Keinan Iwamura.
 

Movies.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 9月13日(水)15時19分14秒
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  (7/5) First, I said," Thank you, Kaneko, for your nice sweet corns. they are delicious, white color, soft, jucy and sweet. I have found " Mirai " that is a kind of corn, we can eat raw, ih the newspaper article. It don't say anything about the color and tooth touch of that corn, except sweet and delicious. But I'm sure your corn is that corn without any evidence. Thank you."
By the way, last month, in June, I don't know why, I have seen three movies.
The first is, "Manchester by the sea," (America), at United inema, Toyohashi.
The second is, " The streetcar named Desire," at One Coin Theater of the pensioner union.
And the last one is, " Mother--the mother story of Kobayashi Takiji," at Toyohashi Culyural Hall, Mukaiyama.
I prefer play rather than movie. So I have joined the Toyohashi play watching Association when it has started. But in june, I have watched three movies going with my wife. My wife loved movies.
" Manchester by the sea" is the story of a man, who was left his wife and living with his nephew at a darkport town, "Manchester by the sea" in Boston. It got the Academy Awards. But I couldn't understand what it has excellent points.
"The streetcar named Desir"  is the story of the daughters of a family now hallen on evil days. I have watched that story as the play. But I couldn't remember that. I have remembered it rather than the play of " Cherry blossom Garden." My impression of that movie is only the beauty of Vivian Rie who is lossing her conscious sense.
"Mother---" was the movie, we should watch when the low of crime of consoiracy, 共謀罪, was been enacting. The original work is Miura Ayako, 三浦綾子,and Terashima Shinobu,寺島志乃ぶ, is playing the leading role of the film. It was a story that under the Maintenance of the Public order act, 治安維持法, how the mother of Takiji was growing him and lost. It was the most impression for me that she said she didn't know writingthe novels was such a terrific thing and her son, Takiji should be killed to write his novels.
                                      Thank you.

" If it's worth doing, it's going to take steady effot." from Keinan Iwamura.

          
 

The bus trip of town people

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 9月12日(火)16時09分44秒
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  (6/21) Our class was canceled by heavy rain.

(6/28) First, I said " Last week, I was going to bring some loquats. They were last harvest. But our David's class had been canceled because of heavy rain. Icouldn't give you them, I'm sorry. So I had served them out our neighbors."
By the way, on June 11th, Sunday, we, the town people of Tutujigaoka elementary school area, went to Gptenba,御殿場, and Numazu city,沼津市, by bus for social education. I joined that attracted by the lunch with all the beer we can drink and Numazu Deepsea Aquarium. They have six kinds of beer. But I had been down for five beer mugs, although. I would want to drink six mugs od these beer.
Numazu Deepsea Aquarium is not so big and also called " Coelacanth Museum." Coelacanth is a primitive fish of the Paleozoicera, 古生代, but they are living in the Madagascan sea near Africa. They are the protochodate animal ( fish ) like Slugfish, ナメクジウオ in Japanese. They are no backbone. In stad of that, they have a notochard made the matter like fibrihorm.
Namekuji-uo was living at Mikawa-ohshima in Gamagohricity.It was the northern limit the rage of Namekuji-uo. So it was designated as a special natural treasure of Japan. But they had disappeared in recent years.
After an interval of 48 years , that was found at Nishi-no-hama in Tahara city.
Namekuji-uo is small but Coelacanth is big fish about 60~80 cm long. Of cause, we can see only that specimens,but we can see that swimming figures from VTR. I was satisfied that. But an admission fee ¥1600.- is a little bit expensive, I think.
        Thank you.

