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What was his first job in Japan?

a) Framer
b) Farmer
c) Teacher
How long does it take to build the frames for a house ?
a) 1 to 2 weeks
b) 2 to 3 weeks
c) 3 to 4 weeks
Where was his boss from?
a) Vancouver
b) Seattle
c) Osaka
Who did he work with?
a) Japanese only
b) Canadian only
c) A mixed crew
What does he want to do in the future?
a) Own his own construction company
b) Build a Japanese style house
c) Build a house for himself

OK, Rob, when you first came to Japan you said you did construction.
Yes, I was hired as a framer for 2x4 types of homes, so the same style
of homes that are built in Canada or America.

OK, so what do you mean by frames?
Framing, the actually frame of the house so, we start from the foundation, we lay
down the sub-floor, we build the walls, a second floor, more walls, square
everything up, and then add in the windows, the exterior wrap, and on some
occasions we will finish the roof.

How long does it take you to make a house?
Our job would take around two to three weeks, with three guys, a team of three,
we able to frame a house, shingle the roof, install the windows and the doors
in less than three weeks.

Oh, wow. Now when you work, do you work with a Canadian crew or Japanese?
Actually, it was quite mixed. Our boss was from Seattle, Washington, and we had
people from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and some Japanese workers.

Wow, that's cool. What it a good experience?
Yeah, it was a very good experience. I hope one day maybe to be able to build my own house
with some friends. It's possible to save money and it's the enjoyment of building something
for yourself.

OK, where would you build this house?
That's a good question. I'm thinking, maybe back in Canada, but maybe not in the East Coast.
It'd be possibly in B.C. or maybe in another country. Who knows?

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