A: Good morning.
B: Good morning. May we have your name and address?
Yes. My name is XXXXX and I come from Hiroshima City.
A: Oh, I went to Hiroshima recently and really enjoyed going around the
countryside and eating Okonomiyaki.
It is very delicious.
A: And the baseball fans were really enthusiastic when I went to see a game
I think we are more enthusiastic because we are almost always at the
A: I hope they will do better in the future.
I hope so too.
A: I am going to ask you a few questions.
A: In Japan discount stores and resturants have become very popular. Why do you think it happened?
I think it is because, during the bubble period people used to think
"the more expensive, the better the quality is". But after the bubble
burst, people realised that was not always true and some cheaper things are
not too bad in quality.
A: So you think if the economy gets better, those discount places will have
no more customers?
Well, I don't think so. Once people realised that cheaper things are not
too bad, they will still go when the economy gets better.
A: What do you have in mind when I say a cheap restaurant chain?
I think it may be different in this region, but in Hiroshima we have a
discount restaurant chain called "Gusto" and it is a kind of Italian and
Western restaurants. It is good for family, since they cater for small
children and they have sofas as well as chairs, so it is a family
A: So if you hear that name, you think "Oh, that is a reasonable place"?
Yes, I think so.
A: Ok. Now, what do you think about the declining birthrate in Japan?
Well, I think it cannot be helped, since our society is not so friendly
for working women to raise children and it is still a male-dominated
society. I lived in Sweden and they also had a low birthrate several years
ago, but it has recovered. They have forced companies to give maternity leave
as well as paternity leave, and if the company rejects to give, they will be
fined. Our government should put a similar regulation.(言った順番が違ったか
A: So you think Japan is behind Sweden and those countries?
Yes, I think so. Sweden, Norway and Denmark are all very advanced in
this kind of issue.
A: So you lived in Sweden, huh? I am sure you had many wonderful experiences,
but what was most fascinating in Sweden?
Well, it is very difficult. My host family was very nice and they really
treated me like their daughter. And what fascinated me most was the
relationship between adults and children. In Japan, the relationship between parents and children and teachers and students are like this
(手で上下関係を示す）, but in Sweden it was equal. Adults said "we have
something to learn from younger generations, too. So why not listen to their opinion?" I was very impressed with this way of thinking.
A: It really broadens you, right? Thank you very much.
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