B: Good morning.
B: Please sit down.
May I put my bag and umbrella here?
B: May I have your name?
My name is ....
A: Where do you live?
I live in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
A: Oh, Shinjuku. I live in Kawasaki. Now I'm going to ask you some tour questions. Ok?
A: Why do many Japanese go to massage? There are many types of massage such as aroma therapy.
It's because Japanese, particularly Japanese workers, are in constant state
of fatigue. They overwork and work until very late every day and don't have enough
time to sleep. So they are always tired, and they go to massage.
A: In aroma therapy, they use ... smell?
Yes, they use good smell to relax in aroma therapy, or I should say, fragrance?
A: Ok. The next question is about "onigiri". What is onigiri?
Onigiri is a rice ball. We make onigiri by gripping boiled rice like this
A: And they put something inside of onigiri ...
Yes, inside of onigiri, we put ...
A: Some fish.
Ah, broiled salmon! Broiled salmon is the typical ingredient of onigiri.
A: Don't they use hamburgers?
No! But recently, onigiri is sold at convenience stores. They sell a variety of onigiri.
A: Ok, the next question is about unemployment rate. What do you think about the high employment rate?
Unemployment rate is 5.3% now, which is not the highest ever, but near the highest-ever figure. I think it's due to the recession. Since the so-called "bubble" burst about ten years ago, Japan has been in recession, and companies has been streamlining.
A: And current situation is called super ice age.
Yes, companies are reducing their personnel, and the unemployment rate remains high.
A: Aren't there any signs of improvement?
There are some signs of economic recovery such as the rebound of stock price
since April, and exports to Asian countries such as China is increasing.
A: We are running out of time. Good bye.
B: Good bye.
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