WSJを真面目に読む August 7, 2012




Sunni’s exit indicates Syria divide

Syria’s government lost its highest –ranking Sunni member, Prime Minister Riad Hijab, in what his spokesman called a defection to the opposition as the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad inflames sectarian emotion in the Middle East. 

Sunni: スンニー派 cf  Shiah or Shi シーア派



Standard Chartered at risk in U.S.

New York’s top financial regulator accused a Standard Chartered PLC unit of running a “rogue institution” that “schemed” with Iran’s government to hide more than $250 billion in illegal transactions for nearly a decade.



Friction as China’s clout expands in Japan

              In a notable role reversal, China is emerging as a major investor in Japan- a diminished status for the island-nation that is inflaming old animosities between two wary neighbors.

             clout: 勢力、強い影響力

              animosity: 敵意、敵対意識

              wary: すきのない、油断のならない



Business & Finance

Knight receives $400 million lifeline.

              Knight Capital Group Inc. confirmed it has agreed to a $400 million rescue plan that would address huge losses caused by errant trading last week.

              errant: 正道から外れた、逸脱した

In China, local brands take on imports

              Gone are the days when big multinationals in China could easily dominate every consumer segment from toothpaste to laundry detergent.

              Take on: 争う、挑戦する