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Students getting less exercise

by Osamu and Nobuko Mizutani

Sample newspaper article

STUDENTS GETTING LESS EXERCISE

12月14日に発表された政府調査によると、全国で中学2年生の女子生徒の約4分の1が学校での体育の授業以外では全く運動をしていないという。この23.5%という数値は、2010年に文部科学省の調査で13-14歳の女子生徒に授業以外での運動習慣についてたずねた前回の調査よりも、6.2ポイント高いことを、今回の調査は示している。同省では4月から7月にかけて10-11歳の小学校5年生の児童と中学生の運動能力を全国で調べた。学校以外では運動をしないと答えた小学校5年生の男子児童の割合は2.3ポイント増の4.8%、女子児童は4.6ポイント増の9.9%だった。中学2年生の男子生徒の数値は2.9ポイント増の7.5%だった。 (Nov. 6)

Words and phrases

発表された (happyō-) announced ; 政府 (seifu) government; 調査 (chōsa) survey; 全国 (zenkoku) nationwide; 中学 (chūgaku) junior high school; 女子生徒 (joshi-seito) schoolgirl; 約 (yaku) about: 4分の1 (yonbun-no-ichi) quarter; 学校 (gakkō) school; 体育 (taiiku) physical education; 授業 (jūgyō) class; 以外 (igai) except; 全く (mattaku) not at all; 運動 (undō) exercise; 数値 (sūchi) figure; 文部科学省 (Monbukagakushō) Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; 習慣 (shūkan) habits; たずねた asked; 前回の (zennkai-no) previous; 高い (takai) high; 今回の (konnkai-no) this time; 示している (shime-) indicate; 同省 (dōshō) same ministry; 小学校 (shōgakkō) elementary school; 児童 (jidō) children; 能力 (yoku) abilities; 答えた (kotaeta) answered; 女子児童 (joshi-jidō) girl children; 調べた (shira-) surveyed; 割合 (wariai) ratio; 増 () increase

Sample radio or television report

12-gatsu jūyokka-ni happyō-sareta seifu chōsa-ni-yorimasuto, zenkoku-de chūgaku ninen-sei-no joshi-seito-no yaku yonbun-no-ichi-ga gakkō-de-no taiiku-no jūgyō-igai-de-wa mattaku undō-wo shiteinai to iu-kotoga wakarimashita. Kono 23.5-pāsento-to-iu sūchi-wa, 2010-nen-ni Monbukagakushō-no chōsa-de 13-sai kara 14-sai-no joshi-seito-ni jūgyō-igai-de-no undō shūkan-ni tsuite tazuneta zenkai-no chōsa yori-mo, 6.2 pointo takai koto-wo, konkai-no chōsa-wa shimeshite imasu. Dōshō-de-wa 4-gatsu kara 7-gatsu-ni kakete 10-sai kara 11-sai-no shōgakkō 5-nen-sei-no jidō-to chūgakusei-no undō nōryoku-wo zenkoku-de shirabemashita. Gakkō-igai-de-wa undō-wo shinai-to kotaeta shōgakkō 5-nen-sei-no danshi-jidō-no wariai-wa 2.5 pointo-zō-no 4.8 pāsento, joshi-jidō-wa 4.6 pointo-zō-no 9.9 pāsento deshita. Chūgaku ninen-sei-no danshi-seito-no sūchi-wa 2.9 pointo-zō-no 7.5 pāsento deshita.

Translation

Nearly a quarter of second-year junior high school girls nationwide do no exercise at all except in physical education classes at school, according to a government survey released Dec. 14. The figure of 23.5 percent is 6.2 points higher than the last time schoolgirls aged 13 and 14 were asked about exercising habits outside class on the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry’s 2010 survey, the poll showed. The ministry examined the physical abilities of fifth-graders aged 10 and 11 and second-year junior high school students nationwide between April and July. The percentage of fifth-grade boys who reported doing no exercise outside school rose 2.3 points to 4.8 percent, while the figure for girls rose 4.6 points to 9.9 percent. The rate for second-year junior high school boys gained 2.9 points to 7.5 percent.

A conversation between acquaintances

A: Zenkoku no shō-chūgakusei-wa, undō-wo shinaku natta sō-desu-ne. (It seems that elementary and junior high school students nationwide do less exercise.)

B: Jugyō igai mattaku undō-wo shinai kodomo-mo iru-sō-desu. (I heard there are some children who never do exercise outside school.)

Conversation between a husband and wife

H: Kodomo-ni-wa motto undō-wo shite hoshii-desu. (I hope children will do more exercise.)

W: Kenkō-ni-mo iidesu-shi-ne. (It is good for their health, too.)

(No. 1190)