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Japanese doctor wins Ig Nobel medicine prize for kissing study

Sample newspaper article

キスをすることでアレルギー反応が低減すると発表した日本人医師が、今年の「イグ・ノーベル賞」を受賞した。授賞式は9月17日、米マサ チューセッツ州ケンブリッジのハーバード大学で開かれた。大阪府で クリニックを経営する木俣肇さん(62)は、キスの医学的な効果を研究した3人のスロバキアの科学者と共に受賞した。日本人のイグ・ ノーベル賞受賞は9年連続。木俣医師の実験では、スギ花粉やその他の物質によるアトピー性皮膚炎とアレルギー性鼻炎の患者それぞれに、やさしい音楽を聴きながら恋人や配偶者と30分間キスをしてもらった。その結果、キスをする前に比べ、血液中のアレルギー反応は大幅に 抑えられたという。 (Sept. 18)

Words and phrases

アレルギー反応 (arerugii han’ō) allergic reactions; 低減する (teigen-) reduce; 発表した (happyō-) revealed; 日本人医師 (nihonjin ishi) Japanese doctor; 今年の (kotoshi-) this year’s; 受賞した (jushō-) won; 式 (shiki) ceremony; 大学 (daigaku) university; 開かれた (hira-) held; 大阪府 (Ōsaka-fu) Osaka Prefecture; クリニック (kurinikku) clinic; 経営する (keiei-) runs; 医学的な (igakuteki-) medical; 効果 (kōka) effects; 研究した (kenkyū-) studied; スロバキアの (Surobakia-) Slovakian; 科学者 (kagakusha) scientists; 共に (tomo-) jointly; 連続 (renzoku) consecutive; 実験 (jikken) experiment; スギ花粉 (sugi-kafun) cedar pollen ; 物質 (busshitsu) substances; アトピー性 (atopii sei) atopic; 皮膚炎 (hifuen) dermatitis; 鼻炎 (bien) rhinitis (nasal inflammation); 患者 (kanja) patients; 音楽 (ongaku) music; 聴きながら (ki-) while listening; 恋人 (koibito) lovers; 配偶者 (haigūsha) spouses; 結果 (kekka) results ; 血液 (ketsueki) blood; 大幅に (ōhaba-) drastically; 抑えられた (osa-) reduced

Sample radio or television report

Kisu-o suru koto-de arerugii han’ō-ga teigen-suru-to happyō-shita Nihonjin ishi-ga kotoshi-no Igu Nōberu-shō-o jushō-shimashita. Jushōshiki-wa 9-gatsu 17-nichi, Bei Masachūsettsu-shū Kenburijji-no Hābādo Daigaku-de hirakaremashita. Ōsaka- fu-de kurinikku-o keiei-suru Kimata Hajime-san, 62-sai-wa, kisu-no igakuteki kōka-o kenkyū-shita san-nin-no Surobakia- jin kagakusha-to tomo-ni jushō-shimashita. Nihonjin-no Igu Nōberu-shō jushō-wa 9-nen renzoku desu. Kimata ishi-no jikken -de-wa, sugi kafun-ya sonohoka-no busshitsu-ni-yoru atopii sei hifuen-to arerugii sei bien-no kanja sorezore-ni yasashii ongaku-o kikinagara koibito-ya haigūsha-to sanjuppun-kan kisu-o shite moraimashita. Sono kekka, kisu-o suru-mae-ni kurabe, ketsuekichū -no arerugii han’ō-wa ōhaba-ni osaerareta-sō-desu.

Translation

A Japanese doctor won this year’s Ig Nobel medicine prize for a study that revealed kissing could reduce allergic reactions in humans. The prizes award ceremony was held on Sept. 17 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hajime Kimata, 62, who runs a clinic in Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, was awarded the prize jointly with three Slovakian scientists who also studied the medical effects of kissing. It is the ninth straight year for Japanese to receive an Ig Nobel prize. In Kimata’s experiment, Japanese atopic dermatitis patients allergic to cedar pollen and other substances and those with allergic rhinitis kissed with their lovers or spouses freely during 30 minutes alone while listening to soft music. As a result, comparing blood samples before and after the test, Kimata found that their allergic reaction was drastically reduced after kissing.

Conversation between acquaintances

A: Kotoshi-mo mata Nihonjin-no kagakusha-ga Igu Nōberu-shō-o jushō-shita-sō-desu-yo.

(I heard that a Japanese scientist won an Ig Nobel prize this year again.)

B: Kore-de Nihonjin-no kagakusha-no jushō-wa 9-nen renzoku desu-ne.

(It is the ninth straight year that a Japanese scientist has received an award, isn’t it?)

Conversation between a husband and wife

H: Kisu-o suru koto-de arerugii han’ō-ga teigen-suru-sō-da.

(I heard that kissing can reduce allergic reactions.)

W: Sore hontō-nano?

(Is that really true?)

(No. 1277)