Learning Pub 2007-01-17
   2007-01-18 16:43:20       CRIENGLISH.com

日本迎来时髦第一夫人 爱看韩剧会喝酒

The stylish, 44-year-old Akie Abe is not only Japan's first lady, she may be a new type of prime minister's wife altogether. 

Akie has already attracted an unusual amount of media attention in Japan, where the wives of most prime ministers have kept such low profiles that few people even knew their names. 

There is speculation that Akie may help soften her husband's conservative image overseas. She is a former DJ and she is fond of taking an occasional drink. In contrast, her husband prefers candies.

Like many Japanese women, she is a fan of the South Korean TV dramas and it’s reported that she has began learning Korean. 

Last November she even launched her official blog known as "Akie Abe's Smile Talk". 
low profiles a state of low visibility in which public notice is avoided;

speculation guess: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

soften -reduce

occasional occurring from time to time; "took an occasional glass of wine"


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