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[subs] NEWS ZERO - Ichimen (Saudi Arabia’s King visit to Japan) (2017.03.13)  
15th-Mar-2017 10:24 am
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Hello everyone!

Here is this week's ichimen about Saudi Arabi's King visit to Japan.
Now I want you all to give the translator a round of applause! Because the subject was quite difficult to translate as it's mainly political, and a sensitive subject currently, and we both read maaaaaaaaaaaaany articles online on the subject.
You will find some articles we did some research on at the end of this post if you're interested, mainly regarding Trump's relationship with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Syria as it was brought up by Murao-san.
Many thanks to @Hodosakurai for helping us too :)

NEWS ZERO - Ichimen (2017.03.13)


Size: 135Mb
Format: MP4
Dimension: 1280x720
RAW Provider: K-A-N奈奈
Translation: ARASHI English translation ( tumblr, twitter, FB)
Special help: @Hodosakurai
Links: MEGA | MF | Stream

Here are the bit of articles we're sharing, covering Murao-san's comment. Some are from Japanese news websites, so ARASHI English translation translated them for you :)

Translator's comment: Murao-san’s comment might have suggested a correlation between Trump administration’s motivation to improve relationship with Russia and US’ involvement and change of policy on Syrian Civil War. Murao-san’s wording was subtle. Winkychan and I have discussed on the translation and we came up with a literal one, while we have researched what media portrayed this. Below are some selected articles / coverage for your further interest.
From the articles below, several points may be concluded:

  1. Trump administration wants to improve relationship with Russia.

  2. Trump administration wants to fight against IS.

  3. Western media seem to focus on point 2 and interpret Trump’s intended cooperation with Russia on Syria Civil War as a strategy to fight against IS. Western media also seem to indicate that Trump is not into the Assad government.

  4. Japan media, on the other hand, seem bit more active in linking Trump’s intended cooperation with Russia on Syria Civil War with his intention to improve relationship with Putin administration.

We hope that these readings would supplement Murao-san’s comment and our interpretation to Murao-san’s comment. Please note that our research is not an academic one, it does not cover all the available materials, the selection and analysis of materials may be subject to various biases. We welcome further discussion on this issue. Thanks.

17.03.17 AP : “Trump has spoken glowingly of Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed hopes for closer cooperation with Moscow.”

17.02.07 Reuters Commentary : “If the Trump-Putin relationship stays warm, the U.S. president might consider cutting off support for the broader Syrian rebel movement and partnering with Russia and the Bashar al-Assad regime to fight solely against Islamic State.”

17.02.06 The Japan Times : “The new president has advocated working with Russia to combat the Islamic State group in Syria. “If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all around the world, major fight. That’s a good thing,” Trump told Fox.” / “Trump’s repeated criticism of NATO — a common target for Putin — has only fueled suspicions that Trump is ready to side with Moscow over allies in Europe.”

17.01.28 Newsweek by Reuters : “Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild U.S.-Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday, after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration.”

16.12.06 Bloomberg : “Trump said during the campaign that the U.S. has “bigger problems than Assad” and that as president he’d “bomb the hell” out of Islamic State. He said he’d coordinate the effort with Putin, something the Obama Administration has so far refused to do.”

16.11.12 Independent : “Mr Trump has stated that while he “did not like [Mr Assad] at all”, shoring up his regime is the best way to stem the extremism that has flourished in the chaos of the civil war and threatens the US. He has also been emphatic about mending ties with Russia, Syria’s long-standing ally and military backer in the conflict. “Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who those people are,” he told the Journal, referring to the hardline Sunni Islamist elements present in rebel ranks. If the US attacks Mr Assad, “We end up fighting Russia,” he added.”

Translator's comment: My analysis based on the above articles is that there are evidences supporting that Trump administration wants to (1) fight against ISIS, implying standing by the side of Assad government, and (2) improve relationship with Russia. There is little evidence proving or suggesting the correlation between the two points.

17.01.24 NHK News : It says Trump administration is positive in cooperation with Russia (though not explicitly states if it’s only on Syria civil war or overall foreign policy). It also said Trump expressed wish to improve relationship with Russia and may confirm Russia taking lead in this issue.

