Friday, September 16, 2011

Seven-Eleven stores install phones for emergency use

7-11 Japan
TOKYO — Seven-Eleven Japan Co is installing telephones in its stores in Tokyo for use in case of an emergency. The convenience store operator and NTT East started putting phones in stores in Chiyoda Ward on Sept 7. They plan to install the phones in 1,200 stores in Tokyo’s 23 wards by the end of the year.

The move comes in response to a massive communications breakdown right after the March 11 disaster when overloaded mobile phone networks crashed as millions of people tried to make calls.

Seven-Eleven said in a statement that the phones will only be used in the case of a major disaster such as an earthquake, typhoon or if a blackout occurs. There will be no charge for use of the phones which will have an extension cord long enough for them to be used outside the store in case there are long lines of people.

Source: Japan Today

Vocabulary Words: Read the vocabulary words and the definitions. Make your own sentence using the vocabulary word/s afterwards.
install (v.) -- connect or set in position and prepare for use
  • They had installed a new phone line in the apartment.
convenience store (n.) -- a small retail store that is open long hours and that typically sells staple groceries, snacks, and sometimes gasoline
  • The convenience store in my town is open 24 hours.
massive (adj.) -- large or very big
  • a massive dose of a drug
breakdown (n.) -- failure
  • The breakdown of his marriage is because of drugs.
crash (v.) -- to stop working suddenly
  • If the computer crashes, we may lose all our files.
extension cord (n.) -- an electric cord used to extend the length of a power cord
  • We plugged the electric fan in an extension cord so we can use it outside the house.
Comprehension check: Answer the questions based on the article.
1. Why is 7-11 installing telephones in their stores?
2. When will 7-11 allow their phones to be used?

1. How important is the telephone to you?
2. How often do you go to a convenience store? What do you usually buy?
3. Is there a convenience store near your house?

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