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World News

Giant rat recieves Animal Hero Award for sniffing out land mines in Cambodia

A rat has for the first time won a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery. It received the honor for searching out unexploded land mines in Cambodia.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded PDSA’s Gold Medal for his “life-saving bravery and devotion” after discovering 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance in the past seven years, according to the charity.

First known as the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSA started as a free veterinary clinic in 1917 and has honored heroic animals since 1943.

Magawa was trained by Belgian organization APOPO. APOPO works with programs in countries like Cambodia to clear millions of mines left behind from wars and conflicts.

Magawa is 70 cm long and weighs 1.23 kg — light enough to walk over land mines without exploding them.

sniff out クンクン嗅ぎ出す、嗅ぎ分ける
land mine 地雷
civilian 一般市民
pouched 袋状の、袋を持つ
bravery 勇気、大胆さ
devotion 献身、情熱
ordnance 軍需品
Dispensary 診療所、救護所
veterinary 獣医



「People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals」の名で最初は知られていたPDSAは、1917年に無料の獣医診療所として始まり、1943年から英雄的な動物を表彰してきた。



Japan News:

New year osechi dishes adapted with coronavirus in mind

Department stores around Japan have begun accepting reservations for traditional Japanese osechi cuisine for the upcoming New Year’s celebrations, this time adapting their products to meet the unique demands of the novel coronavirus era.

Some will sell osechi boxes whose contents are divided into small portions beforehand so as to reduce the risk of possible coronavirus infection.

Sogo & Seibu Co., a unit of Seven & i Holdings Co., will offer a product whose contents are placed in individual cups for sanitary purposes. A total of 50 items of both Japanese and Western cuisine are packed into two layers of osechi boxes. It is priced at ¥29,160.

J. Front Retailing Co. , which runs Daimaru and Matsuzakaya stores, will offer a variety of osechi products that can be sent to relatives living in regional areas and eaten by a small number of people.

While osechi is usually eaten at large family gatherings, the smaller products from the company are geared toward people who cannot attend such gatherings because of the pandemic. Prices range from around ¥10,000 to over ¥20,000.

“I think family members can enjoy the same osechi meals even while being far away,” a J. Front Retailing representative said.

Takashimaya Co. is selling osechi that comes with 10 year-end lottery tickets so that customers can hopefully spend the New Year holidays in a joyful mood. The product, priced at ¥32,400, will be sold exclusively online, with the tickets being sent separately.

adapted with… …と適合した、対応した
beforehand あらかじめ、事前に
sanitary 衛生的な、衛生の
geared toward ~向け(を対象)に作られて
gathering 集まり、会合
exclusively 独占的に





大丸と松坂屋を持つJ.フロント リテイリング株式会社は、地方に住み親戚に送れて少人数で楽しめる様々なおせち商品を提供する予定。




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!
fall flat 「うけは良くない」
A small picture of a winking ghost may build fellow-feeling among colleagues, but may fall flat among clients.


fall flatは「(冗談、ユーモアなどが)通じない/うけない、完全に失敗する」という意味。他にも、Most of my jokes embarrassingly fell flat last night.「昨晩、僕のジョークのほとんどが、呆れるほどうけなかった」のように使う。反意表現には、crack~up 「~を笑わせる」、hilarious「人を笑わせる、とても面白い」、hysterical「非常におかしい、笑いが止まらない」、too funny 「面白過ぎる」などがある。なお、fall flat on one’s face「顔からバタンと倒れる→面目を失う、完全に失敗する」も決まった表現としてよく使う。fellow-feelingは「仲間意識」
play it safe 「安全策を取る」
To play it safe, the best emoji to send is a variation of the smiley face.


play it safeは「安全策をとる、安全第一でいく」という意味の決まった表現。safeは「安全に」という意味の副詞。他にも、You should play it safe and bring a thick jacket with you.「安全第一で、厚手のジャケットを持っていくべきだ」のように使う。反意表現は、take a chance「いちかばちかやってみる」。なお、take a chanceの行動を好む人をrisk-taker「危険を冒す人、リスクを負う人」、gambler「勝負師」、adventurer「冒険家」などと呼ぶ。
ビシネス英会話 higher-up 「上司」
Allowing higher-ups to send the first smiley and only using them with familiar colleagues are both good practices.


higher-upは「上層部、上司」という意味だが、より一般的に使われるのはboss。ちなみに「直属の上司」はimmediate boss、「一番上の上司」はbig bossと呼ぶ。「上司」を表す語は他にも、chief、 supervisor、superiorなどがある。
なお、「部下」を表す語にsubordinateがあるが、あまり使わない。She is my assistant. 「彼女は私のアシスタントです」、He is my man.「彼は僕の部下です(*manは「特定の仕事を持つ人」という意味)」 、They are on my team.「彼らは私のチームにいます」のように表現することが多い。
NEW! – Learning Western Cultures and Humors through Jokes!!

A married couple were in a terrible accident in which the woman’s face was severely burned.

The doctor told the husband that they couldn’t graft any skin from her body because she was too thin. So the husband offered to donate some of his own skin. However, the only skin on his body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from his buttocks.

The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and requested that the doctor also honor their secret.

After the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at the woman’s new beaty. She looked more beautiful than she ever had before! All her friends and relatives just went on and on about her youthful beaty!

One day, she was alone with her husband, and she was overcome with emotion at his sacrifice. She said, “Dear, I just want to thank you for everything you did for me.”

There is no way I could ever reply you. “My darling,” he replied, “Think nothing of it. I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek.”