B:Good afternoon. Please have a seat and put your bag on the chair.
A:Thank you for coming in such a rainy day.
B:May I have your name?
My name is ....
B:Where do you live?
I live in Koto-ward, Tokyo. It's downtown.
A:Have you lived there since you were born?
No. I was born in Miyagi prefecture. When I was 1 year old, I moved to Tokyo. Then I moved to Ibaraki Prefecture. I started to live in Koto-ward when I started working.
A:OK. Now I'm going to ask you some questions. Please relax.
I'll try my best.
A:First, why are convenience stores so popular in Japan?
Because they are convenient. I work till late, so I eat my dinner after 9 or 10 pm. At that time, most stores or supermarkets are closed. But convenience stores are open till late. I can buy my dinner or food or anything I need. That's why convenience stores are so popular in Japan.
A:OK. Next question is .... Why do Japanese companies employ so many temporary workers?
I work as a temporary worker because I can decide when I work, from when to when.Regular employees can't decide their work time. That's why I chose to work as a temporary worker.
Recently, most companies are forced to cut down on their expenses because of the recession. If they employ temporary workers, they can cut down on their personnel expenses. It'll be a great help. That's why companies employ many temporary workers.
A:OK. Finally I'm going to ask you a question about a Japanese cultural thing. Please relax.
A:What is "go," uh ... "igo"?
I've never played "igo" but only watched it on TV. Igo is a board game. It looks like Othello.
People use black stones and white stones. When black stones are put on both sides of the white stones, the white stones can be taken away.
A:OK. Time is over. Thank you very much for coming on such a rainy day. Thank you. I'm happy to be here.
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