A : Hello. Please have a seat.
B : Please tell us your name.
My name is ....
B : Where do you live?
I live in Matsudo City in Chiba Prefecture.
A : I'm going to ask you two questions.
A : Do you think the status of women has changed in Japan? If so, how?
Yes, I think more and more women are assuming important posts in companies as well as in society. Before, in Japan men earned money and women took care of their homes. Japanese men were well know as chauvinists, but not anymore because it's difficult for a couple to make a living only on the husband's salary. Many women continue to work after marriage, and even after having babies. They are assuming better posts and status in society.
A : Are there many women in managerial positions?
The number is increasing, but it's still very, very small compared to other developed nations.
A : Do you think it's good that more women work these days?
Yes. Women are just as competent as men in many professions. They should make the most of their abilities.
A : What is "igo"?
It's a game played between two people. They place black and white stones on the board to gain territory. The person who gains more territory wins.
A : Is is similar to chess?
Yes, it's sort of similar to chess, but in "igo", you don't capture the opponent's stones. Just keep placing the stones and try to gain more territory.
A : Would it be difficult for me to learn "igo"?
"Igo" is very popular among foreigners and it's easy to find instruction books in English. The Daily Yomiuri carrys a good series on "igo" lessons on Sundays.
A : Really? Thank you for the information.
A : That's all. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
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