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"Japan Tops Ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time"

Learn Japanese from the News

Broadcast on June 27, 2022 Available until June 26, 2023

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News". In this program we learn Japanese and more about Japan from news stories presented in simple Japanese. Today's headline is "Japan Tops Ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time", which is put on NEWS WEB EASY's website on May 26, 2022. Keywords include such as 「交通(こうつう)kootsuu」"transportation" and 「安全(あんぜん)anzen」"safety".



"Japan Tops Ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time"

Welcome to "Learn Japanese from the News."
Join us as we learn Japanese and about the country from Japanese-language news stories. Today's headline is…

観光(かんこう)に行(い)きたい国(くに) 日本(にっぽん)が初(はじ)めて1番(ばん)になる
 "Japan Tops Ranking of Tourism Destinations for First Time"
This is a news story that was published on NEWS WEB EASY's website on May 26.
Before we listen to the story in full, let's go over a few keywords that'll help us understand what's going on.
Let's keep these words in mind as we listen to the news story in full.
Every two years the World Economic Forum publishes a list of the world's top travel destinations. Our news story today is about how Japan has taken the top spot for the first time in the latest ranking.

Now we'll take a closer look at a few sentences from the news story that contain helpful expressions and keywords.
"The reasons include the convenient transportation, wonderful nature and culture, and the safety and security of its cities, which allows visitors to enjoy the sights. "
So one of the reasons Japan has taken the top spot is its convenient transportation infrastructure.
That includes 電車(でんしゃ) (trains), 地下鉄(ちかてつ)(the subway), バス (buses), 飛行機(ひこうき)(airplanes), and 船(ふね)(boats).
In large metropolitan areas like Tokyo and Osaka, public transportation runs frequently throughout the day, and has a reputation for efficiency.
The country is also being recognized for its 自然(しぜん), that is, "nature."
It is a word that can be used to describe a person's manner or demeanor. For example, 自然(しぜん)に振(ふ)る舞(ま)う means "to act naturally" or "be oneself."
You can also use it to describe something that happened without human intervention. 風(かぜ)でドアが自然(しぜん)に閉(し)まった, for instance, means "the wind blew the door shut."
OK, let's move on to the following sentence.
"Numbers 2 through 10 were the U.S., Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the U.K., Singapore, and Italy."
In Japanese we use what are called counter words to indicate what a number or quantity means.
In this sentence the word 番(ばん)is used after the numbers to signify "rank" or "position."
Our story today lists the top ten global travel destinations, from 1番(ばん), that is, "number one," to 10番(ばん), "number ten."
Similarly, in a track race, the runner who comes in first is 1番(ばん), and the second-place finisher is 2番(ばん).
And that's about it for today.
Tune in next time for more!

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