Playing with words

Welcome to the gaffe-off!

If you get the reference, 5 bonus points for you!

Decided to start a section on gaffes, because there are so many of them that hit the headlines in this little country. What’s that? Women are baby-making machines? Can only trust folks with black hair? If you don’t what I’m referring to, lucky you for not keeping up with all the ridiculous news of the past several years.





Retrieved March 12 from Mainichi Newspaper.

川崎 【かわさき】 Kawasaki (city)
医師 【いし】 doctor; physician
講演会 【こうえんかい】 lecture
どんどん rapidly, steadily
吸う 【すう】 to smoke, to inhale
早く 【はやく】 quickly, early
死ぬ 【しぬ】 to die
市立 【しりつ】 municipal
井田 【いた】 Ita (name)
病院 【びょういん】 hospital
中原区 【なかはらく】 Nakahara ward
関田恒二郎【かんだつねじろう】 Tsunejirou Kanda (name)
院長 【いんちょう】 director (of hospital or other institute)
男性 【だんせい】male
富山市 【とやまし】 Toyama (city)
開く 【ひらく】 to open
質疑応答 【しつぎおうとう】 question and answer session
禁煙 【きんえん】 non-smoking, abstaining from smoking
進む 【すすむ】 to advance, to go ahead, to make progress
医療費 【いりょうひ】 medical expenses, doctor’s bill
かさむ to pile up; to increase
明らか 【あきらか】 obvious, evident, clear
方がいい 【ほうがいい】 (after past tense verb) had better, ought to
発言 【はつげん】 utterance, speech, proposal
分かる 【わかる】 to be understood
推進 【すいしん】 implementation, promotion
団体 【だんたい】 organization, association
命 【いのち】 life
健康を守る 【けんこうをまもる】 to protect the health of
思える 【おもえる】 to seem, to appear likely
暴論 【ぼうろん】 irrational (line of) argument
抗議 【こうぎ】 protest, objection
取材 【しゅざい】 collecting data, interview
対する 【たいする】 in response to, in regards to
真意 【しんい】 real intention, true meaning
伝わる 【つたわる】 to be transmitted, to communicate
誤解を生む 【ごかいをうむ】 to generate or give rise to misunderstandings
釈明して 【しゃくめいして】 explanation, vindication
によると according to
富山県 【とやまけん】 Toyama prefecture
医師会 【いしかい】 medical association
主催で 【しゅさいで】under the sponsorship of
参加 【さんか】 participation
関係者 【かんけいしゃ】 authorized people, person(s) concerned
約 【やく】 approximately
医療 【いりょう】 medical care, medical treatment
介護 【かいご】 nursing
テーマ topic (German: thema)
講演 【こうえん】 lecture, speech
神奈川県 【かながわけん】 Kanagawa prefecture
制定 【せいてい】 enactment, establishment
目指す 【めざす】 to aim at
公共的施設 【こうきょうてきしせつ】 public facility
受動喫煙 【じゅどうきつえん】 passive smoking (i.e. second-hand smoking)
防止 【ぼうし】 prevention
条例 【じょうれい】 regulations, ordinance
について concerning, about
問う 【とう】 to ask, to question, to inquire
回答【かいとう】 reply, answer
際に 【さいに】 in case of; at the time of
私 【わたし】 I, me
たばこ tobacco (Portugese: tabaco), cigarettes
喫煙 【きつえん】 smoking
自己責任 【じこせきにん】self-responsibility
言う 【いう】 (v5u) (1) to say; (2) to call (i.e. to give a name); (P); EP
つもり intent, plan
誤解 【ごかい】 misunderstanding
説明 【せつめい】 explanation
さらに furthermore
受ける 【うける】 to receive
対応 【たいおう】 coping with, dealing with, support
力を入れる 【ちからをいれる】 to put effort into
べき must, should
思い 【おもい】 thought, sentiment
話す 【はなす】 to speak

Kawasaki Doctor: At lecutre “Keep on smoking and die early”
A male doctor (55) at the Kawasaki Municipal Ita Hospital (Nakahara Ward, Tsunejirou Kanda Director) made the remark at a Q&Q session for a lecture held on the 7th in Toyama city, “It’s obvious that medical expenses will pile up with progress of anti-smoking compaigns. It’s better to just have people keep on smoking and die early.” Groups for the promotion of anti-smoking have cried out that this was an unreasonable remark to make, unimaginable as that of a doctor who protects the health and lives of people. In response to questioning the doctor has explained that he was unable to express what he really meant and it has given rise to a misunderstanding.

According to the hospital and others, there were 30 participants at the lecture which was sponsored by the Toyama prefecture’s medical association. The doctor gave a lecture on the topic of medical and nursing care. During the Q&A he was asked about the ordinance to prevent second-hand smoke in public institutions that is hoped to be enacted in Kanagawa prefecture and he made his remark in response.

The doctor has explained “because I also smoke, I meant to say that smoking is a matter of personal responsibility but I was misunderstood.” He continued on to say what he’d thought to say was that rather than non-smoking campaigns, more efforts should be put into supporting people who cannot receive medical and nursing care.


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