B： Hello. Please take a seat.
Good afternoon. Thank you.
B： Please tell us your name.
My name is …. I’m from Kobe.
B： Oh! You told us where you are from before we ask.
Well, I have been here several times before.
A： Nice to meet you, Mr. …. OK, I will ask you some questions. These days many women get out of Japan. What do you think of that?
Well, I don’t know if there are many Japanese women who get out of this country. But, after all, Japan is a male-dominated society, and it may be true that many Japanese young women find it difficult to get promoted in Japanese companies.
You mean, why Japan is unfair to women?
A： I mean, why Japanese women do the washing and do house chores while Japanese men do not do those things. And what’s wrong with Japanese men doing those things?
I think we have our own Japanese way of thinking. Our own way of thinking has been greatly influenced by Confucianism, in which we place our priority on the family. I am one of those old-type Japanese men. From my personal viewpoint, husbands work outside the home and devote their energy to companies and supporting their family financially. Wives, on the other hand, support their family as a wife, a mother, and a housekeeper. Since this traditional way of thinking is still deeply rooted in our society, many young Japanese women may find it difficult to live in this country.
A： OK, next. What do you think of Mr. Koizumi’s performance?
Well, I think he has been doing relatively well. First, he is very articulate.
A： Oh, articulate!?
Yes. For us it is very easy to understand what he says, and we can catch up with his policies. I think Mr. Koizumi is very good at that point.
A： Next, tell me something about kite-flying.
Kite? Oh, it is not so common to see children playing with kites these days. When we were children, about 50 years ago, my father took me to the fields and beaches and taught me how to fly kites. In those days, especially during New Year’s holiday, we used to play flying kites or spinning tops. It’s a pity that we don’t see children playing like that these days. By the way, Japanese kites would make a very good souvenir for foreigners. It is because various traditional Japanese things are painted on the Japanese kites.
B： OK. That’s all. Thank you for today. Good-bye.
Thank you. See you.
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