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What we can see from the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (Part 2)

What we can see from the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (Part 2) 


                                                 (From a lecture recording)


Adjust the demand to stay within the limits of the electricity supply capacity 


In the first part of this article, I described how “Even without nuclear power, 


there will not be a shortage of electrical power”. Indeed, it is a fact that 


tentatively, there is sufficient electricity with the present thermal and 


hydraulic power. In addition, in our homes and in the industrial sector, we 


ought to try to effectively utilize Japan’s energy conservation technology that 


is said to be the best in the world, and further, take measures such as 


conserving electricity.


I myself am very skeptical about whether economic growth is necessary in the 


future. I feel that from now, in our economic activities and daily activities, 


we ought to be creative in areas such as conserving energy and electricity, and 


adjust and bring the electrical power demand within the limits of the present 


electrical power supply capacity as a fundamental measure.


Japan’s electrical power policy in the past was to continuously build new power 


generation facilities and increase the supply capacity while limitlessly 


increasing the electrical power demand. However, this electric power policy is a 


main cause of the considerably high rates compared to other countries that have 


an electricity price system like Japan. At the same time, it is also a cause of 


environmental destruction and wasting energy resources.




To increase the electrical power supply capacity without nuclear power


In reality, there are many people, such as in the industrial world, who have the 


opinion that more electricity will be necessary in the future in order to 


continue economic growth. Then, if we assume that it is necessary to increase 


electricity without nuclear power from now, what should be done? I would like to 


consider this point in more detail.


I feel that if there is a need to increase electricity, to put it simply, we 


should increase thermal power more. Decentralized, small-scale, high performance 


thermal power generation can be developed in addition to the conventional forms 


of petroleum and natural gas thermal power generation. Why is thermal power 


generation good? It is because compared to other methods of power generation, 


thermal power is overwhelmingly more efficient.


Of course, there is the idea of natural energy. However, with the present 


technology, we cannot say that power generation with natural energy is 


efficient. We have high expectations for technological innovations in the 


future. I will discuss this later, but for now, I would like to discuss thermal 


energy some more.




Problems of conventional large-scale thermal power generation


Most of the large-scale power generation plants until now using thermal, 


nuclear, or hydraulic power were constructed in rural areas far from major 


cities. Electricity is drawn to cities through transmission lines over a 


distance of hundreds of kilometers. But, while the electricity is transmitted 


over transmission lines from afar, there is a large amount of electrical power 


loss. In addition, it incurs considerable costs such as expenses for 


transmission of electricity, and further, expenses for distribution of 




It is the same with nuclear power, but when generating electrical power at a 


thermal power plant, most of the heat emitted is discarded. This precious heat 


that could be used to heat things or used in heaters or air-conditioners as heat 


energy is being discarded. In fact, it is wasteful. 


If small-scale power generation plants were built in the suburbs of metropolitan 


areas, in the middle of major cities, or inside of factories, that heat could be 


used as is in heaters or air-conditioners in the form of heat energy. If this 


were done, about 90% to 100% of the total energy of the consumed petroleum could 


be effectively used as electricity and a source of heat.




Local production for local consumption form of demand-and-supply system for 




Regarding energy overall, the method of using a decentralized or distributed 


energy system is the most efficient. In this sense, it is hoped that the local 


production for local consumption form of demand-and-supply system for 


electricity spreads and expands.


In fact, a high-efficiency, small-scale power generation system using natural 


gas with about 60% energy conversion rate has already been developed and is in 


actual operation. In the Tokyo region, there is such a system in Kawasaki City. 


This system alone has about the same electrical power generation capacity as one 


nuclear reactor. If we increasingly build these kinds of systems in the suburbs 


of major cities and medium-size cities, electrical power can be generated with 


high-efficiency even though the land is small.


Fortunately, it is being discovered that there are large amounts of natural gas 


located around Japan. The gas just needs to be drawn through pipes. It is said 


that it will be possible to extract natural gas for the next 60 to 70 years.


At one point, there was a theory that petroleum would last only 20 or 30 more 


years, but now, the dominant theory is that petroleum will last at least about 


50 years. It is thought that by making effective use of petroleum and natural 


gas, we should be able to meet the energy demands sufficiently.




Natural Energy Power Generation


Next, let us consider power generation by natural energy in detail. As methods 


of power generation by natural energy, in addition to the conventional large-


scale hydraulic power generation, there are methods such as solar, wind, 


geothermal, and small-scale hydraulic power generation. After the Fukushima 


nuclear power plant accident, power generation by natural energy has been 


garnering attention as a method of power generation to replace nuclear power.


When you say, "nuclear power" or "radiation", from the beginning, an image of 


being dangerous accompanies these words. In comparison, when you say, "natural", 


a safe and clean image comes to mind, and I feel that is "natural".


In addition, when you say "natural", we can almost envision a "free" or 


"inexpensive" image. However, at least in the present technological standards, 


power generation by natural energy is certainly not "free" nor "inexpensive". If 


anything, it is rather expensive. Further, it also actually does not conserve on 






The problems with solar power generation


At present, solar power generation is being highly-touted in Japan. Although the 


technology has recently progressed much, a large amount of electricity is 


required to make the silicon that is a material for solar batteries. Tracing 


back, we find that the source of that electricity is petroleum. 


Electricity cannot be generated at night with solar power generation. In 


addition, since the solar panels remain outside, of course, dust accumulates and 


blocks the sunlight. Furthermore, different from countries with a desert-like 


climate that are blessed with sunlight and clear weather year-round, since there 


are many cloudy or rainy days in Japan, the amount of solar radiation is very 


small. Therefore, the rate of operation and efficiency falls significantly. 


Considering these factors, solar power generation becomes fairly expensive. It 


is said that it takes about 10 years to retrieve the installation cost, and from 


there, finally, the balance becomes positive. Perhaps it can be said that solar 


batteries are still at a stage requiring wide-scale technological developments. 




There are problems with subsidies


There are several problems related to this issue. First, substantial subsidies 


are provided by the government and local governmental entities when installing a 


solar power generation system. With these subsidies, for example, people who 


install solar panels may only need to bear half of the cost, so the subsidies 


are a great help for these people.


However, those subsidies ultimately come from our taxes. At least at the present 


stage, people who do not adopt solar power generation are subsidizing the people 


who adopt solar power generation. Maybe this has meaning for promoting solar 


power generation, but perhaps it can be said that it is a big contradiction.


Furthermore, these subsidies do not go to the people who adopt solar energy, but 


ultimately go to the pockets of the producers and vendors of solar power 


generation equipment. 




Problems with the legislative bill for renewable energy


At present, "the law for renewable energy" is garnering much attention. This is 


a system to make the electric power companies buy renewable energy such as solar 


energy for a fixed period at a fixed price that is higher than the regular 


electricity rate. 


Already, purchasing of solar power generated electricity by electric power 


companies has been implemented. At present, the household electricity rate is 23 


yen per 1 kilowatt-hour. From April 2011, the electric power companies have been 


buying at 42 yen per kilowatt-hour. They are buying at almost twice the price.


The electric power companies consequently charge the 19 yen difference to us 


ordinary people on top of the electricity fee. Therefore, no matter how high the 


rate for purchasing electricity, the electric power companies will not lose at 


all. We, the many people who do not set up solar power generation equipment, are 


the ones who lose.


Further, it is expected that the following type of problem will arise if people 


are forced to buy electricity at high fixed prices during the fixed period. That 


is, perhaps many people will emerge who plan to make money by setting up large 


quantities of solar panels and having electric power companies buy the large 


amounts of excess electricity generated. 


By doing so, for example, if a wealthy person sets up a large quantity of solar 


panels at one time, the person will automatically gain a large continuous 


income. Then, poor people who cannot set up solar panels will have to continue 


to pay that money. 


Therefore, we must not just say, "Natural energy is wonderful" in a sort of 


"mood". We must determine the policy for the future with full awareness that the 


measures to spread natural energy have the potential to trigger a great 


contradiction. I am repeating what I said before, but we are the ones who must 


keep watch properly.




The potential and problems of wind power generation and small-scale hydraulic 


power generation


Next, let us consider wind power generation. According to the April 22 Asahi 


Newspaper, the Ministry of the Environment reported that after investigating 


locations with suitable wind conditions throughout Japan, even taking into 


consideration the low rate of operation of wind power generation, it will be 


possible to build wind power generation facilities to supply the equivalent of 7 


to 40 nuclear reactors. 


However, solar power generation is still unstable, and the wind is not always 


available for wind power generation. A system properly controlled with a 


computer such as with a smart grid that can supply stable electric power is 


necessary. In this aspect, Japan’s technology is considerably advanced.


