A,B,C : Good morning. Please take a seat and put your bags on that chair.
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
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
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"
A,B,C : That's all, thank you very much,