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'Much worse than we were led to believe'
Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'

By Matt McGrath

Environment correspondent, BBC News


Q&A: Fukushima leak problems



A landslide victory for the DPJ in Japan

Go to Economist.com

The word “Banzai” is used as the title of the article.



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I read the news today, oh boy

About a financial crisis around the world

And though the news was rather sad

Well, I had to think about my blog

I saw quite a few expressions about falling in the news

I'd love to turn your attention to them

From BBC News

World stock markets have plunged after government bank bail-outs in the US and Europe failed to stem fears of slower global economic growth.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones fell 370 points, ending below 10,000 for the first time since 2004.

UK and French indexes also suffered big falls.

In New York, the Dow fell 369.88 points, or 3.58%, to end at 9,955.50.

At one point the blue-chip index had been down more than 800 points.

The Nikkei's fall on Tuesday followed its 4.3% drop on Monday, which saw it close at its lowest since February 2004.

In London, the FTSE 100 index ended down 391.1 points, or 7.85%, at 4,589.2 - having lost 8.5% at one point.

Germany's Dax index lost 7.39%, while France's Cac-40 index dropped 9.04% - its biggest one-day fall since the index was created in 1988.

Trading on key stock markets in Brazil and Russia was temporarily suspended after share prices plummeted by 10% and 15% respectively.

Russia's RTS index ended 19.1% down.

The prospect of a slowdown denting energy demand saw oil prices fall further, dipping under $90 a barrel.

In London Brent crude dropped $6.57 to $83.68 a barrel, while US light, sweet crude fell $6.07 to $87.81 a barrel.

From FT.com

Stock prices collapsed around the world on Monday amid growing fears that the credit crisis would trigger a global recession.

The FTSE Eurofirst 300 index had its third worst day ever, plunging 7.75 per cent, as France’s CAC 40 slumped 9 per cent, its second worst day on record.

In London, the FTSE 100 suffered its biggest one-day points loss.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 3.6 per cent at 9,955.50 after falling as much as 7.75 per cent, to 9,525.32, during the day.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index slumped 11 per cent, its largest daily decline since 1987.

Trading was temporarily stopped in some major emerging economies, including Russia, where the market fell by just over 19 per cent, and Brazil, where stocks fell as much as 15 per cent before closing 5.4 per cent lower.

Earlier, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index plunged 4.3 per cent to a 4½-year low.

Jakarta suffered a 10 per cent drop.

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"Yet, this seems to be more similar to Western food than eel and sushi. Wouldn't you say so?"

"I would. In fact, tonkatsu is sometimes considered to be a type of yoshoku."

(Unit 14)


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Japanese investment level drops
Japanese investment level drops

Capital investment spending by Japanese firms fell in the April-to-June period compared with a year ago, raising worries of a wider slowdown.

BBC News ←Click and see.(今日の記事はTOEICに出そうな単語がいっぱい!)


Japan has seen its longest period of economic growth since World War II,




economic growth そんなに長く続いてる?



テーマ: 英語・英会話学習 - ジャンル:学校・教育

Why girls 'really do prefer pink'
Why girls 'really do prefer pink'

A little girl's love of all things pink may not be entirely due to marketing by clothes and toy firms say researchers

BBC News 



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Japanese film wins Locarno award
Japanese film wins Locarno award

Japanese film Ai No Yokan (The Rebirth) has won the top prize at Switzerland's Locarno International Film Festival.

BBC News 


テーマ: 英語・英会話学習 - ジャンル:学校・教育

IAEA experts visit Japanese plant
IAEA experts visit Japanese plant

A team of UN nuclear experts has begun a four-day inspection of a Japanese atomic power plant damaged in a powerful earthquake last month.



テーマ: 英語・英会話学習 - ジャンル:学校・教育

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