17.01.24 Nikkei : It says Trump expressed wish to improve relationship with Russia since election campaign, pointed out ISIS is threat and mentioned possibility to cooperate with Russia on this issue.

17.01.22 NTV News24 : It states that US will send ambassador to attend the peace talk and “Trump administration which wants to improve relationship with Russia for the first time cooperate with Putin administration on international stage”.

17.01.18 NTV News24 : It states that Russia’s invitation to Trump administration to the Syria peace talk indicates a willingness for the two countries to improve relationship.

16.11.11 WSJ Japan : It hints the correlation between that Trump wants to improve relationship with Russia and that change of Russian policy including Syria.

Translator's comment: It seems Japan media are more active in correlating “improve relationship” and “ally Russia in Syrian civil war”, while Western media tend to put the focus on Trump’s determination to fight against ISIS.

Honestly, we did sooooo much research for this Ichimen, we felt like we were working for News Zero (quite a nice feeling actually XD Oh Sho-san, what you'll make us do!). It made us appreciate Murao-san knowledge further more too, because we had to search really far to understand where his comment was coming from. Really a knowledgeable man, you can tell he reads A LOT!

We love reading your comments, because News Zero is a show calling for your opinion, so don't hesitate :)
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~Enjoy

Comments 
15th-Mar-2017 11:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the regular subbing, always appreciated your hard work.
15th-Mar-2017 11:33 am (UTC)

Thank you for sharing Winky..this week ichimen covered heavy subject..:)

15th-Mar-2017 11:43 am (UTC)
You all really amazing. It's quite heavy segment of Ichimen. As the King visiting Japan first time after sooooo many years I think it's will bring up subject as ISIS and Islamic talk. So I really surprise, when Sakurai-caster present it in Ichimen. I really wish a peaceful world, hopefully all the almighty powered people bring it to us.
Thank you so much for subbing and sharing. :))
15th-Mar-2017 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!m Well News Zero always tried to stay neutral, and only Murao-san I think will adventure himself on the risky side of the subject. Well Sho-san tries to be as factual as possible, but will certainly try to convey his opinion by the facts he chose to share and the order in which he shares them (that's only my opinion though).
As I honestly barely watch the news (really, I only just watch News Zero), this research that was necessary for this Ichimen release felt really nice. Thank you Sho-san for making me more curious ^^
15th-Mar-2017 12:33 pm (UTC)
You can't help but being curious, without meaning it we learning something ;). that's why I love Ichimen.
Yes I know He have to be neutral, it's his job to throwing a problem and let the people in charge and the civil react, but not all the people think that way.
and here I dying to know his honest opinion. well not dying because as your opinion, I think he already shares his opinion.
15th-Mar-2017 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!
15th-Mar-2017 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing :)
15th-Mar-2017 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your hard work! 😘
And thank you so much as well for all the research you, ladies, have done to make it easy to comprehend such a heavy topic on this week's Ichimen. I bet Sho is also proud that his fans, like you all, do this for a better understanding of this globe's circumstances. 😊
15th-Mar-2017 03:54 pm (UTC)
You bet I hope so XD
15th-Mar-2017 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!
15th-Mar-2017 03:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for subbing and sharing!
15th-Mar-2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for continuing to sub NZ! I have to admit that I don't know a lot about the Syrian civil war, so thanks for all your efforts in translating Murao-san's part and finding all the background information.
16th-Mar-2017 04:34 am (UTC)
I barely have any knowledge about it too, so I learned a lot with this episode, thank you Sho-san!
15th-Mar-2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3
16th-Mar-2017 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you very much fir the subs! i am able to learn so much about Japanese news every week because of these videos. very much appreiated
16th-Mar-2017 05:14 am (UTC)
Thank you~
16th-Mar-2017 07:31 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for subbing and sharing.
16th-Mar-2017 07:40 am (UTC)
hahaha. honestly, sometimes when i watch your videos, i would think you work for news zero coz you really explain things. and thank you for that :)
16th-Mar-2017 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment! Well, when I read the translation provided and time the video, if I encounter a term on which I'm curious, or have a problem understanding, I'll make sure to check it out, so I'll share the info in a note on the video, as, if I was curious about it, other people might as well be, and it will save them the trouble to search it. Same goes for terms that are very familiar to Japanese people (so Sho-san doesn't have to explain it) but less to foreign people (like everytime "the bubble" is mentionned).
16th-Mar-2017 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for your hard work!
16th-Mar-2017 01:05 pm (UTC)

Thank you very much for your hard work!

