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Translations of NHK's Easy Japanese News

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The NHK has a section on their website where they post rewrites of news articles for people learning Japanese. They're pretty easy to read. I need to practice translating so this is a good place to start.

They even provide audio or video of the original story.

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http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10014261911000/k10014261911000.html

This Year's First Tuna Competition Begins at Tsukiji Market

(January 6 16:00)

At Tokyo's Tsukiji Market on the morning of the 5th at 5:30 A.M., this year's first competition began. Tsukiji Market is a marketplace for fish and other products, and Japan's biggest market.

First, the people of the market greeted, "We have to think about the consumption tax that will increase beginning this April, but we're expecting to have good business." Afterwards, everyone clapped their hands and prayed that business will go smoothly, and the competition began. This year, approximately 1700 tuna have been gathered from Japanese various ports and foreign countries.

Every year the most expensive tuna can be acquired at Ooma in the Aomori prefecture. This year the most expensive bluefin tuna of Ooma was 73,600,000 yen and 230 kg. The person who bought this tuna was also the person who bought the most expensive tuna last year. Last year it was the most expensive price to date, about 150,000,000 yen, but this year was cheaper than last year.

Because tuna has become popular in China and other regions, recently they have become competitors with Japanese sushi shops and prices have become very high. People of Tsukiji Market say, "The competition is no longer like up to last year, I would be relieved if it returns to normal."

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Using Japanese Rail Cars in Washington's Subway

(January 7 15:30)

The subway of America's capital, Washington D.C., is carrying out a plan to replace its old rail cars with the newest models.

As for these new rail cars, the Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries received the first order and delivered the first rail car made. On January 6, there was a celebration ceremony at a station of Washington's suburbs.

The new rail cars were made strong by using stainless steel for the first time in a Washington subway. During the next 4 years, all 528 carriages plan to be delivered.

Japanese ambassador Sasae residing in America says, "There is a famous story that long ago, Japan gifted cherry trees to George Washington. This time I want think it's an industrial gift."

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Making Transportation More Convenient for the Tokyo Olympics

(January 7 11:30)

The Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020. Because of this, there will be many buses and trains traveling between Haneda Airport and the Tokyo metropolitan area, and it is necessary to make it convenient for both the late and early hours.

Presently, there are planes that arrive after midnight at Haneda Airport. However, the latest buses and trains do not make it on time, so comments saying this is inconvenient have come forth. Also, there will be even more planes departing and arriving at Haneda Airport at a later hour, so it has been considered that it is necessary to make late buses and trains convenient.

Because of this, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has decided to first carry out a plan to have many late night buses. Beginning this October, the city will operate buses that depart Haneda Airport and go to Tokyo's central area after 1 A.M.

The ministry is also considering creating an "urban direct line" of new trains that run between Haneda Airport and Narita Airport.

Moreover, JR East is the track that carries luggage and is thinking about making a new train that goes to Narita Airport by utilizing places currently not in use.

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This Year's First Tuna Competition Begins at Tsukiji Market

I just realized "competition" is not the correct translation of 競り in this context. After watching the news report, it's clearly an auction. That's sort of a competition, but not really.

競り合う would be "to compete".

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Baby Panda Born in Taiwan for the First Time

(January 7 15:30)

China's relations with Taiwan have become better, and in 2008, gifted a male and female panda to Taipei's zoo. Last July, a female panda was born.

The first baby panda born in Taiwan is named Yuenzai (円仔). In 6 months, its body size reached 78 cm. At the zoo, it was decided that Yuenzai will be introduced to everyone after 6 months. A great number of people stood in line at the zoo. People who saw the panda said, "The baby being held by its mother and rolling around was cute."

In Taipei, it is thought that sales of Panda plushies and other goods will reach about 1.7 billion yen. Right now Pandas are booming in Taipei.

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(January 8 16:00)

Approximately 900 people sick after eating frozen food

Maruha Nichiro Holdings Co. in question due to agricultural chemicals discovered in frozen food made by the company.

NHK learned of a number of people in prefectures and cities nationwide who say they have become ill after eating this frozen food.

By the 7th day, 897 people have said they have developed stomach aches, nausea and diarrhea, and vomiting after eating the frozen food. People who say they have become ill are in 46 prefectures with the exception of Nagasaki. The highest number of reports are in Aichi with 67 people, Shizuoka with 66 people, and Chiba with 65 people.

At health care facilities, it is being investigated whether or not agricultural chemicals are related to the illnesses. Further, Maruha Nichiro has said to not eat frozen food made by the same factory and to return it to the company.

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They use a weird sentence in this one. Unless I'm misreading it... It seems silly. "雪ゆきが原因げんいんで小ちいさな男おとこの子こが交通こうつう事故じこにあったり、認知症にんちしょうの女性じょせいが外そとに出でかけて動うごくことができなくなったりして、16人にんが亡なく なりました。" Don't understand what they mean by "a woman with dementia became unable to move". She collapsed? Stuck in 3 feet of snow like a carrot? Got stuck in a car? wut?

In America, 16 Dead Due to Bitter Cold

(January 8 16:00)

From the American midwest to the northeast, bitter cold has continued. In Minnesota, temperatures reached -37 C.

Various damage has resulted from this cold. Due to the snow, a little boy was involved in a traffic accident, a woman with dementia went out and became unable to move, and 16 have died.

Transportation is also greatly impacted. For 2 days, 6500 flights have been cancelled. Also, trains traversing long distances have become unable to move en-route.

