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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。
 
I’m Yohei Hayakawa, a media journalist in Japan. I think “March 11th, 2011”, that day was the turning point of people in Japan. “What is the most valuable and precious thing?” Not only a few people ask themselves this question.Some of them might have changed their way of living, such as where they work and live to find the answer. They might have already found it.The person, who is reading this interview program, may be one of them.We, Japanese people have kept having our own original mind; ...
 
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These days it’s hard to feel optimistic about social media, especially if you’re working in the news industry. But journalist McKay Coppins discovered it’s not all that bad — in fact, it can be quite wonderful. In early June, Coppins went on Twitter to ask for “interesting facts” to tell his two oldest children (aged 6 and 8) before they go to bed.…
 
Temperatures in the mid- to high-30s. Air so humid it felt like a sauna. For many athletes, the Tokyo Olympics were a slog.So why did they hold the games in the middle of Tokyo’s blazing hot summer? Why not October?That’s what organizers did for the 1964 Games in Tokyo. The 1968 Games in Mexico City and the 1988 Games in Seoul were also held after …
 
Want to find your inner Matt Damon and spend a year pretending you are isolated on Mars? NASA has a job for you.To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Aug. 6 for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha. That’s a 158-square-meter Martian habitat, created by a 3D printer and housed inside a buil…
 
Continued from Part 1…White elephants are rare albino elephants that are seen as sacred and venerated in parts of South Asia. White elephants were sometimes kept by kings and queens to show their power and influence. However, they were very expensive to look after, and could be a burden on their owners. In modern usage, a “white elephant” usually r…
 
This month we will look at some common English idioms that use color to express an idea or feeling.Some people say that lying is always wrong. However, there are “white lies,” which may be harmless or intended to protect someone’s feelings. The phrase is thought to come from Christian culture, which links white to purity. Imagine your grandmother s…
 
An Indonesian man with the coronavirus boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result.But the cover didn’t last long.Police say a flight attendant aboard the Citilink plane traveling from Jakarta to Ternate in North Maluku province on July 18 noticed that the m…
 
Global warming is dangerously close to spiraling out of control, a U.N. climate panel said in a landmark report Aug. 9, warning the world is already certain to face further climate disruptions for decades, if not centuries, to come.Humans are “unequivocally” to blame, the report from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (…
 
In the bad old days, washing clothes was a chore that took up the whole day, involving buckets and buckets of water and back-breaking scrubbing on hard washboards. The strong soaps people used also damaged the skin.The burden of the chore fell on women. They often had to spend a whole day doing the laundry.Inventors made machines to make laundry da…
 
US Capitol rioter gets 8 months for felonyA crane operator from Florida who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced July 19 to eight months behind bars, the first punishment handed down for a felony charge in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and one that could help determine the severity of other sentences in hundreds o…
 
Continued from Part 1…Can a family of four — for example, two parents and their children — sit together? After all, it would seem fairly obvious that they are from the same household. Apparently not. For one, restaurants and eateries have reconfigured their tables and chairs to seat only solo diners and/or pairs. The rules also state that even if w…
 
Some questions have become redundant in Singapore recently.A while ago, it was, “Eating in or takeaway?” With a spike in COVID-19 clusters and community infections, the government banned dining in for about a month. Eateries could continue operating, but only for deliveries and takeaways.Recently, dining in was finally allowed to resume. However, w…
 
Recent flooding in central China has killed over 300 people, three times the previously announced toll, authorities said Aug. 2.The Henan provincial government said 302 people died and 50 remain missing. The vast majority of the victims were in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital.Record rainfall inundated the city on July 20, turning streets into rus…
 
Documentary of Madonna’s Madame X world tour to debut globally in OctoberIn 1991, the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare showed filmgoers how Madonna lived and worked during her “Blond Ambition” world tour.Now, 30 years later, a new documentary will offer a glimpse into the personal life of Madonna and her work on the road during her latest world t…
 
Walmart mandates vaccine for managerial workers, brings back masks in storesWorkers at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4, the retailer said on July 31. Walmart managers also must be vaccinated if they travel within the United States.The company is also reversing its mask policy for Walmar…
 
Cuba sees biggest protests in decadesChanting “Freedom!” and calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down, thousands of Cubans joined street protests from Havana to Santiago on July 11 in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.The protests erupted amid Cuba’s worst economic crisis since the fall of…
 
Two dozen goats from a farm in a bucolic part of New York state are on a city outing — let loose in Manhattan’s Riverside Park on July 14 to munch on invasive weeds.Phones out, spectators crowded around fences and counted down as the hungry black, brown and white goats were herded in a ceremonial “Running of the Goats” to begin their task as natura…
 
