受験者(41): 男性

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Good morning.

A,B Good morning.

A: Have a seat, please.

Thank you.

A: Will you tell us your name and where you live?

My name is ... and I live in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture.

A: Oh, you live quite near here.

Yes, I do.

A: There is a street in Kyoto with the same name as yours.

Yes, I noticed that.

A: Now, I'm going to ask you some questions. First, what do you think about the increasing number of working women in Japan these days?

I think we are now in an era of increasing equality between men and women, and women are capable of doing most jobs as well as men. So more and more women are encouraged to work.

A: Don't you think that's for the purpose of reducing the labor costs in companies?

I think that may be the case, but that's not all. From now on, society will be sure to benefit from women's contributions.

A: OK, next question. Why do Japanese often just smile, without answering questions or requests made of them?

One of the reasons for this may be that Japanese are shy by nature.
This comes from modesty which was considered a virtue in Japanese society from the old days.

A: Oh, you think the shyness of Japanese is the reason?

Yes, and another thing is that Japanese often lack confidence in expressing their thoughts and conceal it by smiling vaguely.

(ここまでは割と順調に応答できたが、次に落とし穴が待っていた。)

A: Next. I'd like you to explain what "zabuton" is.

Oh, "zabuton", ...

(全く頭になかったことが出てきて、冷静さを失う。)

It's made of cotton or silk cloth with cotton in it. The host recommends the guest to use it. It's a hospitable way to ...

(何を言っているのか分からなくなった。)

A: OK, that's all. Thank you.

Thank you very much.


 
 
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