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B:Good morning. Put your bag there and sit down, please. What happened to your hand?

I didn’t hit anything and nothing happened. But my right thumb began to swell the day before yesterday. If it’s a written test I can’t write anything but since it’s an oral test. I’m all right. I’m fortunate.

A: Oh, you’re lucky! (みなに笑われた。)I took my wife to the hospital the other day. I was very surprised. Patients were put in one room. There was no privacy. What do you think about the Japanese medical system?

(え?と思って一瞬間が空いてしまった)

A: It’s a very difficult question.

I think Japanese health care system is very good. It is said to be the best in the world. Japan has good doctors and I don’t worry so much about it. Japanese people live longer.

A: But I hear the population will decrease soon. Is it true?

Yes, It’s going to decline next year.

B: Why is it declining?

I think it’s because of the declining birth rate.

B: What’s the cause of it?

It’s because young people’s values have changed and they don’t want to have constraint on their freedom by getting married or raising children.

A: Yes, raising children is expensive in Japan. Everything is expensive in Japan. What is the percentage of consumption tax in Japan?

It’s five percent.

A: Who is Japan’s prime minister?

It’s Mr. Koizumi.

A: What do you think about him?

I think he has been doing a good job. I agree to the privatization of the postal service system. I like him because he expresses his opinion clearly.

A:(笑って)But he’s strong.

Yes, I think he’s little bit too strong and I don’t want Japan to be isolated from other Asian countries including China and South Korea.

A: I agree. China has influenced Japan in many ways. What are the things introduced from China?

There are Buddhism and some arts. For example, Buddhist statues.

A: Where can we see a good Buddhist image in Japan?

I found a good Buddhist statue in Eikandou temple in Kyoto. It’s “mikaeri-amida”, looking back amida.(ジェスチャー付きで)Eikandou temple is also famous for maple leaves.

A: Oh, maple leaves! I’m from Canada.

When I went to Kyoto early this month, the leaves were beginning to change their color and they were so beautiful!

A: Oh! I’ll go to Kyoto next week.(永観堂といいながらメモしているふうだった。)

Yes, I recommend Eikandou. Please have a visit there. Eikandou is now in the best season.

A: Yes, I will. That’s all for today. I hope your injury will recover soon.



 
 
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