Video: Past & Future Answers
1. Where is Nina from? What’s great about that place?
She’s from Montreal, Canada. Two languages, rich culture,
2. What does Nina remember about her early years in Japan?
She remembers the sarin gas attack.
3. What happened in Kobe?
There was a big earthquake, and many people died.
4. What surprised Nina about the Hanshin Kobe Earthquake?
The Swiss came with their dogs but were told their dogs had to go in
5. Were the dogs able to help find people trapped in buildings after the earthquake?
No, they weren’t.
6. What word does Nina use to describe Japanese people?
7. What suggestions does Nina make for Japan’s future?
Bring in foreign workers. People taking the initiative. Women
included in the workforce.
8. How long has Nina been in Japan?
11, 12 years or maybe longer
9. Which years were the most memorable for Nina?
Her first two years.
10.What word does Nina use to describe the sarin attack?
. Before the sarin attack, what did Nina think about Japan?
Quite a safe country.
12. What does Nina say about the economy of Japan?
She thought things would get better after the Bubble period.
13. What are freeters?
They are people who have part-time jobs and live just above
the poverty line.
14. Where do some salaried men who have part-time jobs sleep at night? Why?
They sleep in McDonald’s because they have only part-time jobs.
15. Why does Nina think Japan should open its borders?
To make some radical changes.
16. Nina says that ‘young people can approach employment in a different way.’ What does she mean by this?
She means that young people don’t have to work for big companies.
They can work together and start their own businesses.
17. What could young people learn from leaving Japan for a while to do volunteer work?
They could learn about themselves and their abilities.
18. Does Nina feel hopeful or hopeless for the future in Japan? Why?
She feels hopeful because changes in Japan will bring a more
19. Nina says that ‘women need to be given a much bigger place in the workforce’.
What does she mean by this?
Women should have power to make decisions.
20. In the future, why would parents in most households have to work?
To send their children to school.