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1980年代。

アメリカ、ニューメキシコ州、エルパソ。
大学を卒業した年の春、僕はリオグランデ川の堤防にいた。西部劇によく出てくる町と川だ。川を渡るとメキシコの町、ファレス。
対岸の土手の上には、所在なさげに座っている多くの若いメキシコ人がいた。「彼らは、アメリカに来るチャンスを狙っている」と、一緒にいたアメリカ人が教えてくれた。メキシコ側から見ると、川を渡ると富める国、アメリカだ。アメリカで働くことは夢なのだ。日本人の僕にとって、理解できない光景、考えだった。
当時から、メキシコをふくむ中南米からアメリカへの密入国者が問題になっていた。不法入国者がアメリカ人の職を奪う。犯罪が多発する。しかし、安い労働力なくしてはアメリカも困る。矛盾は山積していた。誰もが認める真実は、メキシコは貧しい国、アメリカは豊かな国ということだ。
陸続きの同じ土地、気候なのに、その貧富の差はなぜできるのか。国民が悪いのか、国が悪いのか。それとも両方か。当時の僕には分らなかった。
この状況は半世紀近くたった現在も変わっていない。

2017年。

「メキシコとの国境に壁を作る」
この公約とともに、ドナルド・ジョン・トランプ第45代アメリカ合衆国大統領が誕生した。
翌年には「キャラバン」が問題になった。中南米の最貧国から、アメリカに押し寄せる難民の群れである。祖国はギャングの横暴と汚職政治が蔓延している。彼らは生きるため、子供たちによりよい生活をさせるために、アメリカを目指して長い道のりを旅してくる。その数は、国境に到着するまでに、数千人に膨れ上がった。

世界に広まる難民の群れ。

「不法移民」「難民」の問題は、EU諸国にも広がっている。内戦と独裁政治が続くアフリカや中東の自国から、自分や家族を守るために逃げてくる。その難民に対する税の負担、治安の悪化は、EU諸国に政治の不安定化を引き起こしている。
イギリスがEUを離脱するきっかけになったのも、増え続ける移民がある。
なぜ中東、アフリカの人たちは、ヨーロッパを目指すのか。第一の理由は自国の政情不安だ。内戦で明け暮れ、多くの国民に死傷者が出ている。
貧富の差は今世紀になって、ますます大きくなった。貧しい国の国民は、富める国へと流入する。
なぜ、この差は生じるのか。
祖国の犯罪の多発。麻薬カルテル。国民の教育。
国にも大いに問題がある。汚職が蔓延し、国民も政府、政治家を信頼していない。警察、軍にも同様に問題があるのだろう。
現在、この移民の問題は、世界に広がっている。

誰もが祖国を愛している。

アフリカ、中東からEU諸国を目指して、船や徒歩で多くの難民が地中海を渡ろうとした。そして、子供や女性を含め、多くの命が失われている。
誰もが自分が生まれ、育った祖国を愛しているはずだ。なぜ彼らは、命をかけてまで祖国を捨て、他国を目指すのか。その他国では、決して喜んで受け入れられるわけではいない。
「より良い生活を求めて」「祖国の内乱を避け、生きるために」「家族を安全に暮らさせたい」
様々な理由はあるだろうが、祖国にいると命の危険を感じる、自分や子どもたちに一片の希望も見い出せないことが第一だろう。

子どもたちが安全に豊かに暮らせる祖国を。

移民、難民たちも生まれ育った国を捨てたくないはずである。祖国に住み続けたいはずだ。子供たちが安全に育ち、誇れる祖国が欲しいはずだ。
他国に逃げるより、より住みやすい国家を求めている。
「祖国の再建」こそが、「難民、移民問題」の最良の解決方法ではないだろうか。「誇りの持てる祖国」「安心して子供を育てることの出来る国家」であれば、祖国を捨て、他の国に移り住もうと考える国民はいない。
「壁」を作るより、「新しい祖国」を創り、「心の壁」を取り除くことこそ、求められている。

新しい民主国家を。

新しい国家を作るために、企業、傭兵、科学者、経済学者たちが動き出した。AIに基づく、新しい国づくりだ。麻薬ギャングを一掃し、独裁政権を倒す。その後は、AIによるより合理的で、住みやすい民主国家を目指す。「アラブの春」で果たせなかった新国家の樹立だ。
『ザ・ウォール』は、一つのそうした過程を描いている。

1980s.

