You are well-known for your portrayal of young adults living in today’s Japanese society through films like The Drudgery Train, Love Strikes! and A Chorus of Angels. As a young adult yourself, what do you think about the current state of youths in Japan today?
The behaviour of the "youth" of a generation does not necessarily reflect contemporary trends as much as the older generation, who were once "youths" themselves, might disapprovingly suppose.
The young are destined to live in the present. They do not necessarily care about the past or the future. This is not to say that they are narrow-minded, but that it is a part of the natural flow. Of course, each person has different hardships, but they all hang on to their lives, adapting themselves to their own ‘present’ while facing opposition. In the end, as an individual or as a group and whatever position you take in society, the choice is to survive or drop out. That’s it. It’s not just something that you can judge from the outside, it’s up to you to judge whether you are surviving or not.
The characters that appear in The Drudgery Train, Love Strikes! and A Chorus of Angels may be ridiculed as young people who live at the very lowest level of society, but even they are ‘surviving’.