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Sample newspaper article

フランスは4月3日に可決した新しい法律の下、極端に痩せているファッションモデルを禁止し、そのようなモデルを雇用した事務所は罰金や禁固刑の可能性にさらされる。フランスのこの動きは、2013年のイスラエルでの類似の禁止の後に続くものだ。一方、イタリアやスペインなどの他国では、モデルの保護は任意の行動規範に依存している。この法律はフランソワ・オランド政権による拒食症対策の活動の一環だ。「BMIが保健機関の提示している水準を下回るあらゆる人は、モデルの活動が禁止される」と、新しい法律には書かれている。フランスではおよそ3~4万人の人々が拒食症に苦しんでおり、そのほとんどが10代の若者だと保健の専門家らは推定している。 (April 4)

Words and phrases

可決した (kaketsu-) passed; 新しい (atara-) new; 法律 (hōritsu) law; 極端に (kyokutan-) extremely; 痩せて (ya-) thin; 禁止し (kinshi-) ban; 雇用した (koyō-) hire; 事務所 (jimusho) agents; 罰金 (bakkin) fines; 禁固刑 (kinkokei) in jail; 可能性 (kanōsei) possibility; さらされる is exposed to; この動き (-ugo-) the move; 類似の (ruiji-) similar; 後に続く (ato-tsuzu-) comes after; 一方 (ippō) while ; 他国 (takoku) other countries; 保護 (hogo) protection; 任意の (nin’i-) voluntary; 行動規範 (kōdō kihan) codes of conduct; 依存して (izon-) rely on; 政権 (seiken) government; 拒食症 (kyoshokushō) anorexia; 対策 (taisaku) measure; 活動 (katsudō) campaign; 一環 (ikkan) part of; 保健機関 (hoken kikan) health authorities; 提示して (teiji-) proposed; 水準 (suijun) levels; 下回る (shitamawa-) lower than; 苦しんで (kuru-) suffer; 10代の若者 (jūdai-wakamono) teenagers; 専門家 (senmonka) experts; 推測して (suisoku-) estimate

Sample radio or television report

Furansu-wa 4-gatsu mikka-ni kaketsu-shita atarashii hōritsu-no moto, kyokutan-ni yaseteiru fasshon moderu-o kinshi-shi, sonoyō-na moderu-o koyō-shita jimusho-wa bakkin-ya kinkokei-no kanōsei-ni sarasaremasu. Furansu-no kono ugoki-wa, 2013-nen-no Isuraeru-deno ruiji-no kinshi-no ato-ni tsuzukumonodesu. Ippō, Itaria-ya Supein-nado-no takoku-dewa, moderu-no hogo-wa nin’i-no kōdō kihan-ni izon-shite imasu. Kono hōritsu-wa Furansowa Orando seiken-ni-yoru kyoshokushō taisaku-no katsudō-no ikkan-desu. “BMI-ga hoken kikan-no teiji-shiteiru suijun-o shitamawaru arayuru hito-wa, moderu-no katsudō-ga kinshi-sareru”-to atarashii hōritsu-niwa kakarete-imasu. Furansu-dewa oyoso 3~4 mannin-no hitobito-ga kyoshokushō-ni kurushinde-ori, sono hotondo-ga jūdai-no-wakamono-dato hoken-no senmonkara-wa suisoku-shite imasu.

Translation

France will ban excessively thin fashion models and expose modeling agents and the fashion houses that hire them to possible fines and even jail, under a new law passed on April 3. The move by France comes after a similar ban by Israel in 2013, while other countries, like Italy and Spain, rely on voluntary codes of conduct for models’ protection. The measure is part of a campaign against anorexia by President Francois Hollande’s government. “The activities involved in modeling are banned for any person whose body mass index is lower than levels proposed by health authorities,” the law says. Health experts estimate 30,000 to 40,000 people in France suffer from anorexia, most of them teenagers.

Conversation between acquaintances

A: Furansu-dewa yasesugi-no moderu-wa kinshisarete iru sō-desu-yo.

(I heard that France bans excessively thin fashion models.)

B: Kyoshokushō taisaku-no ikkan rashii desu-yo.

(Apparently, the measure is part of a campaign against anorexia.)

Conversation between a husband and wife

H: Furansu-dewa oyoso 3~4 mannin-no hito-ga kyoshokushō-ni kurushinde-iru-sō-da.

(I heard that some 30,000 to 40,000 people in France suffer from anorexia.)

W: Hotondo-ga jūdai-no-wakamono-rashii-wa.

(It seems that most of them are teenagers.)

(No. 1255)

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