Besides solar and wind power, a small-scale hydraulic power generation system is 


an effective power generation method. Electric power is generated by turning 


small-scale water wheels using water such as from agricultural water, industrial 


water, tap water, final effluent from sewage treatment plants, and cooling water 


used in air-conditioning equipment of office buildings and factories. 


Even if we look only at agricultural waterways, there are several hundreds of 


kilometers throughout the country. In various regions, including Kawasaki City 


and Yokoyama City, the waterworks department is generating electricity by 


installing small-scale hydraulic power generation systems in the water pipes of 


the water supply. 


When planning a solution for the energy problem, a major premise is to 


transition to a system in which in the daily lives of individuals and production 


system of businesses, wasteful use of energy resources is avoided as much as 


possible. In addition, if natural energy is used whenever possible, even if on a 


small scale, a large amount of electricity can be generated in Japan overall, 


and compared to large-scale power generation systems, the burden on the 


environment would become much smaller. 




To spread natural energy power generation 


In order to spread and promote natural energy, and make the various power 


generation methods more efficient, technology needs to be developed even more. 


However, until now, power generation methods with natural energy have not truly 


been used effectively because fundamentally, the major electric power companies 


have been monopolizing and at the same time, promotion of nuclear power has been 


the national policy.


Therefore, as a direction for the future, I think that it is absolutely 


necessary to liquidate the major electric power companies such as Tokyo Electric 


Power Company, partition into transmission and generation parts, and allow 


general private electric power companies to compete freely. If this were done, 


electricity prices would decrease considerably, and more efficient service could 


be provided.


Regarding nuclear power, if all nuclear power plants are decommissioned as soon 


as possible, and the money from the government that was being poured into 


nuclear power is routed to fund research and development and technological 


innovations in natural energy, in the near future, we should be able to grow 


natural energy into a major pillar for electric power supply along with thermal 


and hydraulic power. 




Will electricity prices increase if nuclear power is abandoned?


In addition, many people in the financial circles have the following opinion. If 


nuclear power is abandoned and natural energy is used as an alternative, Japan's 


electricity prices will increase. If this is so, businesses that have production 


based in Japan will be at a tremendous disadvantage in international pricing 


competition. Therefore, it will become necessary to move production bases 




This is certainly a major problem. However, I think that even if nuclear power 


is abandoned, since thermal and hydraulic power can supply the necessary 


electric power, fundamentally, electricity prices would not need to be raised. 


Of course, in the initial adjustment period, there is the possibility of some 


problems occurring, but I think it is necessary to be creative and overcome 




Regarding this issue, the problem lies in the fact that compared to other 


countries, electricity prices are far too expensive in Japan. The root cause is 


that the major electric power companies have set the electricity prices 


arbitrarily. In addition, if the electric power demand increased even a little, 


a tremendous amount of money was invested and large-scale power generation 


plants were built one after another. That tremendous amount of money was added 


to the electricity prices. 


In order to fundamentally solve this issue, as I described earlier, we can 


introduce a new way of thinking, that is, to meet the demand within the supply 


capacity at the national level. The power generation section and power 


transmission section of the major electric power companies should be separated. 


Further, promotion of free competition among the electric power companies, and 


ideas in such directions are also conceivable. 


In any case, perhaps it means the ways of the government and electric power 


companies were very abnormal. After the nuclear plant accident at Fukushima, a 


considerable amount of information surfaced about the electric power companies’ 


monopolizing everything, fabricating data, concealing nuclear power plant 


accidents and giving instructions to fake events. However, there is probably 


still much more information that has been concealed.


In the background of the accident this time, there is a structure in which 


without mentioning names, media and scholars under the government’s thumb who 


received research funding from organizations such as electric power companies, 


the government, bureaucrats, politicians, and the financial world, swarmed to 


the concessions and rights behind the electrical power, secretly joined forces 


with conspirators, deceived the citizens and used them at will, gaining 


concessions worth an enormous amount of money.




What is behind the support to continue nuclear power?


Let us dig more deeply and think about this issue. For example, in regions that 


have nuclear power related facilities, of course there are people who say 


nuclear plants should be stopped because they are dangerous. Nevertheless, of 


the people who work in nuclear power related facilities, quite a large number of 


people think that nuclear power is necessary for daily life, even if nuclear 


plants are dangerous. 


They have children and families. There is no other work. Their livelihood 


depends on it. Perhaps even while knowing nuclear plants are dangerous, they 


feel that there is no choice. This is the very sad reality. 


However, considering another side of this issue, if for one’s livelihood, there 


is truly no choice but to the support the continuation of nuclear power, and 


this is connected to supporting nuclear power in the country overall, this is a 


serious problem. It is possible that another major accident will occur. Is it 


okay even if this is the case? What will happen to the other people?


By saying things like this, naturally, people will say I can say such things 


because it is about other people, and not myself. I am fully aware of this. 


However, we cannot be arguing at this point. You might be told there is no other 


choice. This means there are people who say that nuclear power is necessary for 


their livelihood, and they have no other alternative. 


In a sense, this is at the limit. People do not have the leeway to consider 


others because they need to make a living or because they need to ensure their 


family's livelihood. Perhaps this is the way it is among people with each other. 


You can understand well if you put yourself in that position. It is a truly 


harsh and sad reality.


Even now, among the people who live in regions far away from nuclear power 


related facilities, such as in Tokyo, Nagoya, or Osaka, there are many who 


support nuclear power. If nuclear power plants were brought to Tokyo, would they 


still support nuclear power? These people support nuclear power, but would they 


still be in favor of nuclear power if a nuclear plant were built near where they 


live? Probably, they would not.


Now, even among the people who say they support nuclear power, they probably 


would support nuclear power if the nuclear power plants were far from where they 


live, but honestly, the majority would be in a bind if the nuclear plants were 


brought nearby. 




Similar to the Futenma Military Base relocation issue


This issue is similar to the Futenma Military Base relocation issue in some way. 


The prime minister at the time said he would like to move the base outside of 


Japan, and if that were not possible, at least move the base outside of Okinawa.


However, he was told "No" by the U.S. Then, even if you ask another prefecture 


to accept the base, in the end, no one would accept it. The people in any 


prefecture would be in a bind if a new military base were brought to their 


prefecture. In this way, ultimately, we are pushing all of the military bases 


onto the people of Okinawa. 


Related to this issue, many people are speaking out, sympathizing with the 


people of Okinawa. However, in that case, shouldn't we accept the base in our 


own region? I think there were many people who did nothing but blame the former 


prime minister's lack of power, without having any inclination or preparation to 


share the suffering of the people of Okinawa. 


Then, what should we have done? I think the citizens of Japan, ought to have 


united, called on the government of Japan, and depending on the circumstances, 


made a demand directly to the U.S. government to relocate the Futenma base 




Considering the present international situation, I think we, ourselves, ought to 


unite and clearly tell the U.S. government, "Japan does not need or want U.S. 


bases". However, if the result of new thorough and sufficient discussions is, 


"U.S. bases are necessary in Japan", instead of pushing the bases onto only 


Okinawa, I think we ought to accept and allocate the bases throughout the entire 


country of Japan. 




Egoism is the root of the various problems


In any case, whether it be nuclear power plants or the Futenma base relocation 


issue, the positions in which we have been placed differ, and although there are 


delicate issues in the background, what we can see here is each person's 


selfishness or egoism, "as long as it is in my interests".


I think we can say that, ultimately, the root of the various serious problems in 


Japan and the world is "as long as it is in my interests", that is, egoism. I 


feel that without eliminating egoism, the serious problems of Japan and the 


world cannot be solved. Hasn't this become more and more clear through the 


Fukushima nuclear plant catastrophe?


Regarding the Fukushima nuclear plant accident, a big problem is how to restore 


to the original state from now. At the same time, I think that if we let this 


opportunity slip away, we will not have a second chance to permanently abolish 


nuclear power, nor truly change Japan to a good direction. In this sense, I 


think that now is a big chance. 




The future of Japan and the world is in the hands of each one of us 


I think many of you probably already knew about the information related to 


nuclear power in today's talk up to this point. In the end, the issue is what 


can we do from now? 


If we clarify the information to this extent, the only option we have is to 


abolish all nuclear power. In order to abolish all nuclear power, each one of us 


must verify this fact clearly with data and convey this to others with 




In fact, we are by far the majority. We ordinary people constitute 99% of the 


citizens. Even so, we have been completely led around by 1% of the people. It is 


important that each one of us becomes smarter, increases in strength, and takes 




When I say, "convey with certainty", what I mean is not only conveying the truth 


about nuclear power with facts. In order to convey this message to all of us who 


constitute the 99%, a chain reaction, where the people to whom this message was 


conveyed further convey the message to others, must arise. The importance of 


this must be conveyed properly from person to person. 


I feel that if this chain reaction does not arise, we will never be able to 


bring to reality permanent abolishment of nuclear power. Furthermore, we will 


not be able to create a society of true peace where everyone is happy. I feel 


this is the most important point as we take action.




