[199] John Kerry laid a wreath in Hiroshima


John Kerry laid a wreath in Hiroshima in honor of those who died in the World’s first atomic bombing. He stood next to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and other G7 foreign ministers at the cenotaph, or empty grave. Secretary of State John Kerry represents the U.S. in foreign policy, and is the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the city. The city center of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by U.S. forces on August 6th, 1945. Media reports have hinted that U.S. President Barack Obama might visit the city in May during the G7 Leaders summit in Mie Prefecture. He could also visit during the ceremony on August 6th this year. This is the last year that Obama could visit Hiroshima before he completes his presidential term in office.

cenotaph : 慰霊碑
high ranking: 位の高い・高位


US airlines have banned the use of e-cigarettes on their flights. A new airline transport rule was decided in March that bans electronic cigarettes on all flights within the U.S., as well as on all international flights to and from the U.S. The rule comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation. A previous ban on normal tobacco cigarettes was expanded to include the new types of e-cigarettes, also called ‘vaping’ cigarettes.

e-cigarettes: 電子タバコ
ban (noun/verb) : 禁・禁止令


on the way to /
on the way back

Katie: Can we stop at the sports supply store on the way to our meeting? I want to buy a new badminton racket.

Corey: Let’s do that on the way back from the meeting. We don’t have much time before the meeting starts, but we’ll have plenty of free time after the meeting is over.

Explanation: The phrase “on the way to” means that we want to do something while we are going to a place. The phrase “on the way back” means that we want to do something while we are returning from a place. We can say “I stopped at (the bank) on the way back from ( the fitness gym ).”

on the way to: 通りすがり
on the way back: 帰りがけ


lifestyle disease

Patient: I’m gaining weight and the test results show that I have diabetes. What’s the cause?

Doctor: Obesity and diabetes are often lifestyle diseases. I want to have a nutritionist talk with you about your diet, and we might have an exercise trainer create an exercise routine for you.

Explanation: A “lifestyle disease” means an illness that is primarily caused by eating and living habits, such as eating too much sugar, not exercising, or drinking too much alcohol.

lifestyle disease (noun): 生活習慣病
nutritionist (noun): 栄養士
exercise trainer (noun):トレーナー・ヘルスケアトレーナー


bring it under control

Hello Gregory:

Your department is spending too much money every month. You need to bring your department’s spending under control by the end of the year.

Explanation: When we want to control something that is causing a problem, we can say that we need to “bring it under control.”

under control: 制御下