I get most of the news from Japanese TV news programs and Japanese online news.
It’s more accurate and up-to-the-minute for domestic (Japan) news than the English-language media in Japan…and they help improve my Japanese language ability (both written and spoken).
Do you ever watch the Japanese news on TV or read it online or in a Japanese 新聞 (newspaper)?
Here’s a story about a big fire that broke out last night in Tokyo. Have you heard about it? Can you read this:
(I got this article online at at this site.)
Here it is again with ふりがな (hold your mouse over the kanji to see the readings):
This is my English translation:
Fire in Shinagawa burns 8 homes and kills 2 people
Taken at the scene of the blaze in Nishi-Oi, Shinagawa, Tokyo on (Aug) 23rd at about 3:03AM (freelance photo)
On (August) 23rd at about 2:40AM, in Nishi-Oi, Shinagawa, Tokyo, a fire broke out in the home of Jyo Katayama (age 75). The fire spread to the neighboring homes and destroyed a total of eight homes.
The corpses of a man and woman were found in the house and the Ooi Police Department confirmed that they are the bodies of Mr. Katayama and his 90 year old mother Eiko.
According to the same police station, Mr. Katayama’s wooden 2-story house completely burned down.
Mr. Katayama’s son, Akio (42 year-old office worker), who was on the second-floor watching TV when the fire broke out escaped unharmed.
The three members of the Katayama family lived together and the two bodies were found on the first floor.
A female neighbor burned her leg.
The neighbor who lives across from the Katayama family, Yuriko Fukazawa (age 30, self-employed), said “I heard shouting and when I looked outside I saw the house was bright red. Their son was yelling ‘There are two people inside!’.”
The scene was on a residential street about 500 meters south-west of JR Nishi-Ooi Station.
Sunday, 2009 August 23