It is not enough to try to change only nuclear power


Then, is it okay to consider only nuclear power? This society is not one in 


which nuclear power is the only abnormal point. Issues including those related 


to politics, economics, social welfare, education, and livelihood all are 


closely intertwined. 


Therefore, if you try to solve the problem of nuclear power only within the 


framework nuclear power, in the end, it will be impossible. If you try to solve 


this issue, another problem will surface elsewhere. If you try to solve that 


problem, again, another problem will surface. In this way, I think it is like 


"mogura tataki (whack-a-mole)", an arcade game where you try to hit moles as 


they pop up from many different holes. 


For example, even if you think that since there are various problems in the 


educational system, we need to make changes, the bigger the problem, the more 


difficult it will be to make changes within the framework of the educational 


system. The reason is that this society overall has become this kind of system, 


and everything is intertwined closely with each other.


This society overall is a competitive society. Within this competitive society, 


it is extremely difficult to aspire toward truly human education instead of 


competitive education. To change education, the way of industry and economics, 


in particular, must change. Also, at the same time, politics must change.




It is important to consider the direction of the overall society


Since everything is closely related in this way in this society, I think that we 


have come to a period where we must think about the direction in which this 


overall society will head. 


In other words, in which direction is our civilization headed? I would like to 


talk about this point now. 


For example, I said that this society is a competitive society now, but why has 


it become a competitive society? Why did such a thing as nuclear power emerge in 


this society? Why is economic growth said to be important? I would like to 


consider these kinds of things from a different angle. 




Egoism is the foundation of this society


Saying it another way, what is the most fundamental cause of this kind of 


nuclear power plant accident occurring? This nuclear power problem cannot be 


solved in the true sense without searching for and removing that fundamental 


cause. Furthermore, other problems that accompany this will also not be solved. 


Why did the nuclear plant accident occur? What is the fundamental cause? I 


touched upon this earlier, but isn't egoism, that is, our selfishness, at the 


base of this society? To put it simply, isn't this society itself formed with 


ego at the base? 




Egoism arises from the sense of separateness


I think this egoism arises ultimately from the idea that our existences are 


separate from each other. Ordinarily, we do not have open confrontations or 


fighting with each other, but ultimately, we are originally separate existences 


from each other. After all, the most important is oneself or one’s family. 


Fundamentally, hasn't the "sense of separateness", in which we are all 


existences with conflicting interests, become the foundation of this society? 


I think that from this sense of separateness, in the end, egoism, which is as 


long it is in the best interests of myself, my family, my organization, and my 


country, has resulted.


In this society of egoism, taking business for example, one's own business 


prospering more than other businesses becomes more important than anything else. 


Further, since one's livelihood is also at stake, it becomes as long as it is in 


the best interests of my business even more so. 


Egoism arises from the notion that we are separate from each other. In addition, 


various things emerge from egoism such as an excessive sense of competition, 


that is, the sense that one cannot feel stable unless one becomes more 


materially prosperous, or achieves higher status or title. One always seeks 


"more and more". Despite this, it is a way of life in which the heart is 


unstable and anxious forever. 


If opinions differ among people, anger, envy, and hatred arise. If a person is 


alone, he or she feels a sense of loneliness and blames him- or herself. All of 


these negative emotions fundamentally emerge from the way of thinking that 


humans are separate existences.




In fact, we are members of one whole


However, humans are truly not separate from one another, and it is something you 


can understand if you think about it a little. It is reasonable. We are living 


one life. We were made from the same ancestors. According to a scientific 


research, all people living on earth today are descendants of one woman who 


lived in East Africa 150,000 years ago.


Even with just that fact, it means we are sharing "one life". In English, it is 


"oneness", and in Japanese, it is "one indivisible body". Our reality is that we 


are beings that cannot be cut off from each other even if we try to cut 


ourselves apart from one another. 


In the human body, the various tissues, cells, and organs are not separated from 


one another and are cooperating and living one life. In the same way, we are all 


in an inseparably close relationship as members of one body. I think this is the 


true form of a human being's existence.


As evidence, by thinking a little calmly, anyone will realize that within us, we 


have a desire to be friendly with others. When we fight with others, we do not 


feel good. The desire to be friends and for everyone together to become happy is 


an instinct inherent in everyone. This instinct of coexistence is inherently 


provided within us. Along with the instinct of self-protection, we have an 


inherent instinct of coexistence desiring that everyone together becomes happy.



Abandoning Egoism


This truth of being members of one body does not only pertain to humans. Each of 


us, all animals, plants, nature and the universe are living the life that has 


continued without any breaks. I think we instinctively feel at ease in nature 


because we are basically one with nature.


In reality, we are all one, and it is a very superficial way of thinking to say 


that humans are separate from each other. I think that when you stand from the 


point of view that "we are all members of one body", various things change. To 


put it simply, shedding off egoism begins. 


Egoism is not only individual egoism, but also there is group egoism such as 


family, organizations such as businesses, regions, and nations. In a sense, we 


can say that egoism was the motivating force for the human civilization to 


develop ? to the present state.


However, looking at the reality that human society is virtually at an impasse 


because of the various serious problems, we can see that human society can no 


longer develop with egoism. Rather, we can say that through egoism, we have 


reached the point where we could destroy ourselves. 


In other words, it means human society’s way of being and way of thinking up 


until now based on egoism is fundamentally mistaken. It is probably not an 


overstatement to say that egoism is the fundamental cause of individual and 


societal suffering and strife of humans.


Including this nuclear power issue, in order to overcome this difficult 


situation and bring to realization a peaceful society where everyone is happy, 


now of all times, we must make up our mind to earnestly seek a way to break away 


from egoism.




Individual egoism, group egoism, and national egoism


From long ago, shedding individual egoism or eliminating egoism has been the aim 


of honest religions. Even if not related to religion, it has been a serious 


challenge for sensible people who have devoted themselves with great pains. 


Further, certainly, as a human being, it is an undeniable fact that there is 


nothing more difficult than shedding or eliminating one's ego.


Incidentally, of the various egoisms, the biggest one that brought about the 


impasse in human society is national egoism. The present international society 


is operating with the nation as a unit, and the fundamental policy of the 


various nations is based on egoism, which is, "as long as it is in the interests 


of my own nation". Then, suspicion, distrust, competition, and conflicts arise 


among the nations. 


Adding to this, because of national egoism, the egoism of individuals living in 


that nation and businesses and others conducting activities in that nation also 


is also amplified. For that reason, as individuals also, materialistic desires 


increase and we want more and more, and competition among businesses 




The science and technology civilization develops even more rapidly because of 


competition among businesses, conflicts among nations, and wars. As a result, 


the scale of wars enlarges, and that in turn, advances scientific technology. In 


addition, the result of the competition to acquire resources is that destruction 


of the environment advances. The overall result of these kinds of factors is 


that the present human society is facing an impasse in various aspects.




National egoism is the main culprit behind the various problems


In this way, conflict in national egoism is the culprit behind the various 


serious problems internationally and domestically. At the same time, to 


fundamentally solve the various serious problems, even if events such as 


international environmental conferences and disarmament meetings are held, if 


the meetings are based on conflicts in national egoism, maneuvering is done from 


start to finish to bring things toward one’s own nation's advantage. National 


egoism has become a major barrier such that agreements toward solutions cannot 


be reached at all.


Until now also, the necessity of eliminating national egoism has been preached. 


Regarding this, it is armchair theory at that all nations would discuss and give 


up national egoism at the same time. This is clear even if you look at the 


tactics at international meetings. In order to overcome the crisis facing human 


society and the society of Japan, I think it is absolutely impossible to try to 


solve from within the flow of the history of human society up to now. To solve 


fundamentally, it is absolutely necessary to go outside the flow of the history 


of human society up to now.




Japan leads and renounces national egoism


In the international society also, Japan should take the lead and unilaterally 


renounce national egoism, which had been considered inherent until now. As I 


described before, to shed or eliminate individual egoism completely is very 


difficult. Therefore, entrusting this to the nation has significant meaning.


I think that something that is difficult for an individual to bring to reality 


can be entrusted to the nation. If national egoism is encouraging the egoism of 


individuals, groups, and others, then it is anticipated that by eliminating 


national egoism, the level of individual and group egoism will decrease.




Let us raise an ideal for Japan that everyone can accept


This is my proposal, "Let us go beyond national egoism and raise an ideal in 


Japan to shed national egoism". Concretely, it is for "Japan to aspire toward a 


nation for international peace and the environment". At the base of this bright 


ideal is that we devote ourselves and put forth the resources of the nation of 


Japan toward the various difficult problems of the world using peaceful methods.


Fortunately, the present constitution of Japan is the first constitution in 


human history that abandons national egoism. This means Japan is blessed with 


the most advantageous condition among the nations of the world to raise an ideal 


to aspire for abandoning national egoism.


