A, C : Good morning. Please sit down. Thank you for coming to the interview.
My name is ...
B : Where do you live?
I live in Fuchu City in Tokyo.
Oh, the other woman we met earlier also comes from Fuchu.
Many people live there.
A : A good place to live.
A : Now, I'm going to ask you some questions. In Japanese fashion magazines, there are many foreign models. What do you think about this?
A : So it's changing. OK, in Japan, companies employ more and more temporary workers. What do you think about this?
I think it has a good side and a bad side. The good side is that, since people's ways of thinkng is changing, some people want to work part-time, especially women who have small children. They have more choices, which is good. However, Japanese companies are now in a very severe situation. Therefore, they cut the workforce, especially full-time workers, and introduce part-time workers instead.So those who want full-time jobs cannot work full-time and are forced to work part-time. In addition, working conditions of part-time workers are far worse than full-time workers, especially wages.
（"temporary workers"が質問だったのに全部"part-time workers"で答えてしまったと後になって気付いた。日本では両者は全く同じではない。job securityのことくらい、せめて言っておけばよかった。）
A : If one is forced to work temporarily, that is bad, I see. Next is the last question. Could you explain what "ema" is?
"Ema" is a wooden tablet with a picture of a horse on it.
It is offered to shrines when one has particular wishes or when the wishes
A : So the wishes are written on the tablet?
Yes, that's right.
A : Is it Buddhism ...
But there are similar rituals in both Shintoism and Buddhism.
A : It's mixed up. For us foreigners, they are difficult to distinguish. The wishes are written by special pens?
Usually, you use brushes and ink. But any kind of pen will be OK.
A : That's all. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
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