B: Good morning.
B: Please sit down.
Thank you. (Aに) Good morning.
A: Good morning. Please tell us your name
A: Please tell us your name.
My name is------.
A: Where are you from?
I’m from the North ward of Kyoto city near Daitokuji temple.
A: Oh , I live near Daitokuji temple.
A: Yes, it’s very beautiful now with autumn leaves.
Yes, and we have so many visitors near my house now.
A: I’d like to ask some questions about Japan. In Shinto shrines, there are
some places to wash your hands with water. What does that mean?
A: So it comes from the Shinto tradition. But I think there are also places to wash your hands in Buddhist temple. What does that mean?
（お寺に水？つくばいのことか何かわからない。そんなの見たことない。）I think it also comes from the tradition of purification. But I’m sorry, I don’t know about it. I’ll study later.
A: Ok. (Aはニコニコ。不安になってB、Cに目をやるが、みんなニコニコしている。)
It’s a holiday studded week including Green day,（５秒くらい出てこないでかなり焦る）Constitution Day and Children’s day, on April29, May 3 and 5 , respectively. A lot of people take a trip of go back to their hometown.
A: What do you think of the current birth rate?
Well, as a mother who have two children, I’m afraid this situation will continue under the circumstance with many problems such as bully, examination hell, high education cost, and so on. I think the government should take some measures to support working mothers and improve the situation surrounding children.
A: But if the decline of birth rate results from such concerns, can any measures taken by the government help improve the situation?
(確かにそうかも…) That’s right. I think the education system should be revised. Actually my child went to cram school to enter a private school. It was really hard.
My child was a target of bullying, so she wanted to go to private schools. Children have to go to cram school almost everyday. They are under so much pressure in the competitive society. So their frustration results in bullying.
A: But cram schools are so flourish, earning so much money.
Yes, even under this sluggish economy, parents are willing to pay for the future of their children.
A:（深くうなずいて）I see. So that’s it for today. Thank you.
Thank you. I had a good time with you.
B: OK. Mr.----, I’d like to ask you two or three questions about Japanese culture, life style or everyday concerns. Shall we start now?
I: I’m ready.
B: OK. Please answer this question. I always wonder…, or all the Westerners wonder why character goods like Kitty-chan and Mickey Mouse are so popular in Japan. In European countries and America, these things are usually meant for small children. But in Japan, even adults are interested in them. Could you tell us why?
I: Such things are popular among young women and children. The strategies of commercial companies are so good that even adults are mesmerized and fall into their hands. If you can attract the attention and curiosity of women and children in Japan, you can become rich.
B: Ha, ha.
I: …If you ask the women “Why do you like the character goods?”, they will just answer “Because they are cute”. …Japanese people may be childish.
B: Do you know Gar------? （単語がわからず）
I: (審査員Aの方に目を向けて、助けを求めながら) “Gar…what? I’m sorry I didn’t catch the word-----.
B: That’s OK. Please forget it.
B: Next question. This is related to the former question. There is one thing, a great entertainment facility, which is located in Japan and very popular among Japanese people. It’s Disney Land. There is a Disney Land in Los Angels and France, too. But in Europe and America, only children want to go there, not adults. Of course a lot of adults visit Disney Land, but most of them are together with their children. But in Japan, why do adults want to visit there? I don’t understand it.
I: Because Japanese people have a longing or liking for Western culture and Western things. They think they can experience American culture there, directly. They feel like visiting the United States itself, I suppose.
B: Which means Disney Land represents America?
I: For Japanese people, Disney Land is the symbol of America.
B: My American friend would be happy to hear that. OK. Last question. Every time I go to see a movie in Japan, something catches my attention. It’s subtitles. In England and America, foreign movies are usually dubbed in English. But why are subtitles always put on the screen in Japan?
I: That is because the literacy rate is high in Japan. Japanese people are good at reading, I suppose. And as I said earlier, they have a liking for western people because they are beautiful, handsome, big, powerful, and look intelligent. Japanese people want to hear the original voice of their favorite actors and actress.
B: I would feel comfortable seeing a movie dubbed in English.
I: …I’ve been to Malaysia. In Malaysia, Hong Kong movies are very popular. And Malaysia is a multinational country, so subtitles are----.
B: Oh, I know what you are going to say. They eat most of the screen.
I: Yes, Yes. There are four subtitles put on the screen.
B: Actually, there are four languages on it.
I: They occupied half of the screen. The spoken language in the movies is Cantonese. But I was able to catch the story because I read the English subtitles. I envied the people of Malaysia because…, because…that was very good for my English study.
I: These days, DVD has a function of putting English subtitles on the ------.
B: Oh, I see. You can select one of a few languages for subtitles.
I: Yes, yes. That is very good for my study. I’m not very good at listening comprehension. So…so….
B: OK. Time is up. This is the end of the interview test. Thank you for joining us today and we appreciate your time and efforts you made for us.
I: Thank you for having me here today.
A and B: Bye, bye.
I: Good bye.
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