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B: Good afternoon. Please sit down.

Good afternoon. Thank you.

B: First, please tell us your name.

My name is …. 

(名前を言った後、なぜかOhと声が上がって、3人ともいっせいにこちらをみた。 よくわからないリアクションだった。)

B: And where do you live?

I live in … City now.

B+A: Oh, that’s good.

(BがAに質問をするように小声で促した。)

A: OK. I am going to ask you some questions. Why are Japanese neurotic these days?

(くぐもった声でよく聞き取れず。)

Excuse me, could you repeat your question?

A: Yes, why are Japanese so neurotic these days?

(neurotic=ノイローゼ?  質問の意味がピンと来なかったので、言い換えてもらう)

Sorry, but could you rephrase your question?

A: OK. Why are there so many Japanese who are worried too much about their lives?
Well, I think it’s because of this long-lasting recession. People are now living on smaller wages and loosing their sense of job security. In the past, Japanese companies were known for keeping its seniority system. Employees were appreciated by the number of years of their service for the same company. But the companies are now changing their policy. Now people are judged by their competitiveness and productivity, instead.

A: Are they losing their loyalty to their companies, too?

I think the majority of the Japanese employees still keep their loyalty to their companies, but as the old seniority system is becoming weak, many people are worried about their future and trying to strengthen their abilities to be prepared for the new job opportunity in case they lose their jobs. (と余計なこともいってしまったが、AもBもうなづいてくれていた)
A: What do you think of consumption tax?

Japan's consumption tax rate is now 5%.
In other developed countries especially in Europe it is much higher.
I thought in Germany it is 13% and in other countries even higher.
Judging from current financial situation of our government, I think it is
inevitable to raise the percentage of our consumption tax especially because
of this aging society and increasing cost for social welfare.
The government will need other source of tax (言い間違い)or rather
increase the percentage of the consumption tax.
But before that, as a citizen, I would like to know how the money will be
spent.
Naturally I don't like to waste our money. (ここはまずい英語だったかも。
省いてもよかった)
I think the government should show us their grand design as to how the
taxation system will be like after increasing the consumption tax rate.
A+B しきりにうなづく。
A: Ah, now about culture. What is Rotenburo? (相変わらず声が小さい。よっぽど疲れているのか)

Excuse me? (耳が悪いのかと思われはしないかと心配する)

A: What is Rotenburo?

Rotenburo is an open air Onsen or hot spring. As you know, since Japan is a volcanic archipelago, it has a lot of hot spring spots. And some of them are open air. At Rotenburo, you can relax, bathing your body in hot water, and you can enjoy beautiful scenery, too. In this season especially, you can enjoy beautiful Koyo or colored leaves at Onsen in the mountain areas.

A: Do you wear anything there?

No, we don’t wear anything in Onsen.

A: Women and men are separated or mixed? Are there mixed Onsen?

It depends on the place you go to. Some Onsens have a huge bathtub where both men and women share, but mostly they are separated.

A: Thank you. That’s all for the questions.
試験官Cは最後まで一言もしゃべらず、質問はAだけが行った。 3人ともすごく疲れているようで、Aの質問も、ナチュラルだがくだけた言い回しが多かったように思う。 
neuroticという言葉がピンと来ず、質問を言い直させたのはどうだったか。
結局、観光に関する質問は温泉だけだった。 最初の質問に対して色々言い過ぎたか。
さっさと切り上げてどんどん他の質問をさせたほうがよかったかもしれない。
全般的には会話が途切れるでもなく、自然な話の流れでいけたのでまずまずの出来だったのではないかと思った。



 
 
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