Hello. Good afternoon.
B： Good afternoon. Please sit down and be relaxed.
Thank you. Well, I always get nervous in an interview.
B： May I have your name?
Yes, my name is ○○○.
A： OK, ○○○san. What do you think of the people who don’t pay NHK fees?
Well, I am also part of those people who don’t pay money to NHK. As NHK receives some financial support from Japanese government and we citizens pay a lot of tax to the government. So I think they should not blame the people who don’t pay fees to NHK. I assume through paying tax, we are also paying fees to NHK.
A： I see. Then next question. What is ‘Wagashi’?
Wagashi is traditional Japanese sweets mainly made of rice and sweet beans. Usually it is colorfully decorated.
A： Why do Japanese buy charms which is related to the Chinese zodiac at shrines and temples?
This might be difficult for foreigners to understand, but Japanese are very tolerant of any kind of religion and they don’t mind much about the doctrine or philosophy of religion. More than that, Japanese are superstitious, therefore they carry these kinds of charms to wish their dreams would come true.
A： OK, the last question. What do you think of the privatization of postal system in Japan?
Well, this is my personal view, but as I made an article regarding this issue, I am against the privatization of postal system. I visited a remote area last year and made an interview with people asking how they think about this. There I found many people, especially elder people were relying much on this system for not only sending or receiving money but also saving money as the post office are usually the only institution which gives financial service. I assume once they are privatized, they will cut services in these areas as they are not profitable at all. Therefore to give an equal service to all, I think it is necessary that the government keeps this service.
A： What is the positive aspect of the privatization then?
Well, if it is in a big city, the price might be cut as a result of competition.
A： I see. That’s all. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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