A: Good afternoon.
B: Please tell me your name and where you live.
My name is ... and I live in ... Prefecture, in ... city.
A: Thank you for coming today. I’d like to ask you a few questions
Japan. Why do Japanese people work so hard and so long?
Japanese people have long been poor, and people had to work hard to
maintain their living.
A: That was an old story. Japan has become a rich country, and still
Japanese people work long hours, work overtime, without taking annual
do they work so long?
One cause is Japanese people’s groupism. Groupism is a Japanese
culture. When some workers work overtime, other workers are supposed
at the office and support them. If one worker leaves the office when
others are working
overtime, he will be considered self-centered and lacking a sense of
harmony. In Japan,
responsibilities are not clearly divided between each individual, and
assigned to sections, so Japanese workers are required to help others.
companies demand that workers show their loyalty by working long hours.
A: So Japanese workers are placed in a hard situation. Now I'll ask
you another question. If a foreign visitor wanted to experience
something uniquely Japanese, where do you take the foreign visitor to?
I will take him or her to see Kabuki. You can see gorgeous stage
settings and exaggerated acting. Kabuki will be a very impressive
experience for the tourist.
A: But can foreigners understand Kabuki? They don’t understand
Japanese. Can they understand what’s going on on the stage?
As there is an earphone guide service, they will be able to understand
A: But even Japanese people don’t go to see Kabuki often. Can foreign
people really enjoy Kabuki? Do many young Japanese people go to see
Yes, these days Kabuki is often broadcast on TV, and young Kabuki
actors are popular now, so many young people go to see Kabuki.
A: Now we are running out of time. Thank you for your information.