A： Good morning.
B： First, please tell your name and where you come from.
My name is …. I’m originally from Kobe, but I live in Tokyo.
C： Thank you very much for coming today, Kobe is a very long way! (Jokingly)
OK. Well, I’m going to ask you a couple of questions. Just relax and answer.
C： The other day, I went souvenir shopping and the man in the store kept saying “geta, geta.” I didn’t understand what he was saying. What is it?
Geta are Japanese traditional shoes made of wood.（Sandalsというべきだったと後から気づくが遅かった）
C： Oh, they’re made of wood, OK. Do people still wear them?
No, not at all. They were popular until World War II, but after the war, Japanese fashion was greatly Westernized and so most Japanese wear regular shoes.
C： All right. I was wondering where I can get them. But you know, my feet are pretty big. Do you think I can get them? And how much would they cost?
3 0cm! Hmm. Then I don’t think regular shoe shops carry them. You should go to a special store. I don’t know a specific place, but there are many shops around Asakusa, so you might want to try there. As for the price, it depends on the quality, but I say you can find a pair from about 5,000 yen.
C： Good. Yes, I’ve heard of Asakusa. That’s a good idea. And I can find a pair around 5,000 yen.
C： OK, next question. I see many children and adults collecting a lot of cards or miniature figures, and things like that. Why do you think they collect these things?
Well, it’s very popular to collect game cards like “Pokemon” and play with other friends because I think it can be a pretty interesting topic to share. (全く理由を思いつかなかったので適当なことを言ってしまいました。)
C： I see. Do the people who collect those “Pokemon” cards or miniature figures play sports as well?
I guess it depends on the person. I believe there are people who are into collecting things and also play sports, but from my experience of growing up, there are two different groups of people. Usually those who were interested in game cards are not interested in playing sports.
C： All right, two different groups. （That makes senseというような発言あり。）OK, next question. You know, I was reading the Japan Times this morning and it said something about raising the consumption tax. Can you tell me about it?
Yes, even though the date or the rate is not decided yet, the government is considering raising the consumption tax rate in order to support the aging society. If we maintain the current consumption tax rate, the pension system will not be sustainable.
C： What’s the percentage now?
It’s five percent.
Yes, it’s the same throughout the country.
C： OK, how much would it be when they raise the rate?
Well, specialists and officials are talking about different rates, but I guess it will be above seven percent.
C： Taxes … (I hate them.というような内容のことをつぶやいていた) OK, that’s it. Thank you. You’ve done a good job.
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