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Sample newspaper article

税金滞納で破産宣告を受けていたフィンランドのサンタクロース・ オフィスが、新オーナーの援助により破産を免れることになった。 ラップランド・サファリス・グループがサンタクロース・オフィスを 運営する企業の株式の過半数を購入し、滞納していた税金を支払ったという。サンタクロース・オフィスは8月21日、20万ユーロの税金滞納により数日以内に閉鎖に追い込まれると発表した。最も多かった ロシア人観光客が国内の不況で急減したことが原因だという。サンタ クロース・オフィスは、年間を通してサンタと有料で写真撮影できる サービスなど、クリスマスをテーマとしたラップランドのビジネスの1つだ。昨年の観光客数は約30万人で、売上高は約200万ユーロだった。 (Aug. 28)

Words and phrases

税金滞納 (zeikin tainō-) unpaid taxes; 破産 (hasan) bankruptcy; 宣告を受けて (senkoku-u-) been declared; フィンランド (Finrando) Finland; 新オーナー (shin-ōnā) new owner; 援助 (enjo) help; 免れる (manuga-) avoided; 運営する (unei-) runs; 企業 (kigyō) company; 株式 (kabushiki) shares; 過半数 (kahansū) majority; 購入し (kōnyū-) bought; 支払った (shiharat-) cleared; 数日以内 (sūjitsu inai) days left; 閉鎖 (heisa) closure; 発表した (happyō-) announced; 最も多かった (motto-ō-) best; ロシア人 (Roshia-jin) Russians: 観光客 (kankōkyaku) customers: 不況 (fukyō) recession; 急減 (kyūgen) sharp drop; 原因だ (gen’in-) stemmed from; 有料で (yūryō-) with a fee; 年間を通して (nenkan-tō-) a year-round; 写真撮影できる (shashin satsuei-) photographed; 昨年 (sakunen) last year; 約 (yaku) about; 売上高 (uriagedaka) revenues;

Sample radio or television report

Zeikin tainō-de hasan senkoku-o uketeita Finrando-no Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-ga, shin-ōnā-no enjo-ni-yori hasan-o manugareru-koto-ni narimashita. Rappurando Safarisu Gurūpu-ga Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-o unei-suru kigyō-no kabushiki-no kahansū-o-kōnyū-shi, tainō-shiteita zeikin-o shiharatta-to-iu-koto-desu. Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-wa 8-gatsu 21-nichi, nijū-man yūro-no zeikin tainō-ni-yori sūjitsu inai-ni heisa-ni oikomareru-to happyō-shimashita. Motto-mo ōkatta Roshiajin kankōkyaku-ga kokunai-no fukyō-de kyūgen-shitakoto-ga gen’in-dato iu-koto-desu. Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-wa, nenkan-o-tōshite Santa-to yūryō-de shashin satsuei dekiru sābisu-nado, Kurisumasu-o tēma-to shita Rappurando-no bijinesu-no hitotsu-desu. Sakunen-no kankōkyakusū-wa yaku sanjū-man-nin-de, uriagedaka-wa nihyaku-man yūro-deshita.

Translation

Finland’s Santa Claus Office avoided bankruptcy thanks to the help of a new owner. Lapland Safaris Group said it had bought a majority of shares in the company that runs the Santa’s office attraction in Lapland, and cleared its tax bill. Santa Claus Office announced on Aug. 21 that it had been declared bankrupt and had just days left to avoid closure over its €200,000 tax bill. The problems stemmed from a sharp drop in visits from recession-hit Russians, once its best customers. The attraction, which offers a year-round chance to be photographed with Santa in exchange for a fee, is one of several Christmas-themed businesses in Lapland. It had some 300,000 visitors last year and revenues of about €2 million.

Conversation between acquaintances

A: Finrando-no Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-ga shin-ōnā-no enjo-ni-yori hasan-o manugareta-sō-desu-yo.

(I heard that Finland’s Santa Claus Office has avoided bankruptcy thanks to the support of a new owner.)

B: Shin-ōnā-wa tainō-shiteita nijū-man yūro-no zeikin-o shiharatta sō-desu-yo.

(It seems that the new owner has cleared its €200,000 tax bill.)

Conversation between a husband and wife

H: Santa Kurōsu Ofisu-de-wa, nenkan-o-tōshite Santa-to shashin satsuei dekiru sō-da.

(Santa Claus Office offers visitors the chance to be photographed with Santa all year round.)

W: Hasan-o manugarete yokatta-wa-ne.

(I’m glad that the attraction avoided bankruptcy.)

(No. 1275)

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