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Hello. Good afternoon.

B: Hello. Please sit down.

(自分はバッグをとなりのイスに置き座る。)

B: Please tell us your name and where you live.
(このとき、去年のBと同じ人だろうと思った。去年はにこやかな人だったと思うが、今年は表情を変えない。)

My name is …. I live in ….

A: I’ll ask you some questions. On TV news, they report a lot of cases of people being affected by the bird flu. What do you think of this situation?
(質問された瞬間、「当然の質問だ。でも何も用意していない」と思うが、とにかく話し始める。)

I’m really scared of this disease myself. I heard two people recently died in China. I’m hoping that I won’t get infected with the virus…. At the same time, I hope the epidemic will end soon.

A: Next question. Please explain what card bankruptcy is.

(この時も一瞬「何でこんな質問?」と思うが話し始める。)

The Japanese economy has long been in a slump. So many people are hard up for money. Some people do not have other choices but to rely on purchases with credit cards.

A: Next. What is roten-buro?

(「また、用意してないよ!」と思いながら話し始める。)
Japan is a volcanic country, so there are a lot of onsen, or hot spring resorts, all across the country. And many hot spring resorts have a roten-buro facility, which is an open-air bath. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery while in this outdoor bath, so it is very relaxing. When we are stressed out, we say, “Let’s go to onsen, or a hot spring.”

A: Next. Why do Japanese people work so many long hours?

Well, the Japanese economy has not long been in good shape. Many companies in Japan have struggled to survive this situation. The destiny of the company and the destiny of the employees are the same. Now things are gradually changing. However, in Japan, the lifetime employment system is still prevalent. So the company workers try very hard to survive the poor economy by working many long hours.

A: (声が小さくはっきり聞こえなかったが、納得したように思えた。)
That’s all. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

(苦しかったが、とにかく話し続けた充実感はあった。しかし、Bは常に何かを書き続けている様子で、また、C とは一回もアイコンタクトしていないことに気付いた。どんな人だったか全く覚えていない。)
(最初から最後まで全員が事務的で、リラックスした雰囲気ではまったくなかった。)



 
 
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