A・C: Good morning.
C: Please have a seat.
C: First, tell us your name and where you live.
My name is..., and I live in Osaka City.
A: OK. I'll ask some questions, so answer my questions.
Imagine that I were a tourist to Japan.
A: Where did you say you live now again?
I live in Osaka city.
A: Which part of Osaka do you live in?
I live in Nishi-ward of Osaka.
A: Is it a downtown?
Yes. It's in the center of the city. It's basically a business district,
but now many people live there.
A: What do you do? Are you working now?
No. I'm a housewife now. I quit my job in June this year to concentrate
on studying English.
A: What was your job?
I was a system engineer, but I was not making programs. My job was
mainly to negotiate with customers and programmers.
A: Oh, so you like to work with people.
Yes, I do.
A: What are Japanese companies like? Describe the Japanese companies,
In Japanese companies, workers are basically evaluated based on how long
they work in the companies.
A: You mean not based on productivity?
Yeah (Noと言うべきだった), and efficiency.
A: Is there any difference between men and women in working environment?
If I tell my experience, I have never been discriminated because of my
sexuality, luckily. But generally there is still a big disparity between men
and women in many companies. So even though women are in the same position
as men, having the same qualification, they might be slow to be promoted to
the higher position.
A: Now, I heard that there is a unique dating style in Japan? How do
Japanese people date?
(質問の意味が分らず）You mean dating with whom you don't know?
A: Yes. I heard there is a system to meet someone you don't know. In
America, there is no system like that.
It's true that there is a system to date with someone who you don't
know. This type of dating is first arranged by a person, a mature man or
women called go-between (仲人と言うべきだった) and then if the couple agree
on, they date several times and then they decide whether or not to take
steps to marriage.
A: What percentage of couples do you think get married in that style? Just
guess the percentage.
I think the couples who get married in that style are declining. So I
guess 10 to 20% of couples are getting married in that style.
A: That's all. I enjoyed the conversation with you. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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