Nuclear Energy

Addressing Nuclear Energy with Greater Comprehension

nuclear energyAs a Franco-Japanese from New York, I realize that after Hiroshima, Nagasaki and now the “accident” of Fukushima, we must comprehend.

To learn something from our past is to embrace the need for a new consciousness.

In a country which experiences important earthquakes and tsunamis (and where there is a prediction of a 70% chance of a major earthquake to occur in the next four years), nuclear energy may be efficient and economic, but not “ethical” in that such “accidents” may present risks for the Japanese and for the planet.

Although I would like to believe that it takes a great tsunami, the likes of which we hope to never see again, to create such a disaster, I fear this is wishful thinking.  What opened my eyes to graver dangers were two documentaries on the crisis by Arte and the BBC.  In these documentaries we see that the reality on the ground is quite different from realities in headquarters miles away.

In one of the Most Industrialized Countries in the World what role did technology play on constraining the Nuclear crisis on the ground?

Experts interviewed by the French channel Arte  (Arte Enquete sur une supercatastrophe nucleaire) present an eye opening view to ground realities in a nuclear crisis.  Similarly,  (BBC This World 2012 Inside the Meltdown) presented me with a disturbing realization: our safety in one of the most industrialized and efficient countries in the world was in part in the hands of car batteries used to reboot electricity in a nuclear plant, manual maneuvers and men with courage.

What would this crisis have looked like elsewhere?

What we see in the documentary is that the rescue team on the ground used simple car batteries taken from their own cars to reboot electricity in a room at a nuclear power plant.  They had to resort to manually turn valves to release hydrogen (given that no one envisioned the possibility of an electric outage).  We see a small core staff from TEPCO and also firemen who cooled an explosive situation with simple hoses and make-shift maneuvers.  These men and their families are the true heroes, but we should not let their effort and gift of their own health and lives fail to teach us something important.

For me, the most important lesson is not nuclear energy nor a debate on whether it is 100% safe, but our actual state of human consciousness.

That we can do no better than use our intelligence to create bombs capable of eliminating much of humanity is a reflection of the current poverty of our consciousness.  That we have not yet focused on developing energy that is both safe and whose waste does not pollute our ecosystem for thousands of years is another statement for our era.

When the problem is defined as such, the solution is not the immediate elimination of all nuclear energy (although in some circumstances such as countries with high risks of earthquakes or natural disasters this can be common sense), but the creation of a much more vast human consciousness defined in positive terms.  This solution has to encompass a greater vision for man, for technology and for progress itself.

When we fight against Something We give it Power

The distinction may not seem important.   However, in the field of positive mental health in which I have worked with Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, we have found that when we fight against something, we give it power.  To fight against a depression is to give it importance and strength.  To create a war against nuclear energy will also create a strong backlash by powerful forces.

Succeeding in Saying “Goodbye to Nuclear” requires stating Vision in Positive Terms

Rather than defining success in Japan solely as “goodbye to nuclear” and facing formidable resistance by the government and industry, I believe Japan could define success in positive terms so that both the wise generation and the youth will rally behind such a movement and go much further.  I think defining success in positive terms will enable Mr. Kenzaburo Oe and Mr. Satoshi Kamata and others to provide a real and important alternative to the Japanese should they decide to shut down all reactors and create an alternative route to nuclear.

Success in Nuclear Defined in Positive Terms

Japan could demonstrate by example to the whole world that green and renewable energy is not only a “moral” choice in a country visited by earthquakes and tsunamis, but a viable choice for an industrialized nation. 

Through breakthroughs in technology and innovation Japan can lead the world in renewable energy and establish a new relationship with nature.  It can do so in a humane manner that respects the liberty of individuals.

Learning from Crisis

To achieve the above goal defined in positive terms will require tremendous will power, courage and focus.  It is likely to involve national and international cooperation and the will of a nation of great minds to make important breakthroughs in renewable energy and innovative technologies.   It will also necessitate a nation to make strategic decisions and create innovative funding structures capable of unifying industry with a common aim through an economic downturn.  And most importantly, it will require a compassionate Japan that considers and respects the dignity and liberty of all individuals.

Japan will need to create an alternative that currently does not exist. Given the current national and international context, it may well be, the Japanese, who could be amongst the first to succeed.

Fundamental change in a Nation does not start nor end with Nuclear issues

In a world where crisis is mounting and where our will is constantly tested, we need to define our future in clear positive terms.  The real problem or challenge is a change in consciousness.   This consciousness must embrace greater comprehension, compassion, liberation and realization both at the individual and national level.   Anything short of this is not success.

By creating a new Japan that uses its imagination to inspire, and rise above crisis, the Japanese may not only save themselves from the worst, but can provide an inspiring model for the rest of the world.  Through greater comprehension, compassion, liberation and realization, we may be able to overcome other disasters in the future, be they nuclear, global warming, rising nationalism, poverty, unjust and unhealthy working conditions or other.

I believe that the Japanese can and will succeed.