El Paso, USA, New Mexico.
In the spring of my university year, I was on the embankment of the Rio Grande River. Towns and rivers that often appear in western plays. When you cross the river, the Mexican town of Juarez.
On the other bank, there were many young Mexicans sitting on their beard. “They are aiming for a chance to come to America,” the American who was with me told me. If you cross the river from the Mexican side, you will find America, the rich country. Working in America is their dream. It was a sight and thought that I couldn't understand for Japanese me.
From that time on, immigration from Latin America including Mexico to the United States has been a problem. Illegal immigrants take American jobs. Many crimes occur. However, without the cheap labor force, the US is also in trouble. There were a lot of contradictions. The truth everyone recognizes is that Mexico is a poor country and the United States is a rich country.
Why can we make the difference between rich and poor despite the same land and climate? Is the people bad or the country bad? Or both? I didn't know at that time.
This situation has not changed since nearly half a century.

2017.

“Create a wall on the border with Mexico”
With this commitment, Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was born.
The next year, “Caravan” became a problem. A group of refugees from the poorest countries in Latin America. The homeland is full of gang violence and corrupt politics. They travel a long way towards America to live and make their lives better. That number swelled to thousands before reaching the border.

A group of refugees spread around the world.

The problems of “illegal immigrants” and “refugees” are spreading to EU countries. Escape from Africa and the Middle East, where civil war and dictatorship continue, to protect themselves and their families. The tax burden on refugees and the deterioration in security are causing political instability in the EU countries.
Britain's departure from the EU has led to an increasing number of immigrants.
Why do people in the Middle East and Africa aim for Europe? The first reason is the political instability of the country. Many people have been killed or injured in the civil war.
The gap between rich and poor has grown even larger this century. The people of poor countries flow into rich countries.
Why does this difference arise?
Frequent crimes in the homeland. Drug cartel. National education.
There is also a big problem in the country. Corruption is widespread and the public does not trust the government and politicians. The police and the military may have problems as well.
Currently, the issue of immigration is spreading around the world.

Everyone loves his homeland.

Many refugees tried to cross the Mediterranean by boat or on foot, aiming at EU countries from Africa and the Middle East. And many lives are lost, including children and women.
Everyone should love the homeland where they were born and raised. Why do they abandon their homeland and aim for another country until they die? In other countries, it is never happily accepted.
"In search of a better life" "To avoid the civil war in the homeland and live" "I want to live my family safely"
There may be various reasons, but the first thing is that if you are in your home country, you feel the danger of life and you cannot find a single hope for yourself or your children.

A homeland where children can live safely and well.

Immigrants and refugees should not want to abandon the country where they were born and raised. You want to live in your homeland. You want a homeland where children can grow up safely and be proud of.
It seeks a more livable country than to escape to another country.
“Reconstruction of the homeland” is the best solution to the “refugee and immigration problem”. If it is a "national country that can be proud of" or a "state that can raise children with peace of mind," no one will abandon it and move to another country.
Rather than creating a “wall”, creating a “new homeland” and removing the “wall of mind” is required.

A new democratic state.

Companies, mercenaries, scientists and economists started to create a new nation. Creating a new country based on AI. Wipe out drug gangs and defeat the dictatorship. After that, we aim to be a more rational and livable democratic country with AI. It is the establishment of a new nation that could not be accomplished in the “Arab Spring”.
The Wall depicts one such process.

