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Tokyo Disneysea

今日は、東京ディズニーシーに妹と行ってきました♪♪

朝、7時30分家を出発!!
横浜→ディズニーシーはバスで楽チン。
往復券がなくなったみたいですね。
たまに、込んでいると乗れない時があるからでしょうか・・・・・

さて、9時にシーに到着☆
火曜平日にも関わらず、やはり結構人がいますねぇ。
Center of The Earth 130分待ちって看板を見かけた位でした。

乗ったものは、
Tower of Terror (2回)
Marmaid Theater
Indie Johnes
Magic Show
Raising Spirits
Center of The Earth
Storm Rider

でも、今回は何と言ってもShowが良かった。
ミュージカルのようなものを見ましたが、お勧めです!!!
Mistic Roverも良いですね。
あと、ブラビッシーモも鑑賞!!!

8時には、ディズニーシーを出ましたが
大大満足の一日でした。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-29 23:50 | 日常生活関連
The foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea will hold a one-day meeting Monday in Shanghai with trilateral coordination on addressing North Korea's nuclear ambitions topping the agenda.

They are also expected to discuss climate change, energy efficiency and other matters. Japan's proposal for the creation of an East Asian community akin to the European Union may also be taken up, according to Japanese officials.

"With the vision of an East Asian community for the future, we will steadily move forward step by step" in building "future-oriented" relations with other Asian economies, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Sunday in Tokyo.

"Economic integration (in the region) has developed to a considerable level, and there is already a high degree of interdependence," Okada said on an NHK talk show.

The talks involving Okada, Yang Jiechi of China and Yu Myung Hwan of South Korea come as regional powers are stepping up diplomatic drives to bring North Korea back to the stalled six-party talks on its denuclearization.

Okada is scheduled to meet separately with Yang prior to the trilateral talks.
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-28 23:03 | 英語関連
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will visit South Korea for talks with President Lee Myung Bak on Oct. 9, a South Korean government official said Sunday.

Hatoyama will meet Lee on the eve of a trilateral summit in Beijing among China, Japan and South Korea.

By selecting South Korea as his first country to visit in Asia after taking office Sept. 16, Hatoyama wants to demonstrate his emphasis on Tokyo-Seoul relations.

Hatoyama and Lee are expected to discuss bilateral ties and the North Korean nuclear issue, according to Japanese and South Korean government sources.

They may also discuss a visit by Emperor Akihito to South Korea and granting voting rights in Japanese local elections to foreign permanent residents, including South Koreans.

Lee expressed hope earlier this month that the Emperor will visit South Korea next year to "put an end to the sense of distance" between the two countries as 2010 marks a century since the beginning of Japan's 35-year-long colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

Hatoyama and Lee are also expected to talk about responses to the global financial crisis following last week's Group of 20 financial summit in Pittsburgh and other global issues, including cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and counterterrorism measures, the sources said.

Hatoyama and Lee met in New York last week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly

They also held talks in Seoul in early June during Hatoyama's first overseas trip as leader of the Democratic Party of Japan.
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-28 22:58 | 英語関連

COACHの財布

衝動買いしてしまった・・・・・
お金無いのに・・・・・
でも、形も収納も可愛さも合格。
まぁまぁのお値段でしたが、
ブランド物にしてはそこまで高くなく・・・・
いいや。カナダで頑張って働こう♪
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-28 22:39 | 日常生活関連

送別会

昨日、日曜日は送別会をしました!!

先ずは、甥っ子にヨドバシカメラで仮面ライダーの玩具を買ってあげました。
その後、「いろはにほへと」へ。
お寿司美味しかった。ビールも♪♪
その後、English Bar 「Tavern」 へ。
English PrideとAmerican Lemonedoを飲みました。
美味しかった。
私を、インターナショナルスクールに通っていたと勘違いして下さったお兄さん
ありがとう。最高の褒め言葉でした 笑
英語、、、、久しぶりに喋りました・・・・・実は・・・・
Having said that、本や新聞を読んでいたお陰か、
話す英語のレベルが少しずつUPしていると感じました。
3次会は、いつもの歌広場。
2時間の熱唱でした。
Britney歌いやすい 笑
楽しかったです。
また、一年間家族とはお別れですね。
でも、自分の成長の為、自己実現の為、
恵まれた環境に身をおける事に感謝して
頑張ってきます。
よ~し☆☆
気合だ!!!!
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-27 23:56 | 日常生活関連
Under direct orders from the new administration, Foreign Ministry officials launched a comprehensive (包括的な) investigation Friday into secret pacts with the United States, including an accord to allow entry of U.S. ships and aircraft carrying nuclear arms into Japan.

