受験者( 02 ):男性

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試験官

<試験官A>

40歳台半ばと思われる細身の女性。アメリカ人で話し方は普通のスピード。東海岸出身かと思われます。(単なる私の勘ですが)どこかでお会いしたかなと思われるくらい親しみ易い感じでした。

<試験官B>

50歳台半ばから後半と思われる日本人男性。最初に荷物の置き場所、名前、住所の質問を英語で行った以外は発言なし。おそらくJNTOの職員の方。

質疑応答

ドアをノックして、Good Morningといいながら入室。ドアにはガラスがあって外から中の様子が見えました。

Good morning. How are you?

I'm fine, thank you. How are you.

Very good, thank you.

Please put your bag on that table.(受験者の右側に"荷物置き台"と紙が貼ってあるテーブルを指差しながら)

Thank you.と言ってバッグとコートを置きました。

What is your name and where are you from?

I am ........ and I'm from ........ today.

OK,(にっこり微笑みながら)I am going to ask you some questions.

All right.(アイコンタクトをしながら、どこからでもかかってこいという気持ちを目に込めました)

About hot springs. Why does Japan have so many hot springs?

Well, the land of Japan is located on the boundaries of several tectonic plates. So Japan has a lot of volcanoes. Actually, we have(activeを入れたかどうか記憶にありませんが)about 80 volcanoes, which resprent 10% of the 800 active volcanoes in the world. That's why Japan has many hot springs. I would recommend that you go to one of the hot spring resorts while you are here.

Oh, I did not know that. Very imfromative. Thank you. I would love to go. Where would you recommend?

Since I am originally from Kobe, I would recommend Arima,(スペルを言うように)"A-R-I-M-A" hot spring resort. It is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan located at the northern foot of Mt. Rokko.

Oh, good. What do you think about global warming?

I think it is a serious problem. We shoud do whatever we can to mitigate the problem. For example, I rather walk or use my bicycle than I use my car. We, I mean, my family, sepaqrate trash and recycle papers and magagines. I take my own shopping bag with me when I go shopping at a supermarket. Many people realize that global warming is a serious problem, but some people still do not realize that it is a serious problem.(と最後に余計な一言を付け加えてしまったために次の質問を呼び込んだ形となりました)

Why don't some people think it's a serious problem?

Well, some people just don't think it affects themselves.(面接室の隅にあったテレビモニターが目に入ったのでとっさに)Some people think it is merely a problem that they watch on TV.(話題を変えようと思い)But, this year, Japan hosted the Summit meeting in Hokkaido, and one of its main themes was global warming. So I think more and more people think it is a serious problem now.

OK. A question about history. Actually I do not know this well ----(と独り言のようにつぶやいて)the Meiji Restoration. Why did it happen the way it happened? Tell me about the Meiji Restoration.

I believe the Meiji Restoration was an epochmaking event in Japanese history, which took place in 1868. Toward the end of the Edo period, the leadership of the Tokugawa shogunate had weakened, and, as you may know,(ゆっくり、Aの目を見ながら)Japan opened its door to the West in 1853, 1854, after 220 years of the national isolation policy, by the strong request from Commodore Perry. Japan then realized the need to establish a modern system to catch up with the West. Due to a strong demand from the Imperial royalists of lower samurai class, the last Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, stepped down and Emperor Meiji came to the throne. A lot of reforms and changes took place during the Meiji Restoration, to modernize, industrialize and westernize the country -- for example, establishing the army to cope with the West, officially announcing the Meiji constitution, and in terms of culture, prohibiting samuri worriers from wearing swords and the topknot hairstyle, among others.

Thank you. I did not know. Very imformative.(Bと顔を見合わせながら)That's it.

Thank you. Thanks for your time this morning. と言って退出しようとしたら、出ようとした扉には締め切りの紙がはってあり、結局入った入り口からもう一度Thank you.と言って退出しました。

受験の感想

質問は、(1)温泉(2)地球温暖化(3)明治維新で、すべて英語第2次試験対策秋期特訓コースでカバーした内容でした。出来不出来はともかく、自信を持って受け答えができました。
拘束時間は九時半から11時5分過ぎまでで、私の試験時間は10時48分から55分くらいまででした。

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