A, B, C : Hello.
A : Please have a seat.
B : Could you tell us your name and where you live?
My name is … I live in Kobe.
A : I'd like to ask some questions. These days aroma therapy or massage are popular in Japan. Could you explain why that is?
Because Japanese people are generally tired. They usually work longer hours. So they seek for something like massage for their body.
A : There are "shiatsu" in Japan. But Western massage is more popular than the Japanese massage. Why is that?
I don't think the Japanese massage is not popular. When I went to a ladies' sauna, many women were receiving massage treatment.
A : It is said that the Japanese prime minister should be replaced. What do you think?
I support Mr. Koizumi. I'm pleased that he was elected again as prime minister. The reason why I support him is that he is very honest and he is always saying what he really thinks.
A : Recently ships from North Korea often visit Japanese ports such as Niigata. What do you think?
Could you repeat?
They are very suspicious. The government should severely regulate those ships from North Korea.
A : What's the difference between "go" or "igo," "shogi" and "mah-jongg"?
Difference between "igo," "shogi" and "mah-jongg"?
A : Yes.
"Mah-jongg" is Chinese origin, and played by four people. 136 tiles are drawn and discarded until a winner secures a winning hand. "Shogi" is a game of strategy, and played between two people. The game ends with the checkmate of an opponent's king. "Igo", I've never played "igo," so I cannot explain well, it is played between two people. Black pieces and white pieces can be used by the captor.
A : That's all. Thank you very much today.
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