受験者(16):女性

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Good morning. (めいっぱい笑顔で)

C: Good morning. How are you today?

Fine, thank you.

C: I see from your face because you are smiling.(一同和やかな雰囲気に)

C: Please tell us your name and where you’re from.

My name is ○○and I live in Fuchu-City.

B: Now I’m going to ask some questions to you.

Yes.

What’s the difference between people in Tokyo and people in Osaka?

(用意していなかったので焦るが、とりあえず話し始めた)
Well, people in Tokyo and people in Osaka, both live in urban cities in Japan. So they enjoy the advancement of medical care and education. But the difference is(ここで少しつまる。大阪の人が人情味があるとか服装が派手、商売上手などと言おうとしたらBより助け舟が)

B: Sorry for asking a difficult question. What is the culture in Tokyo like?

Tokyo is the central city in Japan, so…(何を言いたいのかわからなくなる。Aがカリカリと鉛筆を動かしているのが気になる) People in Osaka have warmer attitude toward other people. (理由も言えず、この質問に関してはここで終了)

B: Next question. What do you think about Empresses?

I strongly agree with having an empress as the head of Japanese Imperial Family. Also it is said that about 70% of Japanese people support this idea.

B: OK. You mean many people agree with this idea.

Yes.

B: Next, what do you think about Japanese working style these days?

I think Japanese working style is characterized by overtime working. (他にも答えようがあったと思うが、残業しか浮かばなかった) Due to the prolonged recession, companies want to reduce the number of employees in the restructuring, so the remaining workers have to work overtime.

B: How long is a working day in Japan?

People usually start working at 9:00a.m. and finish at 5:00p.m. I also work overtime everyday. (一同笑う)

B: Do you have a holiday?

Sundays are my holidays but I work on Saturdays.

B: Is it usual for Japanese employees to work on Saturdays?

No, I don’t think so. But I work (on Saturdays) because I work at a hospital as a secretary. We are open on Saturdays for out patient department, so I have to work. (皆うなずいて聞いてくれる)

B: OK, Thank you very much. That’s all for today.

Thank you.

(最初の質問でつまづいたので、少し動揺したが、「女性の天皇」と「働き方」に関してはなるべく堂々と答えるよう努めた。話しやすい雰囲気だったことは何よりも救いであった。)



 
 
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