A,B： Good morning.
A： Please have a seat.
B： May I have your name.
My name is ….
B： Where do you live?
I live in Kawasaki city.
A： OK, now I’ll ask you some questions. Why do you think the number of international couples is increasing in Japan?
I think it is because the Japanese society is becoming more internationalized. Today, there are many foreigners working in Japanese companies and many of us have the colleagues coming from foreign countries. So I think it is quite natural that the number of internationally married couples has increased a lot. This shows that the mutual understanding between Japanese people and people from foreign countries has deepened in Japan. （これに加えて、留学する日本人も増えていることも言えばよかったか、後で思いました）
A： OK, now tell me about “tsukimi”.
A： Yes, “tsukimi”.（少し笑っていたかもしれません）
“Tsukimi” is moon viewing. In the middle of September Japanese people enjoy viewing the full moon. We serve special sweet cake called “tsukimi-manju”. This is one of the traditional Japanese customs.
A： Ok, What do you think about young children having mobile phones today.
Well, I think they are too young to have mobile phones. But at the same time, it is quite understandable that many parents want their children to have mobile phones in order to protect themselves from crimes. Today, there are many serious crimes whose victims are small children. So for the security purpose, it is understandable.
A： Ok…, now…（ペーパーをめくりながら次は何にしようかなという感じでした）What is “geta”?
（一瞬、下駄は英語でなんて言うか忘れた！と焦りました）Well, “geta” is a wooden sandal, wooden clogs.
（Yesと言ってくれたのでClogsで多分あっていると信じるしかないと思った）”Geta” is usually worn when people
especially, men wear kimono. But we use them in our daily life too, for
example, when we work in the garden. （どうしよう、何か変！と思いながら…この時、Bの女性が「大丈夫よ、がんんばって！」と
A： OK, what do you think of Japanese celebrating western cultures such as Christmas or Valentine’s day?
Well, Japanese people are not so keen on religions. For example, people
easily mix Shinto style wedding with Christian style wedding. In this
way, Japanese people have a tendency to accept foreign cultures into Japanese
culture, if they think it’s nice and interesting. So, celebrating Christmas
or Valentine’s Day follows suit.
A（C氏に向かって）Oh, is it time? Or one more?
C：（ほんとは時間だけど…という顔をしながら）One more question is OK.（みたいなことをおっしゃいました）
A： （私に向かって）OK, one more question... Which do you think will win in Japan, the smokers or the non-smokers?
Non-smokers will win in the near future. Today, I think the rights of smokers and non-smokers are equal. But gradually, the right of non-smokers is being accepted. So I think non-smokers will win in the future.
A： OK, that’s all.
Thank you very much.（荷物を持って戸口に向かい、最後に）Good bye.
A,B,C： Good bye.
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