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    hollow out

    Google define tells me: hollow out: remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk", however I am not quite sure what it refers to figuratively in the following excerpt, from the speech given by the new minister of Japan:

    I want to implement countermeasures to avoid the hollowing out of industry in Japan...

    ...due to the historic appreciation of the yen, it is only natural to feel an unprecedented sense of crisis concerning the hollowing out of industry.

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    Re: hollow out

    Quote Originally Posted by pizza View Post
    Google define tells me: hollow out: remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk", however I am not quite sure what it refers to figuratively in the following excerpt, from the speech given by the new minister of Japan:

    I want to implement countermeasures to avoid the hollowing out of industry in Japan...

    ...due to the historic appreciation of the yen, it is only natural to feel an unprecedented sense of crisis concerning the hollowing out of industry.
    not a teacher

    He doesn't want Japan's industry to lose its core (not hollow it out). One of the main competences of Japan are exports. Exports usually become lower once a currency (Yen) becomes highly appreciated.

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    Re: hollow out

    Thanks Michael, I understand it a bit better now.

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    Re: hollow out

    Did you translate this?

    "Hollow out" is not an economic or business term.

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    Re: hollow out

    No, I did not translate this. I got it from here:
    Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

    This is just a provisional translation, it may well be improved later.

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