    
 

Jige-certification

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 6月15日(木)16時54分34秒
  (6/14)
Do you know " Jige-certification " ?
I didn't know well that first. So Ihave checked that by my dictionary just that sure.
Jige, 地毛, means own hair. I was surprised that certification. About 60 % of Tokyo metropolitan high schools are demanding that from the student's parents, besides with the picture of infancy for proving " Jige." The board of Education of Tokyo said it was for prevention of wrong teaching. I was surprised again to hear that. This is the claim of the board of Education of Tokyo. Their teaching quality is so poor I can't believe.
Certainly, the teaching of hair is difficult. But itwas cause of labeling that dyeing and curling of their hair are absolute wrong. And it's almost impossible that teachers want to lead students uniformly and equally. Because students have personality each and indeoendent sprit. Education must be done with these. Besides it is the age that the students, eighteen years old, have the right of vote. It is teacher side to change, I think.
In Aichi prefecture, we, high school teachers, also used to hard lead about hair, especially about girls students. But we couldn't have required " Jige- certification,"
during I worked at Aich high schools. Maybe there is not " Jige-certification," I think.That is in exestence Tokyo high schools, in the present time. I'm surprised that. They argue that they need equality in education. But I think we, teachers sometimes that we are deceived by them.
                                       Thank you.

" You are the one who decides how much progress you make." from Keinan Iwamure.
    
 

The exhibition of Siebold.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 6月13日(火)14時26分54秒
  (6/7)
I worte this and told for May 24th, Wednesday, but I couldn't. SoI'll introduce the exhibition of Siebold, today. Because I have interesting feeling about Itoh Keisuke.
I knew a nexhibition of Siebold at Nagoya City Mseum on TV. Immediatelly, I checked it by my PC and went to see it there on May 14th, Sunday. Because I didnt go anywhere for Golden Week, and I've interested in Itoh Keisuke coming from Owari, wst of Aichi prefecture. Wnen we had entered the botanical department of university, our professor asked one of our classmate, " Your name is different one letter with Itoh Keisuke, besides coming from Aichi. Doyou have some relative of Itoh Keisuke ? " He answered there was nothing. His name is Itoh Keinosuke coming from Atumi. Then I didn't know about Itoh Keisuke at all, as I was a lazy student. Itoh Keisuke was a Ranpoh-i, 蘭方医, who was a doctor abtained the Dutch medicine the end of Edo period coming from Owari area. He had cooperated on Siebold's botanical study in Japan. Siebold had taught Keisuke botanical taxonomy. After that Keisuke got Doctor of Science first in Japan.
This exhibition is called, " Revisiting Siebld's Japanese Museum." He came Japan as a DUtch doctor, but he was an army surgeon in Germany. He loved Japan and Okiku-san who amoman looked after Siebold. They had a daughtor, Ine. She was a moman medical doctor first in Japan.
Siebold had gathered a great varity of 6000 things of Japan. 300 things of 6000 gathered by him are exhibited at this exhibit.
When we enter the place, we can see a botanical specimen of hydrangea, あじさい. I was surprised to hear that it is a spcimen by Siebold and keeps at Tokyo Univercity.
Furthermore, Siebold named hydrabgea " Okikusa " means plant of Okiku-san. When I heard that, I was sueprised again.
                                   Thank you.

" You know how important itis to keep up a steady effort." from Keinan Iwamura.
  
 

I'm sorry I was suddenly absent this class.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 6月 6日(火)14時27分23秒
  (5/24)I was absent.
(5/31)
I'm sorry I was suddenly absent this class last Wednesday.
That day, afternoon, my car,insight had a troubl. Its battery went flat. It was caused by forgeting to turn off the hazard lights. So I connected two batteries of insight and ekwagon, my wife's car, with booster cables, and tuened on the starter of insight. Then the engine started but at the same time, the hazardlights turned on and continued the alarm sound for the crimeprevention. I couldn't stop them.Unforyunately, Honda dealers were all closing down Wednesday. Iwas in a panic a little. Then, my wife's friend, just happen to be, adviced to call to FAF, Japanese Automobile Federation. Besides, the phone number of FAF, ♯8129, in my cell phone, didn't work.
What should I do ?
I was a panic again. Insted of me, that friend called Tiyahashi base of JAF. She knew that phone number, They said that just a moment. They told what time they could come there after. So I decided to be absent this class that day. Several minutes, after, the survice car of JAF arrived at my place. This time, when I started my car engine, I could turn off the hazard lights and no sound of alarm. How strange itis, I thought. JAF survice was free of charge, because I'm a member of it. I knew that first.But he said I had to continue idling for one or twohours to charge of battery.
In the middle of my car idling, Kaneko came my place and gave me her and your presents. Thank you for them and your apprehensions.
By the way, Yoshime, thankyou for your husband's Chinese tea. I'd like to say him that I've been pleased by his presents every time. I wanted to say that last week. This time, mine was KU-苦-something. KU means taste bitter. But it was not bitter. It tastes like buckwheat-tea, ソバ茶. It's very good and soft. We, my wife and I use to it every morning for breakfast. Sayto him " Thank you!"


