B： Please tell me your name.
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in Saitama City.
B： Please explain something about Saitama City.
Saitama City was recently made by combining three cities, and was later joined by another city. So Saitama City currently consists of four former cities.
A： Why do Japanese workers work overtime so long?
Many companies restructured part of their workforce in an effort to cope with the current severe economic situations. Japanese economy has long been in a recession and international competition is severe. So companies cut down on their workforces, but the amount of work remains the same. So workers often have to work long hours.
A： How long do Japanese workers have to work overtime? Until the last train of the day is available?
Some workers have to work until the time of the last train, but some workers, harder workers, work later than that and return home by taxi or stay overnight in the office. One of my colleges often stayed in the office.
A： What do you think about foreign nurses coming to work in Japan under FTA?
A： Yes, Free Trade Agreement.
If nurses from the Philippines or other developing countries come to Japan to work, they will be of great help for Japanese hospitals and clinics. It is because most of the Japanese hospitals and clinics are now suffering from the shortage of nurses. But on the other hand, if many nurses come to Japan to work, those developing countries, in turn, will suffer from the shortage of nurses domestically. Nurses are important human resources for those countries also. I am afraid those countries may blame Japan for self-centeredness, saying that Japan thinks only of its own benefits and doesn’t think of developing countries’ interests. I am afraid such criticism will occur.
A： How do you explain “otukimi”?
B： Yes, moon-viewing.
Japanese people appreciate the full moon in autumn. People set up a stand and place dumplings and chestnuts and other autumn fruits on it and offer those things to the moon.
A,B： Thank you.
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