A, B： Good afternoon.
Good afternoon. May I put this in here?
B： I would like to have your name.
Yes, my name is ○○○○.
B： Where do you come from?
I come from Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku Island.
B： Oh, it’s a long way from here. How long did it take you to come here today?
Excuse me. You said “Where do you come from?”
B： Oh, where did you come from today?
I come from Kobe City.
A： I would like to ask you about Japanese culture. What is takoage?
Oh, it’s one of the traditional pastimes in New Year’s Holidays. It’s flying a kite. When I was a child I enjoyed it very much.
A： You enjoyed it?
Yes. But nowadays it’s difficult to find broad space to do it.
A： Oh, I see. By the way, children have cellular phones these days. What do you think about it?
Oh, more and more children have cellular phones these days, but they are using it just for small talks, having chats. I think they are spoiling children. It’s useless.
A： （苦笑しつつ） You think it’s useless. Next, what do you think about the Koizumi cabinet?
Oh, I think so far Mr. Koizumi and his cabinet have done a good job. Mr. Koizumi has got through…carried out his policies without being stressed by the pressure of the old hierarchy in the LDP. And he has taken a good initiative in pushing forward his reforms such as the privatization of the Japan Post, and he is now trying to decrease the number of the government financial institutions to save our tax money. （あまり長くなりそうだったので、to save our tax moneyをゆっくりと発音して締めくくった） However, as for foreign affairs, I think his tactics are rather poor.
B： Why do Japanese people study English so much?
Well, I think Japanese people are starving for English. As we live in such a small land, in a limited space, it’s our nostalgia, our desire to see another country, so people study English to go to another country or communicate with foreigners.
B： So you like to communicate with foreign people.
Yes. It’s great fun. My family also like to communicate with foreign people. Last month, we had a couple of guests from Tasmania, a long way from Japan.
B： Oh, is that so? Well, thank you for your talking.
Thank you very much.
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