受験者(85):男性

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A,B,C: Good morning.

Good morning. May I put this bag here?

(椅子に荷物を載せる)

A: How are you?

I’m fine, thank you.

A: Good. I’d like to ask you some questions.

(住所や氏名を聞かれると思っていたので、聞かれないことに少し驚く)

A: Why do Japanese place their corporate life before their family life?

This has to do with the fact the Japanese are a group-oriented people. In a group we feel comfortable and safe, but this requires harmony. To maintain this harmony, people put priority on their company before their family.

(ここで目をそらしそうになったことに気付いて、アイコンタクトを心掛ける)

But this leads to a problem. If people have children, what children need is their love. So however busy parents may be, they should set aside time for communication.

A: (微笑みながら)But a family is also a group.
(試験官Bに「何か質問は」というしぐさ。しかし、下を向いたままで何も言わない)

A: What do you think about the pension system?

(マンションと聞こえたので)
You mean, a condominium or something?

A: No, the money that is …(老後のためのお金)

It’s a matter of serious concern. Everyone is worried about this.
With the decreasing birth rate, everyone is worried that the pension system will perish. To solve this problem, the government needs to use the entire workforce, including women and elderly people. Accepting immigrants into the country will also be useful.

A: (再び試験官Bに「何か質問は」というしぐさ。先程と同様、下を向いたままで何も言わない)


A: What is shichi-go-san? I don’t know it very well.

It is a celebration for children. Children who are three, five, and seven years old go to Shinto shrines. Boys who are three years old and five years old, and girls who are three years old and seven years old go to shrines. Odd numbers are considered to be auspicious in Japan.

A: (頷く)Why boys of three and five, and girls of three and seven?

I’ve never thought about that.

A: What do children do at the shrines? Do they pray?

Yes, they pray for their healthy growth. If parents have time, they take children to shrines. They buy chitose-ame, or “thousand-year-candy”, which symbolizes longevity.

A: That’s all.

(こちらで、「もう終わりですか」という表情をする。何か最後に述べたいと思った)

I’m from …

A: Oh, …

I’ve been looking forward to this moment. Thank you very much.





 
 
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