受験者(71):男性

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Good morning.

A,B : Good morning.

B : Please tell your name and where you live.

My name is ….. I live in Setagaya-ward in Tokyo.

A : ….(ファーストネームで呼びかけてくれる)Japanese people use the word "mansion" for apartments like Lions Mansion. In English, mansions are luxury houses like Michael Jackson's house. Why do Japanese call them "mansions"?

I know that mansions are luxury houses in overseas countries. I don't know the exact reason why Japanese use the word "mansion". But I think that the sound and image of the word "mansion" is very good. It sounds gorgeous and luxurious. Developers would like to use this word to sell them.

A : Do you know the English word for "mansion".

Condo. Condominium.

A : In Japan, why are prices or rents for houses so high?

Because many people live in a small country. Most part of Japan is mountainous. Land in Japan is very scarce. Space in Japan is very limited. This demand and supply situation is the main reason. In the US, there are plenty of land for new houses.

A : Why do Japanese people have long life span?

There are two reasons. First, Japanese diet is very healthy. We do not have a lot of meat and high-fat food compared to foreign countries. Second, we have a good medical system. There are good hospitals in Japan. These are main reasons for Japanese longevity.

A : what is Bosozoku?(暴走族)(笑いながら質問してきた)

Bosozoku drives motorcycles or cars in a rough and violent manners. They usually form groups, making loud noises and disturbing other drivers.

A : Are they similar to gangs?

Yes, they are. But, they do not have guns and dangerous weapons. The concept of Bosozoku is similar to gangs.

A : Do the police arrest them?

They are trying to do that. However, because of their youth, it may be difficult for the police to punish them by severe legal enforcement.

A : How old are they?

They are teen-agers. Mainly high school students. Sometimes, over 20 years.

A : Thank you very much.

(実際はもっと長く話した思いますが、要旨は上記の通りです。)

 
 
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