Domestically, this wonderful ideal of abandoning national egoism would bring 


about major changes in industry, education, social welfare, environmental 


measures, and other areas. At the same time, by having our daily work and 


studies or daily lives become directly connected to the happiness of the 


citizens overall as well as the hopes of humanity for permanent world peace and 


happiness of humanity, we would feel satisfaction and motivation in living every 


day, and individually and organizationally, a society that abandons egoism would 


be built rapidly.


If this were to happen, the many concerned people of the world who love peace 


would accept and be satisfied anew that this indeed is the most realistic way 


and right path to solve the problems of human society. By doing this, there is 


no doubt that there would be a huge rise in momentum in the countries of the 


world to renounce national egoism. If this were to happen, I think that in a 


surprisingly short period, this world would be a world free of national egoism. 


Let me repeat this once again. I think that in the vision or direction to try to 


bring to reality a nation free of egoism or a society free of egoism, we will 


head with certainty toward solving fundamentally the nuclear power problem and 


the various serious problems of society such as education and environmental 


problems. This is the point of the proposal in my book, “Beyond National Egoism





Finally, I would like to end this talk by saying that I would appreciate your 


reading this book, “Beyond National Egoism”, in order to understand this 


proposal more deeply.



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Wednesday, August 3, 2011







What we can see from the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (Part 1)

What we can see from the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant (Part 1) 


                                            (From a lecture recording)



The Fukushima power plant accident and the impasse of human society



In 2007, I published the book, “A Country’s Ideal and the Constitution?The 


Road to a Nation for International Peace and the Environment” (Japanese), and 


in 2008, the English translation was published under the title, “Beyond 


National Egoism”. At age 22, I encountered the concept that is presented in 


this book. This book was a compilation of more than 40 years of contemplation 


since then.


The present world is at an impasse because of various difficult problems such as 


war, conflicts, terrorism, environmental problems, food supply shortage, 


poverty, famine, and energy shortage. Human society is facing an unprecedented 




Further, amidst this, in Japan there are not only environmental problems, but 


also educational issues such as bullying, school absenteeism, and classroom 


disruption and chaos. Considering the young people, many of them say that in 


this society, they cannot find a worthy purpose or motivation in living. Of 


course, there are many young people who are working hard and doing their best, 


but overall, we can see a tendency of extremely weak will. I feel this is 


something that should be very alarming regarding the future of Japan.


In addition, the direction toward strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance and 


having Japan participate in wars along with the U.S., has gradually gained 


strength. Through all this, it appears that Japan has reached an impasse because 


of various factors, such as whether the Constitution, which is the key point of 


Japan’s future, should be revised or not.


This unprecedented crisis of humankind did not begin recently. The survival of 


humankind itself was endangered in the Cold War era in which the U.S. and Soviet 


Union confronted each other over decades in a state of extreme tension with the 


possibility of an all-out nuclear war because they held several tens of 


thousands of nuclear arms that were said to have the potential to kill all 


humankind many tens of times over.


Fortunately, the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the end of the Cold War. 


However, although the situation is no longer as tense as before, the U.S. and 


Russia still have a large quantity of nuclear weapons. After the end of the Cold 


War, besides the U.S. and Russia, there has been an increase in the number of 


countries including China that possess and are strengthening their nuclear 


weapons. Certainly, it is thought that there is no longer a threat of an all-out 


nuclear war for now, but the risk of nuclear war has not necessarily gone away. 


In addition, from 30 years ago, the problem of global-scale environmental 


destruction has emerged in a big way. We have come to understand that if we 


continue production and economic growth in the present form, the earth 


environment itself will be destroyed and the survival of humans will be 


threatened in the future.


In my youth, when I learned that we might end up destroying ourselves, I felt 


greatly shocked, and thought, “Humans are so foolish.” At the same time, I 


thought, “Humans absolutely cannot be such foolish beings. Humans will 


unfailingly realize their mistakes, correct them with their own hands, and 


should be able to bring to reality a world where everyone is happy and at peace


”. Since that time, as my life theme, I have been contemplating a solution for 


the impasse faced by Japan and the world, and the realization of a happy and 


peaceful world.


The main theme of those contemplations is as follows. In order to resolve the 


impasse faced by human society, find the most fundamental cause of the impasse 


of human society and determine what can be done to remove the cause. The work 


was complied together as the book, “Beyond National Egoism”.




The nuclear power plant catastrophe that was forewarned frequently


This book explains about the impasse condition of the entire human society, 


including Japan, from various angles. The risks of a nuclear power plant 


accident are described in considerable detail.


Already two months have passed since the accident occurred at the Fukushima 


Daiichi Power Plant this year, on March 11. That day, at our house, we also felt 


tremors with an intensity of a weak 6 on the Japanese seven-level seismic scale. 


After a while, we heard news of this nuclear plant accident, and my first 


thought was, “It happened, after all”. If I were to express my feelings of 


that time, only the word “chagrin” comes to mind. 


What I mean is that already 4 to 5 years ago, in this book, I had written that 


the risk of a nuclear power plant accident is very great, and that if an 


accident were to occur, undoubtedly, it would happen in the way that occurred 


this time. Indeed, it happened exactly as described.


Actually, I felt perplexed that my prediction was accurate. What I mean is that 


I am not an expert regarding nuclear power, nor am I an expert in social 




So, when I was working on the book, “Beyond National Egoism”, I read books 


from various related fields of study in order to examine what is actually 




I looked over about 10 to 20 books related to nuclear power. What I learned from 


reading those books is that already from several decades earlier, although their 


numbers were not at all large, reliable researchers and concerned experts warned 


based on scientific knowledge and research, “Nuclear power plants are extremely 




Despite these warnings, finally, a large-scale nuclear power plant accident 


occurred this time. I was stunned and appalled as I thought anew about what on 


earth we had been doing until now.


Various people have been fervently warning about the risks of nuclear power. Of 


course, there are many people who lent an ear to those warnings, and worked 


hard, raising their voices and taking action to abandon nuclear power. But, 


despite these efforts and activities, a large-scale nuclear plant accident 


occurred this time.


This means that overall, still, only a small number of people seriously lent an 


ear to the warnings of these people and assertively took action based on those 


warnings. As a result, doesn’t this indicate that they could not become a 


definitive force to change this country of Japan? 



Search for the essence of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident


A large-scale nuclear power plant accident already occurred in Fukushima, but to 


avoid this kind of accident from ever happening again, I feel that now of all 


times, we must address anew the importance of “thinking seriously and acting 




As I mentioned before, I am not an expert regarding nuclear power. In this 


aspect, I am a complete amateur. However, as of four years ago, since I read 


various books and studied in order to write “Beyond National Egoism”, I was 


better informed than the general level people regarding nuclear power. 


But, after the nuclear plant accident in Fukushima, various people have spoken 


out about nuclear power on television, in the newspapers, on the Internet, etc. 


Even people whose voices were small until now have received great coverage. 


Accordingly, many of you probably already know well about what I will discuss 


from now.


So, even though this is the case, the main topic of today’s talk is to search 


for the essence of the problem as we verify anew the information one more time.



The myth of the safety of nuclear power was disproved


First, the biggest thing that has become clear until now is that the electric 


power companies and the government or Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 


have been saying that nuclear power is absolutely safe, and that this myth of 


the safety of nuclear power has been completely disproved.


Concomitantly, it became clear that until now, the electric power companies had 


been saying lies upon lies. This means that from now, the situation has become 


such that no matter what the electric power companies such as Tokyo Electric 


Power Company, Chubu Electric Power Company, and Kansai Electric Power Company 


try to say, we have reached the point where we will not be able to trust them 




To put it simply, we were being deceived by the government and the electric 


power companies. In other words, it means we were completely taken for fools. It 


is something I had realized, but anew, I feel deeply chagrined.


Furthermore, in the announcements by the Tokyo Electric Power Company and the 


government, the word, “unexpected” is used very frequently. Various things 


have been said about this point, but with just a little studying, even an 


amateur like myself could “expect” the possibility of this kind of accident 




What on earth does it mean when a person who is said to be a specialist, uses 


the word “unexpected” regarding something that an amateur like me can 




Although I am an amateur regarding nuclear power, in the past, I was a 


researcher in the sciences. From that perspective, I feel that it is extremely 


disgraceful for an expert to overuse the word “unexpected”. Their intent to 


want to evade the issue and continue nuclear power even now is obvious. 



Is nuclear power cheap?


There is another point to consider. Until now, as one of the grounds for 


supporting nuclear power, the government and electric power companies have been 


saying that nuclear power generation is less expensive than thermal power and 


other power generation methods.


