A,B Good afternoon. Please sit down.
A: Thank you for coming. First, please tell me your name.
My name is ....
A: Where are you from?
I'm from Toyoma City, Toyama Prefecture.
A: Toyama? Toyama has something famous, doesn't it?
A: What is the mirage?
It's a supernatural image which looms above the sea under special conditions.
And Toyama is famous for the firefly squids.
A: OK! Today, I'm going to ask you several questions. Why are Japanese eager to acquire licenses and certificates?
It is quite an interesting question.
Firstly, in Japan social positions and titles are important. So, getting a license will help you obtain them. At the same time, Japanese people are accustomed to taking exams, because many of them have studied hard to pass entrance exams to universities.
A: Interesting! How is it in your company?
My company is a manufacturing company where welding techniques and skills are
important. And there are some welding-related certificates.
A: Does getting a certificate mean you get a pay raise?
My company has no clear policy on that. But I think getting certificates is helpful to get good evaluations.
A: OK, next. Why do you think "100 yen shops" are popular in Japan? At Narita Airport, the "100 yen shop" is always very crowded.
Really? "100 yen shops" provide us with so many daily necessities. And they continue to expand their selections of goods. For foreign travelers, traveling in Japan is very expensive, so naturally they rush to the "100 yen shops" to buy souvenirs at cheap prices. I think it's good for them.
A: What is "bunka-sai"?
"Bunka-sai" is a cultural festival which is held usually i autumn. It is popular among high schools and universities. At "bunka-sai", students show or publish things that they studied or manufactured. And sometimes, students invite famous pop singers to the festival t make it more attractive. When I was a university student, many people appeared at the festival, and I really enjoyed it.
A: OK, thank you. Time is up.