Playing with words



Unique-low or You-knee-clo?

I’ve heard it pronounced both ways. I lean more towards the “Unique-low” side myself.

Casual clothes giant Uniqlo. Love it or hate, it was apparently a very good idea. There are stores all over Japan, of course, but you’ll also find them throughout Korea, Hong Kong, China, in Paris, all around London, and in Soho. That and the head of the corporation has just been announced as Japan’s wealthiest person.

Just a quick blurb today, as I’ve got a big (real work) project in my lap and I’m determined to finish at least 10 pages today!

How do you say it?

How do <i>you</i> say it?

富豪日本一はユニクロ・柳井氏、資産5700億円…米誌

   米経済誌フォーブスは19日、2009年の「日本の富豪40人」を発表した。
   それによると、カジュアル衣料専門店「ユニクロ」を展開するファーストリテイリングの柳井正会長兼社長の資産額が61億ドル(約5700億円)となり、昨年の6位から初めて首位となった。柳井氏はユニクロの好業績で昨年より資産を14億ドル増やした。
   昨年首位の山内溥(ひろし)・任天堂相談役は45億ドルで3位に甘んじた。2位はパチンコ機メーカー三共の毒島邦雄(ぶすじまくにお)名誉会長で52億ドルだった。

Retrieved from the Yomiuri website on 19 February

富豪 【ふごう】 wealthy person, millionaire
日本一 【にほんいち】 number one in Japan
ユニクロ UNIQLO (Japanese clothing retailer)
柳井 【やない】 Yanai
氏 【し】 Mr
資産 【しさん】 fortune, assets
億円 【おくえん】 one hundred million (100,000,000) yen
米誌 【べいし】 American magazine
米 【べい】 America (abbreviation)
経済誌 【けいざいし】 business journal, economic magazine
フォーブス Forbes
発表する 【はっぴょうする】 to announce, report
~によると according to
カジュアル衣料 【カジュアルいりょう】 casual clothing
専門店 【せんもんてん】 specialty shops
展開する 【てんかいする】 to develop
ファーストリテイリング Fast Retailing (company name)
柳井正 【やないただし】 Yanai Tadashi (1949-)
会長 【かいちょう】 president, chairman
兼 【けん】 and, concurrently
社長 【しゃちょう】 company president, director
額 【がく】 amount or sum (of money)
ドル dollar
約 【やく】 approximately
昨年の 【さくねん】 last year
位 【い】 rank (as in 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
初めて 【はじめて】 for the first time
首位 【しゅい】 first place, leading position
好業績 【こうぎょうせき】 good business results
増やす 【ふやす】 to increase
山内溥 【やまうちひろし】 Yamauchi Hiroshi (1927-)
任天堂 【にんてんどう】 Nintendo (yes, that one)
相談役 【そうだんやく】 counselor, advisor
甘んじる 【あまんじる】 to be resigned to, to content oneself to
パチンコ pachinko (Japanese pinball)
機 【き】 machine
メーカー maker
三共 【さんきょう】 Sankyo (company name)
毒島邦雄 【ぶすじまくにお】 Busujima Kunio (h) (1925-)
名誉会長 【めいよかいちょう】 honorary president

直訳 (literal translation)
American magazine: Wealthiest in Japan is Mr Yanai, assets worth 570 billion yen
   American economic magazine Forbes announced their 2009 list of “Japan’s 40 wealthiest people” on the 19th.
   According to that, the assets of the developer of the casual clothing specialty shop Uniqlo and chairman and director Fast Retailing Corporation, Yanai Tadashi, are worth 6.1 billion dollars (about 570 billion yen) and he has moved up from 6th place last year to the leading position for the first time. Mr Yanai has increased his fortune 1.4 billion dollars from last year thanks to the successful business results of Uniqlo.
   With 4.5 billion dollars, last year’s number one, Hiroshi Yamauchi, who serves as a counselor to Nintendo, has to satisfy himself with third place. Second place is honorary president of pachinko machine maker Sankyo, Kunio Busujima, with 5.2 billion dollars.

意訳 (slightly more liberal translation)
American mag: Yanai tops list of Japan’s wealthiest with 570 billion yen
   Forbes released on Thursday their 2009 list of “Japan’s 40 wealthiest people” and Yanai Tadashi, the developer of the casual clothing specialty shop Uniqlo and chairman and director Fast Retailing Co., has snatched the number one spot with assets totaling US$6.1 billion (about 570 billion yen), moving up from 6th place last year. Yanai’s total worth has increased by 1.4 billion dollars since last year thanks to Uniqlo’s success.
   Last year’s number one, Hiroshi Yamauchi who serves as a counselor to the Nintendo Co., has to satisfy himself with third place and his 4.5 billion dollars. Second place went to honorary president of the pachinko machine maker Sankyo, Kunio Busujima, who is worth 5.2 billion dollars.


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