A team of 15 bureaucrats, who will be working under Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka, will look into 2,694 files related to the peace treaty between Japan and the U.S., 571 files related to the reversion of Okinawa and approximately 400 files stored at the Japanese Embassy in Washington.

"We will be reporting the results of the investigation by the end of November," the ministry said in a statement.

On the day of his appointment as foreign minister last week, Okada announced he ordered Yabunaka to file a comprehensive report on the secret Japan-U.S. pacts. Okada has been adamant about disclosing the documents, saying it will help the government build trust with the public.

The Democratic Party of Japan has pledged to improve government transparency and review military ties with the U.S.

Okada has said he won't hesitate to call back ministry officials working overseas if that will help the team get to the bottom of the agreements.

"The ministry should see this opportunity as a chance" to come clean, he said last week in an interview, adding that blame for any concealment (隠蔽) of information will rest at the top with past prime ministers and foreign ministers.

Bureaucrats, he said, will not face any punishment.

In addition to the secret agreement on stopovers (途中下車) by vessels and planes carrying nuclear weapons, the team will seek to find evidence on three other pacts.

The veiled documents include an agreement for Japan to shoulder $4 million of the cost of Okinawa's reversion to Japan, an accord to allow nuclear weapons to enter Okinawa during emergency situations and the use of U.S. bases in Japan in the event of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

While documents in the U.S. and statements by former Foreign Ministry officials confirm these deals, their existence has been denied by successive Liberal Democratic Party administrations.

This is because such accords contradict Japan's stated principles of never possessing or producing nuclear weapons, or allowing them into the country.

Some analysts say that denying the existence of the secret pacts benefited Japan's security by serving as a deterrent, especially during the Cold War.

But statements by former Vice Foreign Minister Ryohei Murata in June confirming the pact on nuclear arms altered even the position of some LDP members, including Taro Kono, who is now running for president of the party.

"I think the secret pact exists," he said during a debate with other candidates last week.

Meanwhile U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has said Washington will not add to the controversy, telling reporters last week that documents already released in the U.S. "speak for themselves."

密約問題でした。
やっぱり密約、隠蔽などはどこにでも存在するのですね。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-26 11:51 | 英語関連
Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner agreed Thursday that domestic demand-led growth is good for the world economy and that the currency markets should not be manipulated (操作する、操る), Fujii said.

"I told him that the new administration will make a shift to economic policies centered on domestic demand," Fujii told reporters after their bilateral meeting in Pittsburgh. "That will also be a big plus for the world economy, not just for Japan."

Fujii said Geithner showed "great empathy (共感)" for Japan's recovery plans, which focus strongly on increasing disposable household income (可処分家計所得).

During the Group of 20 meeting in Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is expected to also stress Tokyo's commitment (献身、専念) to stimulate the economy by boosting domestic demand, according to ruling party sources.

With the new government placing strong emphasis on cutting waste, there is some confusion at home and abroad over whether Japan's stimulus efforts might be scaled down, the sources said.

During his meeting with Geithner, Fujii stressed that Japan's direction is in line with U.S. economic policies, suggesting Tokyo's continued interest in maintaining close ties with Washington both politically and economically, despite a change of government.

It was their first one-on-one meeting since Fujii became finance chief last week, following the Democratic Party of Japan's landslide victory in the general election.

Fujii said that he also discussed currency issues with Geithner in the 30-minute meeting.

The DPJ heavyweight (幹部、大物政治家) said he told Geithner he is against seeing any currency devalued "intentionally" and received a positive response.

"There are some countries tending to adopt policies to lower their own currencies," but "in principle" Japan will not do so nor intervene in the currency markets, he said.

Fujii said exchange rates must be moved by the market.

After the meeting, Geithner said that Washington will do everything necessary to preserve the dollar's role in global currency markets.

"A strong dollar is very important," Geithner said before the two-day summit of the Group of 20 leading economies began in Pittsburgh.

In addition to macroeconomic and currency issues, Fujii said he told Geithner that Japan acknowledges the importance of a U.S.-led plan to require banks to have more and better quality capital.

However, the minister also said he expressed concerns about the proposal, saying toughening capital requirements "immediately" could make Japanese banks more reluctant to lend and choke off (妨げる、窒息させる) the nascent (発生しようとしている) economic recovery.

