A,B: Good afternoon!
B: Please put your bag on that seat. Please take your seat.
B: I’d like to ask a few questions and after that my colleague will ask you more questions. May I have your name?
My name is ….
B: Where are you from?
I’m from Kunitachi City in Tokyo.
B: Did you take a train to get here?
Yes, I came here on the Chuo line.
B: How long did it take you?
It took about 45 minutes.
A: Have you ever lived abroad?
Yes, I lived in Singapore when I was in high school.
A: Singapore is a diverse country, isn’t it?
Yes, it has a lot of nationalities within the country.
A: So, how about Japan? What do you think about the homogeneity in Japan?
You mean Japan’s case?
I think the homogeneity depends on the person. In my case, at my university I’m blessed with so many opportunities to communicate with people from foreign countries.
A: You mean it depends on the person.
A: OK. In Japan, a lot of people will retire in some years’ time and the birth rate is declining. What do you think about this?
You mean Japan’s situation? Declining birth rate?
I think it is a serious problem but I have some solutions for that. Japan should welcome immigrants from other countries. If we have many foreigners, we could solve the problem. The government should offer proper education to foreigners and give them “green cards.”
B: What do you think about the riots in France? Do you think the same thing will happen in Japan if we accept many foreigners from abroad?
Yes, I think it is a serious problem, so at the beginning we should set strict rules or laws regarding the entry of foreigners. If they commit crimes, we should get rid of them.
B: How about their children? In France’s case, the children of foreigners started the riots.
We must deal with that problem. But at least we can solve the population problem and many foreigners can contribute to Japan.
A: Let’s move on to a cultural question. Imagine I am a tourist staying in Japan for a week. What places would you suggest I visit, and what kind of souvenirs would you recommend I buy?
You mean in Tokyo?
A: No. In Japan.
I recommend that you visit Okayama. Because there is Korakuen, a really beautiful Japanese landscape garden. You can enjoy the trees and ponds in the garden. As a souvenir, I would recommend the kibi-dango.
A: What is kibi-dango?
It’s a kind of Japanese dumpling.
A: Oh, I cannot take that food to my country.
In that case, I recommend that you buy Momotaro goods.
A: What is Momotaro?
Momotaro is a well-known character in a folk-tale. Momotaro, a bird, a dog, and a monkey go to the devil’s island to defeat the devil. It is a popular story in Japan.
A: So, thank you for coming today.
Thank you for giving me this great opportunity. Bye.
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