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英語:“Top 10 things even Japanese people think they’re too obsessive about”

It’s no exaggeration to say that Japan is pretty obsessive when it comes to societal safety and manners. Japanese people often go to ridiculous lengths to stay safe and to make sure that visitors are aware of all the unspoken rules that permeate throughout the country.

But sometimes it’s all just too much, even for the native Japanese themselves. So we present to you a list of the top 10 things that even Japanese people think they’re too obsessive over. Are you just as paranoid as they are, or would you be considered a carefree spirit in Japan? Read on to find out!

This top 10 list was compiled by asking 200 Japanese men in their twenties and thirties what they believe Japanese people make too much of a fuss over. Each responder gave their personal top three, and each number one response received three points, the second two points, and the third one point.

Here’s the list after everything was tallied up, in order from what they believe is least to most stupid to obsess over:

10. Public transportation being a little off schedule [58 points]
Nobody likes waiting for a late bus or train. But what constitutes “late” can vary by culture. It would probably take about 10 minutes to get me stomping my foot in a comically angry way, but in Japan, where trains and buses are known for their punctuality, people can get antsy after less than a minute.

As a former bus driver though, nothing is worse than someone complaining that “you’re late” when you’ve been trying desperately to stay on time through traffic or an accident. So the next time your bus or train is just a little late, let’s all take a deep breath and remember they’ll be there soon enough.

9. Intense anti-bacterial measures (disinfectant, hand sanitizer, etc.) [60 points]
Good hygiene is important, but no one likes a hypochondriac clean-freak. So maybe trying some Japanese nightingale (uguisu) poop makeup once might not be the end of the world.

8. TV shows (content, production, etc.) [64 points]
Japanese TV may not be the greatest, but that doesn’t mean you have to go around complaining about it all the time. They have some of the best commercials in the world, so you can always at least be guaranteed something interesting to watch between shows.

7. Expiration and “best by” dates on food [65 points]
We’ve all been there: we’re at the supermarket and we just want to grab our food and go home, but there’s the fussy shopper in front of us who’s busy checking each and every item for the one with the furthest away expiration date.

If you’re going to finish it in a day or two anyway, it doesn’t really matter, does it? And even though most food is good a few days past its expiration date, people throw it out anyway, leading to a lot of waste. So let’s all stop obsessing over “best by” dates and use nature’s best expiration-detector: our noses.

6. Kids having to be quiet when playing in neighborhoods [72 points]
With Japan’s aging society, you’d think that children would get a bit more privilege, but it seems that the opposite is true. There have been recent cases going to court of elderly residents complaining about noise from day cares, kindergartens, and elementary schools.

I think those older residents need to stop for a minute and remember how loud they were when they were kids, then maybe they’d realize how ridiculous it looks for them to obsess over this.

5. Having to be quiet in an elevator [78 points]
While talking in an elevator isn’t the ultimate Japanese taboo, it can make anyone in the elevator not included in the conversation feel uncomfortable. Still, should people really be expected to cut off their conversation when the doors close? Most elevator rides are only a few seconds, so perhaps instead of feeling awkward, those who worry about it can just be glad they’re not stuck on a plane with them or something.

4. Having to be quiet in a movie theater [120 points]
As an American, this seems like a downright travesty. Part of the reason to go to the movies, or even watch movies in the first place, is to have reactions. You want to laugh, scream, cry, all that good stuff; you shouldn’t have to worry about letting a little bit of emotion slip out. Remember people: it’s a movie theater, not a library.

3. Politicians and celebrities accidentally saying the wrong things [131 points]
Politicians and others in the media are often not the most popular people in the world, but that doesn’t mean every single word out of their mouths has to be criticized. It’s important to not judge people by a few Freudian slips here and there, but by the actions they take when it really counts.

2. Having to be quiet on the train [133 points]
With four out of the top six items involving “having to be quiet,” it seems like the participants in this survey are sick and tired of everybody shushing them all the time.

For this one however, I’m sure a lot of people would have a variety of opinions. Visitors from other countries are often brought to tears of joy with how nice and quiet Japanese trains are, but it seems like a lifetime of having to stay quiet can take its toll as well.

Either way, even if you’re a staunch fan of the zipped-lip train, let’s try not to glare at people when they have a short conversation or laugh at something they’re reading.

1. Parents freaking out over small scrapes and bruises on children [185 points]
This one wins by a landslide, with 50 points more than the number two spot. But does it deserve it?

I think a lot of people would agree that it does. While many of the other items on this list are certainly annoying, this one can have serious repercussions down the road when the child grows up. Getting hurt sucks, there’s no argument there, but it’s also a good learning opportunity, and learning from mistakes helps children grow up into mature adults.