For example, according to the “Energy White Paper” (2010 edition) of the 


Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the costs of power generation per 


kilowatt hour are 7 to 8 yen for thermal generation using liquified natural gas, 


8 to 13 yen for hydraulic power, 10 to 14 yen for wind power, and 49 yen for 


solar power. In comparison, nuclear power is 5 to 6 yen per kWh.


However, until now, many experts have been saying that based on data, nuclear 


power is certainly not cheap, and is also not less expensive than thermal power.


Recently, in the April 30 issue of the Tokyo Newspaper, Professor Kenichi Oshima 


of Ritsumeikan University presented data comparing the costs until now of 


nuclear power generation with other methods such as thermal and hydraulic 


generation. These can be found through a search on the Internet. Starting from 


the reports of the electric companies, Professor Oshima calculated the costs 


more precisely by adding factors such as taxes to promote development of nuclear 


power and expenses for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel that were not included in 


the calculations of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


By doing so, the costs of power generation per kilowatt hour are 9.90 yen for 


thermal power, 7.26 yen for hydraulic power, and 10.68 yen for nuclear power, so 


nuclear power is the most expensive. Furthermore, this is approximately twice 


the 5 to 6 yen calculated cost that the government used in the “Energy White 


Paper” mentioned above. 


In addition, for nuclear power generation, a pumping-up hydroelectric power 


plant is necessary. In other words, the nuclear power plant and pumping-up 


hydroelectric power plant are a set, and in this case, the cost becomes 12. 23 


yen. So, nuclear power is certainly not cheap.



Does nuclear power save on petroleum?


Another grounds for the theory of promoting nuclear power is the assertion, 


“Nuclear power saves on petroleum”. Is this really true?


To check this, we only need to calculate the electrical power productivity 


ratio. For a power generation method, the electrical power productivity ratio is 


the ratio of the amount of energy of all the petroleum input for generating 


electricity to the electric power generated, converted into the amount of 


petroleum energy.


This means that if the output energy is greater than the input energy (converted 


into petroleum), that is, if the electrical power productivity ratio is greater 


than 1, the energy balance is positive, and it would be meaningful to implement 


that power generation method. Also, the larger the electrical power productivity 


ratio, the more efficient the power generation method from the perspective of 


energy balance. In short, it would mean that method is also profitable 


economically and saves on petroleum.


In contrast, if the productivity ratio is less than 1, the energy balance would 


be negative, and it would mean there is no point in implementing that power 


generation method. Even worse, if the method were implemented, it would be a 


loss economically and a wasteful use of petroleum.


For example, in the case of coal-fired power generation, the power created from 


coal that was mined by using 1 unit of petroleum is said to be equivalent to 


about 100 units of petroleum. That means the electrical power productivity ratio 


is 100, and coal-fired power generation makes sense. 


However, for petroleum-fired power generation, in which petroleum is used to 


drill for petroleum that is burned to generate electricity, the electrical power 


productivity ratio is much larger than 100. This means that from the energy 


balance perspective, petroleum-fired power generation is much more efficient 


than coal-fired power generation. For this reason, usage of coal-fired power 


generation declined. 


Now, how about nuclear power generation? According to the calculations by the 


U.S. Bureau of Energy Development in 1976, the electrical productivity ratio was 


3.8 for nuclear power in the U.S. The figure was 4.0 according to a report of 


the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry in Japan in 1991, 


although the details of the calculations were not made public. It is believed 


that these figures are nearly the same because the calculations were based on 


similar presumptions such as the model set-up and processes.


It is clear that when calculating energy balance, if there are oversights of 


conditions that ought to be assumed in the calculations, that is, if some 


elements are left out, it will not lead to accurate results.


First, to calculate the energy input, all of the energy input for generation of 


electricity must be totaled. For example, everything must be incorporated, such 


as mining and refining of uranium, expenditures for construction of the power 


generation plant, costs of operating the power plant, and expenditures for 


construction of the pumping-up hydroelectric power generation plant needed to 


run the nuclear plant. From the output energy, it is necessary to subtract 


factors such as expenditures for processing the nuclear waste materials, and 


losses from factors such as transmission and nighttime electricity usage at the 


pumping-up hydroelectric power generation plant.


Dr. Atsushi Tsuchida, a physicist, has pointed out that there were considerable 


oversights in the calculations of the U.S. Bureau of Energy Development, and 


correcting for these, he calculated the following results.


Regarding the “energy input”, construction of a pumping-up hydroelectric power 


plant required for operating a nuclear power plant, construction of an electric 


power plant and electricity used for operation, and construction of a long 


distance electrical transmission facility were overlooked elements, so these 


were added. In addition, regarding “energy output”, nighttime power loss in a 


pumping-up hydroelectric power plant and losses in transmission were subtracted. 


By doing so, it is said that the energy balance becomes almost 1.


From this alone, it means there is no meaning in implementing nuclear power. 


Further, by adding the considerable amount of energy consumed over a long period 


of time for such things as processing radioactive waste, no matter how 


optimistically you look at it, the energy balance will become less than one. 


Professor Takeshi Murota, a mathematical economist, also calculated nearly the 


same results.


From these results, we can say that nuclear power generation makes no sense at 


all for power generation. Rather, nuclear power generation does not save on 


petroleum and is a big wasteful use of petroleum.


In short, the truth is that nuclear power is first of all, extremely dangerous, 


incurs a high cost, and also does not save on petroleum.



Can we get by without nuclear power?


There is another point to consider. It is often questioned, “Can we get by 


without nuclear power?” Certainly, if there is a shortage of electricity, it 


would cause hindrances including in daily life, industrial and economic 


activities, and all activities related to subsistence, so we can say it is a 


very big issue. Accordingly, now, many people are saying, “Without nuclear 


power, there will be an electricity shortage”, and they are using this as a 


major grounds for continuing or promoting nuclear power.


Is this really true? Let us look at the actual figures. Dr. Hiroaki Koide of the 


Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute has pointed out that in Japan 


overall, thermal power generation is operating at 50% capacity, and hydraulic 


power generation is at 19% capacity. Thus, if the operating rates of thermal and 


hydraulic power generation were increased, there would be a sufficient surplus 


in power generation capacity even without operating nuclear plants. 


In fact, the total of thermal and hydraulic power generation capacity is 170 


million KW. Except for the few hours in the afternoon in mid-summer, with the 


sum of thermal power and hydraulic power, the electricity demand can be covered 


even without nuclear power. The highest electricity consumption on record so far 


in Japan is 182 million KW, and that exceeds the sum of thermal and hydraulic 


power generation by 12 million KW.


There would be a slight electricity shortfall only in the period of a few hours 


when air conditioners are used in summer and electricity consumption peaks. 


Therefore, by taking effective measures to suppress the overall amount of 


electricity used in this peak time, it is fully possible to abandon nuclear 




To suppress the overall amount of electricity used during the peak time, 


suppress the electricity consumed by air conditioners by setting the air 


conditioner temperature just a little higher. As an alternative, to suppress the 


electricity consumption during peak times in places such as factories, 


production adjustments can be made such as staggering the operating times for 


the various types of equipment. Furthermore, measures, such as setting the 


electricity rates for peak times higher, as in France, are fully effective for 


suppressing the overall amount of electricity used. In short, we can survive 


sufficiently well without nuclear power. 



Let us consider this by referring to a more concrete example.


At present, the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant has been suspended, that is, 


operations have stopped. According to the “Electrical Power Supply Plan” for 


the year 2011 in the Chubu Electric Power Company home page, the generation 


reserve margin was 2.95 million KW for the year 2010. In mid-summer last year, 


which was a heat wave, only reactors 3 and 4 at Hamaoka were operating, and they 


had a total supply capacity of 2.237 million kW. 


That means if reactors 3 and 4 at Hamaoka had not been operating, 2,950,000 - 


2,237,000 = 713,000 kW would have been left in the generation reserve margin.


In addition, the generation reserve margin this year was 4,390,000 kW. Chubu 


Electric Power Company itself has forecast that even if the Hamaoka nuclear 


plant were completely stopped, which is a reduction of 3,617,000 kW, more than 


773,000 kW would be left. Even without nuclear power, other types of power 


generation such as thermal and hydraulic power generation will suffice.


In addition, the following article appeared in the June 12, 2011 Asahi Newspaper 


with the title, “Summer electricity demand, and securing supply capacity. Tokyo 


Electric Power Company moves toward restarting the Hirono Power Plant”.


“All five of the reactors (total output power 3.8 million kW) at the Hirono 


Thermal Power Plant (Hirono Town, Fukushima Prefecture) of Tokyo Electric Power 


Company that had stopped operations after being damaged by the tsunami in the 


Great East Japan Earthquake, are expected to be able to restart operations in 


the middle of July. Therefore, the probability has increased that Tokyo Electric 


Power Company will be able to secure power supply exceeding the forecasted 


highest demand this summer of 55 million kW. (omission of middle part)


If the Hirono Thermal Power Plant starts up, it will become possible to add more 


power with the pumping-up hydroelectric power plant that draws up water with the 


leftover electricity at night.” 


