Streetside Interviews

A collection of interviews with regular people on a variety of topics.

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An intrepid reporter accosts a man at a train station and asks for his opinion about a social problem Japan is facing.
Notes: This article contains great examples of polite yet very conversational Japanese, including incomplete thoughts, inversions, and interjections.
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Standard Unread 3.3(311 votes)
The reporter asks the man for his opinion about the linked problem of the aging population.
Notes: This article contains several longer and more challenging sentences, but we've included notes and breakdowns to help you make sense of them.
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Standard Unread 3.7(146 votes)
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Our reporter heads to Yokohama, where she stops a woman on the street for her views on the declining birthrate problem.
Notes: This article contains lots of useful vocabulary such as "saving" and "earning" money, along with a fun neologism that means "around forty."
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Standard Unread 3.4(60 votes)
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The reporter digs deeper into the related issue of the aging population.
Notes: This episode contains a few challenging sections, such as extended indirect quotations. We've attached notes breaking everything down.
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Standard Unread 3.4(44 votes)
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A young woman shares her opinions about the declining birthrate problem.
Notes: This episode contains interesting tidbits, such as nde as a contraction for node, a breakdown of shigoto versus kinmu, and more.
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Standard Unread 2.9(46 votes)
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The young woman jumps to a related topic of declining population, a problem affecting countryside towns.
Notes: This episode provides cultural insight into a related issue Japan has been grappling with, as well as lots of good vocabulary, such as words for "anonymity" and "a very difficult task."
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Standard Unread 3.2(38 votes)
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Our reporter seeks the opinion of an older woman on the declining birth rate issue.
Notes: This episode is packed with annotations on grammar and traditional Japanese culture. Dig in!
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Standard Unread 3.2(34 votes)
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The woman brings up several other societal issues that she believes are related.
Notes: This episode contains such interesting terms as "death from overwork," "silver divorce," and more.
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Standard Unread 3.2(27 votes)
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Our reporter digs more deeply into the woman's views on "silver divorces."
Notes: This episode contains several sentences that might seem very complex on the surface but whose cores are actually quite simple. As always, our friendly notes will help you to make sense of things.
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Standard Unread 3.1(27 votes)
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Our reporter strikes a nerve when she asks a young mother about the declining birth rate issue.
Notes: Packed with speech contractions, long and creative sentences, and great expressions like "that defeats the purpose," this episode is on the more challenging side, but our copious notes will help you make sense of it all.
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Standard Unread 3.5(30 votes)
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The interview turns into a brainstorming session that yields an intriguing idea.
Notes: As in the previous episode, this episode contains several tricky sentences, but our extended annotations should help you make sense of everything.
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Standard Unread 3.3(28 votes)