C: Good afternoon.
B: Please take your seat.
The area? -- Oh, in Niigata prefecture. I think there is a place called ...,
B: So, is your husband from Niigata?
No, I think his family is from Hokkaido.
B: What is the situation of the people living in Hokkaido?
B: Well, many people living in Hokkaido are not originally from there.
You mean -- except for the Ainu people, who were originally there?
B: Yes. What happened to them?
B: And where do you live now?
I live in ... right now.
No, I live in ... in an apartment. A very small apartment.
Yes. It's only two stations away from Shibuya.
C: Now, the first question I'd like to ask you is this. Why are there so many convenience stores in Japan, compared to other countries?
Well -- I've never realized it before. I think Japanese people like convenient
and fast things. For example, if the convenience store is located near a train
station, people can get breakfast or lunch on their way to work.
Yes. Maybe Japanese people are just too busy. I prefer to eat somewhere else,
but sometimes I just don't have time so I just go downstairs to a convenience
store to get maybe onigiri or a lunch box.
C: Ok. Here's another question. Recently, many companies are using more and more temporary workers. Do you think it is a worrying situation?
Yes, I think it's a worrying situation. If companies use temporary workers,
it's not good for the company or the economy in the long run, because -- it's
C: Do you think this trend（と本当にいったかは不明）is only temporary and the companies will be back to how they used to be once the economy picks up, or do you think the temporary workers are here to stay?
I hope it's just temporary. I heard that the government is planning this program
of dual training in which people can get training both at school and through working,
so that people can get skills and be employed. I hope things will be better through
this kind of program.
C: OK. I think time is up. Thank you.
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