[168] Obama avoids 70-year Memorial of Hiroshima


Obama avoids 70-year Memorial of Hiroshima Last week marked 70 years since the U.S. army destroyed the city of Hiroshima with the World’s first atomic bomb attack. The ceremony at 8:15am, the moment of the bombing, was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. ambassador to Tokyo Caroline Kennedy and a representative of the United Nations, but U.S. president Barack Obama stayed away. No serving U.S. president has ever visited the city. The bombing, which destroyed most of the hospitals in the city center, killed more than 100,000 people, including 50% of the city’s doctors and 90% of the nurses.

ambassador: 大使
United Nations: 国際連合


It bugs me!

Emma: My boss always asks us to go out drinking with him on Saturday nights. It bugs me! I just want to meet my friends and relax.

Benjamin: Perhaps you cold just meet your work colleagues for a short drink, and then have your friends pick you up later.

Explanation: When we say “It bugs me.” We mean that something makes us angry. We often use it for something that happens again and again. We can also say “That really bugs me” or “That person really bugs me.”

colleague: 大統領夫人



Patient: I took all of the medicine that you gave me for my muscle and joint pain, but my elbows still hurt.

Doctor: I understand. I can give an extension on the prescription so that you can get a refill. You can use the medicine for two more weeks.

Explanation: A “refill” is an extension of a prescription for medicine from a doctor. It can be used as a noun or a verb. A patient can say “I need to refill (verb) my prescription.” or “I need to go to the pharmacy to get a refill (noun) of my medicine.”

refill: 補充
extension: 延長


proven in the field

Dear Oliver:

Our new refrigerator and freezer systems work very well. We tested them at fruit packing factories in California and Oregon for one full year, so they have been proven in the field. Let’s start selling them soon across the country.

Explanation: The phrase “proven in the field” means that a device or a system has worked well in real life outdoors or in a factory.

fruit packing: 果物パッキング