B: Take a seat. May we have your name? And where do you live?
Thank you. My name is ... and I live in ... Tokyo.
A: What's the most famous place in your city?
I think it's XXX Park run by Tokyo municipality.
A: Is there a golf course?
Yes. Just near the park.
A: Do you belong to the golf club?
No. It's very expensive. I used to play golf when I was single. But after the marriage, my wife does not want me to play golf for the simple reasons that ...
A: Understandable! Then what kind of sports do you play?
Swimming. I go to a pool run by my city once a week.
A: Let me ask you some questions. First, why do Japanese exchange business cards so often?
To do business, we need a wide variety of information, affiliation, telephone-number, FAX-number, etc. Those information is included in the card. So exchanging the cards is effective way to do business.
A: How many cards do you receive a month?
Less than 10. Since I am working for engineering, the number is not so high. If I am a salesman, I would exchange more.
A: OK! Then, the current Japanese economy is very weak. What do you think about the situation? Will the situation be better soon?
It's a tough question .... The Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, sometimes
insisted that there would be no economic growth without structural reform.
A: Do you think the economy will recover soon?
I believe in his words, and I hope the economy will be better soon.
A: Next, there are so many customs in Japan. What is the least favorable custom in Japan?
A view from foreign people?
A: No, from you own point of view.
I think it is a custom exchanging gifts at the end of year and in the middle of summer. The Japanese give gifts to superiors, teachers, -- those who gave favors to me.
A: Why is it the least favorable?
Because true heart is not included.
A: Then why do you exchange gifts?
Because other people are doing so.
A: OK. That's it. Thank you for your coming.
Thank you. Nice talking to you all. Good by.
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