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A: Please put your bag on the seat if you like.

OK. thank you.

A : Please introduce yourself.

My name is Ikuyo Hasegawa. I'm from Kashiwa, Chiba. I'm currently
a privage high school English teacher.

(この、職業をいったのがよかったような悪かったような。教育関係の質問は全く用意していませんでした。)

A : Good. Why do Japanese parents send their children to Juku?

Oh, thanks. It's my question. I think it's because an academic success means a lot for their children in their life in Japan, and so, most of Japanse parents are very education-conscious. They want their children to go to prestigious schools. However the competition to pass the entrance examinations for those shcools is very intense, so they send their children to juku because juku provides systematic education to acquire all of those knowlege and test-taking skills.

A : Is there any bad side to going to juku.

Yes, of course, there is. Maybe because they are always exposed to severe competition, children become very ego-centered. They tend not to respect the people surrounding them. Academic success, I mean, test scores and grades become everything to them.

A : O.K. Japanese society have been in a long recession or the "Ice
Age" of the economy. What do you think about it?

(この質問、実はいすに座っているときになぜか頭の中に浮かんだ、そして無言で答えを練習していた問題。チョッピリ驚きましたが、結構笑顔で答えられた唯一の問題。)

Yes, it's very true. Japanese economy has been in the "Ice Age"of economy. First I want to explain the economic situation in Japan. Financial institutions have been strained under surmounting bad loans. It's because of the downturn in land and other property values. And Japan has been suffered from a long economic recession, now, unemployment rate is , say, about at 5.3. But there is an encouraging factor. Japanese companies are working hard to increase earnings and making great efforts to increase efficiency. I think when they pay off all of those bad loans, the earnings will be on the rise.

B : What is Bunkasai?

(このとき、女の現役ガイドさん(?!)にいきなりインタビュアーの試験官が目で合図をして焦って聞かれた質問。初めて耳にする質問でした。これが文化事象の質問だったのでしょうか?)

Bunkasai is a cultural festival held in junior or high schools in Japan. It's a fun event. Some students put on a play, or some students perform a concert and the music is sometimes composed by themselves. And other students sell foods. It is a good opportunity to learn things through a life experience. On the part of the parents, it is also a good opportunity to know how their children spend days at school.

A : Ok, that's it. Thanks for coming.

Thank you very much .

(最後は思いっきりニコニコ笑ったのを覚えています。悪い印象だけは残したくないな、と思っていました。)

 

 

 
 
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