A,B: Good morning.
A: First of all, please tell us your name and where you live.
My name is------, I live in Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture.
B: OK. Mr.----, I’d like to ask you two or three questions about Japanese culture, life style or everyday concerns. Shall we start now?
B: OK. Please answer this question. I always wonder…, or all the Westerners wonder why character goods like Kitty-chan and Mickey Mouse are so popular in Japan. In European countries and America, these things are usually meant for small children. But in Japan, even adults are interested in them. Could you tell us why?
Such things are popular among young women and children. The strategies of commercial companies are so good that even adults are mesmerized and fall into their hands. If you can attract the attention and curiosity of women and children in Japan, you can become rich.
B: Ha, ha.
…If you ask the women “Why do you like the character goods?”, they will just answer “Because they are cute”. …Japanese people may be childish.
B: Do you know Gar------? （単語がわからず）
(審査員Aの方に目を向けて、助けを求めながら) “Gar…what? I’m sorry I didn’t catch the word-----.
B: That’s OK. Please forget it.
B: Next question. This is related to the former question. There is one thing, a great entertainment facility, which is located in Japan and very popular among Japanese people. It’s Disney Land. There is a Disney Land in Los Angels and France, too. But in Europe and America, only children want to go there, not adults. Of course a lot of adults visit Disney Land, but most of them are together with their children. But in Japan, why do adults want to visit there? I don’t understand it.
Because Japanese people have a longing or liking for Western culture and Western things. They think they can experience American culture there, directly. They feel like visiting the United States itself, I suppose.
B: Which means Disney Land represents America?
For Japanese people, Disney Land is the symbol of America.
B: My American friend would be happy to hear that. OK. Last question. Every time I go to see a movie in Japan, something catches my attention. It’s subtitles. In England and America, foreign movies are usually dubbed in English. But why are subtitles always put on the screen in Japan?
That is because the literacy rate is high in Japan. Japanese people are good at reading, I suppose. And as I said earlier, they have a liking for western people because they are beautiful, handsome, big, powerful, and look intelligent. Japanese people want to hear the original voice of their favorite actors and actress.
B: I would feel comfortable seeing a movie dubbed in English.
…I’ve been to Malaysia. In Malaysia, Hong Kong movies are very popular. And Malaysia is a multinational country, so subtitles are----.
B: Oh, I know what you are going to say. They eat most of the screen.
Yes, Yes. There are four subtitles put on the screen.
B: Actually, there are four languages on it.
They occupied half of the screen. The spoken language in the movies is Cantonese. But I was able to catch the story because I read the English subtitles. I envied the people of Malaysia because…, because…that was very good for my English study.
These days, DVD has a function of putting English subtitles on the ------.
B: Oh, I see. You can select one of a few languages for subtitles.
Yes, yes. That is very good for my study. I’m not very good at listening comprehension. So…so….
B: OK. Time is up. This is the end of the interview test. Thank you for joining us today and we appreciate your time and efforts you made for us.
Thank you for having me here today.
A and B: Bye, bye.
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