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B : First of all, would you please state your name and where you are from?

My name is ... and I'm from Osaka.

A : Now, I'd like to start the questions. Why do Japanese put their children in juku?

Well, I think it's because Japanese people believe that if you graduated from prestigious or good universities, or high schools you will have a successful life. That's why many Japanese mothers put their children in juku, or cram schools in addition to their regular study at schools.

A : I see. Do you also believe in this idea?

Personally, I think don't think they always have to got to prestigious schools, because even though people who have graduated from such good universities and colleges don't always seem to lead successful lives, I think. The value of happiness has been changing.

A : I understand. Now, next question. What is "kotatsu"?

"Kotatsu" is a kind of table with a hot box part installed in it. Usually at home, it's very cold in winter, so people get inside the "kotatsu" and sit next to each other. The "kotatsu" table is covered with a large cloth so we can keep the heat inside the "kotastu" and enjoy chatting with each other.

A : A sort of cozy equipment ...

Yes.

I have another question. What's "ekiben"?

"Ekiben" is literally translated "station box-lunch". It usually contains rice, vegetables, and sometimes meat.

A : Last question. A North Korean cargo-freighter ship has received strict inspections, and many people don't it to come back to Japan. What do you think about this issue?

I think the reason why many people are concerned about Man Byong Bong, the North Korean ship, is mainly because of the fact that we do not know very well what is really going on in North Korea. People have a fear of North Korea more, because of the nuclear development issue. I think that, as a fair nation, Japan should clarify more what's really going on in North Korea, and then the problems will be cleared up. In the end, I hope we could establish good relationships with that country.

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