[232] New faces at UN


New faces at UN Outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has been replaced by the former Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Antonio Guterres. Many sources within the U.N. called for a woman to be nominated to the top post. Guterres has however named a female career diplomat from Nigeria, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, to be the Deputy Secretary General. Guterres has appointed two other women to high posts: Brazil’s Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti as cabinet head, and South Korea’s Kyung-wha Kang as Special Advisor on Policy.


Bloodless diabetes monitor A new blood-glucose monitor developed by Abbott Labs in the U.S. can read blood-glucose levels without the need for blood samples. The new system uses a patch with a thin subcutaneous needle that stays in the upper layer of skin, and an electronic reader that can receive information. The reader can then calculate the glucose levels over several hours, or several days. The system is expected to be available in Japan from April of 2017.

subcutaneous: 皮下



Robert: Now that your father has turned 65, do you think that he’ll retire from his job?

Molly: He hasn’t mentioned anything to me. He’s very tight-lipped about these things. I’ll have to ask my mother if she knows anything about his plans.

Explanation: When someone is “tight-lipped,” they don’t want to share their opinion, or they don’t want to show their emotions. They are very quiet, and don’t want to talk very much.

tight-lipped: 口が堅い


go into remission

Patient: You said two years ago that my health would deteriorate over the coming years. But I’ve been taking the medicine regularly, and lately I’ve been feeling fine.

Doctor Morimoto: Yes, last year the disease went into remission. But you still need to keep taking the drugs. We don’t want you to have a relapse.

Explanation: The phrase “go into remission” means that the symptoms of a disease have stopped. It does not mean that the disease has completely disappeared. It only means that it is not getting worse, and the patient does not feel any strong pain from the disease. The present case is “go into remission” while the past tense is “went into remission.” We can also say “Mrs. Yamada’s cancer has gone into remission over the past two years.”

go into remission (verb phrase): 寛解
relapse (verb / noun): 再発


stringent regulations

Hello Kimberly:

The Ministry of Health has placed stringent regulations on water quality at all hotel pools. We need to closely monitor the pool water for any pollutants. Someone needs to check the water several times every day.

Explanation: The phrase “stringent regulations” means that the rules are very strict. We can also say “tight regulations” or “strict regulations.”

stringent regulations: 厳しい規則