A, B : Good morning. Please have a seat.
A, B : Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
A : I am … I will ask you several questions today. May I have your name and where you are from?
My name is … I'm from Osaka.
A : Oh, Osaka. Many people dived into a river. You know that? Did you dive
（笑いながら）Of course, not.
A : So you were born and raised in Osaka?
I was born in Kyoto, and moved to Osaka when I was an elementary school student.
A : You moved to Osaka when you were an elementary school child. So you know many places both in Kyoto and Osaka, right? Which do you prefer, Kyoto or Osaka?
I know a lot of beautiful places in Kyoto, but I prefer Osaka because people in Osaka are more friendly. They are good at making jokes. Conversation is more enjoyable in Osaka.
A : I see. Do you work in Osaka? What is your job?
Yes, I work in Osaka. I work for a patent office. My job entails correspondence with agents in other countries and translation of patent specifications.
A : Oh, patent office. I once worked for a big pharmaceutical company and was involved in the patent division. The translation of patent specifications are so difficult and complicated. There are lots of special terms. Even a native speaker has a difficulty.
Right. I understand it very well.
A : Do you think the translation is an interesting job?
Yes, and being a translator …（良い翻訳者になりたいと言いかけてやめる）Achieving the translation skill is important for me. I want to be a tour guide, of course. But I heard that it is difficult to make a living only from the income as a tour guide. I plan to support the income by working also as a freelance translator.
A : I see. Let's move on to the next question. Are Japanese families extended families or nuclear families?
Most of Japanese families are nuclear families.
A : Yes. Who takes care of the elderly?
When the family is rich, the elderly are taken care of at a home for the elderly.
A : I see. How about an ordinary family?
Many elderly people live alone.
A : How do they make a living?
They get a pension. Japan has a good pension system. When they are young, they pay premium for the pension, and after they become 65 years old, they get the pension.
A : I see. But is the pension enough?
No, it's not enough.（思わず言ってしまったがあとが続かない）
A : Oh, that's great! Well, what is "ohigan"?
Ohigan is the first day of the spring（思いっきり間違えた。おまけにvernal equinox dayとも言っていない）around September 23rd.
A : What do people do?
People visit their ancestors' grave to pay their respect.
A : I see. Thank you very much. I had a good time.
Thank you very much.
A, B :（にこやかに）Thank you.
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