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