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About the Author

Biography
1949 Okayama Birth
1973 Keio University Faculty-of-Technology Graduation
1975 Keio University Graduate School Engineering Graduate Course Master Course End
1975 Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute Research Worker
1978 University of California Studying Abroad

1978 article was carried by "Scientific Instruments vol.49"(a publication of the American Institute of Physics).
The title of the article was :
"Drive characteristics of a fast movable limiter in the JT-60 tokamak"  T.Takashima, M.Ohta, and M.Shimizu
Division of Large Tokamak Development, Tokai Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Tokai-Mura, Naka-Gun, Ibaraki-Ken, Japan.
(received 26 August 1977; in final form, 17 October 1977)
A Pair of fast-scting movable limiters are to be installed in the vacuum chamber of the JT-60 tokamak being designed at JAERI.Their purpose is to supperss skin current in the plasma column.They should traval across are vacuum chamnber over a stroke of about 1 m in 0.1 s during the built-up phase of the plasma current. Each movable limiter system consists of the drive system, a vacuum seal, a bearing usuable at hgh temperature in a vacuum, and a molybdenum rail limiter head. For the drive a hydraulic mechanism is used with servovalves to control the oil flow. To develop satisfactory movable limiters for JT-60, the full-scale model was constructed and tested. Overall tets with the model showed high reliability, reproducibility, controllability, and safety of the movable limiter. The drive pattern measured is in good agreement with that simulated. The movable limiters should prevent the skin effect of plasma current in the current rising phase and also provide information on particle diffusion during the flat-top phase of plasma current.

1995 Japanese Inference Writer Association Member
2000 Japan Writer's Association Member
2001 National Coaching School Cooperative Society Director
2007 Filmize "Midnight Eagle" (Shochiku-Universal Pictures)

Prize
1979 Atomic Energy Society of Japan Technical Prize
1990 Yasushi Inoue & North Japan Literary Prize " Homecoming "
1994 Novel Present Age Inference Newcomer Prize " Meltdown "
1999 Suntory Mystery Grand-prix, Grand-prix, and Reader Prize " Intruder"
2006 Iue Cultural prize
2011 Kobe Culture Award prize
2017 Energy Forum Award prize "Miracle of Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant"

Update Information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetsuo_Takashima

Tetsuo Takashima Works already translated

TSUNAMI

Fallout

Megaquake

Midnight Eagle

About the Croudfunding

Reason for crowdfunding the book.

Tetsuo Takashima has completed a novel called “The Wall” that depicts the wall of the American-Mexican border and the problem of refugees in Central America. 
This will be published in April 2020 in Japanese from "Gentosha" in Japan.
However, He originally wrote “The Wall” in the United States. His true dream is to have his novel written as a movie in Hollywood. 
Already his novel Midnight Eagle was funded by Universal Pictures and released in 2007. But this was completely a “Japanese movie”.

We started marketing to Hollywood. 
But talented Hollywood people are afraid of suspected plagiarism and will not accept unpublished works in the United States. 
So We thought, “It should still be published in the United States.”
The content of the novel was great and the publisher praised the theme he drew. But there was a big barrier to publishing his novels in America. Translation fee.
So we want to translate his novel and publish it in the United States. Crowdfunding is intended to help support translation costs.

There are two big other reasons.

1. To reach readers who might not otherwise find this book amidst the deluge of books published every day.

2. To give you the chance to pre-order the book in order to help with manufacturing costs.

Rewards

All funds will be devoted to translation.
The return of this project mainly consists of manuscript data, book sending, and reports.

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Project Timeline

April 2020
Translate Story, Illustrated cover, Edited and proofread everything, Crafted Layout, Organised printing and fulfilment.

June 2020
Colour proofing and final check, start printing books.

Aug 2020
Start shipping books to you, Email out colouring book.
"The Wall" on your bookshelf.

Risk & Challenge

We have two reasons to launch "The Wall" with a Kickstarter: 
to reach readers who might not otherwise find the book amidst the deluge of books published every day, and translating a novel by Tetsuo Takashima, an excellent Japanese writer.
When you back this project on Kickstarter, you're essentially making a pledge to support the book. It's an all-or-nothing situation: your credit card is only charged at the end of the project if we raise the full amount of our goal or more. Then we ask for your address, organize and calculate shipping, and as soon as the book's back from the printer we start sending out rewards.  The risk is only the risk of delay in the process of publication. 
Still, as you may know, book creation is a big project, from conception to editing, design, proofreading, printing, binding, and distribution there are many places where days can be gained and lost.