In short, it is an article saying that even in the Tokyo Electric Power Company 


district, they can likely manage without nuclear power this summer. Therefore, 


for example, if everyone sets the air conditioner temperature about 1 degree 


higher, it would easily save on about one nuclear reactor’s worth of 


electricity. So including businesses, if we make a point to conserve electricity 


in our work and daily life, it is fully possible to avoid a shortage of 


electricity without forcing people to endure great hardship.


In other words, from now, we need to change and correct the way we had been 


squandering electricity like water, and endeavor to conserve electricity as much 


as possible. By doing so, and by using only thermal power, hydraulic power, or 


natural energy sources, we can make do even without nuclear power. This can be 


done without lowering the present level of our daily lives or work efficiency of 


businesses, and without raising production costs.


These past several decades, the government has promoted nuclear power as a 


national policy. For this reason, along with thermal power, nuclear power has 


become one of the two large pillars for generating electricity. In other words, 


even though we could have sufficiently met the electricity demands from the 


beginning with methods other than nuclear power, such as thermal power, as the 


main source for generating electricity, nuclear power has been firmly 


incorporated into our daily electricity generation system as a national policy, 


and this structure has left our lives, economic activities and other areas 


dependent on nuclear power.


As a consequence, if we were to suddenly abolish all nuclear power now, 


realistically, adjustments could not be made in time, and in some regions, there 


may be temporary electricity shortages. In this sense, it is certain that how to 


get by through periods of potential electricity shortages is a major issue, and 


we must deal with this carefully. 



The potential for a catastrophe from factors such as a terrorist attack


The accident this time arose from an earthquake and tsunami, but there is 


something else we must consider.


It has not been mentioned often, but in fact, there is a very strong possibility 


that if a nuclear power plant were struck in an airplane crash, missile attack 


or terrorist attack, a catastrophe would occur. 


Based on the principle or structure of a nuclear power plant, it would not be 


possible to prevent a catastrophe if a nuclear plant were struck in an airplane 


crash or military attack. 


In short, nuclear power plants were not designed and built assuming a military 


attack or plane crash. The structures were designed and built on the premise 


that they would be operating during a so-called “era of peace” in which there 


is no war or terrorism. 


In the case of Japan, there are 54 nuclear reactors, and they are located along 


the coastline almost all across the country. If there were a country that 


planned to attack Japan, this would be exactly the same as setting nuclear bombs 


throughout the country.


If a nuclear plant were struck by an airplane, missile, or another form of 


terrorism, it would be the same as having dropped several nuclear bombs on 


Japan. If so, Japan would virtually be annihilated, and there would be no longer 


any place where humans could live in Japan. This would be an extremely terrible 




In this sense, as long as Japan has nuclear power plants, no matter how much the 


military power is strengthened, it would be impossible to prevent attacks from 


other countries against nuclear plants. This may be black humor, but it means 


that if Japan continues to maintain nuclear power plants from now also, there is 


no way for Japan to survive except by completely abolishing all military forces 


and aspiring toward becoming an absolutely peaceful, friendly country that would 


never be attacked by other countries.


Incidentally, Western countries have conducted research and implemented training 


assuming a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant. In 1981, a nuclear reactor in 


Iraq was actually bombed by Israel. 


(Supplementary note: According to the Asahi Newspaper of July 31, 2011, prompted 


by the bombing incident of the nuclear reactor in Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign 


Affairs started damage prediction research in absolute secrecy for the case of 


an attack on a domestic nuclear plant. In 1984, findings were submitted stating 


that an attack on a nuclear plant would cause enormous damage. Nevertheless, it 


was not made public for fear of expanding the anti-nuclear power movement.)



We have been deceived about everything


Now, I would like to summarize the various things that we have considered up to 


this point. In a word, perhaps we have been deceived about everything after all. 


With the catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear plant this time, not only has it 


been proven by actual fact that nuclear plants, which the electric power 


companies and government have been saying are absolutely safe until now, are 


extremely dangerous, but also, all of the factors that have been considered as 


advantages and grounds for promoting nuclear power were in fact disadvantages.


What does this mean? To put it simply, from the beginning, there was absolutely 


no meaning in implementing nuclear power. With nuclear power, we, the general 


public, only suffer major losses, and nuclear power is extremely dangerous. 


Perhaps this has become clear to many people through the nuclear plant accident 


at Fukushima.


As I mentioned earlier, one more very important point here is that from several 


decades ago, concerned people have been warning repeatedly about these facts.


At the same time, it means there was the influence of electric power companies, 


government, bureaucrats, politicians, the financial world, scholars who wanted 


research funds, and media under the government’s thumb, that sealed off the 


voices of these warnings. In addition, many of us have lived either believing 


unconditionally the words of people in high positions, such as people in the 


government and electric companies, or pretending not to see even while doubting, 


or being completely apathetic to these matters. Perhaps it can be said that a 


combination of these led to the catastrophe this time. 


Ignorance, apathy, leaving matters to others, and giving up are the fundamental 




In short, what I want to say is that, here and now, we ought to properly reflect 


on our own attitude in life, and not try to settle this problem only by one-


sidedly criticizing the electric power companies or government.


For example, although it is pathetic, until the nuclear accident in Fukushima, 


many people did not know that there are 54 reactors in Japan. In addition, we 


can hear the voices of many people who say that because of this accident, for 


the first time, they realized that nuclear power is dangerous. 


Regarding nuclear power, it is clear that the government, electric power 


companies, and others were to blame, but at the same time, we have been 


deficient in many ways. Consequently, the outcome is that we have been 


supporting these kinds of electric power companies, the government, and others. 


If we do not properly reflect on this fact, we cannot create a peaceful and 


happy Japan in the true sense from now. Taking the nuclear power issue as one 


example, I feel that without proper self-reflection, the decisions may go awry 


depending on the situation from now. Further, in other serious societal issues 


besides nuclear power, such as the issue of revising the constitution of Japan, 


the possibility of choosing the wrong path may result. So in this sense too, it 


can be said that we are standing at a major crossroad or critical turning point 




To put it another way, I feel that now of all times, we must make this an 


opportunity to create a country of Japan that is truly peaceful and where 


everyone is happy. We must put forth all our effort to recover from this 


difficult situation as quickly as possible. At the same time, we must 


investigate the fundamental cause that triggered this difficult situation, so 


that not only the nuclear power accident, but this kind of tragedy never occurs 


again, and implement a thorough fundamental treatment in our way of living as 


individuals, in addition to the government and society’s way of being. 



“O-kami-shinko” (blind faith in the government) is no good


Let us consider a little further about these matters. As a general trend, 


Japanese people tend to have “o-kami-shinko” (blind faith in the government). 


The Japanese people, for no reason at all, tend to accept without questioning 


what people “above” say, such as people in high positions in the government, 


university professors, or a president of a large company.


Of course, regarding politicians, for example, we hear conversations of 


complaints about the present prime minister. However, overall, although it is 


odd to say “above” when there is truly no above or below, the nature of 


Japanese people is that there is a tendency to accept without questioning what 


is told to them from “a person above”. Regarding the nuclear power problem, 


perhaps this is one of the fundamental causes on our side.


From another perspective, we do not attempt to know the details, or rather, know 


accurately. This is apathy, which is saying that the matter is something for 


people in high positions to consider and is irrelevant to me. It is also leaving 


matters to others to do, and saying it is not something I can do. Ignorance 


comes from this apathy. I may sound like I am talking patronizingly, but this 


time, I myself cannot say that I do not have this tendency.


Another point is “giving up”. Perhaps an extremely large number of people feel 


somewhere in their heart, “ultimately, that kind of thing can’t be helped”. 


It is a sense of giving up and saying, “even if each of us raises our voice, 


ultimately, it can’t be helped”.


Ignorance, apathy, leaving matters to others, and giving up. These are the 


biggest causes of the Fukushima nuclear accident. Would it be going too far to 


say that before reproaching the attitude of the electric power companies or 


government, we ourselves, each one of us, must reflect on ourselves?


After saying this now, I, myself do not think this statement is going too far, 


but I feel deeply anew that this “ignorance, apathy, leaving matters to others, 


and giving up” of all things are the fundamental causes of the catastrophe at 


the Fukushima nuclear plant. 


In other words, in general, each one of us is lacking the proper recognition 


that “this society, this country and the world are ours”. For this reason, we 


ourselves were lacking the awareness that “we are to create this society, this 


country, and this world with our hands”. Regarding the country, does it not 


mean, “a clear vision of what kind of Japan we are going to create in the 


future, and a true ideal that anyone can accept, has not been set forth in the 


country of Japan”? 



