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Good morning.

B: Good morning. Please sit down.

Thank you.

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.
(外国人試験官が年齢に反応したらしく笑い出し、一同笑い)

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.

A: (ここで昔の日本はひどかった、などと感想を話していた)
In the United States, people cannot smoke in public places such as restaurants. Do you think the Japanese government will ban smoking in public areas by laws? (こんな感じの質問だった)

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)
I don’t think it will cause a difficult problem. But we should protect ourselves from it.

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.
(もっと言えることがあったかもしれないが、英語が出てこない)

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)
We celebrate young people who have turned 20 years old, because we now regard them as adults. I have already experienced the day. The local community or municipality holds a ceremony and speeches are given by the mayor or town manager there.

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.

(途中でタイマーのアラームが鳴り、Bが止めていた)

A: OK. Thank you.

B: Have a nice day.

Thank you.

(部屋を出る直前に明るく)Good bye.

試験官Bはなにやらメモをとっていた。Cも試験官同士の雑談には応じていたよう。



 
 
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