A, B： Hello.
Hello. May I put …（と鞄のことを言いかけると）
C： Yes, please put your bag there.
B： Please sit down.
B： May I have your name, please?
Yes, my name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in … city in Ibaraki prefecture.
A： So today you came all the way from Ibaraki?
A： Well, thank you for coming. OK, I’m going to ask you some questions.
A： Why do Japanese salaried men work so many long hours?
A：（にこにこと誘導してくれる感じで）How about the pay? Are they paid for the overtime they’ve worked?
Generally, some of the overtime is paid but the rest is not. For a long time, Japanese companies have adopted the promotion-through-seniority system and the lifetime employment system. So, under these systems, the workers have to demonstrate their loyalty to their companies. That’s why they often don’t mind working overtime without pay.
A：（再び誘導してくれるように）How about their family?
Oh, yes. Their children can’t have dinner with their father on weekdays. They may feel sad about it. In addition, his wife has no time to talk with him about their children’s education and other things.
But, in my case, my husband is a self-employed person. So I have a lot of time to talk with him.
A： You are lucky!（Bに向かって）Next question?（下の書類を見て）Well, what is obi?
It is a belt to fasten Japanese kimono.
A： What is that made of?
It is made of cloth. It’s wide and thick. When we wear yukata, or a light cotton kimono, we use a thinner obi.
A： Is it because it’s hot?
Yes. And yukata is thin, so we don’t have to use a thick obi.
A： OK, next. What is hachimaki?
Yes, it is a kind of headband. We use it in a festival or on a sports day.
A：（Bに向かって）It is just like a bandana, isn’t it?（再びこちらを向いて） Well, what do you think of the fact that many Western customs are observed in Japan these days?
I think it’s good. It has two good points. One is its economic benefits. And the other is that we can have more occasions to have fun. I help an assistant language teacher teach English at elementary schools. Last month we celebrated Halloween together.
A： Oh, what did you wear then?
I wore a black cat’s costume.
A： Wow! Did you put a tail?（しっぽをつける仕草）
Yes. My husband made it.
A：（B, Cを見て）OK. What are your plans for this afternoon?
Well…, I’m planning to go to Asakusa, because, on New Year’s Day this year, I went to Sensoji-temple in Asakusa to pray for passing this examination.（ここでCが「あ?」と言って軽く吹き出す） So I need to go there again to report on how I did in today’s examination.
A： OK. Thank you.（にこにこ）
B： Thank you.（軽くにこにこ）
Thank you very much. Have a nice day.
A： You too.
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