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Posted by Shota Maehara : 12月 7, 2008




I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor. That’s not my business.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.
I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white.

申し訳ない 私は皇帝になりたくない
できれば援助したい ユダヤ人も黒人も白人も

We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

他人の幸福を念願として お互いに憎しみあったりしてはならない

The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

貧欲が人類を毒し 憎悪をもたらし 悲劇と流血を招いた

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in, machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind.

スピードも意思を通じさせず 機械は貧富の差を作り

We think too much and feel too little,
more than machinery we need humanity,
more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness,
without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.


The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children,
victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair”.

人類の良心に呼びかけて 世界をひとつにする力がある
私の声は全世界に伝わり 失意の人々にも届いている
人々よ 失望してはならない

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed,
the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress,
the hate of men will pass and dictators die,
and the power they took from the people will return to the people,
and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.


Soldiers, Don’t give yourselves to brutes,
men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives,
tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel,
who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

兵士諸君 犠牲になるな

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts.
You are not machines. You are not cattle.
You are men.
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

彼等は人間ではない! 心も頭も機械に等しい!
独裁を排し 自由の為に戦え!

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written “the kingdom of God is within man” –
not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.

すべての人間の中に! 諸君の中に!

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness.
You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

人生は美しく 自由であり すばらしいものだ!

Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world,
a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security.

青年に希望を与え 老人に保障を与えよう

By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie.
They do not fulfil their promise, they never will.
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

彼らの野心を満し 大衆を奴隷にした!

Now let us fight to fulfil that promise.
Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

戦おう 約束を果す為に!
世界に自由をもたらし 国境を取除き 貧欲と憎悪を追放しよう!
良心の為に戦おう 文化の進歩が全人類を幸福に導くように
兵士諸君 民主主義の為に団結しよう!

Hannah, can you hear me?
Wherever you are, look up Hannah.

ハンナ 聞こえるかい

The clouds are lifting, the sun is breaking through.
We are coming out of the darkness into the light.
We are coming into a new world.
A kind new world where men will rise above their hate, their greed and their brutality.

ご覧 暗い雲が消え去った 太陽が輝いてる

Look up Hannah.
The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly.
He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope, into the future,
the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us.
Look up hunna. Look up.

人間の魂は翼を与えられていた やっと飛び始めた
虹の中に飛び始めた 希望に輝く未来に向かって
輝かしい未来が君にも私にもやって来る 我々すべてに!
ハンナ 元気をお出し!



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