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Program: 日本にほんのおじいちゃん、おばあちゃん Personality: しげ ショウゴ

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Japanese Script

また、長崎県ながさきけん高齢こうれいりつ、ま、とし3さんがつ31さんじゅういち日現在にちげんざいなんですけれども、26にじゅうろく,てん98きゅうじゅうはちパーセントで、え、全国第ぜんこくだい17じゅうななとなっています。全国ぜんこく平均へいきんより2,てん58ごぅはちポイント上回うわまわっているそうなんですね。まぁでも、なが生き、長寿ちょうじゅ、ね、これ注目ちゅうもくするとまたいいですし、どんどん、どんどん*1 寿命じゅみょうびることによって「まだまだおれわかいぞ」、「わたしわかいわ」とわれるかたももちろんいらっしゃいます。面白おもしろいのが、インターネットの調ちょう会社がいしゃ60ろくじゅっさいから70ななじゅっさい、えーここを対象たいしょうに、やく600ろっぴゃくめい対象たいしょうにアンケート調ちょうおこなったけっ65ろくじゅうごさいじょうかたが、ぶん*2、あの、敬老けいろうですね、ぶん対象たいしょうになっているっておもかた全体ぜんたい一割いちわりしかいなかった。「まだまだだ」、そういうけっているんですね。

English Translation

Title: Japan’s Grandpas & Grandmas Personality: Shige Shugo
Also, Nagasaki Prefecture’s aged population rate, current as of March 31st of this year, is 26.98%, um, making it 17th place nationwide. It exceeds the national average by more than 2.58 points. Well, but a long life, longevity, it’s also good to pay attention to this. Due to steadily, steadily increasing life-spans, of course there are those who say “I’m still young” or “I’m young”. What’s interesting are the results of an internet research agency that gave a targeted survey to about 600 people between the ages of 60 to 70; for Respect for the Aged Day, of those over 65, only 10% thought they became the subject of the day. “I’m still young,” that kind of result has come out.

Notes: Japanese Grammar and Vocabulary

1. During this pause he was thinking about what to say.

2. If we plainly expressed the sentence, 「ぶん、あの、敬老けいろうですね、ぶん対象たいしょうになっているっておもかたが」, it would be 「敬老けいろうぶん対象たいしょうになっているとおもかたが」. The main difference is namely that after saying the first 「ぶん」, he realized that he didn’t mention 「敬老けいろう」, so then he corrected himself.

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