Ａ: Please leave your bag and coat on the chair.
A, B, C: Good afternoon.
A: Please sit down.
C: Please tell us your name and where you are from.
My name is ○○○○. I live in the suburb of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.
A: Oh, you had EXPO this year.
A: Did you go to the EXPO?
Yes, I went there frequently.
A: Did you buy that ticket?
Yes, I bought a ticket that was valid for the whole period of the EXPO at the cost of \16,800.
A: That’s cheap.
Yes, I think so, because I went there very frequently.
C: How far is it to the EXPO site?
It’s about 15 minutes by bicycle.
C: Very close.
A: Did many people come to the EXPO?
Yes, a lot of people visited our area.
A: As you live very close to the site, did you meet any lost foreigner wandering around your house?
No, the EXPO area is very big, and huge number of people was packed in the site. The visitors spend whole day at the site to visit many pavilions, I think they need more days to visit the whole place.
A: They made long lines, right?
Yes, they made very long lines.
Excuse me, what was your question again?
A: Oh, I’m sorry. That was my mistake.
A: Now I’m going to ask you a very different question. Why do women serve tea in Japanese companies?
Traditionally Japanese women are supposed to be elegant, elegant in behavior and elegant in mind, or caring for others. Serving tea is one of the methods to express the elegance of mind. By serving tea, women show their elegance. Many women do not want to serve tea in companies these days. But I don’t mind that, because I want to be elegant and I’m trying to be so.
A: Why does Japanese government refuse to import US beef?
Because US beef is not certified as 100% safe. If the virus is brought in with the meat, it will be very serious. There still remains slight possibility that the disease will be developed once such virus comes in. That’s why the government is refusing the import of US beef.
A: What do you think about US beef as a person?
Personally I’m not very anxious about, or worried about the safety of US beef. Because the possibility of development of the disease is very low, or extremely low. And I’m a healthy person and I don’t think I will develop the disease. I rather prefer reasonable beef.
A: Reasonably priced beef?
Yes, I mean “reasonably priced beef.”
A: Next question, genkan is important. Why is it?
A: Yes, genkan.
In traditional Japanese house, genkan is very important. Because it represents the whole house, genkan is like a face of a house. If the genkan is clean, people regard that whole house including the living room, bathroom, and kitchen is clean. My grandmother always said to me, “Keep genkan clean, otherwise people will laugh at you.”
A: Time is over. Thank you for coming.
Thank you very much.
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