16th-Mar-2017 02:02 pm (UTC)
thank you so much..
16th-Mar-2017 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for subbing this.. otsukare..
17th-Mar-2017 03:05 am (UTC)
Do you know what I love the most? That News Zero & Sho with his popular, mainstream idol status bring foreign policy discussion a step closer to wider audience. Just, love it. Some of us probably have never really been fully informed about Putin/Trump warming relationship, let alone Syrian war. It really isn't ignorance, it's the lack of medium that disseminate information in a way we all can relate to.

Thank you very much for both of your help, this post to me is like a public service announcement :)
17th-Mar-2017 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for the translator ^^ She did an amazing job!
You know, I very barely watch the news(except for News Zero of course), only when I visit my mum and she's watching it, or from random articles that might popup on my feed in FB or twi, so I'm so grateful for Sho-san work that appeals me to explore further information and be more educated about the world. Through this work every week, I've learned the importance to go to many many sources before forming your own opinion (I knew about this fact, but I'm really putting it into practice since I've started subbing).
So thank you for your comment ^^
17th-Mar-2017 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks very much. Appreciate all the extra effort put in to provide context for and explore the nuances of what's being said.
17th-Mar-2017 08:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, it was actually very exciting for the translator and I to work on this, that's the level of work we're willing to provide to share Sho-san's work to the best we can :)
17th-Mar-2017 01:26 pm (UTC)
thank you! ^^
18th-Mar-2017 04:07 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for subbing n sharing ^^
always appreciate all your hardwork
19th-Mar-2017 05:42 am (UTC)
thanks!
19th-Mar-2017 07:24 am (UTC)
thanks a lot! :D
19th-Mar-2017 12:24 pm (UTC)
thank you winky-chaaaan! :D
19th-Mar-2017 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank youuuu!
21st-Mar-2017 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
26th-Mar-2017 11:09 am (UTC)
thanks soo much for the informative translation n commented..its very heavy topic to be discussed i should say...nway,truly appreciate u guys hardworks...=)
30th-Mar-2017 08:20 am (UTC)
I greatly appreciate all the effort you guys had poured into subbing!! I'm so impressed that you guys actually cared to provide more information so we can understand it better ^^
Thank you so much beautiful souls, great days ahead of you! ^^
30th-Mar-2017 08:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, this means a lot to us ^^
24th-Apr-2017 02:40 am (UTC)
I watch and read the news everyday. Nothing surprising anymore when it comes to the news.

However, when I'm watching Sho giving the comment, it gives a refreshing feeling about it. Maybe because it's Sho (biased comment). Haha
1st-Jun-2017 09:50 pm (UTC)
thank you for sharing and for your hard work! it must be tough to translate and search for information every single week!

As for me, I rarely watch news in general or ichimen, but since this one was about Saudi Arabia I had to watch it being personally a Saudi fan of arashi and a Muslim living in Madina <3

I had fun hearing Sho pronounce Mecca and Madina XD and I really hoped to hear his true opinion or ideas regarding our country or the new visit and relationship with Japan but I couldn't find any such thing in this talk except for the grumpy Saudi citizens XD obviously he thinks that we are not entirely satisfied with our governments which is true in a way but not entirely true either.


thank you again for the excellent translation.
much love <3
1st-Jun-2017 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. I must first point out that I am not the translator, I'm just the subber. All the translation credit goes to Arashi English Translation.
This episode was incredibly fun to work on as we had to do a lot of researches, so I'm glad you liked it :)
Having subbed NZ every week since 6 months, I can affirm that they always try to stay very neutral about their coverage, only Murao-san will voice his opinion from time to time.
As for Sho-san, he manages to convey his opinion through his choice of very speficly timed words, and also the editing of his ichimen (that's at least what I can tell after examining his ichimen all this time, that's pretty obvious to me in this one)
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