B： Good morning. Please sit down.
B： May I have your name?
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in …, Tokyo.
A： Where were you born?
I was born in Osaka 37 years ago.
A： What is the current situation of smokers and non-smokers in Japan?
I am a non-smoker myself. From the non-smokers’ point of view, it is good for us to separate the smokers and non-smokers in public places. When I started to work for a company 10 years ago, all smokers could smoke anywhere in the company. But now, they can smoke only at a certain place in the company.
I don’t think the Japanese government will ban smoking by law. Smokers’ manners are important, I think. I would even sympathize with the smokers, because they cannot smoke as they want. Separating smokers and non-smokers in public places is enough.
A： Have you ever smoked?
No, never. My father was a heavy smoker, or chain smoker. Actually, I hate smokers.
A： Next question is on current issues. What do you think of the bird flu?
Pardon? （ぼそぼそした感じでbird flu が聞き取れなかった）
A： The bird flu.
Well. I think …. （ここでとっさに言葉が見つからずしばらく詰まる）
A： By injection?
Yes. And I feel it’s a pity, but I think that all the infected birds
should be put down to protect ourselves.
A： The third question is about a Japanese tradition. What is “seijin-no-hi”?
“Seijin-no-hi”? It’s on the third Monday of January. （１月がとっさに思い出せず時間がかかっている）
A： Why is the day so important? （こんな感じの質問だったと思う）
Because friends from their school days can get together. The ceremony itself is not so important, but the get-together is important for the participants.
A： OK. Thank you.
B： Have a nice day.
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