B : Hello.
B : Please sit down.
B : Please tell us your name and where you live.
My name is Yasuhiko Kawabata, and I live in Katsushika ward in Tokyo.
A : How are you?
I’m fine. Thank you.
A : OK, now I’ll ask you some questions. First, why do Japanese business people exchange their business cards?
Generally, Japanese companies have a rigid hierarchy. So Japanese business people respect to the senior people and treat casually people in similar or lower ranks. Therefore, when they meet someone on business for the first time, they exchange their business cards first to know the person’s positions. They adjust their attitude depending on the position of their counterparts.
A : OK, my next question is, what do you think is the reason for the recent increase in juvenile crimes in Japan?
I think there are many reasons for this problem. However, in my opinion, the most important reason would be the poor level of school education. The Japanese government should take measures to improve the quality of school education.
A : So do you think the quality of education has deteriorated?
As far as I know, I believe the recent level of school education is much poorer than when I was a child at school.
A : OK, my this is my last question. What is Oiro-Naoshi?
Oiro-Naoshi is a typical event in a Japanese wedding ceremony. It is the event in which the bride changes her dress during the ceremony.
A : Is it about changing from a Japanese dress to a Western dress?
It depends. When I had my own wedding ceremony four years ago, my wife’s Oiro-Naoshi was changing from a Western dress to another Western dress. It was because renting a Japanese wedding dress was much more expensive.
A : Are Japanese dresses more expensive than Western dresses?
Yes. I remember it was very expensive.
A : Why do Japanese people want to do Oiro-Naoshi?
I guess it is the intention of the host family. They want to demonstrate how beautiful the bride is, in many ways.
A : I see. Now the interview is finished. Thank you for coming. Have a good day.
Thank you. You too.
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