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A, B: Hello.

A: Thank you for coming.

Good afternoon. May I sit here?

B: Yes, please. Please tell us your name.

My name is c.

B: Where do you live?

I live in Sapporo City, Hokkaido prefecture.

B: Did you fly to Tokyo this morning?

Yes, I did. I woke up at 6 am. and I left home at 7 am.

B: Do you go back to Sapporo today?

Yes, I do. My daughters are waiting for me at home.

A: I will ask you some questions.

Yes, please.

A: First, why do Japanese mothers send their children to juku?

They send their children to juku because they wan their children to enter prestigious schools, which are necessary for them to succeed, or to get lucrative jobs. So they force children to go to juku. However, recently many students are under pressure to succeed. So I think they need a outlet for frustration.

A: How about your daughters?

I also send my daughters to juku. They didn't want to lag behind. Juku also helps such students. I think juku pay a major role in education and children's growth.

A: I see. I would like to ask next question. What do you think of the weakness in job market? It is called the ice age.

Japan's economy is in recession now. Many companies put their effort into restructuring such as the reduction of the number of employees or personnel costs. Employees have to work hard in order to maintain their current jobs. If they lose their current jobs, it is difficult for them to find new one where they can earn the same amount of money. So, the Japanese government should take prompt measures to stimulate Japan's economy. I think Japan's economy needs something to stimulate consumer's mind. From this viewpoint, I hope Hanshin's victory will stimulate consumers' mind even if it is a little one.

A: OK. I would like to ask you one more question. Please explain zabuton to foreigners.

Zabuton is a floor cushion. It is used on tatami - matted floor. Visitors are offered Zabuton soon after they arrived at a Japanese house.

A: Thank you. I hope you will have a good flight to Sapporo. Thank you for coming.

Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

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