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B : What is your name?

My name is c

B : Where are you from?

I live in Kashihara City in Nara Prefecture.

A : Oh, Nara is a very beautiful place. Do you like it?

Yes, I like Nara. Nara is very beautiful. But my hometown is Chiba, next to Tokyo.

A : They are very different places. Which do you like better?

I would say Nara is better because Nara has many historical sites.

A : Today, we are going to ask about Japan because many foreign tourists are interested in this country. Recently more and more convenience stores appear. Why is that? What do you think about that? Is it good or bad?

I think Japanese people are always seeking for convenience. Most people buy at convenience stores that are not cheap compared to discount stores.

A : Yes, they are expensive. The Japanese economy is in the recession. So a lot of discount shops such as 100 yen shops are popular. But why do Japanese continue buying at convenience stores?

I think it is because they are convenient as I said before even if they might be expensive.

A : Do you think of any bad things about convenience stores?

I don't think there are any bad things. But I've heard that some youths are hanging about at convenience stores. It might not be good for education. But I don't think it's a big problem.

A : Only older generation worry about that. OK. Recently there was an election for the LDP president and Mr. Koizumi was reelected. What do you think about this?

Mr. Koizumi was reelected as expected. I think it was a good thing because the other politicians were thinking of putting more money on public works. Only Mr. Koizumi tried to continue reform. So I think that was a good thing.

A : Can you be patient with Mr. Koizumi?

Yes. I can be patient. I think conducting reform takes too long than normally expected. So I think it was good Mr. Koizumi won the election.

A : What is "go"?

"Go" is a board game. It is popular along with "shogi". The aim of "go" is to secure more space. It is played between two players. Each player puts black and white stones respectively. Each stone is placed alternately to surround the stone or secure the space.

A : That's all for today.

I enjoyed that. Thank you for your time.


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