" Failure is an opportunity to learn." from Keinan Iwamura.    
 

The bank notes.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 5月30日(火)14時36分47秒
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  (5/17)
Last week, Iintroduced the new, polymer, plastic 5-pound of Britain in NHK Old news program. I think it was too late. Because in Australia, the plastic banknotes were used from o long time ago. Canada too, David said.
I remembered I felt it unusually when I recieved them first.
Speaking of Britain, I have known that they are really different countries England and Zcotland. Their banknotes were issued by England Bank and Scotland Bank. Of couse,
both of them are accept both countries as same worth.
But when I visited Scotland, I paid with 10-pound note at the restaulant. The shopgirl said they couldn't accept this note.Because it was too old England note, so Scotland shop couldn't accept. But maybe we went to the bank we could change it to Scotland note. And she said she couldn't see it until now. It's very novelty note.
But it was accepted simply at a supermarket of England station.
The other side, the coins of each nations are interesting. 5-yen coin and 50-yen coin in Japan have hole. They are very noverty in the world, I heard.
Euro coins also are interesting, I think. The member nations of EU (European Union) are recognized only to issued Euro coins. So there are so many kinds of Eurocoins in EU and there are accepted anywhere in EU.
And Australia and New Zealand are near countries. But at the present, one Australia dollar is more expensive about 10-yen than New Zealand one. There is almost not New Zealand coin in Australia. But there are so many Australia coins with same worth and accepted in New Zealand.
In Toyohashi, I have recieved 100-won coin with 100-yen coins insted of 100-yen coin by accident in a convinuence store at Toyohashi station. They are very similar. But 100-won coin is about one yen, I think. Be careful.
                                                       Thank you.

" You're making progress slowly but steadily." from Keinan Iwamura.      
 

Old news is new again.

 投稿者:george  投稿日:2017年 5月30日(火)14時00分17秒
  (5/10) Britain introduces its first plastic banknotes.

Britain has introduced the country's first plastic banknote.
The new, polymer 5-pound note, which has begun circulating, is made of thin, flexible plastic. The note, worth about 6.6 dollars, has a portrait of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on the revere side. It's about 15 percent smaller than its predecessor.
The Bank of England sats the note has security features that make it harder to counterfeit. It says the strength of the matterial means the new notes are expected to last for about five years. That's two-and-a-half times longer than the paper type. The bank also says the plastic notes can survive a soin in the washing machine, and that their longer life will reduce production costs.
The central bank plans to introduce a polymer 10-pound note in mid-2017 and a 20-pound note by 2020.

  Words and Expressions

(bank)note・・・・・紙幣     polymer・・・・・ポリマー(高分子化合物)製の
portrait・・・・・・肖像      reverse side・・・裏面
prodecessor・・・・従来のもの     counterfeit・・・・偽造する
last・・・・・・・・長持ちする

1.Read once and answer the questions.
  1.What is the banknote made of?
     2. Whose portrait is on the reverse side?
     3. How much longer is the new note expected to last than its predecessor?

2. Read again and answer to the True/Faise questions.
    1. The new banknote is easier to counterfeit.
    2. A polymer 10-pound note is planned to be introduced in 2017.


                            1 1. Polymer, or thin, flexible plastic.
                              2. Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
                              3. Two-and-a-half times longer.
                            2 1.F   2.T

" Practice reading out lowd as many times as you want." from Keinan Iwamura.
 

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