In Manhattan, New York, daytime temperatures dropped to -15 C. Japanese that have come on vacation said, "We came to see the Statue of Liberty, but it's so cold and we haven't really gone outside."

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PM 2.5 is short for particulate matter 2.5 microns. It refers to any kind of particulate matter of that size.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10014344461000/k10014344461000.html

(January 9 16:00)

Japan, China, and Korea begin their survey of PM 2.5

The Saitama International Center of Environmental Science together with research facilities and universities from China and Korea have begun their survey of the constituents of air pollutants PM 2.5. This year's survey began on the 8th.

This year the survey will be carried out for 2 weeks in the winter and in the summer. At 5 places In Kazo city of Saitama, Beijing, Shanghai, and Cheju city of Korea, researchers will examine the concentration of PM 2.5. Additionally, they will examine which substances are contained in PM 2.5.

Last year, Neodymium, one of the rare earth elements not found in Japan, was found in the atmosphere of Kazo city. Also, if the concentration of neodymium rises in Beijing, then we know that it also rises in Kazo city.

The rare earth elements harvested in the mountains that separate approximately 600 kilometers from Beijing to the northeast are similar to the rare earth elements found in the PM 2.5 from Beijing. The research team is considering the possibility that the neodymium from these mountains passed through Beijing to Korea and Japan.

Shinichi Yonemochi of the Saitama International Center of Environmental Science says, "If we investigate the neodymium, we may fully understand the air pollution that came from China."

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Foreigners that have come to Japan reached over 10 million for the first time

(January 10 11:30)

According to the Ministry of Justice, last year approximately 11.25 million foreigners came to Japan throughout the year. This is an increase of approximately 2.08 million people, or an increase of 22.7%, the most since the survey began in 1950. This is the first time that over 10 million foreigners have come to Japan.

As for the countries and regions they come from, the highest was Korea with 2.31 million people. Next was Taiwan with 2.17 million, then China with 980,000 people.

People from Thailand and Malaysia that have become able to to enter Japan without a visa have greatly increased. From Thailand, 440,000 people, a 77% increase from 2 years ago, putting them in 6th. From Malaysia, 170,000 people, a 38% increase from 2 years ago, putting them in 10th.

The Ministry of Justice thinks that due to the cheap yen making it easier to travel to Japan, the number of people that come to travel has increased. They also say another reason is that it has become easier to obtain travel visas in Thailand, Malaysia, and other southeast Asian countries.

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(January 10 16:30)

Increase of people developing the flu

People that develop the flu are increasing throughout Japan. According to the National Infectious Disease Laboratory last month during the week leading up to the 29th, it was reported by approximately 5000 hospitals that 9307 people had the flu. Last week, that number grew 1.4 times, the 10th successive increase.

It is thought that the flu has already spread in 36 prefectures. In Hokkaido, Shizuoka, Kochi, Kagoshima in particular, there is a high possibility that the flu will become more widespread within the next 4 weeks.

After examining the flu virus, it the greatest amount was the Hong Kong strain at 51%, followed by H1N1 at 27%. It is said that the elderly easily develop serious symptoms from Hong Kong flu. H1N1 is known as the new flu in the past 5 years it has spread.

Tomimasa Sunagawa of the National Infectious Disease Laboratory says, "The flu will continue to spread, but it's not too late to get a shot. Please wash your hands thoroughly, and make sure you don't cough or sneeze toward other people."

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Narita airport adds an Islamic prayer room

(January 14 16:30)

At Narita airport, travelers from Southeast Asia are increasing. From now on, it's thought that Muslim travelers in particular will increase. Because of this, Narita airport has decided to make better services for Muslims.

The airport has 2 prayer rooms with a sign that says, "Worship Room" attached to them. They will also create a place to wash the hands before prayer. There are plans to add 2 additional worship rooms by this summer.

For waiting rooms you pay to enter, there is food that has not been made with pork or alcohol. Narita airport plans to make new restaurants for Muslims.

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The Sochi Olympics' security was harsh.

The Sochi Olympics ended on the 23rd. Because of the fear of terrorism at the Olympics, security was harsher than ever before.

In southern Russia where Sochi is located, terrorism has continued up to today. Last summer, Islamic extremists said they would attack the Sochi Olympics. Islamic extremists are a group that fights and arms themselves for what they said is for Islamic ideals.

Because of this, Putin's government made security very harsh so that terrorism will not occur. During the Olympics, more than 70,000 police and troops guarded. Military vessels at sea and planes with cameras attached surveyed continuously.

AAlso, visitors could not enter with just a ticket, they had to receive a card with information such as their picture and name. These harsh safety measures took time, so there were people who could not make it in time to the contests.

The Olympics is a celebration of sports and peace. However, harsh security was necessary so that terrorism would not occur.

If a disaster happened while holding the Olympics, people throughout the world would know.

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<p><strong>The Sochi Olympics&#39; security was harsh. </strong></p>

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<p>The Sochi Olympics ended on the 23rd. Because of the fear of terrorism at the Olympics, security was harsher than ever before.</p>

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<p>In southern Russia where Sochi is located, terrorism has continued up to today. Last summer, Islamic extremists said they would attack the Sochi Olympics. Islamic extremists are a group that fights and arms themselves for what they said is for Islamic ideals.</p>

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<p>Because of this, Putin&#39;s government made security very harsh so that terrorism will not occur. During the Olympics, more than 70,000 police and%

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