On Thursday, Fujii also held bilateral talks with Australian finance chief Wayne Swan and South Korean Finance Minister Yoon Jeung Hyun, agreeing with the two to deepen ties to achieve sustainable growth, officials said.

The G20 consists of the Group of Seven major industrialized countries — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States — and emerging heavyweights such as Brazil, China, India and Russia.

まだ現在は世界経済危機ですからね。
早く一般市民が実感できる経済回復を成し遂げて欲しいと思います。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-26 11:40 | 英語関連
An AIDS vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in humans for the first time, a significant advance in a field of research that has long been stymied (邪魔される) by failure.

The $105 million, six-year trial, which involved more than 16,000 people in Thailand —the largest AIDS-vaccine trial ever conducted — found that an experimental vaccine was 31% effective in preventing HIV infection. The volunteer group in the study was representative of the general Thai adult population, including low-risk, heterosexual adults. Calling the results of the trial a "significant scientific advance," officials at the World Health Organization said the results reinvigorated (再活性化する、生き返らせる) the stalled (行き詰まった、立ち往生している) quest for a vaccine against AIDS, which is estimated to kill some 2 million people globally each year.

The vaccine, called RV144, combined two older vaccines that had each proved unsuccessful in previous tests: ALVAC, from Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine division of French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis; and AIDSVAX, originally developed by VaxGen Inc. and now held by the nonprofit Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases.

The vaccine was administered in two stages. First the ALVAC vaccine, which uses a Frankenstein virus of canarypox (カナリア痘ウイルス) and HIV, was used as a primer dose, then AIDSVAX was administered as a "booster" to improve the body's immune response to the first shot. Half of the trial's participants received the combination vaccine, while the other half received a placebo (偽薬). In the final analysis, 74 of the 8,198 placebo recipients became infected with HIV, compared with 51 of 8,197 participants who received the vaccine regimen (療法).

"The efficacy is a modest one. But it's the first time we've seen a positive signal of efficacy in a human trial of any HIV vaccine. That's an exciting result in a field that has been characterized by disappointments for two decades," says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which provided major funding and other support for the Thai trial.

The scientists working on the trial, led in Thailand by the U.S. Army and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health, said they were baffled (困惑する) as to why the two seemingly ineffective vaccines appeared to work together. Another mystery was that the people who became infected with HIV developed roughly the same amount of virus in their blood whether they got the vaccine or the placebo. Typically a protective vaccine would lower a patient's so-called viral load, a criterion that physicians use as the main indicator of HIV infection. The outcome of the trial of RV144 suggests that scientists do not fully understand what constitutes a successful immune response to the AIDS virus.

"We don't know whether our current measures of the human immune response are even relevant to the protection that we see in this trial. [That is] a humbling reminder of how little we know, and how much work remains to be done in our search for an optimal (最適な) HIV vaccine," Fauci says.

But Jonathan Weber, a professor of communicable diseases and an HIV expert at Imperial College in London, says the consistency of the viral load across the placebo and vaccine groups was not a surprise. "It's a fair assumption that this vaccine works through antibody (抗体) production," he says. "We've known for years that antibodies don't seem to affect the course of an HIV infection. Antibodies can be preventive, but they can't modify the disease."

Colonel Jerome Kim, who helped lead the study for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, says other unknowns remain about the vaccine, such as the duration of its effect, the potential need for additional boosters, its efficacy in higher-risk populations like intravenous (静脈の) drug users and, most crucially, whether it might work on other subtypes (亜類型) of the virus. "The vaccine was tested in Thailand against types of HIV that circulate in Thailand," Kim says, pointing out that a different strain of the virus causes high infection rates in Africa.

Both Kim and Fauci emphasize that it will probably be a "significant period of time" before the trial results lead to a vaccine that can be submitted for approval for use in the general public, if such a breakthrough occurs at all. Most licensed vaccines have an efficacy rate of at least 70%, although it's possible that an HIV vaccine with lower efficacy may gain approval, Kim says. "The efficacy threshold may be a consideration that is specific to individual countries, the nature of their HIV-AIDS epidemics and the performance characteristics of the vaccine," Kim says.

Ade Fakoya, a London-based clinician and senior adviser to the British nonprofit AIDS Alliance, tells TIME that a 30% efficacy rate is still very low. By comparison, studies in Africa suggest that male circumcision can cut the risk of HIV infection in men by up to 60%. Still, in a field that has been beset (包囲攻撃される) by a series of high-profile failures in the past 20 years — in 2007, for example, two international trials of a promising Merck vaccine in about 4,000 people were stopped early, and later analysis suggested that the vaccine may have increased people's risk of infection — the results of the Thai trial are a turning point. "In terms of where the vaccine world was even a few weeks ago, this is huge news and a proof of concept, finally, that vaccines can work," says Fakoya.