Continued from Part 1…The burst of Japan’s bubble economy also hit JAL, and it started several low-cost airline subsidiaries, including JAL Express, to cut costs. Then, in 2002, it merged with longtime competitor Japan Air System.JAL cemented its status as a world-class airline in 2007 when it joined the Oneworld airline alliance. However, followin…
 
Now that we are over a year into the pandemic, it has been a long time since many of us have been on an airplane. However, if you were to take a flight, it is quite likely that it would be with Japan Airlines, the country’s first airline and still today its major international carrier.Japan Airlines was established in August 1951. Though it was ori…
 
Heat wave hits Canada, US with record highsA heat wave that smashed all-time high temperature records in western Canada and the U.S. Northwest has left a rising death toll in its wake as officials braced for more sizzling weather and the threat of wildfires.The worst of the heat had passed by June 30, but the U.S. state of Oregon reported 63 deaths…
 
Amid growing criticism of his handling of the pandemic, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Sept. 3 he won’t run for the leadership of the governing party later this month, paving the way for a new prime minister after just a year in office.Suga told reporters that heading Japan’s pandemic response and campaigning to lead his governing Liberal Democ…
 
Billionaire Branson soars to space in own rocketBritish billionaire Richard Branson on July 11 soared more than 50 miles (86 km) above the New Mexico desert aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and safely returned in its first fully crewed test flight to space, a symbolic milestone for a venture he started 17 years ago.“We’re here to make space …
 
Haitian police said July 11 they had arrested one of the suspected masterminds in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, a Haitian American man whom authorities accused of hiring mercenaries to oust and replace Moise.Moise was shot dead on July 7 at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins formed of…
 
An exit off Interstate 95 in Florida had to be closed for three hours after 100 homing pigeons fell off a truck and refused to move, posing a driving hazard to motorists, officials said June 30.A crate carrying 100 homing pigeons fell off the truck late on June 29 near Daytona Beach. Because the birds roost at night, the pigeons stayed on the road …
 
Continued from Part 1…With high-adrenaline acrobatics akin to those seen on the snow, skateboarding promises to wow and hook both existing and untapped Olympic audiences.For its Olympic debut, skateboarding has a custom-built park on the shores of Tokyo Bay to play with.The 40 men and 40 women will be chasing medals in two events — park, where they…
 
For skateboarding, a sport where the No. 1 rule is that there are no rules, the straitjacket of the Olympic Games, with its dense thickets of tradition and regulation, may not be a natural or immediate fit.So at the Tokyo Games, freewheelin’ skaters and Olympic officials are going to learn a lot about each other. Could be quite a ride. Both have pl…
 
Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of Coronation Street in London on July 8 to mark the 60th birthday of the TV soap opera.The monarch was all smiles as she walked along the cobbled street. She also visited a studio. Inside the studio, the crew and cast film the interior of the Rovers Return pub.It was the second time the queen, 95, has visited the…
 
UK’s ‘Freedom Day’ marred by soaring casesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Freedom Day,” ending more than a year of lockdown restrictions in England, was marred July 19 by surging infections, warnings of supermarket shortages and his own forced self-isolation.Johnson’s bet — that he can get one of Europe’s largest economies firing again beca…
 
A COVID-19 inoculation site for young people in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward got off to a rocky start Aug. 27 after the capital dramatically underestimated the size of the crowd that would turn up.Registration was supposed to begin at 11:50 a.m., but a line had formed by sunrise and every slot was filled by 7:30 a.m. According to officials, around 15 peopl…
 
Harrison Ford injures shoulder on set of new Indiana Jones movieActor Harrison Ford injured his shoulder while rehearsing a fight scene for a new Indiana Jones movie, Walt Disney Co. said on June 23.Production of the fifth Indiana Jones film will continue while “the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated” for the 78-year-old actor, Disney sai…
 
Last year on Dec. 8, two elderly British people were the first to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine they received was made by German biotech company BioNTech and U.S. pharmaceuticals company Pfizer.The vaccine uses mRNA — messenger RNA — to protect against the COVID-19 disease.Ever since, people have called it simply “the Pfizer shot.” B…
 
Continued from Part 1… For many years, French-speaking Montreal was the economic engine of Canada, only to be surpassed by English-speaking Toronto in the final decades of the 20th century. Today, Toronto is a major center for commerce and finance. Montreal, on the other hand, is widely touted for its culture, cuisine and architecture. If Toronto i…
 
You may not have heard about it on the news, but Canada has just been through an intense fight.Representatives from the English and French parts of the country faced off in May, exchanging shots and hits and even engaging in hand-to-hand combat.Casualties were limited to minor injuries, but all were left with bumps and bruises and those watching th…
 
