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LEADERS WRAP UP FIRST DAY OF SUMMIT
Leaders wrap up first day of summit
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations have wrapped up day one of their summit in Hiroshima. They’re pushing new measures to weaken Russia’s ability to wage war in Ukraine.
The summit started with a visit to Peace Memorial Park. A museum there details the devastation of the city caused by the 1945 atomic bombing. It was the first time G7 leaders visited the museum together.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted on social media it was a deeply moving experience. He says it’s important to learn from the past, including from its darkest moments.
The initial sessions focused on the global economy and the war in Ukraine. The leaders repeated their support for Ukraine will not waver.
The group later attended an evening session on the island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima City. The leaders discussed the situation in the Indo-Pacific, including China. They also talked about nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
ニュースで学ぶ現代英語 23/6/6 (火) ゼレンスキー氏 “バフムトかつての広島に似る”
ZELENSKYY STRESSES RESOLVE TO DEFEND, REBUILD UKRAINE
Zelenskyy stresses resolve to defend, rebuild Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech in Hiroshima after attending the G7 summit. He called for support that would make Russia the last nation to invade another country.
(Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Ukrainian President)
“Though the enemy is not using nuclear weapons, our cities that have been burned to the ground by Russian bombs and artillery look similar to what Hiroshima looked like in photos after the atomic bombing.”
Zelenskyy said all the buildings and roads in the eastern city of Bakhmut have been destroyed. But he said seeing Hiroshima convinced him that Bakhmut could be rebuilt. Zelenskyy was referring to photos at a museum in Hiroshima peace park.
Along with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, he commemorated the victims of the atomic bombing.
The two leaders then held one-on-one talks. Kishida promised additional aid for Ukraine, including around 100 trucks from the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
ニュースで学ぶ現代英語 23/6/7 (水) “マリー・キュリー賞”に市川早紀さん
MARIE CURIE AWARD HONORS JAPANESE FEMALE RESEARCHER
An award created to recognize up-and-coming Japanese female researchers was just granted to Harvard’s Ichikawa Saki for her innovative work in the study of medicines.
The Japan Science and Technology Agency along with the Polish Embassy founded the “Marie Sklodowska Curie Award” in 2021. It’s a tribute to the first female Nobel laureate from Poland. Ichikawa took home the top prize at a ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday.
(Ichikawa Saki / Harvard University Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry and Chemical Biology)
“I went through a tough time when my experiments weren’t going well, but I overcame that and worked hard. I’m happy to receive this award.”
She’s being recognized for the potential of her research in effective treatments for cancer and the development of medicines with no side effects.
A 2020 survey by the Japanese government shows women account for just 17.5 percent of the country’s researchers.
ニュースで学ぶ現代英語 23/6/8 (木) 終盤国会 与野党の攻防激化も
FACE-OFF IN DIET
Face-off in diet
Japan’s ruling coalition is rushing to enact key legislation before the current session of the Diet ends in less than a month.
The Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, have a number of bills they are pushing through. They include raising the level of defense spending by more than 50 percent over five years.
The ruling parties are also looking to amend immigration rules to allow for the deportation of asylum-seekers who’ve applied for refugee status three or more times. The government also wants to enact a bill that would promote understanding of the LGBTQ community.
The opposition bloc is set to grill the government over its plan to raise taxes to boost defense spending and secure funds for addressing Japan’s falling birthrate.
Meanwhile, speculation is rising among lawmakers Prime Minister Kishida could decide to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election after his recent diplomatic successes, including the G7 summit.
ニュースで学ぶ現代英語 23/6/9(金) 英女王が贈呈 土佐藩士のサーベル見つかる
SWORD PRESENTED BY QUEEN VICTORIA TO SAMURAI FOUND IN TOKYO
Sword presented by Queen Victoria to Samurai found in Tokyo
A long-lost piece of history has been recovered here in Tokyo. A saber presented by Britain’s Queen Victoria to a Japanese samurai has been found after a decades-long search.
The sword features an ivory lion’s head attached to the hilt. It was found in an antique storage facility. The name of the samurai is inscribed on the blade.
Goto Shojiro was among a group of officials escorting Sir Harry Parkes to Kyoto to meet the emperor in 1868, shortly after the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate. On the way, they were attacked by traditionalists who wanted foreigners expelled from Japan. Goto was able to disarm the assailants, and Parkes was unharmed.
Queen Victoria sent Goto the sword as a token of Britain’s appreciation. It was found alongside a sheath and belt, as well as a letter from Parkes praising Goto’s courage.