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Good morning.

A, C : Good morning. Please sit down. Thank you for coming to the interview.

Thank you.
(椅子に座る。)
B : Could you tell us your name?

My name is ...
(何と!普段旧姓を使っているので、間違って旧姓を答えてしまい、試験官一同びっくりさせてしまった。あわてて訂正し、職場で旧姓を使っているので、と説明する。だが、これで緊張がほぐれた感じがあるので、その点は良かったかも。)

B : Where do you live?

I live in Fuchu City in Tokyo.

Oh, the other woman we met earlier also comes from Fuchu.

Many people live there.
(笑って。)

A : A good place to live.
(笑って。)

A : Now, I'm going to ask you some questions. In Japanese fashion magazines, there are many foreign models. What do you think about this?

(2次試験セミナーで全く同じ質問が出た!しかも私が当てられて答えた質問だった。)
Well, Japanese have had some kind of inferiority complex towards foreigners. Especially Westerners with blue eyes and blond hair, and long arms and legs. Western clothes are made to suit Western people, and these clothes look better on them.

(ちょっとくどいかな。)
However, these days in magazines we see Japanese models who are
good-looking as well as Western models. I think this is a good trend.

A : So it's changing. OK, in Japan, companies employ more and more temporary workers. What do you think about this?

I think it has a good side and a bad side. The good side is that, since people's ways of thinkng is changing, some people want to work part-time, especially women who have small children. They have more choices, which is good. However, Japanese companies are now in a very severe situation. Therefore, they cut the workforce, especially full-time workers, and introduce part-time workers instead.So those who want full-time jobs cannot work full-time and are forced to work part-time. In addition, working conditions of part-time workers are far worse than full-time workers, especially wages.

("temporary workers"が質問だったのに全部"part-time workers"で答えてしまったと後になって気付いた。日本では両者は全く同じではない。job securityのことくらい、せめて言っておけばよかった。)

A : If one is forced to work temporarily, that is bad, I see. Next is the last question. Could you explain what "ema" is?

"Ema" is a wooden tablet with a picture of a horse on it.
(手で形をつくる。)

It is offered to shrines when one has particular wishes or when the wishes come true.
(「300選」で出てきたので思い出しながら答えた。絵馬の起源の話もあったが、自信がないのでパスした。)

A : So the wishes are written on the tablet?

Yes, that's right.
(そうだ、絵馬に書くという部分を忘れていた。)

A : Is it Buddhism ...
(仏教の習慣か、という質問だった。)

Shintoism, basically.
(自信はないが。)

But there are similar rituals in both Shintoism and Buddhism.
(本当か?)

A : It's mixed up. For us foreigners, they are difficult to distinguish. The wishes are written by special pens?

Usually, you use brushes and ink. But any kind of pen will be OK.

A : That's all. Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.
(全体的に和やかな雰囲気であまり緊張せずに面接を受けられた。2次試験セミナーで言われた"speak slowly", "make eye contact", "smile"を心がけようとしたが、後の2つはまあまあだったと思う。どうしても早口になってしまったのが反省点。落ち着いて答えれば、絵馬はもっときちんと言えたと思う。難しい時事問題などは聞かれなかったので、助かった。)

 
 
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