B: Good afternoon. First, I will ask you some very simple questions so that you can relax, and then,
James will ask you some questions.
A: OK, let me ask you some questions about Japan. Have you ever lived in a foreign country?
I am not sure if I can say I lived there, but I spent 1 month and 2 weeks in Seattle.
A: Oh, Seattle. I have lived in Vancouver.
I spent 1 day in Vancouver. That was a very beautiful city and I love it. It was only 2 hours’ drive from Seattle to Vancouver.
I think that is a good thing, and I support Mr. Koizumi. I expect that it will revitalize the Japanese economy. There are a lot of highways that few people use and yet we have to pay a lot of money for them.
A: That is interesting. Japan has excellent train systems. But there was a terrible accident a few months ago in Tokyo. What do you think about that? (ここで進行係の人に「それは関西ですよ」
It is said that the accident was caused by the driver’s overspeeding. It was a very shocking accident, because we tend to think the train is the safest means of transportation. And when I am on the train, I don’t think something like that could happen to myself. I don’t want to die that way.
A: Japan has a very fast, excellent train. What is that?
Super express train, or the bullet train. My hometown is Niigata, and a bullet train line connecting Niigata and Tokyo was built a long time ago.
A: Amazing isn’t it? Speaking of the Bullet train, Japan is going to sell old bullet trains to China. But there is a conflict between Japan and China. What is that?
Mr. Koizumi’s visiting Yasukuni Shrine.
A: What about Yasukuni Shrine?
Actually, Yasukuni Shrine is in this neighborhood. I just passed by it on my way here. The Shrine is dedicated to some war criminals, and they are worshiped by the visitors. Mr. Koizumi says he visits there as a private person, not as a prime minister. But I think, as long as that makes South Korea and China angry, it is no longer his personal issue. To visit Yasukuni Shrine, I think he should wait until he finishes his job as a prime minister of this country.
Well, I am not sure if this is typically “Japanese,” but I would recommend Hakone. It is not far from Tokyo. And there used to be an old road to the Kansai Area, called Tokaido, and Hakone is famous for hot springs. Also, Hakone is close to Mt. Fuji, and it is very beautiful. There are beautiful lakes and mountains in Hakone.
A: Hot springs. That is good. But I have to be naked to enjoy hot springs. That is embarrassing. And what should I purchase there?
I recommend Sensu. Sensu is a folding fan. We use it especially in summer to cool ourselves.
A: Ok thank you very much.
Thank you. I am happy to be here. Good bye.
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