A: Please put your bag on the seat if you like.
OK. thank you.
A : Please introduce yourself.
My name is Ikuyo Hasegawa. I'm from Kashiwa, Chiba. I'm currently
a privage high school English teacher.
A : Good. Why do Japanese parents send their children to Juku?
Oh, thanks. It's my question. I think it's because an academic success means a
lot for their children in their life in Japan, and so, most of Japanse parents
are very education-conscious. They want their children to go to prestigious schools.
However the competition to pass the entrance examinations for those shcools is
very intense, so they send their children to juku because juku provides systematic
education to acquire all of those knowlege and test-taking skills.
A : Is there any bad side to going to juku.
Yes, of course, there is. Maybe because they are always exposed to severe competition,
children become very ego-centered. They tend not to respect the people surrounding
them. Academic success, I mean, test scores and grades become everything to them.
A : O.K. Japanese society have been in a long recession or the "Ice
Age" of the economy. What do you think about it?
Yes, it's very true. Japanese economy has been in the "Ice Age"of economy.
First I want to explain the economic situation in Japan. Financial institutions
have been strained under surmounting bad loans. It's because of the downturn in
land and other property values. And Japan has been suffered from a long economic
recession, now, unemployment rate is , say, about at 5.3. But there is an encouraging
factor. Japanese companies are working hard to increase earnings and making great
efforts to increase efficiency. I think when they pay off all of those bad loans,
the earnings will be on the rise.
B : What is Bunkasai?
Bunkasai is a cultural festival held in junior or high schools in Japan. It's
a fun event. Some students put on a play, or some students perform a concert and
the music is sometimes composed by themselves. And other students sell foods.
It is a good opportunity to learn things through a life experience. On the part
of the parents, it is also a good opportunity to know how their children spend
days at school.
A : Ok, that's it. Thanks for coming.
Thank you very much .