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  • 2018.10.12
  • Easy Reading
  • 初級

Kumamoto assembly member kicked out for sucking on cough drop

のど飴をなめて質問した熊本市議、議会から退席させられる

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Should cough drops be allowed or not? That question stopped the Kumamoto Municipal Assembly for eight hours on Sept. 28.

Assembly member Yuka Ogata was speaking at the podium with a cough drop in her mouth. Assembly members criticized her for doing so, but she refused to apologize.

The assembly passed a disciplinary motion to kick her out of the session. All assembly members voted for the motion except Ogata.

“I have not been well for the past several days and decided to take cough drops so that I would not trouble others with my coughing,” Ogata said. “It’s regrettable that I’ve been forced to leave the room without being given the opportunity to explain myself.”

Assembly members said Ogata was breaking the assembly rules because she didn’t retain the integrity of the assembly.

Last year, the 43-year-old was criticized for bringing her newborn son to the assembly. (Kyodo)

重要ボキャブラリーを見る

podium
(名)演壇
◆Carla was nervous as she stood on the podium to give her speech.
(カーラは演壇に立ってスピーチするとき緊張した)

disciplinary
(名)懲罰
◆My son was called before the disciplinary committee at school today.
(私の息子は今日、学校の懲罰委員会に呼び出された)

vote
(動)投票する
◆vote for(~に賛成票を投じる)
◆My mother didn’t vote for the current mayor, but she respects him.
(私の母は今の市長に投票しなかったが、彼のことを尊敬している)

regrettable
(形)残念な
◆It’s regrettable that Ann didn’t get the job that she wanted.
(望んだ職にアンが就けなかったのは残念だ)
☞regret(動)後悔する、(名)後悔

retain
(動)維持する
◆We were unable to retain the broken computer any longer.
(壊れたコンピューターをそれ以上もたせられなかった)
☞retention(名)維持

integrity
(名)品位
◆Joe lost the boxing match, but he was able to keep his integrity until the end.
(ジョーはボクシングの試合に負けたが、最後まで品位を保つことができた)
☞integer(名)整数

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. Why was Yuka Ogata kicked out of the assembly meeting?

  • A) She was drinking a soda.
  • B) She was eating a sandwich.
  • C) She had a cough drop in her mouth.

正解を見る

正解は、C
She had a cough drop in her mouth.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. Assembly member Yuka Ogata was speaking at the ( ) with a cough drop in her mouth.

  • A) microwave
  • B) theater
  • C) podium

正解を見る

正解は、C
podium

Q2. The assembly passed a ( ) motion to kick her out of the session.

  • A) disciplinary
  • B) judgemental
  • C) quick

正解を見る

正解は、A
disciplinary

Q3. All assembly members ( ) for the motion except Ogata.

  • A) read
  • B) voted
  • C) hit

正解を見る

正解は、B
voted

Q4. It’s ( ) that I’ve been forced to leave the room without being given the opportunity to explain myself.

  • A) comfortable
  • B) vegetable
  • C) regrettable

正解を見る

正解は、C
regrettable

Q5. Assembly members said Ogata was breaking the assembly rules because she didn’t ( ① ) the ( ② ) of the assembly.

  • A) stain
  • B) retain
  • C) pertain

    • D) integrity
    • E) inspiration
    • F) informality

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、 B
    retain

    ②の正解は、 D
    integrity

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