B : Hello.
A : Hello.
Nice to meet you.
B : Please tell us your name.
My name is ....
B : Where do you live?
I live in ... City, in northern Japan.
A : Oh, ...? Do you go skiing?
Sorry, I'm not good at skiing.
A : My name is Kevin. I'm from Colorado.
The best place for skiing.
A : Oh, yes. Now, I'm going to ask you some questions.
A : Why is it so important to exchange business cards in Japan?
Japanese people tend to be shy when meeting new people, so business cards become an effective prop for starting a conversation in a business setting. I'm sorry, I'm a little bit nervous.
A : OK, everyone's nervous here! What do you think about the increase in criminal acts by young people?
I think it is a very, very serious problem ... This is because of the family style is changing across Japan. The number of nuclear families is increasing more and more. And the lack of communication in families reflect the children's world. These days, the number of children who find it difficult to make friends and communicate with them is increasing. It is a reflection of the lack of communication in families, I think.
A : OK. What's "onigiri"?
It's a rice ball.
A : Oh, rice ball?
It is boiled rice wrapped in laver, or edible seaweed. The most popular ingredient is "umeboshi".
A : "Umeboshi"?
It's pickled plum. It's very sour but delicious.
A : Why do Japanese eat rice balls so often?
"Onigiri" is a Japanese-style fast food. It is easy to eat them outdoors and indoors. It's like hamburgers or hot dogs in the US.
A : We have finished all three questions. Thank you.
Thank you very much.
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