Smartphones are getting bigger, more expensive and packed with more high-tech features. But if you want a simpler digital lifestyle, they might be too much.You could try a feature phone. Today’s feature phones can do a lot of things, but not very well. They’re mainly just for calling people.But maybe you want something in-between. Something like th…
 
In a stunning political setback for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on his home turf, opposition party-backed Takeharu Yamanaka defeated seven other candidates in the race to become Yokohama mayor.The victory by Yamanaka, 48, who was endorsed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and received the support of other major opposition parties, w…
 
Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, a vote that propelled the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position, but saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history.The election of Ebrahim Raisi, already sanctioned by the U.S. in part over his involvement in the ma…
 
Britney Spears says she doesn’t know whether she’ll ever perform againBritney Spears says she has no idea whether she will ever perform again.Spears, who has not performed in public since late 2018 and is under a court-ordered conservatorship, made the statement in a video post on her Instagram page where she answered three questions that she said …
 
HK pro-democracy Apple Daily closesThe pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily closed for good June 23 following police raids and the arrest of executives — a move that critics say undermines the city’s status as a free and open society.The jewel in Lai’s Next Digital media business, Apple Daily is a popular tabloid founded 26 years ago that …
 
Continued from Part 1...Asian elephants are loyal to their home ranges unless there have been disturbances, loss of resources or development, in which case they may move out, according to Nilanga Jayasinghe, manager for Asian species conservation at Worldwide Fund for Nature.“In this case, we don’t really know why they left their home range, but do…
 
Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars.Major global media are chronicling the herd’s more than yearlong, 500-kilometer trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming.Twitter and YouTube are full of clips of th…
 
Ever hear of the phrase “putting your money where your mouth is”? It means to act in a way that matches what you say. If you say you believe in helping people but in reality you don’t, then your money and your mouth are not on good terms. When a bank in upstate New York celebrated its 170th anniversary with 170 acts of kindness, it showed the world…
 
Plastic has been with us for so long that we forget how much it has changed the world, mostly for the better. But the first completely artificial plastic wasn’t called plastic: It was called Bakelite.Before Bakelite, people used rubber, making it into useful shapes. But in the 19th century, people started making new materials from plants and milk. …
 
Geneva baker serves up ‘Peace Cake’ for 1st summit between Biden and PutinA Swiss baker has invented a “Peace Cake” to mark the first Biden-Putin presidential summit. She said it was inspired by U.S. and Russian culinary traditions.The cake shows the words “Peace of Cake” next to flags and symbols from the two countries: a doll and samovar for Russ…
 
Fred Flintstone fought the law — and he won.Technically, the owner of the fanciful Flintstone house in a posh San Francisco suburb settled a lawsuit with the suburb, the town of Hillsborough. But the agreement will allow Fred and his friends to remain.In a dispute that pitted property rights against government rules, and played out in international…
 
Exxon loses board seats to activist hedge fundA tiny hedge fund dealt a major blow to Exxon Mobil Corp. on May 26, unseating at least two board members in a bid to force the company’s leadership to reckon with the risk of failing to adjust its business strategy to match global efforts to combat climate change.The success by hedge fund Engine No. 1 …
 
Continued from Part 1… At other times, the settings feel natural, like the gay nightclub Blur or a tour of the colorful WhimzeyLand “bowling ball house” in an episode featuring a scavenger hunt. Even the countless gratuitous beach shots mostly feel believable.“I’m watching something and I’m drawn into the show because of the storyline, but also the…
 
Remember that longing you felt after an episode of Sex and the City to shop at the characters’ favorite New York haunts and drink cosmopolitans at the same bars? Or that sense of wanderlust for the seaside cliffs of Ireland after watching Game of Thrones?Hollywood’s flattering spotlight has put small towns on the map, like Wilmington, North Carolin…
 
Keeping up with T. rex was easy: researchersUnlike its popular movie incarnations, Tyrannosaurus rex — the giant meat-eating dinosaur from the Cretaceous period — walked slower than previously thought, most likely ambling around at human walking speed, new Dutch research has found.Working with a three-dimensional computer model of “Trix,” a female …
 
More than 3,600 years ago, the mighty Hittite Empire ruled the Western Asian land of Anatolia. Its capital, Hattusa, flourished for around 500 years in what is now central Turkey. Today, the ruins of Hattusa attract the curious from around the world.The closest town is tiny Bogazkale, about 200 km east of Ankara. It’s a handy place to stay for a ni…
 
Israel’s parliament narrowly approved a new coalition government June 13, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition.Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett…
 
Facebook to launch Clubhouse-style roomsFacebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on April 19 the company planned to launch several audio services, including Clubhouse-style live audio rooms and a way for users to find and play podcasts.Facebook’s incursion into the audio market comes as the sudden explosion of interest in Clubhouse could be waning. D…
 
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