B： Good Morning. First, I’ll ask you some questions, very simple ones. May I have your name please?
My name is ….
B： Where did you come from today?
I came from … City, … Prefecture.
B： Is … City far from here?
No, it took me only about 40 minutes.
B： So, you took a train or subway?
I took only the JR line. It was very simple.
A： I’ll ask you some questions. I’m not familiar with Japan. I’ve been in Japan only one week now. The other day, I stayed at a Japanese inn and experienced some Japanese culture. I took a large bath with many people. I was very surprised when a woman entered the men’s bathroom and cleaned the bathroom. Why is Japan so open about baths? Can men enter the women’s bathroom, too?
Compared to women, men tend not to care about women entering the men’s bathroom. On the other hand, women would care a lot about it, if the same thing happened. But personally, I think men should clean the men’s bathroom.
A： Yes, I was very shocked. Next question. Why are there few Japanese women at the top of companies?
Traditionally, Japanese women had difficulty working a full-time job, but things have changed these days. More and more women are working full-time now. But there are still some discrepancies between the roles of men and women in this country. According to a survey, only one percent of women are at the top of Japanese companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
A： The next question is about the Imperial Family. There is a big issue about the Imperial Family these days. What do you think about this issue?
I’m all for the idea that women should be allowed to inherit the Imperial throne. So, things are going in the right direction now. In this day and age, when many women are active in various fields, we should welcome an empress.
A： You have a very positive idea. The last question. I can stay in Tokyo only one more day, and I’d like to experience some Japanese culture, especially crafts. But I don’t have much time. What would you recommend?
Since my hometown is in … Prefecture, I’d recommend you visit Kamakura. Kamakura is an ancient city with many historical sites. I think there are some places where you can experience Japanese crafts.
A： That’s all. Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.
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