There are still many who are in favor of nuclear power


From what I have discussed until now, I think you have understood that with a 


little investigation, anyone can understand matters such as “nuclear power is 


far from being cheap”.


There are people who think as follows. “Nuclear power and radiation are scary 


for some reason. An accident actually occurred. Therefore, I am opposed to 


nuclear power.” Nevertheless, by actually talking with people, I found that 


there are many people around me who actually support and promote nuclear power. 


I feel that there are still only a small number of people who absolutely oppose 


nuclear power no matter the circumstances; that is, these people feel that we 


will create a society free of nuclear power from now. In questionnaires by 


newspapers and other sources, it seems that 70% oppose nuclear power now, but by 


talking with people in actual daily life, it seems maybe about one quarter of 


the people would abandon nuclear power no matter the circumstances. 


It seems that the remaining three quarters now feel that it would be better not 


to have nuclear power. However, it appears they think that if there would be an 


electricity shortage without nuclear power, or if it would unfavorably influence 


their work, or if economic growth could not be maintained, maybe continuing 


nuclear power is unavoidable. In other words, I think there are a fair number of 


people who feel strongly against nuclear power now, but would switch to 


continuing or promoting nuclear power depending on the circumstances. 


This means that assuming one quarter of the people say they absolutely oppose 


nuclear power no matter the circumstances, if the remaining three quarters 


support nuclear power depending on the situation, nuclear power will continue 




Probably, there are electric power companies, government-related people and 


bureaucrats who would gain by continuing or promoting nuclear power, and they 


have united and promoted nuclear power, but I believe the number of these people 


is about 1% of the total population or less. 


The remaining 99% is the general population. So, if we, the general population, 


just clearly understand that nuclear power truly makes no sense, has no 


advantages, and of course, does not even save on petroleum, nor reduce carbon 


dioxide emissions, and on top of that, is tremendously dangerous, it will be 


possible to abolish nuclear power permanently. 



Not even one advantage to nuclear power


This is an important topic, so I will go over it again. Many people think there 


are advantages and disadvantages to nuclear power. In addition, they try to 


decide whether to support or oppose nuclear power by weighing the advantages and 


disadvantages on a balance, and seeing which is heavier.


Of the disadvantages, the biggest factor is the fact that nuclear power is 


excessively dangerous. Assuming nuclear power has some advantages, even so, the 


disadvantage of being excessively dangerous far outweighs all of the advantages 


combined, and I, myself, feel that nuclear power should be abolished 




Yet, here is a problem of a difference in sense of values. For example, some 


people say as follows. Economic growth is more important than anything else. 


Electricity is needed for economic growth. Even if nuclear power is dangerous, 


it is necessary for supplying electricity. 


In other words, it is the theory that nuclear power is necessary for the sake of 


economic growth, even if there is a dangerous aspect of nuclear power. Perhaps 


the words, “economic growth” could be replaced by, “maintaining the present 


lifestyle”, “continuing the present work”, or “securing and maintaining the 


present income”.


It would mean that support or opposition to nuclear power would depend on each 


person’s sense of values, and further, a person’s way of thinking would change 


according to the social conditions of the time. Under such circumstances, it is 


only natural that a clear conclusion could never be reached. Furthermore, even 


if a conclusion were forcibly drawn, if the conclusion were mistaken, it would 


mean leaving problems in the future. 


However, what I have described so far is, “The fact is that there is absolutely 


no advantage to nuclear power.” If you investigate the actual situation 


regarding all of the factors that were said to be advantages, there is nothing 


that can be called an advantage peculiar to nuclear power, and instead, they are 




In this way, if it becomes clear that there are absolutely no advantages to 


nuclear power, what remains is only the disadvantage that nuclear power is 


excessively dangerous. That means, no matter what, nuclear power ought to be 


abolished as soon as possible and permanently.



Just understanding is not enough


I think you have already agreed with what I have discussed so far. However, by 


that only, nothing will change. 


Some people comment as follows. “I read books on nuclear power. I also looked 


at some websites. I went to listen to some lectures. I see now that nuclear 


power is dangerous. There are no advantages to nuclear power. I understand very 


well that there is no meaning in implementing nuclear power. Therefore, I oppose 


nuclear power.” Perhaps, we can say this is some progress, but I think that 


with this only, it will not be possible to immediately and permanently abolish 


all nuclear power.


In other words, nothing will change if a person just says, "I oppose nuclear 


power", and does nothing more. This has been proven by many examples in history. 


To put it simply, it means, "Peace will not become reality by only praying". 


Toward bringing to reality true peace, I feel that by boldly conveying one’s 


thoughts to others through certain and concrete methods, we must increase the 


number of people who agree. In short, perhaps the most important lesson we ought 


to learn from the nuclear power plant accident is that unless each one of us 


becomes "a person who truly takes action", nothing will change in this society. 



Increase your ability to convey to others


For this purpose, first, each one of us must understand properly as a fact and 


theoretically, "Why it is necessary to abolish all nuclear power immediately". 


Next, it is necessary to develop the ability to properly explain this to others 


with reliable theory and facts. In addition, I feel we must find opportunities 


and boldly convey this truth to others. 


For this, developing your abilities by assertively reading relevant books and 


websites, and participating in lectures and study groups is very effective. In 


addition, introducing good books and websites to acquaintances and inviting them 


to lectures and study groups are effective methods.


For example, how would you reply to opinions such as the following? "Nuclear 


power is necessary to continue economic growth". "With natural energy, power 


generation is unstable and the efficiency is not good, so it will not substitute 


for nuclear power that is stable and is efficient in power generation." "With 


just one gram of uranium, nuclear power generation can produce the energy of two 


tons of petroleum. Nuclear power is far more efficient".


Regarding the first opinion, "Nuclear power is necessary to continue economic 


growth", as I already explained, you can present figures that have been reported 


and say, "Even without nuclear power, thermal and hydraulic power generation are 




Regarding the second opinion, ""With natural energy, power generation is 


unstable, and the efficiency is not good, so it will not substitute for nuclear 


power that is stable and is efficient in power generation", certainly, at the 


present stage, it is a fact that power generation with natural energy is 


unstable, and the efficiency is not high. 


For spreading and expanding natural energy power generation, it is hoped that 


from now, power generation efficiency will be increased by major technological 


innovations, and at the same time, stability and control technology will improve 


through computer technology such as "smart grid". By doing so, power generation 


by natural energy will become increasingly important as a promising power 


generation method in the future.


In addition, the efficiency of power generation with nuclear power is certainly 


not high compared to thermal power and hydraulic power. From this aspect also, 


thermal power, hydraulic power, and natural energy can sufficiently supply the 


required electrical power.


Regarding the third opinion, "With just one gram of uranium, nuclear power 


generation can produce the energy of two tons of petroleum. Nuclear power is far 


more efficient", by thinking about this just a little, people might think, 


"That's amazing". However, this is a numerical trick. 


Indeed, it is amazing that with just one gram of uranium, the energy of two tons 


of petroleum will be output. However, the refined one-gram of uranium does not 


exist in that form from the beginning. By digging deep into the earth, soil- or 


rock-containing uranium is extracted. Of this extracted soil or rock, only a 


small portion contains uranium, and of that uranium, only 0.07% is uranium-235, 


which is used in nuclear power.


This means that we are only saying that the final one-gram of uranium, which was 


produced by repeatedly concentrating the uranium from the first stage where it 


was contained in soil or rock, is equivalent to the energy of two tons of 


petroleum. Therefore, from the initial condition of being in the soil or rock 


deep underground, by no means does crude uranium have so much power compared to 




There is no doubt that concentrated and refined uranium has tremendous energy. 


However, to refine and concentrate uranium to that extent requires an enormous 


amount petroleum or electricity produced from petroleum.


By verifying the facts one by one, as above, it is possible to disprove with 


certainty the basis upon which various people say that nuclear power is 


necessary and to persuade them.



Convey to others with certainty


In this way, each person conveys with certainty to others regarding the truth 


about nuclear power. Convey with certainty to 5, 10 or even 100 people. Those 


people to whom the information was conveyed also convey to 5, 10 or 100 people. 


I feel that if this chain reaction does not reach the final goal, it will not be 


possible to truly abolish nuclear power, of course, nor to bring to reality a 


society of true peace where everyone is happy.


I feel that the fact that each one of us could not do so until now, is the 


biggest cause of making Japan a country that would bring about the catastrophe 


at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. In this sense, perhaps serious 


consideration of "What is true happiness?" and "becoming a person who takes 


action in earnest" are the things most needed from each one of us now.

(to be continued)


Monday, August 1, 2011







Are Humans the "Most Superior in All of Creation"?

Are Humans the “Most Superior in All of Creation”? 