Petition for Japan to become a leader in Natural Energy (anyone in any country can participate). Please print out the PDF, sign, send.

Original site with petitions in various languages:

Petition for the Realization of Denuclearization and a Society focused on Natural Energy 

The petition deadline has been extended to the end of May 2012. We ask for your further support!

English petition form(pdf)
■About the Petition Form■

In Japan, a personally signed petition is still more forceful than an Internet-based signature. Therefore, please print out the English petition form (pdf file) and send it to us by postal mail.

Here are some instructions:
1. The petition consists of two pages which have to be submitted together. Please staple the 1st page with the petition text and the 2nd page with your signatures together.

2. The English petition is addressed to the present Japanese Prime Minister. It is valid even in case the Prime Minister changes. When our organization will submit the petitions, we make sure that the legal requirements for a valid petition are observed.

3. Please send the petition by postal mail (fax is not valid) to the following address:
Citizens’ Committee for the 10 Million People’s Petition to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants
c/o Gensuikin, 1F 3-2-11 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0062, JAPAN

4. The final deadline of this petition is February 28, 2012. However, we have set two intermediary deadlines: September 10, 2011 and December 20, 2011.

5. Some further notes:
 You can write your name and address in your native language.

 Petitions from foreign citizens living outside Japan are valid as long as the petition is addressed to the Japanese Prime Minister. In case the petition is addressed to the National Diet (House of Representatives) or the Upper House, petitions from foreigners living outside Japan are not valid.

 There is no age limit. Signatures from children are also valid.

 In principle, a petition has to be signed personally. In case of children or disabled persons, it is accepted if someone signs the petition on the person’s behalf.

Nathalie Ishizuka

About the Author

Nathalie Ishizuka

Nathalie Ishizuka, a Franco-Japanese from New York, is Director of the Movement Beyond Our Best: Re-inventing Ourselves Silently. She is a meditation coach accompanying visionaries committed to changing themselves with tested techniques of meditation and one area of competence beyond a previous best.

  • Reblogged this on The Nuclear Chain Campaign and commented:
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    • Nathalie says:

      Dear Nuclear Campaigners, I added some more information on signatures needed in Japan for a petition to turn to natural energy. This is important in a country that has frequent earthquakes and tsunamis. Signatures can come from any country. They need hand signed signatures (no faxes or email). I will also try to convince the campaigners in Japan (I met Kenzaburo Oe and Satoshi Kamata briefly in Paris) to have also an internet option available even if it is less significant than signed signatures. Both could be helpful. You may wish to copy the link to download the PDF petition and the English explanation directly on your site.

      • Thanks Nathalie!

        We have added a direct link to the pdf on our blog, with directions and a reference back to your original post. Please keep us updated on the results! We appreciate your support and best of luck with the petition!

        The Nuclear Campaigners

  • Nathalie says:

    Thank you Nuclear Campaigners! I appreciate the link for Japan.

    I think it would be great to add a category to your site on green energy. In Japan, it is not enough to say no to nuclear, but yes to green or natural energy or a combination thereof (thermal, solar, etc). We also have to be responsible for raising the funding private or public to move in that direction so that global warming due to carbon is not a result of turning away from nuclear.

    Similarily to the approach on the positive mental health ( — a site on defining health and happiness in positive terms– you may think of “nuclear” as a symptom of our actual consciousness, the problem is to define a positive vision of man, a greater conscousness that views crisis and progress differently. If we deal with “symptoms,” however important such as nuclear, we are still not treating the center directly, and after nuclear, another important symptom such as global warming, will accentuate.. Having said that, given the recent predictions in Japan including the one this week by the government of Japan on possible earthquake and tsunami in Tokyo Bay in the near future should an earthquake strike there, we need to attend to this now.

    But in the end, unless we change our core, given the level and intensity of crisis now in the world (financial, natural and other) we will be overwhelemed with one symptom after the next.

    • Hello again Nathalie,

      We appreciate your comment and completely agree. Per your suggestion, we have added a category under Natural Energy. To inaugurate our new topic we were wondering if you would like to write a guest post on green energy? Our campaign is centered around awareness of the problems surrounding nuclear energy, so our site may be light on solutions and options for activism. However, we will work on making our posts more rounded to include alternatives and opportunities to act in the future.

      Thank you for your suggestions and comments.
      We hope you will accept our offer to post for us!

      The Nuclear Campaigners

      • Nathalie says:

        Dear Nuclear Campaigners,

        I too am no expert on green energy, but I am sure there are other bloggers out there. My focus is on an existential experience in face of natural or man-made crisis. How to use crisis in a country or a setback, to emerge beyond a previous best experience. I am working with artists in Japan in that regard, some of them are currently interested in nuclear, but nuclear is not my focus.

        I can keep you posted on events related to changes in Japan.

        I do know that one energy in Japan which may become important is thermal energy. Iceland is a leader in this. I can forward things if they are sent to me. China is becoming a leader in solar.

        All the best, Nathalie

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