B : Please have a seat. What's your name, and where are you from?
I'm .... I live in Nagoya.
A : Recently, the Japanese Red Cross made a mistake. A 50 year-old male was infected through a blood transfusion. What do you think about this?
It's very difficult to check and monitor donated blood. But, if we don't check the donated blood, it might cause serious diseases. There are people who got AIDS and other diseases through blood donations, and they are suffering from the consequences. I think the government and the Red Cross should inform us of the incident. They should give us more information about how it happened.
A : Next. Japanese people exchange business cards more frequently than Western people. How is this done, and why?
I'd like to explain how. When we meet for the first time, we say "I'm ... This is my card", and give the card to the person. Next, I'd like to explain why. There is the company name and the person's title and rank printed on business cards. Japanese call each other by their titles, especially in companies. So we need business cards.
A : Next, what is "Obon"?
"Obon" is in August 13, 14, and 15. The spirits of the family are said to return to their homes. We place lanterns and perform dances to welcome our ancestors' spirits.
A : Do Buddhist monks do "obon" dances?
I've never seen them dancing. Usually, people in town get together and plan "obon" dances. We go back to our hometown during "obon" season, and the dances are organized by the local people.
A : That's all.