Two life-shaping experiences

One day, after a certain occurrence at age 10, I was struck by the thought, “Why are there poor people in this world? There is definitely something wrong with this world.” Then, at age 14, I visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Atomic Bomb Memorial) during a school field trip. The entire time while I looked at the many exhibits, I could not stop my body from shuddering. It was not from fear or anger, but simply from the strong feeling, “Humans are so foolish. There is definitely something wrong with this kind of world.”


The memory of these two life-shaping experiences continued to reside deep in my heart. Then, at age 22, I learned of the booklet, “With Everyone, Raise an Ideal for the Country” [“Minna de Kuni no Riso o”] by Shigemasa Wada, who originally made this proposal. After reading this booklet, I had a firm conviction, “This is the certain path where people will become happy and every country and the world will be saved.” I had found the answer to the questions that I had from childhood. I was truly moved from the depths of my heart.


In addition, I felt that my life mission was to convey this idea to the people all over the world. The fruit of 40 years of contemplation and actual practice was the book, “A Country’s Ideal and the Constitution?‘The Road to a Nation for International Peace and the Environment’” (in Japanese) [“Kuni no Riso to Kenpo?‘Kokusai Kankyo Heiwa Kokka e no Michi’”] and the English translation, “Beyond National Egoism? The Road to a Nation for International Peace and the Environment”.


Through an Infinite Relay of Life

In the 14 billion year history of the universe, the first primitive single-celled organisms appeared on the earth 3.5 billion years ago, and the evolution of living organisms began from here. Since then, evolution has continued and the various plants and animals emerged. Three million years ago, apes, or the first humans, appeared and the history of human evolution began. Then, 40,000 years ago, humans in our present form were born, and we arrive at the present-day humans, ourselves, of today.


From the first living organisms that emerged 3.5 billion years ago to each of us of living today, “life” has been passed on like a baton in a relay from one generation to the next. One can say this passing of the baton has occurred virtually an infinite number of times. This means that if even one link in this “chain of life” had been broken, you and I would not exist in this world. From this fact, it can be said that the life of each person and all living beings are irreplaceable. 


In addition, in this sense, each one of us, and all living beings on the earth are standing at the forefront of the history of living beings. It is often said, “Humans are the most superior in all of creation.” Does this mean that among animals, humans are the most outstanding existences? Certainly, humans can make full use of a developed brain that other animals do not have, and humans have developed a shining technological civilization and material civilization. As a result, humans have overpowered other animals and are enjoying prosperity on this earth. 


Are humans crazy apes?

However, at least since recorded history up until now, we humans have continued to massacre fellow humans on a large scale over and over again. In addition, we humans are discriminating against and abusing fellow humans. Furthermore, now, we put poison in our food and drinking water, pollute the air we breathe, and are destroying the world in which we live. In this kind of world, individually and as a society, many people bear a sense of insecurity and are suffering in life. There is definitely something wrong with this kind of world. With things as they are, it can hardly be said, “Humans are the most superior in all of creation.” Then, are humans “crazy apes”?


We can definitely bring to reality peace

Are humans originally such foolish and powerless existences? I do not think so. We humans have committed many mistakes and caused ourselves and others to suffer. However, with our power, we certainly ought to be able to correct the mistakes we have made. We humans can definitely attain not only our own happiness and peace in our hearts, but also resolve the many problems of society, and bring to reality world peace and the happiness of all humankind.


Perhaps the reasons why these have not been brought to reality until now are lack of interest, ignorance, and most of all, giving up. I am certain that if we firmly believe, “we can definitely bring this to reality,” and make clear the root cause of the mistaken ways, we definitely will be able to find the path to solving the problems. Isn’t that the point when we become existences that are worthy of the expression, “Humans are the most superior in all of creation”?


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Saturday, May 30, 2009








The Importance of Enlightenment

The Importance of Enlightenment 

               Transcript from a talk (Translated from Japanese)


Nothing is more important for us than “the importance of enlightenment.” This is because we ourselves are the ones who are living. What am I? What is this world in which I am living? Without truly knowing these, we are living only by our moods or thoughts.


Nothing is more foolish than not knowing truly about yourself, not knowing truly about life, and not living a true way of life, and it is a regrettable life. To grasp anew our true self and the true world, clearly and by experiencing (not with the head or intellect), is more important than all else. This is especially so in the present era in which our human society is rapidly headed toward a dead end.


Buddha became enlightened 2500 years ago. He keenly indicated that the source of all human suffering and chaos in society is ignorance, and that an absolute truth of existence is of being one and indivisible.


So, what is ignorance? Normally, we recognize, judge and think about things with our head (intellect). However, “thoughts” of our head are relative, separate things into “I” and “others,” and we mistakenly understand things as being separate existences.


Therefore, things we understand by our thoughts are only “false” things that we have interpreted in a way for our own convenience, and are not the “truth” as it is. Furthermore, the “self” we understand by “our relationship to others” through our thoughts is consequently merely the self that we have defined on our own, and is not the “true self” itself. By thoughts, we cannot grasp the true self and the absolute truth of existence of being one and indivisible.


In order to grasp the absolute truth of existence directly and not with the head, first, it is necessary to have a strong desire to attain this by experiencing, no matter what it takes. At the same time, it is vital to quiet down our thoughts of the head by proper meditation or “zazen” (sitting in silent meditation).


However, it is a fact that the wall of our thoughts is extremely thick and grasping the truth directly is very difficult. Speaking from experience, after running into a problem that cannot be solved with the head, struggling and struggling, and facing a complete dead end and desperate situation, suddenly, a consciousness beyond the head (thoughts) takes effect and you can grasp directly the absolute truth of existence of everything being one and indivisible.


The “Seminar of Life,” which I supervise, is based on this principle. So far, many participants have awakened to their true self and the true world in the short period of one week.


In any case, we must make this our top priority theme anew?

What am “I who exists” and not merely “I who lives daily life.”


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Tuesday, May 12, 2009







Striving toward creating a nation in an exciting way

Striving toward creating a nation in an exciting way 

              Transcript from a talk (Translated from Japanese)


Striving toward creating a nation in an exciting way?

Let us raise an ideal for Japan together


Modern-day Japan is facing a serious dead end in areas such as politics, the economy, education and social welfare. Further, globally, due to factors such as environmental destruction and wars, our human society is facing history’s worst crisis. In order to overcome this crisis from the root level, we need to create a completely different flow from the ones of the past. I feel that the key is in the present Constitution of Japan.


Including Japan, the main cause or culprit of this worst dead end of human society is conflicts of national egoism that says, “As long as it is in my country’s best interests.” These conflicts of national egoism cause wars, promote development of science and technology, promote competition among businesses, and create problems such as with the environment, poverty, and famine.


According to the Preamble of the present Constitution of Japan, Japan will make all out efforts to contribute to solving the many serious problems of the world by peaceful means. It proclaims strongly that this is how the country will secure its survival. This means Japan renounces national egoism by its own will unilaterally. In addition, Article 9 calls for renouncing all types of war including war for self-defense and abolishment of military.


I published the book, “Kuni no Riso to Kenpo” (“A Country’s Ideal and the Constitution”, original in Japanese and published in English as “Beyond National Egoism?The Road to an Nation for International Peace and the Environment” last year. In this book, I presented the following proposal:


In the midst of the dead end situation of the world, let us truly revive Japan. Further, in order to take initiative toward overcoming the critical situation of the world from the root level, let us more assertively bring to life the spirit of peace of the present Constitution of Japan, and let us raise a new ideal in Japan, ‘to aspire for a nation for international peace and the environment.’


In recent years, Japan has seen political turmoil and fallen into its worst ever recession. During this time, people have gotten the impression that the issue of revising the constitution has disappeared. However, considering that on May 18, 2010, the National Referendum law will come into force, it can be anticipated that before long, the movement to revise the constitution will become very active again. Now, especially since we are in this kind of period, we must think about this very seriously.





“Beyond National Egoism?The Road to a Nation for International Peace and the Environment


Shohei Nomura

Mamizu Shuppan Publishing




I. The Constitutional Debate That Will Determine Japan's Future 


Chapter 1 Can We Protect the Peace Without Military Force? 

Chapter 2 Arguments for and against Constitutional Revision 


II. Know the Present State of the Global Environment and Human Society 


Chapter 1 Know the Present State of the Environmental Problems 

Chapter 2 Population, Food Supply, Water, Energy, and Nuclear Power Problems

Chapter 3 Considering Conflicts and Wars of the 21st Century 


III. How Can We Overcome This Crisis?


Chapter 1 What Is the Fundamental Cause of the Crisis Situation? 

Chapter 2 Considering the Future of This Nation

Chapter 3 Overcoming National Egoism 


Proposal for the Japanese People

─Everyone, Let Us Raise an Ideal for the Nation 

─Now, What Should I Do? 

Proposal─For the People All Over the World


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