早くHIV感染者増加を完全阻止するワクチンが開発されると良いですよね。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-25 14:11 | 英語関連
Japan Airlines Corp. President Haruka Nishimatsu on Thursday asked transport minister Seiji Maehara for a capital injection (資本注入) of public funds to keep the troubled carrier flying.

However, Maehara later told the press he was not convinced JAL's rehabilitation plan will work and said it "lacks specifics and feasibility."

The minister said he will discuss the issue with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as soon as he returns from New York next week to decide how to proceed with the issue.

Nishimatsu and Maehara discussed the struggling air carrier's situation during a one-hour meeting at the transport ministry.

"We touched on special measures based on the industrial revitalization law (産業再生法)," Nishimatsu told reporters afterward.

Asked if that meant JAL requested a public fund injection, Nishimatsu said: "Yes, that's the direction we asked for." The JAL chief wouldn't say how much money he asked for.

The nation's flagship airline received an emergency loan of ¥100 billion at the end of June, including cash from the government-affiliated Development Bank of Japan, and is expected to need at least another ¥100 billion by the end of the year.

Last week, JAL drafted a plan to cut 6,800 workers and terminate 50 domestic and international routes over three years through March 2012. Nishimatsu said he proposed a more aggressive cost-cutting plan at the meeting with Maehara but didn't elaborate (詳細に述べる).

Maehara said he doubted the company can execute the plan in three years and said the topic required more discussion.

"Regarding whether to apply the special measures concerning industrial revitalization law, it is not a situation where we can agree to it right now," Maehara said.

JAL, which posted a record group net loss of ¥99.04 billion in the April-June quarter, was asked to come up the rehabilitation plan by the end of September. It is also negotiating a capital investment with the world's two largest air carriers — Delta Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines Inc. — as well as other foreign airlines.

But whether the loss-making carrier will receive emergency support remains uncertain. Some ministry officials doubt the recession is the root cause of JAL's woes (苦悩、悩みの種).
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-25 13:36 | 英語関連
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is set to vow in a speech at the United Nations on Thursday to act to combat the economic crisis and global warming and to achieve nuclear disarmament (武装解除、軍縮) and nonproliferation (不拡散), while calling on the world for international coordination to help control globalization.

Hatoyama is poised to (~する構えだ) express Japan's willingness to do its best to serve as a bridge for the world between East and West, between industrialized and developing nations, and among various cultures based on the spirit of fraternity, in delivering a speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

As part of his government's efforts to steer Japan out of recession, Hatoyama, who heads the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and took office about a week ago, will introduce such measures as child allowances on the world stage.

With the new government reviewing the nation's economic policies, Japan will undoubtedly achieve a recovery, according to a draft speech by the 62-year-old new Japanese leader.

Japan needs to address globalization properly, arguing that globalization could also cause the widening of income gaps, it says.

The world faces the challenge of extending the light side (良い点) (of globalization) as well as controlling the dark side (悪い点), the draft says, urging the world to coordinate to create a system designed to rein in excessive market-based approaches.

He will again reiterate (繰り返して言う、何度も言う) Japan's pledge to aim to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels, a target that won praise when he declared it at a U.N. summit on climate change on Tuesday.

Japan will pledge such an ambitious goal as it simply hopes to serve as a "bridge" between countries with differing interests and protect the Earth for future generations.

On the nuclear challenge, Hatoyama will note that Japan in particular is a country that can call for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation "most convincingly" because it is the only nation to have experienced atomic bombings and as one that advocates three non-nuclear principles (非核三原則) of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory "despite its potential capability to possess them."

Calling North Korea's nuclear test and missile firings a threat to peace and safety in the region and the entire international community, Hatoyama is set to say Japan "cannot tolerate" such acts and will continue to make efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula through the six-party framework.

On Japan-North Korea relations, Japan aims to solve the abduction issue and nuclear and missile problems in line with the 2002 Pyongyang Declaration.

日本は、世界第2位の経済大国です。
留学して日本を外側から見てみると、
なんと素晴らしい国なのだろうと思ったものです。
ただ、まだまだ改善点は多いですよね。
よりよい国にする為に、鳩山総理にはご尽力を願いたいものです。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-09-25 13:28 | 英語関連