Tuesday, December 18, 2007


"He who does not understand your silence will not understand you words."

Elbert Hubbard

Now I will value the communication way of silence more. "Silence is golden."

Monday, December 17, 2007

Economic/Political Jargon English-Japanese Dictionary

potential growth                        潜在成長率
structural reforms                       構造改革
pensions                           年金
social security                        社会保障
medium-term budgetary efforts                中期的な財政努力
R&D                            研究開発
"severe downturn"                      「著しい経済下降」
"other relevant factors"                     「関連する要素」
"exceptional circumstances"                  「例外的状況」

automatic stabilizer

M: In macroeconomics automatic stabilizer work as a tool to dampen fluctuation in real GDP without any explicit policy action by the government. (By Wikipedia)

Friday, December 14, 2007


Serbia insist the region should remain autonomous within its borders.

1. Having the power to govern an area, country etc. without being controlled by anyone else
R: autonomic, autonomy

The central government and local autonomous bodies are always in opposition to each other in Japan. the discussion about decentralization is one of the biggest issue in national administration.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


A skyscraper is a very tall, continuously habitable building.

I would have a exam this afternoon, but I came to be crazy about looking over skyscrapers in the world. I don't know why I did so. Then I missed a class which I would have a exam. Well, all I can do now is just laughing. hahaha...

At the present moment, the world's tallest completed skyscraper is Taipei 101 in Taiwan. I haven't seen this building but I think the Petronas Twin Tower is much more beautiful that I visited during my Great Journey. And the Petronas Twin Tower was the world's tallest building in 20th century and is still the world's tallest twin tower. I still remember the feeling that came to my mind when I saw the skyscraper. I was so impressed and overpowered the beauty of it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


M. Typography is the art and techniques of type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type.

Steve Jobs who I really respect said about connecting dots in his address.
He dropped out from his college and he took a course of typography that looked interesting. None of that had even a hope of any practical application in his life. But ten years later, when he was designing first Macintosh computer, it all came back to him. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when he was in college. But it was very very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Christmas Market

I learned the word "Christmas Market" in the my friend's blog. She wrote that she was going to Germany to see Christmas Market for her Christmas vacation. Wikipedia say Christmas Market, also known as Weihnachtsmarkt in German, originated in Germany and Austria. It is a street market which is associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sare of Voice

A Share of Voice is a group or brand's advertising weight express as a percentage of a defined a total market or market segment in a given time of period. The weight usually defined in terms of expenditure, rating, pages, poster sites etc. (by Wiki)

user-generated content

User-Generated Content is Treat to Media and Entertainment Industry, Accenture Survey Finds
(a title of a article http://accenture.tekgroup.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=4534)

User-Generated Content, also known as Consumer Generated Media(CGM) or Consumer Created Content(CCU) , refers to various kinds of media content, publicly available, that are produced by end-users.

Friday, December 7, 2007

espouse & rhetoric

Although today many companies 'talk global' and espouse 'the value of diversity', utilizing cultural differences remains rhetoric than reality.


1. to believe in and support a political or religious etc. idea or PHILOSOPHY


1. speech or writing that sounds impressive, but is not actually sincere or very useful


1. a strong desire to have or achieve something

>Do you know what is the aspiration of average Japanese?
>Do I have aspirations to get a job at Recruit?

embed & assumption & irrelevant

Embedded in them are assumptions of culture as irrelevant, as a problem or threat, or as an opportunity of learning and innovation, and even a source of competitive advantage as shown in table 9.1.


1. to put something firmly or deeply into something else, or to be put into something else in this way
2. to make something an important or basic part of something else, or make it difficult to remove


1. something that you think is true, though you have no proof
2. the act of starting to have control or power

>The pricing of SONY's PS3 is based on the assumption that the sales will increase because of Christmas sales battle.


1. not useful in or not relating to a particular situation, and therefore not important

>Most Erasmus student viewed lectures as boring and irrelevant to the real issue.


1. to make a judgment about a person or situation after thinking carefully about it
2. to calculate the value or cost of something

>I assessed my understanding of negotiation in the lecture of "Multi-cultural Management" in VU.
>It is difficult to assess how much has actually been done.

a Maiden Speech

This is the memorial posting that I wrote a article in public and in English for the first time in my life. The objective of this blog is not to express my thoughts or something but just to practice English skills. But in the coming years, I promise myself to get to be able to express my thought gracefully to people living around me and globe.

KANPAI(cheers) for my eternal passion for studying!!