2011年09月29日

楽園の殺人者 ノルウェー連続テロ事件


A Killer in Paradise: Inside the Norway Attacks
( TIME )

In a moment of national tragedy, people tend to huddle together. That
instinct -- the need for community to gather and console one another in
a moment of collective shock and pain -- was Anders Behring Breivik's
most insidious weapon in the arsenal he carried onto the tiny island of
Utoeya, a wooded retreat in Lake Tyrifjord, about an hour's drive from
Oslo.

Breivik, a handsome 32-year-old Norwegian with blue eyes and a short
crop of blond hair, arrived at the lakeside pier dressed as a Norwegian
police officer. Hours before, a car bomb that police believe Breivik
planted and detonated in the heart of the Norwegian government quarter
had ripped through the neighborhood, killing at least seven people and
injuring many more. It now seems that the Oslo bomb was a murderous
distraction, a meticulously planned bit of misdirection. The apparent
attempt on the life of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, at first
thought to be the work of Islamist extremists, kept Norway's crack
antiterrorism squad pinned down in Oslo while Breivik drove to Utoeya.
He flashed his ID -- which was fake but good enough to fool the
security guards at the lake. And they waved him in. "He gets out of the
car and shows ID, says he's sent there to check security, that that is
purely routine in connection with the terror attack [in Oslo]," Simen
Braenden Mortensen, one of the camp guards, told the daily Verdens
Gang. "It all looks fine, and a boat is called, and it carries him over
to Utoeya. A few minutes passed, and then we heard shots," he said.

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2011年09月26日

オサマ・ビンラディン 死を迎えたテロ首謀者


Death Comes for the Master Terrorist: Osama bin Laden
( TIME )

Almost 10 years ago, Osama bin Laden ghosted away from the Afghan battle
fields. Afterward, it was as if the doomsday sheik had slipped into a
twilight zone in which the only proof that he was alive was the
chilling voice on a spool of tape, the occasional video image -- and
the string of terrorist outrages and wars around the globe that
claimed inspiration from him and his cause.

At 11:35 p.m. E.T. on May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama made a
dramatic television appearance to announce that bin Laden, whose
capture or killing was the top priority of CIA chief Leon Panetta, was
dead. The leader of al-Qaeda, Obama said, had been tracked by way of
intelligence sources in August 2010, and earlier on May 1, a team of
U.S. operatives found him at a compound in Pakistan in the town of
Abbottabad, 75 miles outside of Islamabad and the home of the Pakistani
army's training academy. The location -- not in the increasingly
militant heartland of Punjab and not too far from the unsettled
frontier and tribal areas -- was a peaceful, quiet patch, and the
perfect place to hide until May 1.

After a brief firefight, the fugitive leader of al-Qaeda was killed and
his body retrieved. The long search for the man seen as the embodiment
of evil in the U.S. and much of the West was over. Outside the White
House, despite the late hour, a group of young people gathered to
cheer. George W. Bush, under whose presidency the 9/11 attacks
occurred, released a statement saying, "The fight against terror goes
on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how
long it takes, justice will be done."

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2011年09月23日

一日一個のリンゴが脳卒中を退ける?


Study: An Apple a Day May Keep Stroke at Bay
( TIME )

Eating white-fleshed fruits like apples and pears was associated with a
significant dip in stroke risk, finds a large new study by Dutch
researchers.

Although recent studies have touted vibrantly colored fruits and
vegetables as being the most healthful -- orange sweet potatoes, green
kale and bright blueberries, for instance -- it was humbly pale-fleshed
apples and pears that came out as big winners in the new study.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 20,000 men and women aged 20
to 65, who were healthy and free of cardiovascular disease at the start
of the 10-year study. Based on questionnaires filled out by the
participants, researchers tracked their intake of fruits and vegetables
by color: green (broccoli, kale, spinach and other leafy greens), orange
/yellow (citrus fruits, carrots, peaches), red/purple (tomatoes, beets,
cherries) and white (apples, including applesauce, pears, bananas,
cauliflower, cucumber, chicory).

