Hello, good afternoon.
A, B: Good afternoon. Please sit down.
B: First, could you tell me your name and where you live?
My name is …. I live in Yokohama.（初めが肝心と多少大きめで、元気よくゆっくりと答えました。）
B: How did you come to this place and how long did it take?
I came by the JR Keihin Tohoku Line and changed at Akihabara to the Sobu Line. It took about one and a half hours to come here.
B: Oh, you came a long way. Thank you.
Not at all. My pleasure. (ちょっと言いすぎかも)
A: Now I will ask three questions. The first question is about young Japanese people. Nowadays Japanese young people seem to want to go overseas. Why is this?
I think nowadays young Japanese people are very interested in going overseas because they have a challenging spirit. They would like to see and experience what they cannot do in Japan. And I think many Japanese companies let their young employees go abroad.
A: Yes. What is the merit of letting them go abroad then?
I think they can acquire the language skills together with communication capabilities. And in many cases, working overseas will be a really good experience and will help young employees build confidence in their work. As a matter of fact, I myself worked in the United States for about 5 years. And that experience was very helpful for me in building my communication skills.
A: I see. But why do Japanese companies go overseas?
I think that is because in this age of globalization, most Japanese companies cannot just confine themselves to the domestic market. They need to go out of Japan to compete against other companies.
A: OK. Now I will ask the second question. You have heard the name Noguchi, a person who went to outer space in a space shuttle. What do you think about space travel?
I think space travel is getting very realistic and it will become very common in the foreseeable future. But some people may be a little bit hesitant because we need to do physical training before going outer spaced.
A: Do you want to travel in space?
Definitely yes. (一同笑い) I think it will be really exciting.
A: I wonder what kind of dinner they will serve.
I don’t think you can expect an ordinary dinner. Maybe Cup Noodles? （一同笑う）
A: Now the last question. What is “gagaku”?
“Gagaku” is a genre of traditional Japanese music. It consists of “bugaku” which means dancing and “kangen” which refers to music. （説明は終わっていなかったが、ここで A試験官が質問をしてきました。）
A: Is the music in Kabuki and gagaku the same?
（歌舞伎と雅楽の音楽が同じかと聞かれて答えに窮してしまった。） I think it could be similar but not exactly the same. （まったく自信がない回答だった。）
A: Incidentally, my wife is interested in “gagaku” and likes to listen to it. Where can I get a ticket?
（これまた咄嗟に答えが出てこなかった。苦し紛れに） I think you can browse the Internet and find out. と言ってしまった。試験官Aもこれは困ったといった様子。 I think you can get the tickets at a “play guide,” too.
A: How much do you think they cost?
I think probably it will cost from 5,000 to 10,000 yen.
A: Oh, that’s pretty expensive.
Yes, I think so, too.
A: OK, thank you very much. That is all.
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