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B: Good morning.

Good morning!

B: Please sit down.

May I put my bag and umbrella here?

Yes, please.

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?

Yes.

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.
(理由だけ述べた)

A: In aroma therapy, they use ... smell?
(これは助け舟か?)

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
(ジェスチャーで示す).
We usually put dried seaweed on top of onigiri. We take onigiri to picnic or other outdoor events. Onigiri is like sandwitches in Western countries.
(具のことを言い忘れる)

A: And they put something inside of onigiri ...
(また、助け舟)

Yes, inside of onigiri, we put ...
(「梅干し」の英語が思い浮かばず少し詰まる)
What can I say ... sewed, bonito?

A: Some fish.
(助け舟)

Ah, broiled salmon! Broiled salmon is the typical ingredient of onigiri.

A: Don't they use hamburgers?
(ジョークのような話し方)

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.
But consumption and equipment investment are still weak. So the economy is still in recession.

A: We are running out of time. Good bye.

B: Good bye.

Good bye.


 
 
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