新聞より

1 Jul

Yesterday I read the newspaper while I was riding the train.

A few stories made an impression on me (let me know if you’ve heard any of this news…and what you think!):

  1. At the Six Flags amusement park in Georgia, USA, a 17-year old boy climbed two fences that surrounded the perimeter of a roller-coaster ride.
    He went in there to get his hat or something…and the roller coaster hit him and decapitated him!
    I was shocked to read this…but, then again, I’ve read quite a few stories about tragedies at amusement parks. That’s why I’m always hesitant to let my kids go to one with their friends (I let them go…but I’m always nervous about it).
  2. Many countries are sending their Olympic teams to Japan to practice for the upcoming Olympics in 北京 (Beijing) rather than have them practice in 中国 (China).
    This is because, the newspaper said, many countries are concerned about air pollution, food safety, and political tension in China.
    Also, they said, Japan has good training facilities.
  3. Tokyo is the largest city in the world. And it’s the most densely populated (Tokyo has 36 million people…nearly double the population of New York City. There are more people in Tokyo than in all of Canada!)
    But, despite Tokyo’s large population…this city was recently voted the third most livable city in the world by the London magazine Monocle!
    Copenhagen and Munich were voted first and second respectively…but those two cities have only just over one million people. Tokyo has nearly 36 times as many residents…but the magazine says Tokyo is “a big city getting the basics right”.
    The link to the Monocle magazine’s article is here (they require a paid subscription to read the entire article…but you can see the headline for free 😦 (whatever)).
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  2. tokyo5 July 1, 2008 at 2:59 am #

    sfrunner…

    Politics probably played a role in the decision to have the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (or “Pekin” as the city’s still called in Japan).

    Anyways, China deserves a chance to show the world that they can host a successful Olympic Game…I hope it turns out good for them.

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  3. sfrunner July 1, 2008 at 2:38 am #

    tokyo5, I’m disappointed with the IAAF and their decision to have the Summer Olympics held in Beijing. All the athletes will be affected by the polution. Everyone talked about how Los Angeles would be a mistake because of the same situation. Fortunately, they found a way to have 16 smog-free days back in 1984.

    Hopefully, I’ll be wrong and Beijing will end up with the same situation as LA.

    I agree, from my vacation in Japan in 2001, people told me that Japan has excellent training facilities!

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