（座れとも言われなかったので）May I be seated?
A： Yes, please.
B： First, may I have your name, please.
Yes. My name is XXXX XXXX.
B： Where do you live?
I live in XXXX city, Kanagawa Prefecture.
A： How are you today?
I'm fine, thank you.
A： Very good. Now we would like to ask you some questions about Japan. Are you ready?
Yes. I'm ready.
A： Very good. What is genkan?
OK. Genkan is a small hallway at the front entrance of a house. This is where shoes are removed before one steps into the living quarters.
A： Good. And why do Japanese remove theirs shoes in the house?
A, B： （笑う）
A： Why do Japanese socialize at pubs instead of at home?
Firstly, Japanese houses are small compared with thoses of the Westerners. Secondly（迷って）, They serve better foods at pubs than at home.
A： OK. Let's change the question. Why do Japanese hide their thumbs when passing the funerals?
Thumbs? Not palms?（少し驚き。葬式の前を通過する際に親指を隠すなんて習慣は聞いたことがない）
Unfortunately I don't know that custom, and I don't know the reason. I want to explain it to you next time.
A, B： （笑う）
A： Let's move on. What is "nabe?"
Nabe is a dish in which a variety of ingredients are cooked together in a large pot at the table. People eat from one pot.
A： Why do you think international marriage is increasing in Japan?
I think this trend is good in promoting mutual understanding between foreign countries and Japan. That may be caused by the recent development of communication and because of the improvement in transportation.
A： What do you think of the bird flu?
That is a concern. Because of the economic boom in China we now have more contact with Chinese companies and Chinese people, the bird flu is spreading rapidly. I think some effective countermeasures should be introduced.
A： OK. That is all. Thank you.
Thank you very much. Good bye.
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