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May 12, 2003

Message in a Bottle

Several bottles with messages written in English have made their way from Japan and washed up in the US states of Oregon and Washington in the last month. The oldest was launched as long ago as 1985. One message, also in Japanese and Chinese, was written by Satoshi Ohta, an education major at Kagoshima University. It read:

"How wonderful!! Thank you very much for finding this bottle. I floated this from Kodakara Island of the Tokara Islands, Ryu Kyus of Japan on Aug. 5, 1995. I'm a student of Kagoshima University and major in education. On Kodakara, I'm camping for biological practice and enjoy the beautiful nature of Tokara Islands. In memory of my island life, I made this bottle. Please let me know where and when did you find this bottle. Thank you very much."

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