B: Where do you live?
I live in … in Tokyo.
B: How long did it take you to come here?
It took me about twenty minutes.
B: Did you change trains?
No, I didn’t. I came here straight from …．
A: When I got on the train the other day, it was very crowded with many passengers. Are they office workers?
Yes, I think so. But recently the ministry banned smoking in most public places and buildings. I believe the number of smokers is decreasing.
A: Do you smoke?
No, I don’t.
B: Do you think Japan should continue the strict policy on smoking.
Yes. From the viewpoint of health, Japan should continue the strict policy on smoking.
A: Compared to other countries, Japanese seem to smoke more than people in other countries. Why do so many people smoke?
I think partly because we have so many vending machines selling cigarettes. It’s easy for people to buy cigarettes. And also the prices of cigarettes are lower than those of other countries in Europe or the U.S. They sell cigarettes nearly seven hundred yen or eight hundred yen.
A: Yes, eight dollars in Canada.（カナダ人か？）I’m going to check Japanese inns and restaurants in local areas. What food do you recommend?
I would recommend “tempura”. It’s delicious. It’s seafood and vegetables that are dipped in batter and deep-fried. You can find many nice “tempura” restaurants throughout the country.
A: Can I find it in local areas?
Yes, you can surely find it. And also in local areas, you can order “tempura” at “sushi” restaurants.
A: OK. I will try. Thank you.
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