受験者(67):男性

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A : Hello.

Hello.

A : Please sit down.

Thank you.

A : Now before I ask some questions, let me know your name and where you live.

OK. I…no, my name is …… I'm from …

A : I see, then, I'll ask you some questions. Now in Japan, the price of rooms we rent is very high compared to those in other countries. Why is the price of rooms so high?

Well, there are two reasons. First, the Japan isles are very small, but the population is very large. So this situation makes the ratio of the land to the population quite unreasonable. Secondly, many Japanese people like expensive land, apartment and flat. That is why the price is high.

A : Now, I'll ask you the next question. In Japan when people rent an apartment, they pay not only deposit but also key money. In other countries there is no concept of key money and no existence of key money. They only pay deposit. Why?

Oh, that's a tough question.(A試験官「フフフ」と笑ってこちらを見る)I think that's because of Japanese tradition. In Japan people exchange courtesy between renter and borrower.(A 試験官がけげんそうに黙る)

A : I wonder why they pay key money.

Key money represents the courtesy. They exchange courtesy with each other.

A : In Japan there are many pachinko and I'm surprised many Japanese enjoy pachinko. In addition in pachinko parlors they usually exchange gifts for money. I think it's illegal, but people seem to easily change. Why they can do so? I think it's the violation of law.

Oh…to be sure there are many many pachinko parlors in Japan.

A : Yes, and there seems to be illegal operation taking place! Exchanging money for gifts is, I think, illegal! Why is it allowed?

Well, I think… probably it's convenient for customers to exchange gifts and money easily.

A : But why is it not illegal?

Uh… well, I think, because pachinko parlor owner has tactics, strategies. In doing so, pachinko parlor owners can make more money. It's convenient and economical.

(試験官A は厳しい顔で机に目を落とす)

A : The official questions are over.

Thank you very much.


 
 
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