Q1.Where do you live?
Q2.How old are you?
35 years old.
Q3.How old is/are your kid(s)?
5 and 1.
Q4.Please tell us about your family.
My husband, 2 daughters and me.
Q5.Are you currently working?
Q6.What is your job?
Children’s education business (regional vitalization project)
Q7.What are your working hours like?
During the daytime, I work about 1~2 hours.
Q8.Does your partner help with childcare?
Q9.How does your partner help with childcare?
He takes the kids to places (and let me have my time alone).
He supports me mentally in childcare and business (he is a big supporter).
Q10.Who takes care of your children while you are at work?
My older daughter goes to a nursery.
I look after my younger daughter.
When I need to go out, I ask a babysitter or a daycare center to look after her.
Q11.How do you relax after taking care of the children?
Going to a spa on my free time alone.
Drinking more than usual on weekend nights.
Reading books at a café.
Q12.Do your children take any extra lessons after school?
(e.g. piano lessons, English lessons etc.)
Older daughter: swimming
Q13.What kind of life skills do you think are necessary for kids to have?
An ability to accept other points of views,an ability to communicate with those who have different opinions and enough physical strength to survive!
Q14.Do you do anything to develop those skills?
Just play, play all you can!
Talk a lot, touch a lot (physical contact)!
Q15.What makes you happy?
When I see my kids laughing aloud and when the family says, “Thank you, Mom”.
Q16.In ten years, what do you think will be making you happy?
A society where the neighbors look after children together.
Q17.What makes you think "Working and taking care of a child is hard!" ?
I cannot work during the daytime, and end up working at night.
I am suffering chronically from lack of sleep.
Q18.Do you have any trouble with your work? If so, please tell us about the details.
I want to build up a community around the neighborhood, but it is not working out well.
Q19.Do you have any trouble with taking care of your children?
If so, please tell us about the details.
My kids both have small appetite, and I am worried about it.
Q20.What is it that you value in child-rearing?
I make physical contact with the kids everyday,
such as kissing their stomachs, touching and hugging, etc.
Q21.What activities do you want to do with your children? (e.g. traveling, playing with them etc.)
To ride a flying car with the kids.
Q22.Recently, what has made you the happiest?
When I had success in my business and told my kids about it,
my older daughter hugged me and said,
“Congratulations, Mom! You worked so hard!”,
and my younger daughter showed her happiness by dancing.
Q23.What do you want to have the most now?
(Environmentally, emotionally, etc. all included)
It would be nice if we could think seriously about the next generation and change our way of living.
The way we work is one thing, but from the larger perspective, the environment and regulations, also.
I think it is important to establish those things by keeping the next generation in mind.
I believe that anything that stands on a fragile basis would also be fragile.