The investigators followed the participants for a decade, logging the
number of strokes people suffered. There were 233. When the rate of
stroke was compared to the participants' diet, researchers found no
association with the amount of brightly colored fruits and veggies they
ate, a bit of a surprise considering that the phytochemicals that lend
these foods their hue have been linked with good heart health and a
lower risk of cancer.

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2011年09月21日

失言で日本の大臣がまた辞任 彼らはいつ学ぶのか?


Gaffes Claim Another Japanese Minister. When Will They Ever Learn?

( TIME )

For a country whose language is shaded in infinite shades of gray,
Japanese government ministers sure do make a lot of gaffes. Last
Saturday, Japan's new trade minister Yoshio Hachiro quit after visiting
the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant zone and
calling it a “town of death without a soul in sight,” while also
joking with a journalist near him that “I will give you radiation.”
Hachiro had been in the job for just over a week. But it was long
enough to show just how disconnected Tokyo's politicians are with the
overwhelmed nation's populace.

Hachiro's resignation came one day short of the six-month anniversary
of Japan's triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster,
which killed some 20,000 people. If times of crisis are supposed to
breed visionary leadership, Japan has utterly failed. The verbally
maladroit trade minister was the pick of new Prime Minister Yoshihiko
Noda, Japan's sixth leader in five years. There is little to suggest
that Noda, a former finance minister who appears to have risen the
ranks of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) largely by keeping his
head down, will distinguish himself any more than his predecessors did.

On Monday, Hachiro was replaced by Yukio Edano, a reformist lawyer who
was one of the few Japanese politicians to acquit himself admirably in
the post-tsunami period. As the Chief Cabinet Secretary for Prime
Minister Naoto Kan's beleaguered administration, he appeared on
television day in and day out after the March 11 natural disaster,
tirelessly briefing the public despite little sleep and formidable bags
under his eyes. While Edano may have been a nuclear neophyte when he
first began serving as the government's post-tsunami spokesman, his
explanatory attempts--even as those in top levels of government
couldn't seem to get straight answers from nuclear-power executives and
nuclear-agency bureaucrats--won him plaudits. But there's a big
difference between explaining what's going on and guiding an economy.

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2011年09月16日

欧米が日本から学べる6つの教訓


Six lessons Japan can teach the West
( TIME )

If you are living in the U.S. or Western Europe and feeling pretty bad
about the miserable state of the recovery, political paralysis, and
growing unease about your country's future, remember things could be
worse. You could be in Japan.

Japan has been experiencing those same woes for the past 20 years. And
there is no end in sight. Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his
resignation on Friday after a mere 15 months in office. His replacement
will be the third PM since the Democratic Party of Japan won its
historic electoral victory two years ago. Kan leaves behind an economy
that has contracted for three consecutive quarters. Yes, part of the
reason is the devastating earthquake and tsunami that slammed into
Japan in March. But a bigger reason is the continued failure of Japan's
political leaders to tackle the economy's deepest problems. Kan had a
few good ideas -- reforming the distorted agricultural sector, for
example, or connecting even more to a thriving Asia -- but in the end
he achieved little. Japanese politics just doesn't seem to allow for
any new ideas ever becoming actual policy.

Sixth, don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. The danger
of the political gridlock gripping the U.S. and Europe right now is
that it will delay the decisions that ultimately need to get made,
making the cost of reform more painful and limiting the flexibility
governments have to implement it. That's the truly most tragic part of
Japan's story. Japan's political leaders, beholden to special
interests, have missed opportunity after opportunity to change the
course of Japan's future. Now, with government debt at 200% of GDP, its
options are more constrained than ever. As the recent debt-ceiling
fiasco in the U.S. shows all too clearly, Washington is, like Japan,
kicking the can down an uncertain road, allowing political divisions to
undercut what the country badly needs. Ditto in the euro zone. As
German Chancellor Angela Merkel caters to political interests back
home, the monetary union comes under ever greater strain. What Japan's
example shows is the importance of political will.

Without it, we'll all be turning Japanese.

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