A： Good morning.
B： Tell us your name and where you live.
B： Did you come from Kochi today?.
No, I stayed overnight in Shin-Osaka.
B： Why in Shin-Osaka?
A： Now I’m going to ask you some questions. Why do Japanese work for long hours?
Well, there is a fierce competition among Japanese workers. They want
to get promoted and get better pay. So they think they must work very
hard. Moreover, their bosses tend to stay till late at night, so they
feel they also have to stay late.
Well, I’m not sure, but I think it will continue. Employees feel more comfortable in the office than in their small houses.
A： What do you think of the new cabinet members of the Koizumi government?
Well, I’m not so familiar with particular members. But I think that they are pretty good.
A： It's said that Mr. Koizumi decides things without consulting other members. What do you think of it?
In my opinion, it’s much better than behind-the-scene wheeling and dealing.
Anyway, I like Mr. Koizumi. He is honest and decisive. I like what he does.
A： You are not interested in politics so much, aren’t you?
（とっさに）No, I’m not interested in politics so much.
A：（まあいいか、という感じで）OK. Now, what is “uchiwa”?
It’s a folding paper fan. It’s made of bamboo frame and paper is placed on it for cooling oneself.
A： Then what is “hachimaki”?
A： I have seen a shop clerk wear “hachimaki” in “izakaya”.
A： Why do people on election campaign trucks wear “hachimaki”?
It shows high spirits.
A： Oh, high spirits. I understand.
A： OK, this is the end of the test. Now you have enough time to see the sights in Kyoto. Enjoy yourself.
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