AB： Good morning.
B： Have a seat.
B： May I ask your name and where you live?
My name is Yoko Saito. I live in ○○○○, Osaka-city.
A： I’m going to ask some questions.
A： Which do you think will win, smokers or non-smokers?
In old days （適切な言葉が思い浮かばなかった）, we had more smokers. But, nowadays Japanese people are becoming more aware that smoking is not good for the health. The number of smokers is getting smaller.
A： Do you smoke?
（Which side do you support?かもしれない）
I don’t smoke. Personally, I don’t like the smell of smoking. I hope non-smokers will win.
A： How do you explain “meotojawan”?
Meotojawan means a pair of rice bowls or tea cups for a couple. They often have the same design but different colors. The rice bowl or the cup for a man is usually a little bigger than the other.
I don’t like this. I often use the bigger one.
I will use this one. You can use the other one.
A： Do you often have a fight over the cups?
No, I don’t.
A： What do you think about Japan’s refusal of imported American beef?
Well・・・・, （少し考えた） the safety （で、JNTOの方が大きくうなづいた）of food is very important. Japanese people are careful about this. But I think we will start importing the beef from America・・・・
（Did you say “the beef from America?“ ? Yes. ひょっとして勘違いしているかもしれないという不安がよぎって聞いた）,
When we become sure that it is safe.
A： （ここで Fair enough. だったかもしれない）
People say American beef is better than Aussie beef. What do you think?
（言い方からオーストラリア人かと思ったが、自分から “Are you from Australia?” と質問するのはどうかと思い、やめた。）
I have never compared them. I think Japanese beef is the best.
A： Which beef in Japan?
Since I live in Osaka, I like Kobe beef.
A： Is it better than Matsusaka beef or other beef?
I’m not very sure about that.
A： What is “Seijin-no-hi”?
It is coming-of-age day. We celebrate young people when they turn twenty.
A： Do you do anything special on that day?
Young people go to City Hall and attend the ceremony there. They wear formal wear・・・・
A： Do you mean suits?
Men wear suits and women wear “fu-ri-so-de”. “sode” means sleeves. It has long sleeves.
A： I see. Did you wear “furisode”?
No, I didn’t.
A： why not?
When I was young, I didn’t care. Now I understand it is important. My mother had expected me to wear furisode, but I said, “Mom, it’s not important.”
A： Let me ask one more question.
A： Why do Japanese work long?
A： ・・・・expected to do so?
Yes, it’s a way of showing loyalty to the company.
A： Oh, loyalty.
There’s another reason, and that is the economic situation of Japan. Many companies have started hiring temporary or part-time workers.
Full-time workers have to work harder and longer.
A： （何か言って）Thank you.
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