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ATOE: Interview with Prince Fumihito

2004/08/11

An interview was conducted with ISA Leader, Prince Fumihito on Gacudai Gannen, Xitxigaçu 8; 23 Thermidor, CCXII; ; 11 August, 2004.

This was conducted by crack reporter Txhê Olbyôn, of JNN.

Q: Why Louisianne and not Montrei or our other trading partners? Why now?

Response: Her Imperial Majesty has been interested in space for some time, from the time that she first read a Japanese translation of Le Voyage aux Étoiles, at the age of 12. When CNEL began putting satellites up, she saw an opportunity. Japan needed the know-how from Louisianne, and Louisianne needed more money to go beyond mere satellites. While on vacation in Louisianne several years ago, she privately met with representatives of First President Young and the Council. Upon her ascension, she began taking steps to formalize a co-operative relationship. As for others, while Japan has no objections to Montrei or our other allies joining the endeavor – contingent upon consent of both Japan and Louisianne, of course – they have not shown interest in space exploration.

Q: Is Japan equal in this venture with Louisianne?

Response: Certainly. Louisianne has not shown any intention of dominating the endeavor, they have been very open with their technical information. Nor does the Empire plan to betray this trust. We will work alongside our North American friends for many years to come.

Q: Will this alliance go beyond space exploration?

Response:That is a possibility. Trade negotiations have been quite productive. We look forward to many more mutually profitable endeavors.

Q: Why do we build a space station when we could go straight to the moon?

Response: We could do that, but it would be far more expensive, especially in the long run.

Q: Isn’t one ship cheaper than two ships and a space station?

Response: There’s fewer construction materials used, yes, but much less fuel will be required with a stepping-stone. And the fuel is the major cost. We are also interested in more than just visiting the moon. We want to explore, not just sight-see.

Q: You mentioned “in the long run”, are there plans for multiple lunar landings?

Response:Yes. There is much to be learned on the Moon, far more than one expedition can do. And both Her Majesty the Emperor and First President Young have expressed interest in a research lab.

Q: What does this space push mean for us as a people?

Response: During the reign of the Tocugawa xòguns, we were isolated, while the Europeans came to equal, and then surpass, us and the Chinese in knowledge and might. We had to work hard to catch up to the rest of the world when the Meidji Emperor came to power. Now, however, along with our friends in North America, Japan will be a world leader. Gods only know what new discoveries we may make in space, what resources we may find, and what bold new technologies may be developed. Perhaps, even, some day, men and women may live on other worlds. And the Japanese-Louisianne alliance will be at the forefront of this.

Q: What will the long term effect of space be upon our people, our culture, our religions?

Response: Only time will tell, but I believe it can only be good. Just the accomplishment of a moon landing will give us confidence in ourselves. If we can land a person on the Moon, what else can we achieve? I believe it will fill our people with a great optimism, and a confidence in themselves.

Q: Why do we not spend this money on righting the injustices of our society?

Response: If we did nothing until we could achieve an utopian society, we’d never have the momentum to acheive that utopia. We will continue working to improve the lot of all citizens of the Empire, and to work towards international harmony, but this is an opportunity that only comes along once. If we don’t seize it now, we will be left behind.

Q: Will this be shared equally among all citizens, Japanese, Corean, Ainu, and others alike?

Response:Yes. All will share equally in the cost, and all will share equally in the benefits. We will have utxùhicòxi (cosmonauts) from all parts of the Empire, and we plan to have at least one Corean and one Japanese* and one Louisiannian in the moon landing.

Q: Who will be the first out of the ship?

Response:We’ll figure that one out when we get there.

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