A： May I ask your name and tell me where you are from?
My name is ○○○○, and I'm from ○○○○.
A： I'll ask you some questions. In Japanese companies, women are often serving tea. What do you think about this practice?
Well, it was indeed so many years ago, but now things are different. The company treats men and women equally. Women also get promoted based on their merits. Today men are trying to serve tea by themselves. They cannot ask women to do so anymore.
A： Why do young Japanese people want to go abroad?
Well, I'm among them when I was young, I mean when I graduated from university. I wanted to work at a trading company which sent its staff to foreign countries.
A： May I ask where you went?
Well, I went to Germany and then Sweden.
A： Which country did you like better?
Well, I would say I enjoyed working with German people.
Well, I’m not discriminating against Swedish people,
but I found it easier to work with German people. Both countries were not English-speaking countries, which I didn’t hope for. Well, however, I enjoyed working abroad.
A： What is "geta"?
Geta are traditional Japanese shoes made of wood. They have two wooden supports on the sole with a V-shaped thong for the big and second toes for their grips. The reason for the high support is avoiding humidity and water from the floor, typically seen at the kitchen of traditional Japanese restaurants. You see, Japanese chefs wear high-raised "geta."
A： Do you have a pair of "geta"?
Yes, I have one, but I used it a few decades ago.
A： What do you wear?
I wear sandals for just stepping out, but I will use sport shoes when taking a long walk.
A： What do you think about Mr. Koizumi's performance?
I am fully for these achievements, including the privatization of postal service and Japan Highway Public Corporation. He was first considered a strange man, or maverick but he showed his strong leadership. However, when we see the situation outside of Japan, I mean in diplomacy, he has shown a poor performance. He has in fact cooled the relationship with our neighbors, South Korea and China.
A： What would you do if you were an adviser to the Prime Minister?
I would, first of all, ask him to stop paying a visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
A： What's Yasukuni Shrine?
Well, Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine where war victims are enshrined. It's said that there are about 4 million souls enshrined there.
A： Thank you very much!
I thank you so much!
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