B： Please sit down. Tell us your name and where you live.
My name is ○○○○. I live in Nara.
A： Can you tell me why many young women in their thirties don’t want to get married?
I think they feel their current lifestyle is comfortable. If they get married, many of them might quit their jobs for rearing children. If they get much salary, they don’t want to quit their jobs, and they fell comfortable living with their parents and family.
A： What would you tell your foreign guests at the entrance of your house?
I will ask them to take off their shoes.
A： What is genkan?
It is the beginning of the house.
A： Why do many Japanese socialize outside the home?
I think Japanese have an inside-outside concept, and they think their houses are their private property.
A： Do you agree to that idea?
No, I like inviting my friends and relatives to my house.
A： Have you ever worked abroad?
A： Do you have any friends who worked in a foreign country?
Yes, one of my friends worked at a restaurant in New Zealand and another friend worked in Australia as a tour guide.
A： The tour guide for Japanese tourists?
A： Have you ever been abroad?
A： Which country?
I’ve been to the US, Australia, Hong Kong, and some European countries.
A： What do you think of children having a cellular phone?
I think parents are worried about their children when they go to juku and on their way home from school. There was a tragic incident in Nara last year.
One elementary school girl was killed in Nara last November.
A： Oh, really.
Yes, so many parents are worried about their children.
A： So, cellular phones will help parents keep in touch with their children, right?.
Yes, but if they have cellular phones, they can access the Internet. They can get good information, but they can also get bad information. That is not a good situation. Having cellular phones has both good points and bad points.
A： I see. Do you access the Internet?
Yes, I check my e-mail almost every day.
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