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B: Hello, please have a seat.

Hello, thank you.

B: May I have your name, please?

I’m ….

B: Where do you live?

I’m living in Niigata, about 220km north of Tokyo. I took a bullet train, and then a local train to come here.

A: How long did it take you to come here?

About 220 km…. Oh, how long. It took me about two hours and ten minutes or so. (この後いくつか乗り換えや朝早く起きた話になったが、よく覚えていない)Anyway I managed to get here, so I’m relieved.

(3人とも笑った。結局ここまでで2・3分は話していたと思う。)

A: Now, I’ll ask you some serious question. Why do Japanese people …funeral?

(ゆっくりと、目を開き大きな声で)Pardon?

Why do Japanese people hide their thumbs when they see funeral car?(というようなことを言ったと思う困った)

I was taught that if you don’t hide your thumbs when you see a funeral car, your father would soon die.(苦し紛れの答え)

A: How do you hide your thumbs? This was…?(とジェスチャー)

Yeah, you do it this way. (こぶしを前に出し親指を中に入れ、両手を後ろに隠す。ここで「Livin’ La Vida
Loca」の歌詞が何故か思い浮かぶ。前日にレイザー・ラモンHGのコンサートを見たせいか?いずれにせよよかった。)It’s a kind of superstition.

A: Now, another question... What do you think of the idea of raising consumption tax?

Personally, I think it’s inevitable because of the declining birth rate. More and more young people are not paying income tax, because of the increase in the number of NEET people. Paying tax is our obligation, and we pay it to support our nation, so I’m not against the idea of raising consumption tax.

A: What is the current percentage of consumption tax?

It’s five percent now.(全員うなずく), and the government is planning to raise it up to fifteen percent in the end.

A: fifteen percent?(びっくりした様子)Then I think people won’t spend money for buying thins if the rate is fifteen percent.

I don’t think so. I’m a security guard a department store. There I see many people buying brand name goods. I think that consumer spending seems to recovering, so now is the time to raise taxes.

A: How about other taxes? Should they be raised too?

No, I think raising consumption tax may be enough.

A: Do you think imposing taxes on food is good? (という意味の質問)

When I was in Australia, (自分の経験を言う時が来た!と少し喜ぶ), there was a tax called GST which was not imposed on dairy products such as milk(A,Bはうなずく)The government should think of introducing this kind of taxes. (taxそしてもっと「課税除外品」の話をすべき)

A: Next question, what is kanzashi?

(何と言って良いか分からない) Kanzashi is a hairpin decorated with flower or something. It’s good for souvenir for people from all over the world. It goes well with Japanese people’s black hair and of course, blond hair as well. (A,Bがうなずく)…(沈黙)

A: I heard kimono-clad geisha wear kanzashi and are beautiful.

Oh, have you seen them?

A: Yes.. Where can I buy kanzashi?

You can buy them at a souvenir shop.

A: I’m not so sure, but I’ve never seen them before at a souvenir shop.

(はずしてしまったか?この辺りでアラームが鳴る)

B: OK. Thank you very much.

A: Thank you.

Thank you very much and arigato. (スマイルで退出する)

反省として、まず夢中だったので細かい文は完全には覚えていない。それ程とにかくついていくのがやっとだった。何とかしなくては… の心が先走っていた。しかしそれでも何とか5 秒以上の沈黙は避けられたと思う。一部何を言っていたのか、どんなミスをしていたのか後で聞いたら赤面ものの場面もあったかもしれない。合否の結果はともかく、これでは全然ダメ。まだまだうまい言い方で分りやすく、ミスなく言える筈である。3つのトピック全て用意していなかったせいもあるが、うまく答えられなかったという悔いが残る。本当のできは…それはテープに記録されたものを聞いてみない限り分からない。それ程夢中だった。




 
 
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