Meanwhile, fretting over every little injury can make the child paranoid, spoiled, or even have trouble discerning between things that are actually problems and things that are not. So instead of freaking out over every bump and bruise, perhaps parents can instead help the child put it into perspective instead, giving the advice my kindergarten teacher always told us when we got hurt: “By the time you’re grown up and married, you’re not going to remember this at all.” And believe it or not, she was right.

That’s it for the top 10, but here’s some other honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut: people complaining about how personal information is used, and complaints about body odor/bad breath.

While that first one has some legitimacy to it, perhaps the reason why it didn’t make top 10, the other one not making top 10 is a little surprising. Is it because the 200 men who filled out the survey have such impeccable hygiene that no one ever complains about them, or because they smell so bad no one dares to come close enough to them to complain? Seems like this calls for another survey.

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日本語:”日本は神経質すぎ…と思うこと1位”

最近、どうも社会が不寛容になっている気がしませんか? お互いが気持ちよく生きていくために、マナーやルールを守るのは大事ですが、ちょっとした失敗は誰しもあるもの。目くじらを立てすぎるのも、どうかと思う次第。

そこで20~30代の社会人男性200人に、最近の世の中で、目くじら立てすぎ、神経質になりすぎ…と思うことを調査してみました。

〈日本は目くじら立てすぎだと思うことTOP10〉
(全16項目から3位まで選択。1位を3pt、2位を2pt、3位を1ptで集計。協力/アイリサーチ)

1位 子供のちょっとした怪我(に親がクレーム) 185pt
2位 「電車内は静かに」のマナー 133pt
3位 (政治家などの)失言 131pt
4位 「映画館では静かに」のマナー 120pt
5位 「エレベーター内は静かに」のマナー 78pt
6位 「近所迷惑にならないように子供は静かに」のマナー 72pt
7位 食品の消費期限や賞味期限 65pt
8位 テレビ番組(内容、演出など)64pt
9位 雑菌への抵抗感(除菌・抗菌などへの衛生意識) 60pt
10位 乗り物の運行時間のズレ 58pt

番外
11位 個人情報の扱い 48pt
12位 体臭や口臭について 45pt

上位6位のうち、「●●では静かに」系のマナーが4つも占める結果に…。「目くじら立てすぎ」と捉えている人も多いようですが、回答者たちがそう思う理由もそれぞれ紹介していきましょう。

●1位 子供のちょっとした怪我(に親がクレーム)
「自分の子供のやったことは、親の影響が大きいと自覚すべきで、相手にクレームをつけることは恥ずかしいと思う」(36歳)
「ちょっとしたことでクレームばかりつけるから、規制だらけになってしまっているから」(36歳)
「子供のことに親が口出しするのはいかがなものかと」(36歳)
「怪我をして学ぶこともあるから」(36歳)
「親が過保護にしすぎ。大人になった時に大変」(39歳)

●2位 「電車内は静かに」のマナー
「静かにしなきゃいけない理由がわからない」(28歳)
「楽しく話もしたいだろうとおもう」(26歳)
「もう少し自由にいたらいいんじゃないかと思う」(37歳)

●3位 (政治家などの)失言
「揚げ足取り的なことが多く、本質的なことではないから」(34歳)
「政治家を評価しない風潮になっていると感じるから」(28歳)
「人間なので多少の失言は誰にでもあると思う」(37歳)

●4位 「映画館では静かに」のマナー
「テンションが下がる」(39歳)
「笑いたいときは笑いたいから」(38歳)
「すこしはいいと思う」(39歳)

●5位 「エレベーター内は静かに」のマナー
「静かすぎると不安になる」(32歳)
「会話を普通にしたいから」(36歳)
「しゃべるぐらいはいいと思う」(39歳)

●6位 「近所迷惑にならないように子供は静かに」のマナー
「子供は騒いでなんぼ。ただでさえ静かな社会なのに子供が騒がなくなったら静かすぎる」(22歳)

●7位 食品の消費期限や賞味期限
「少し過ぎても食えるのに捨ててるところを見ると腹が立つ」(36歳)

●8位 テレビ番組(内容、演出など)
「神経質すぎて番組が面白くなくなっている」(36歳)

●9位 雑菌への抵抗感(除菌・抗菌などへの衛生意識)
「気にし過ぎです」(35歳)

●10位 乗り物の運行時間のズレ
「1分遅れただけで客は怒り、輸送会社は謝る体質。これはギスギスしすぎでしょ」(37歳)

こうしたマナーについて、よく「日本は海外に比べてきっちりしすぎ」なんてことも言われますが、内心「もう少しゆるくても良いのでは…」と思っている人も少なくないよう。「日本はマナーがいいけど“生き”苦しい国」なんてことにならないよう、ほどほどに…と思うのは筆者だけでしょうか。
(のび@びた)

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