A,B,C : Good morning. Please put your bags on the chair.
A : Please tell me briefly about yourself.
My name is .... I live in .... I have no job right now, but I used to work for a foreign-affiliated company as an executive secretary for more than ... years.
A : Thank you.
A : Now, I'd like to ask you about a Japanese business practice. Why do Japanese people exchange their name cards so often?
This is a deep-rooted Japanese custom. Japanese people's names sound similar, but they may have different Chinese characters.
Also, Japanese people feel comfortable when they belong to a certain group, so name cards are an effective way to prove which group they belong to. That's two reasons I can think of now.
A : I see. Next question. What do you think about the increasing crimes committed by the younger generation?
It's a very sad and serious social problem. But I think it's a media hype. It's been exaggerated. Many young people are nice people. However, it is true that more and more serious crimes, such as murder, have been committed by young people.
A : What do you think about these crimes? Your own idea, not from newspapers.
I think it's a tragedy of affluent societies. Parents became rich. Grandparents became rich. Parents give money to their children. Grandparents spoil their grandchildren. They tend to think they can do whatever they want. Poor parenting and disciplining. People say schools educate children, but without basic manners and morals at home, schools cannot teach children to behave properly. I think it's the home. We should start from home.
B : Now, let me ask you about Japanese culture. What is "ochoko"?
"Ochoko" ... ah, it's a kind of tableware. It's made of mainly porcelain or ceramic, a kind of miniature cup to drink sake, fermented Japanese alcohol beverage. There are various kinds of designs and they're beautiful. This will make a good souvenir for tourists.
B : Why is "ochoko" so small?
It's Japanese people's custom to pour into each other's cups to promote goodwill and deepen friendship. If it's too big, they get drunk easily.
A : That's all. Thank you for coming today.
Thank you very much.
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