WSJを真面目に読む August 3-5, 2012





Draghi plan for Euro disappoints

The European Central Bank may soon step in to buy government bonds on the open market and consider other unconventional measures to lower “exceptionally high” borrowing costs of financially stressed euro-zone economies, ECB President Mario Draghi said Thursday.


Annan quits as special envoy to Syria, citing discord at U.N.

 Kofi Annan resigned from his role as special envoy for Syria, condemning world powers’ failure to unite over the country’s escalating violence, particularly the standoff among the U.N. Security Council’s five veto-wielding members.

              Standoff: 行き詰まり、離れて立った状態

            Veto-wielding: 拒否権を行使する


Long road ahead for tech giants

 Japan’s electronics giants aimed for a fresh start last year, shaking up their management following record losses, but announcement of dismal earnings from stalwarts Sony Corp. and Sharp Corp. on Thursday showed the firms still have a long way to go.

              Stalwart: 屈強な人、堅固な人

         GOP stalwarts: 共和党の重鎮

              industry stalwarts: 業界の大手各社


North Korea broadcasts London Olympics on TV

 North Korea is allowing five hours of daily coverage of the London Olympics to be shown on its TV network, a South Korean broad caster who arranged technical logistics for the North said.




China head for European Soccer deals: Investor group to acquire stake in Iner Milan; China Railway Construction seeks to build stadium in Italy

             Inter Milanの第二位の株主になる。条件は開示されず。

            驚いたのはAir Asiaの社長のTony Fernandesが昨年Queens Park Rangersのオーナーになったという説明があること。

An about-face on Facebook

 Fidekity Investments was an early buyer of Facebook Inc. shares. In the spring of 2011, two dozens of its funds bought more than $200 million worth of the company’s private stock. …Now, many of the Boston-based company’s fund managers are shrinking their stakes.

              About-face: 180度の方針転換


NEC Olympics as sales on pace to avoid big loss

 There have been plenty of negative hashtags assigned to NBC’s Olympic coverage on Twitter, including #NBCFails….

              Hashtag: ハッシュタグ twitterでグルーピングに使う#