2016年2月号–エイゴパス 月刊ニュースレター

英語ニュース Current Internet NEWS!! <新着ネットニュース>
英語のビデオ Video News (Domestic and World Events/国内&世界の動画ニュース)
Business English <ビジネス英語フレーズ>
Grammar Study<今月の文法学習>
TOEICクイズ TOEIC Study Quiz<TOEICテスト>
Monthly Column – <今月のコラム>
You can read the article below and use it in your lessons to discuss with your teacher. — この記事を読んで先生とレッスンで話し合おう!
World News

More women executives mean more profits says study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Companies with 30 percent female executives rake in as much as six percentage points more in profits, according to a study released Feb. 8, feeding into a global debate over the scarcity of women in decision-making business roles.

The conclusion stems from a survey of about 22,000 publicly-traded companies in 91 countries conducted by researchers at The Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think tank.

The results indicate the presence of women in corporate leadership positions can boost a firm’s performance, suggesting a reward for policies that facilitate women rising through corporate ranks.

About three in 10 companies worldwide have no women either in executive positions or on their board, the study found.

rake in ~をかき集める、稼ぐ
feed(ing) into ~を促す
scarcity 不足、欠乏
decision-making 意思決定
publicly-traded company(-ies) 株式公開企業、上場企業
(be) conducted by ~によって実施された
boost ~を押し上げる、促進させる
facilitate ~を推進する、容易にする
rise(-ing)…ranks 企業の中で出世の階段を上る






Japan News:

Ward promises to preserve scenic views of Tokyo Tower

To ensure that new development will not block picturesque views of Tokyo Tower, Minato Ward has designated special scenic spots around where the construction of tall buildings is restricted.

Home to the symbolic orange and white broadcasting tower, the ward made revisions to its scenery preservation plan to not only designate the scenic spots, but also urge builders to pay careful consideration so that their structures will not ruin beautiful views of the Tokyo landmark from those designated spots.

The new plan will take effect in April.

Under the plan, the five sites where the tower can be viewed in its entirety are designated as choboten (scenic spots). The spots are located several hundred meters from the tower.

Ward (行政・政治区画としての) 区
picturesque 絵のように美しい
designate(d) ~を指定した
construction 建築、建造物
revision(s) 改定、改正


consideration 考慮、じっくり考えること
ruin ~を台無しにする、損なう

港区が規制 東京タワーの眺望守る





  New! Learning through News Videos
Business English Expression and Phrases <ビジネス英会話フレーズ>
-Learn expressions such as idioms and slang that is unique to culture, age, and business!
新しい英語表現: 文化・時代・ビジネスで使う特有なイディオム表現や俗語を覚えよう!


I think there’s a strong possibility that…
  I thin there’s a strong possibility that the economy will weaken next year, so I don’t know if now’s a great time to make a big investment in a new factory.
There’s a good chance that…
  There’s good choice that the economy will weaken next year. Is now the best time to make a big investment?
I’m almost certain that…
  I’m almost certain that the economy is going to decline next year. Why don’t we put off such a big investment and see what happens?
You can count on…
  You can count on a recession net year. If the economy weakens, investing in a new factory would be a mistake.
There’s a slight chance that…
  Suppose we rented a meeting room near here. THen we could wait until next year to move.
What would you think if…?
  What would you think if we rented a small office space near here and delayed our move a year?

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Check your understanding by selecting the correct answer below: 
Read each of the following of sentences and select the best answer. Print out this lesson plan and ask your teacher to assist you in understanding the grammar rules if you do not understand your mistakes..
Part V – Multiple Choice
1. To help cope with its growing business, Samsin Electronics hired a documentation specialist to analyze the ______ amounts of information provided by customers.
A. activating
B. investing
C. calculating
D. increasing
6. All the annual marketing reports must be turned in by e-mail, and no ______ can be made to this rule.
A. prohibitions
B. exceptions
C. permissions
D. ejections
2. KM Motor Company announced this morning that it will be ______ its HS-38 model mini van because of a problem with the brake system.
A. advertising
B. redesigning
C. developing
D. introducing
7. Many experts predict that prices will continue to rise,______ government indicates that inflation has leveled off.
A. despite
B. even though
C. due to
D. regardless of
3. The new director initially presented the plan so ______ that the president required a second presentation to determine the facts.
A. noticeably
B. carelessly
C. occasionally
D. relatively
8. Please be reminded that our apartment complex does not ______ dogs and other large pets on the premises.
A. submit
B. transit
C. commit
D. permit
4. I would appreciate you giving ______ attention to this matter.
A. promptly
B. prompt
C. prompter
D. promptness
9. In order for customers to receive their orders ______ a timely manner, it is recommended they use our overnight delivery service.
A. in
B. from
C. on
D. with
5. The Westbeach Hotel’s banquet facility is the ______ venue for weddings, seminars, or business luncheons.
A. idealize
B. idealistically
C. ideal
D. ideally
10. Forty percent of teenagers have mobile phones, ______ to just three percent 10 years ago.
A. related
B. compared
C. referred
D. called
Check your answers!
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NEW! – Advice Column from a Foreigner’s Point of View (Relationship, Life, Work, and Everything Under the Sun)

(Toru : early 40’s Japanese): English Version translated from Japanese

Recently, an iconic former professional baseball player named Kazuhiro Kiyohara was arrested for possession of illegal drugs in Japan. After the scandal, his memorabilia have been completely removed from the national high school baseball tournament museum and his eligibility for induction into Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame may now be in jeopardy. Would such personal issues negate his professional accomplishments in the U.S.?

(Mike: late 30s American):

In recent years, there have been many discussions about retired all-star baseball players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGuire being barred from the baseball hall of fame. However, it’s a whole different story as their personal transgressions are related to their performance on the baseball diamond. They cheated the game by violating fair play, which is what most fans and fellow athletes may consider as the ultimate sin for an athlete, as they used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. I personally agree with the select baseball writers who are entrusted to be the gatekeepers to the hall of fame for denying their enshrinement thus far.

I don’t think there has been a precedent like Kiyohara’s in the U.S. where a player’s personal issues following his playing days jeopardize his induction into the hall of fame. I personally think that professional athletics is the closest thing to a complete meritocracy system where a player’s performance on the field supersedes his personal shortcomings. So, I don’t see why it should be any different when it comes to evaluating the retired players’ careers and credentials for the hall of fame.

To argue the opposite extreme, should a below-average player with high character — a good teammate and a leader in the community — be inducted into the hall of fame for his volunteering activities outside the field? Induction into the hall of fame is not a nod for being a great role model for children. It’s recognition for excellence in their profession of playing baseball. Personally, I do understand the argument of character issues, but being a great baseball player on the field and an individual of high character off the field are two different things.

I think the player whose situation somewhat resembles Kiyohara’s is the MLB’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose. Although he collected 4,256 hits in 23 seasons, he remains banned from the hall of fame as he has admitted to betting on MLB games during his playing career. Some may deem such activity alone as reprehensible, but there is no evidence that he actually bet on the games that he played in and whether he intentionally tanked games.

Regarding Kiyohara’s and Pete Rose’s cases, I don’t think that either player should be banned from their respective baseball hall of fames. Just as the court of law is the forum that will judge Kiyohara for his alleged criminal activities, the baseball hall of fame should be an arena that judges him for his achievements on the field. Induction into the hall of fame should be based solely on what the player achieved on the field. No matter how reprehensible the player’s off-field personal issues may be, they can’t negate the players’ achievements from the record books or erase their performance on the field from the memories of the fans.