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日本語〜英語への翻訳
▼おもてなし。心を込めて客に応対すること、と辞書にある。しかし、初対面の相手に現金5千万円をポーンと、それも無担保、無利子で貸すなど親切の度が過ぎていよう。たとえ相手が「おもてなしの心」で五輪誘致に成功した東京都の猪瀬直樹知事であっても▼医療法人「徳洲会」グループから資金提供を受けたのは、都知事選出馬のあいさつに行った直後だという。いくら知事が「個人的な借用だ」と言っても、素直に納得できない。〈おもてなし表なくても裏がある〉。そんな駄句さえ浮かぶ▼ある地銀のホームページを見ると、使途自由のフリーローンの金利は年15%。最高額500万円だが、仮に5千万円借りたとすると、年750万円の利息を払わなければならない。無利子で借りられるなら、利息分だけでも結構な利益供与である▼住宅ローンをせっせと返済しても、利息分ばかりで元本はちっとも減らないと嘆く小市民には、釈然としない話だ▼借入金は選挙や政治活動の費用ではなかったのか。知事側から要求したのではないか。知事の釈明はしどろもどろで要領を得ない。ノンフィクション作家として社会の闇に切り込んだ人だ。原点に戻って自身への疑いも理路整然と説明してほしい▼〈草野球中断させた犬の糞(ふん)〉(毎日新聞川柳)。野球・ソフトボール復活の可能性も出てきた東京五輪である。不祥事が影響することのないよう願いたい。(西日本新聞・春秋から)

高島仮翻訳
Tokyo Governor and Tokushu-kai Medical Corporation

When I look up “hospitality (o-mo-te-na-shi)” in the dictionary, it means to take care of your guest from the bottom of your heart. Governor of Tokyo Naoki Inose successfully invited the Olympic Games to Tokyo with the mind of “hospitality.” It is too generous, however, if someone generously offers him 50 million yen at their first meeting, in particular, with no security and no interest. There is no exception to the rule, even for Governor Inose.

Mr. Inose received money from a medical corporation, “Tokushu-kai” just after he extended his greetings to the corporation for governor’s election. Even if governor repeatedly claimed, “It is my personal borrowing,” no one can really get convinced by his assertion. “Hospitality (o-mo-te-na-shi)” also means “no front,” in Japanese, and I feel like playing on words, “There is no front door, but there is the back door.”

A website of some local bank shows a 15%-interest for free loan. The maximum amount that people can borrow is 5 million yen, but if they borrow 50 million yen, they have to pay 7.5 million yen annually for interest. If governor can borrow the money with no interest, it can virtually give him handsome facilities.

Petit bourgeois (small citizens)” can’t accept this story at all, for they can only pay back the interest, and lament that their original capital never goes down.

Wasn’t the money he borrowed used for his political activities? Was it him who asked for the money? He does not articulate his point, incoherently talking back and forth. As a non-fiction writer, he boldly uncovered untold stories behind. He should go back to where he was, and logically explain what happened in the case.

A Japanese comical line says, “It’s a dog droppings that suspends the game of amateur baseball. “The competition of baseball and softball may revive at the Tokyo Olympic Games. It is my hope that this money scandal will give no negative influence to the games of baseball and softball in 2020.

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