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Good morning.

A,B,C : Good morning. Please take a seat and put your bags on that chair.

Thank you.

B : Now, thank you for coming today. Could you tell me your name and where you came from this morning?

My name is ..., and I came from Shibuya today.

B : Now we are going to ask some questions. First of all, why are the Japanese people said to smile even in a sad situation?

I think there is a tendency for the Japanese people to hide their emotions by smiling, as showing your emotions can be embarrassing. It is not that they don't feel sad, but it is their way of controlling themselves.

(ABC were all nodding through my answer.)

B : OK. Now, what do you think about the increasing role of working women in Japanese society?

I welcome it and think it's really favourable. Being a woman myself, it is great that we are given more roles and responsibilities in the workplace, although the environment surrounding female workers still has a lot of problems.

B : Could you explain what the problems are and tell us about the companies who provide a good environment for female workers?

I think there is much room for improvement in the childcare system, for example, as a lot of women want to have children while continuting their work. Also, something should be done about those who have to look after their old parents. I understand a lot of companies are making efforts to cope with the problems, but I guess governmental public organizations are most advanced in this repect, as there are a lot of women working there.

B : Now, next question is - why do the Japanese like to use foreign models in magazines and advertisements?

I also wonder why, myself. But I think one of the reasons is that the history of Western clothes in Japan is still short, so they tend to think such clothes look better on Westerners than on Japanese. Also, Japanese people have always admired Western people and think they look attractive. Perhaps that is why.

A : OK, next question is - what is "kaiten zushi"?

"Kaiten zushi" is a sushi bar where you pick up sushi plates of your favourite choice circulating on a conveyor belt. Prices at "kaiten zushi" are much cheaper than at authentic sushi restaurants, so they are very popular. Actually, I have heard there are a lot of "kaiten zushi" bars abroad too, even in London, for example.

(I said this because I noted that B was British).

B : Yes, that is "Yo! Sushi"

(Smiling.)

A,B,C : That's all, thank you very much,


(試験官の方々はにこやかで、全体的にとても和やかな雰囲気で行われた。)

 

 
 
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