A, B : Good morning.
B : Please sit down.
B : May I ask your name?
My name is …
B : Will you tell me where you live in?
I live in Suma, Kobe.
A : Did it take a lot of time to come here?
Yes, it took me about two hours to come here by train.
A : Did you take the JR?
Yes, I took the subway and then took the JR Line.
A : So did you get up early this morning?
Yes, I got up at seven and left home at 8:30.
A : Oh, it was almost the same with me. （笑い） OK, I'll ask you a few questions. Why a lot of Japanese crazy about taking qualification tests in order to be specialists?
You are talking about this kind of test?
A : Yes, and there are many kinds of tests and I see a lot of people who are studying hard.
Well, under the current economic situation, many people are concerned about their future, so they think they need to improve their skills in order to get a better position in their companies or other fields. I think this is a very good trend because many people realize the importance of learning through their life.
A : I see. I feel a lot of schools are doing a good business these days.
Yes, the education industry is making a lot of money. But I think this is because a lot of schools are making a lot of money to improve their service that they provide students.
A : OK. Next question. What do you think about the result of the ruling party's election?
The result was what most people had expected and I think he is the appropriate person as a prime minister.
A : So, personally, you are glad that Mr. Koizumi was reelected.
A : But many people are not satisfied that he hasn't created any results.
Yes, in terms of the results especially about the economy, his performance has not been up to our expectations because a lot of his reform plans have been watered down. Even so, I think whatever he has done is probably the best of anyone else in his position had done in the past. So I really hope he'll accomplish as many policies as possible in his next term of office.
A : What do you think he has achieved so far?
Well, one thing that he has done is to privatize the public corporations in order to eliminate the inefficiencies. This is good because they are exposed to competition and competition usually brings benefits to a lot of people.
A : When do you think we are going to see some results in the economy?
Well, considering the nature of economies, it takes a lot of time to see results. But I hope we'll be able to see some light at the end of the long tunnel in 3 or 4 years.
A : I'll give you a small question. What's setsubun?
Well, setsubun is the first day of spring according to the lunar calendar, usually February 2 or 3.（本当はthe day before the first day of spring） On this day, bean throwing festivals are held at homes and shrines. I'm always looking forward to the opportunity to throw beans.
A : That's all for today. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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