Good morning. と入っていくと
B： Sit down, please. と椅子を指さす。
Thank you. と腰かける。
B： May I have your name?
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in ….
A： How are you?
I’m fine, thank you. How about you?
A： I’m a little sick.
That’s too bad.
A： I’d like to ask some questions about Japanese culture. What’s wagashi?
Wagashi are Japanese style sweets. It reflects seasonal feelings. Confectioners of wagashi make them elaborate. Sometimes their appearance is similar to real fruit.
A： What kind of wagashi is for autumn?
I saw many kinds of wagashi at a shop the other day. One was in the shape of a dried persimmon,
and some of them were shaped like maple leaves.
A： I see. I’ll ask you the next question. Japanese “salary men” work very long hours. Why is that?
Because there’s a huge time difference between Japan and Western countries. If Japan trades internationally with Western countries, Japanese have to communicate with them. So they have to work until late at night.
A： There are many people who go bankrupt with card credits. Why is such bankruptcy increasing?
Yes, credit card bankruptcy is increasing, especially among young people. Card companies want them to have credit cards. But young people aren’t so experienced in purchasing expensive things. So they go bankrupt. That’s one of the reasons why such bankruptcy is increasing.
A： (変じゃない？という顔をしつつ とりあえず次の質問に・・・この間Bの人は終始にこにこ。Cの人は
In Japanese companies, many female employees serve tea besides doing their own job. Why is that?
I think it is a traditional custom in Japan. We play such roles traditionally. Especially in the Edo period, women did not work at all and men worked outside the home.
That tradition still continues even now at the workplace.
A： I see. This is the last question. These days, many people don’t pay their viewer fees to NHK. Why is that?
Because some problems occurred in NHK. For example, the president committed bribery,
and other officials committed crimes too. So NHK lost people’s trust because of such scandals. NHK is run
by our money, so we financially support NHK. But such incidents and problems made us lose the motivation to do so.
A： OK. Fantastic.
Thank you, that’s it for today.
Thank you very much.
Have a nice day, everyone!
A： You, too.
B： Thank you.
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