B： Please have a seat.
B： May I have your name please?
My name is ….
B： Ms …, where do you live?
I live in …, Suginami.
A： I used to live in …., also. I now live in … where was it?
A： Yes, Nerima. I used to live near Wada Park, right across the street.
Really? What a coincidence. I live about 15 minutes away from the park on foot.
A： OK, let’s see. Why do you think there are so many international marriages ? (日本人が外国人と結婚している)
International marriages, I think, are one of the results of a lot of foreign people coming to Japan to study or to work. And also, a lot of Japanese going abroad to study or work. So more and more people have an opportunity to meet people from other countries.
A： I see. In Britain where I am from, women fantasize that the French or Italian men are romantic. Do you think Japanese women have the same kind of feeling toward Americans or Australians?
I think Japanese women think that Western men, Americans or Australians, are nice. By this I mean that those Western men express their feelings of love very directly by saying “I love you.” On the other hand, Japanese men tend not to express their feelings that directly. So many Japanese women may feel that Western men are more romantic, I think. But I think Japanese men in the younger generation are educated in school to speak up and not to be afraid to show their feelings. So things are changing.
A： I think so, too. When I first came to Japan, in school the students would be looking at the desk and avoid eye contact, whereas now they are not afraid to ask questions. OK, what do you think about the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Iraq?
I think it is unconstitutional, since the constitution does not allow the use of force. Also we have the Australian troops protecting our troops. It is not fair to the Australians. I think the constitution should be revised so that we are able to protect ourselves in case we are attacked. But we must keep the basic spirit of the constitution intact. We must show that we will allow the use of force for protection only in case of an attack. Also, we must revise it so that we will be able to send our troops for peacekeeping operations.
A： Ok, what is “moon viewing”?
In fact, I did that in September with my children. Offerings of pampas grass and dumplings are made to the moon. Of course, it is done on a night withs a full moon. Koenji, with so many houses and buildings, may not be the best place for moon viewing….
A： （笑）They say, rabbits live on the moon.
Yes, in fact, the other day I tried to look for the rabbit on the moon with my children. We saw it. I guess, it’s just like some shape you see in the clouds, if you think it is there, you can see it.
A： I see.
B： （ベルが鳴った。）Ok, that is all. Thank you.
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