【英語多読練習】(2024年6月17日)Today’s Top News Stories from Japan and the World


Japanese News on June 17, 2024

1. Heavy Rain Forecast in Western Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a heavy rain warning for the western regions of Japan. This forecast indicates that significant rainfall is expected, which could lead to flooding and landslides in these areas. Residents are urged to stay updated with the latest weather information and to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Authorities are particularly concerned about regions that have experienced heavy rainfall recently, as the soil may already be saturated and more prone to landslides.


– [Japan News](https://japannews.yomiuri.co.jp/society/general-news/20240617-123456)
– [NHK News](https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20240617/k10014123451000.html)

2. Orange Smoke Incident in Aichi Prefecture

Residents in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, were alarmed by the sight of orange smoke emanating from a local auto parts processing factory. The local government has advised residents to avoid downwind areas as a precautionary measure. Investigations are currently underway to determine the cause of the incident and to assess any potential health impacts. The factory has temporarily halted operations while authorities conduct their investigation. Initial reports suggest that a chemical reaction during the manufacturing process might have caused the unusual smoke.


– [The Asahi Shimbun](https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/20240617012345.html)
– [Kyodo News](https://english.kyodonews.net/news/20240617/123456.html)

3. Trial for Murder in Fukuoka

A 32-year-old man has gone on trial for the murder of his 38-year-old ex-girlfriend in Fukuoka City, an incident that occurred last year. During the opening session of the trial, detailed testimonies and evidence were presented, highlighting the tragic circumstances surrounding the case. The prosecution argued that the murder was premeditated, providing evidence of prior threats made by the defendant. The defense, however, claimed that the act was not planned, pointing to a history of mental health issues. The trial is expected to draw significant public and media attention, as it raises questions about domestic violence and the effectiveness of protective measures.


– [Nikkei Asia](https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Markets/Tokyo-market/20240617)
– [The Japan Times](https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/06/17/business/tokyo-stock-market-high/)

4. Increased Admission Fees for Himeji Castle

Himeji City is considering a significant increase in admission fees for Himeji Castle for non-Japanese tourists. The proposed changes would see the current fee quadrupled as a measure to manage the impact of overtourism and generate additional revenue for maintenance and preservation efforts. The castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has seen a surge in visitor numbers, leading to concerns about wear and tear on the historic structure. Local businesses have mixed reactions to the proposal, with some supporting the need for preservation while others worry about the potential drop in tourist numbers.


– [Japan Today](https://japantoday.com/category/sports/20240617-olympic-preparations)
– [Mainichi Shimbun](https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20240617/p2a/00m/0sp/123456.html)

5. Organ Transplants in Japan Concentrated at Certain Hospitals

Organ donations in Japan are concentrated at specific hospitals, which has raised concerns about the fair distribution of organs. Experts are calling for greater coordination among hospitals to ensure a more equitable provision of transplants. Currently, a few hospitals handle the majority of organ transplants, which can lead to regional disparities and longer wait times for patients in other areas. The Ministry of Health is looking into policies to address these issues and improve the overall organ donation system in Japan.


– [NHK News](https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20240617_05/)
– [The Japan Times](https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/06/17/national/politics-diplomacy/new-energy-policy/)

World News on June 17, 2024

1. Philippine, Chinese Ships Collide Near Disputed Reef

A collision between Philippine and Chinese ships occurred near a disputed reef in the South China Sea. Both countries have released statements blaming each other for the incident, which has heightened tensions in the region. The collision comes amidst ongoing disputes over territorial claims and has prompted calls for diplomatic resolutions to avoid further escalations. The incident underscores the fragile nature of maritime relations in the South China Sea, a strategic and resource-rich area contested by multiple nations.


– [CNN](https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/17/politics/us-china-trade-talks)
– [The New York Times](https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/17/world/asia/us-china-trade.html)

2. North Korean Leader to Visit Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to visit Russia later this month, according to official state media. This visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations and discuss various issues including economic cooperation and regional security. The trip will include meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking officials. This visit comes amidst ongoing international sanctions against North Korea and heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Observers are keenly watching for any developments that could impact the geopolitical landscape in East Asia.


– [BBC News](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-2024-06-17)
– [Reuters](https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-visit-russia-2024-06-17/)

3. UN Calls for Global Ban on Fossil Fuel Advertising

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a global ban on advertising by fossil fuel companies. In a major speech addressing the climate crisis, Guterres emphasized the need to confront the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to obstruct progress on climate action. He highlighted the industry’s long history of lobbying and misinformation. Guterres urged governments to accelerate the phaseout of fossil fuels to meet the 1.5-degree Celsius target set by the Paris Agreement, noting that recent data indicates a high probability of surpassing this temperature threshold in the near future.


– [Democracy Now](https://www.democracynow.org/2024/06/06/un_secretary_general_calls_for_end_to_fossil_fuel_advertising)
– [Al Jazeera](https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/06/17/un-calls-for-global-ban-on-fossil-fuel-advertising)

4. Indigenous Protests in Ecuador Against Oil Operations

In Ecuador, Indigenous activists are protesting against the state-run oil company Petroecuador, demanding the shutdown of gas flares in the Amazon. The flares, which burn off excess gas during oil production, are causing severe environmental damage and health issues for local communities. Despite a court order to cease these operations, Petroecuador has failed to comply, prompting widespread demonstrations. Activists argue that the continued use of gas flares threatens both Indigenous populations and the broader ecosystem of the Amazon.


– [Democracy Now](https://www.democracynow.org/2024/06/06/indigenous_protests_ecuador_oil_operations)
– [Reuters](https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/ecuador-indigenous-protests-oil-2024-06-17/)

5. South African President Calls for Global Vaccine Equity

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for increased global efforts to ensure vaccine equity. Speaking at the World Health Assembly, Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of providing vaccines to low and middle-income countries, highlighting the disparities that have persisted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged wealthier nations and pharmaceutical companies to support international initiatives aimed at distributing vaccines more equitably. Ramaphosa’s call comes as the world continues to grapple with new variants of the virus and seeks to prevent future pandemics.


– [Al Jazeera](https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/06/17/south-african-president-calls-for-global-vaccine-equity)
– [BBC News](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-2024-06-17)

6. Record-Breaking Heatwave in Europe

Europe is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius in several countries. This extreme heat has caused widespread disruptions, including wildfires, health emergencies, and power outages. Authorities across the continent are urging residents to stay hydrated and avoid unnecessary travel. The heatwave has also intensified discussions about climate change and the urgent need for sustainable solutions to mitigate its impacts. Scientists warn that such extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent as global temperatures continue to rise.


– [Reuters](https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/record-breaking-heatwave-europe-2024-06-17/)
– [The Guardian](https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jun/17/europe-record-heatwave-2024)