Day: January 5, 2018

Japanese News: Webで見る2017

I found this page on NHK about the news that received the most attention in Japan in 2017. I have decided to go through the 10 first results and see if I can understand what it is about. This implies to understand the titles in Japanese but also, to have followed the news in Japan last year, which I haven’t done regularly. Reading news in Japanese on a weekly basis is part of my 2018 study plan, so I should have no problem looking back at 2018 next year! Let’s go through the 10 most viewed (アクセスランキング) news in 2017: 眞子さま 同級生とご婚約へ: The only difficulty here is the name: 眞子・まこ, that is Princess Mako, grandchild of Emperor Akihito. She announced her engagement with Komuro Kei (小室圭), a former classmate. As Komuro Kei is a commoner, Princess Mako will lose her royal status when she marries him. 「ICBM2回目の発射成功」: Here again, no difficulty as the title uses the term ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) instead of the Japanese word 大陸間弾道ミサイル. 発射・はっしゃ (launch) is a word I didn’t know before …