ice, and the city will send them goods worth 30% of their donation in return.]
Without mutual benefit, a method like this wouldn’t last long.
The faces of the people on the Imperial Japanese side visibly darkened.
She had accomplished her promise to get rice.
Because samurais would never go back on their own word, Melsa ended the topic without any reservation and moved on to what she had been curious about.
“Speaking of which, about the food shortage in Imperial Japan… It’s not actually caused by the bad weather, is it? Because no other requests for aid have come from Balitu or other countries close to Imperial Japan.“
“Moreover, the number of people I saw on the road leading to the imperial residence bothers me a little… No matter how many of the Kingdom’s people make a rare sight here, it was too big of a crowd.
It’s as if all citizens are gathered around the Edo Castle…“
Imperial Japan was not a big country.
Even if this area was the capital city of the country, it was abnormally packed with people.
When Melsa looked deeper into the town beyond the main street, she could see many rows of hurriedly-built shacks.
Having met the Emperor, the Shogun, and Imperial Prince Tasuku, she was very sure that they wouldn’t make an unbalanced policy like not distributing food to the countryside.
So when there was nothing wrong with the policy, but most Imperial Japanese people had still flocked to the urban area, it must have been because of other problems, and not just the bad weather.
At least, that’s what Melsa believed.
“You said that you are just an interpreter… but you’re sharp.“
She got to the heart of the problem after walking through the streets just once.
The ninja who had been on stand-by on the ceiling, Momochi, suddenly appeared.
“Your Imperial Majesty!!! Let’s tell the Kingdom the truth.
Melsa-sama is a trustworthy and reliable person.
I’m sure she can help us!“
“…Momochi, don’t say the impossible.
This is already an irreversible situation we cannot recover from.
If we talk about it, we will only give her unnecessary worries.“
“Momochi, Imperial Japan is about to perish…“
” ” ” “…!!!” ” ” ”
At the Shogun’s words, the close attendants couldn’t help but shed tears of regret.
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