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Y: Hello, everyone!! I’m Yuko.
M: I’m Mari. I hope everybody enjoy our radio program.
Y: We’re going to talk about age discrimination.
M: Do you think there is any age discrimination?
Y: Yes. I think drinking age is age discrimination.
M: That’s interesting. I think there are many different opinions that people have.
Y: I thought so, so I’ve already interviewed.
M: Oh, really? Please tell me.
Y: I interviewed 22 people.
M: Oh, that many! Did they think drinking age is discrimination?
Y: Not, not at all. Only 7 people answered that it is discrimination. This means 32% of people said “yes”.
M: What did those people say?
Y: They said that is hypocrisy. Because from 18, they can vote, they can go to the war, they can surgery without parents’ permission. However, they cannot drink. That’s contradicting.
M: That’s true, but I think it’s not discrimination because before, people could drink from 18. At that time, drunk drinking car accident rate increased, and it became a problem because many cases were caused by young people. As a result, the law changed.
Y: Oh, that what people who think it’s not discrimination said.
M: How about what people think about drinking age? Is 21 years old good age to start drinking?
Y: I interviewed 6 under 21 people and 16 over 21 people. In spite of age, most people agreed with the drinking age.
M: Are you sure? Did really under 21 years old people agree with drinking age?
Y: Yes. They said they don’t feel they are adult. They can’t handle themselves.
M: How about what over 21 people said?
Y: They said under 21 people are not mature enough.
M: I see. How about the opposite opinions?
Y: Some people said it’s up to their parents. Parents should take all responsibilities. Also, some other people said age cannot tell their individual insides. So, it shouldn’t be decided by age.
M: I agree with that opinion. Some people can’t handle themselves to drink even they are 30 or 40 years old.
Y: Through this research, I found that many people think that 21 is the best age to drink. They don’t feel age discrimination about drinking, I was surprised that young people think the same way as over 21 people.
M: I think this is very interesting result.
Y: Oh, all right. It seems out of time.
M: Oh, that’s true.
Y: It was a nice conversation, Mari!
M: You too, Yuko.
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