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#159- “The Last Message” from my English text book…

The other day, when I read my old English text book (New Horizon English Course for 3rd grade junior high school / for 15 year-old), I nearly fell off my chair.

The last chapter (Lesson 12) surprised me so much.

The reason #1: I don’t remember this chapter. Did I study about this chapter??? Is this my text book (or my brother’s)???

The reason #2: I am wondering this science fiction short story is good for children?

The reason #3: The story of atomic energy is too much for Japan now… but it’s good for everyone in this world for our future…

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The title of this story is “The Last Message”. (Sounds like “THE 2012 STORY”???)

The story starts, “It happened at the end of the 20th century. People on the earth were able to talk with people on another planet by radio. The name of that planet was Friend, and it was just like the earth.”

The girl from Friend sent the message to the boy on the earth, “We know that the earth is a beautiful planet. We can watch your television programs. Though they look like our old movies, they’re very interesting. They tell us a lot about your life.”

She talked about how people live on her planet. She said to the boy on the earth, “Our cars, trains, and planes are all driven by atomic energy.”

Ok…from here, it’s scary…

A few years later, the girl sent a message to the boy on the earth again.

She said, “We’ve been in great trouble since I sent you my first message.”

OMG…her story… They’ve built so many atomic power stations that the air and water are full of radioactivity. Sometimes they’ve had bad accidents. Almost everyone has become ill on her planet, Friend…

Her last message was, “Right now someone on television is talking about another accident at the power station near my city. Listen! Can you hear that big noise? Hold on, please. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”

Oh…No…She never came back…

A few years ago, she said, “We’ve been at peace for more than two hundred years.”

But a few years later she said, “This great energy (atomic energy) has changed our life a lot. But there was something we forgot. Though it was easy for us to think of peaceful uses of atomic energy, we didn’t know that we’d be at war with nature.”

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What do you think of this SF?

I hope this SF is not for us (for the earth)…we need to think carefully for our health and happiness…I am wishing happiness for everyone.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
October 1, 2011
Copyright © 2011 Yoko Fujimoto

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東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へ

このたびの東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)により被災されたすべての方々に心からお見舞い申し上げます。そして、犠牲になられた方々とご遺族の皆様に、深くお悔やみを申し上げます。

日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています

東北・関東地方で起った大震災に心を痛めながら、私は、「米国在住のライターの私に、日本の皆様のために出来ることをしたい」と、こちらで流れるテレビニュースの画面を見つめながら、ずっと考えていました。

そうしていましたら、本日(ロサンゼルス:3月18日/日本:3月19日)、仕事でお付き合いのある茨城県在住の女性(実際にお会いしたことはありません)から、「テレビでも、世界各国からの応援メッセージをもっと放送して欲しい」とメールをいただきました。

早速、私が報道の仕事で関わっている日本のテレビ局、ラジオ局の幹部、報道記者の方々へ、この女性のメッセージを届け、放送に関してのお願いメールを送信致しました。


*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました

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