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       Last night I saw upon the stair
       a little man who wasn’t there.
       He wasn’t there again today.
       Oh, how I wish he’d go away.

                    - from a popular rhyme composed by William Hughes Mearns

I'm still behind the cause of Mr. Takashi Hirose. To my regret, however, his approach isn't really paying off despite the fact that the anti-nuclear power movement seems to have further gathered momentum when measured by the numbers of people he and his colleagues have mobilized.

The reason behind this is because Hirose has ideologized the issue by getting more and more involved in politics himself.

Recently someone close to him uploaded interesting videos which show an all-night debate program aired 23 years before 3/11. It, in itself, is yet another Shintoist ritual called Dibehto in this country, but if you have some Japanese proficiency, you will know Hirose, still in his mid-40s, already had an unparalleled insight into problems entailed in nuclear power generation, but at the same time his weak spot was already there.

When an empty-headed cynic named Susumu Nishibe challenged the arguments by Hirose and some nuclear scientists who sided with him as helplessly childish, Mr. Hirose had to pretend he hadn't heard him. Actually Nishibe said to the effect that speaking against nuclear energy is like saying we should refrain from driving cars just because tens of thousands of people lose their lives in traffic accidents every year.

Nishibe's argument was equally, or even more, childish. So it's all the more regrettable that the youngish Hirose was at a loss over how to counter it. 26 years have passed since then. I think it's about time he should have learned that by politicizing the issue, he is externalizing it as if it were someone else's problem.

In fact, the single most important thing for an activist, or any human being for that matter, is always to internalize the issue at hand. If you are really serious about the risks involved in manufacturing, selling, buying and driving cars, you should stop engaging in such activities altogether to be the role model for others. In short:

You shouldn't cherry-pick.

Fortunately for us, though, there are a handful of level-headed nuclear scientists and medical experts who pursue the same end using a much more down-to-earth approach. One of them is this Hiroaki Koide, Associate Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. He has made it clear to the public that he doesn't want to become associated with any political group.

On June 18, Koide visited Okinawa University to give a 3-hour presentation in which he stressed more than anything else that citizens of Okinawa, Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Fukushima have one important thing in common.

He started off his lecture by summarizing the situation in Fukushima from a nuclear scientist's point of view. There was nothing particularly new in the numerical data and factual pieces of information he gave to the audience. But I think the introductory part of the speech served his purpose of reminding what his audience had almost forgotten.

Then the lecturer moved on to the historical background against which the Japanese, especially people in Okinawa, Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Fukushima have been going through all these sufferings.

Mass suicide in Okinawa, June 1945

The nuclear scientist did not directly mention this particular incident that happened to hundreds of female Okinawans in June 1945. One year earlier almost thousand Japanese civilians committed mass suicide by throwing themselves off "Banzai cliff" when the U.S. Marines had advanced to the northern tip of Saipan. Banzai literally means "Long live the Emperor."

In June next year another hundreds of women did exactly the same thing toward the end of the bloody battle of Okinawa. When doing so, they all cried Banzai.

Seven decades later, male Japanese macaques are still chitchatting over the incident. Some say these women were forced to do so while some others insist it was a voluntary act. It's as though they think it matters whether or not they were forced by the military personnel to kill themselves.

Memo W. J. Sebald addressed to Douglas MacArthur

As to the prolonged, or even perpetuated, U.S. occupation of Okinawa, Mr. Koide touched on what is vaguely known to the Japanese subjects as "Emperor's Okinawa Message". (See POSTSCRIPT dated September 10.)

It was a top secret thing until the document was declassified some 60 years later.

To make the long story short, the father of incumbent Emperor Akihito sold off Okinawa and its residents to the American people just to reciprocate the super-generous leniency Hirohito was expecting from Harry S. Truman.

Hiroshima in the 1930s or early-'40s
International University of Okinawa,
August 13, 2004
Although Mr. Koide stopped short of elaborating on the true story behind the Hiroshima bombing, he showed his audience a picture similar to this one I embed here.

The stupid peoples on both sides of the Pacific have been untiringly disputing over whether the use of enriched uranium-based atomic bomb against the Japanese could be justified. As I've repeatedly argued in this blog, this is a red herring.

If ever that's what's at issue, all I can say is the A-bombing would have been justifiable if it had been targeted at the Imperial Palace to decapitate the nation. In fact, though, U.S. Commander-in-Chief ordered the Enola Gay to detonate Little Boy over the strategically unimportant local city named Hiroshima.

There is a conspiracy theory that goes like this:

Two months before the success of the "Trinity" test in the desert of Alamogordo, U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson secretly contacted Emperor Hirohito, via Shigeru Yoshida (to be profiled later) to ask where to drop the bomb. Without hesitation Hirohito said he wanted Harry S. Truman to pick Hiroshima presumably because the city is 420 miles away from his residence in central Tokyo.

The story can be true because there's no other way to logically explain what happened here in the summer of 1945.

But as I've said time and again, all conspiracy theorists are not only disguised conspirators themselves but invariably play a pivotal role in evil plots. Their role is always to give gullible people an extremely poisonous illusion that you could possibly undo history.

Whether or not we call it a conspiracy, the same gang of rogues are still there to wreak havoc on the Japanese. In the last two decades or so, the entire population has been parroting the media saying that the postwar regime is over now. But Mr. Koide asked his audience: "How can that be true when the war is far from over yet?"

Japan started working on the nuclear development in the mid-1950s under the agreement on U.S.-Japan cooperation for "peaceful uses of nuclear energy." While Japan still remains totally shackled with the U.S. East Asia policy, it has acquired all the core technologies needed for its nuclearization, i.e. those for uranium enrichment, nuclear reactor and reprocessing of used fuel to extract fissionable plutonium.

According to Koide, there is only one nuclear-capable nation aside from the 5 NPT-authorized nuclear powers and those who have nuclear weapons outside the non-proliferation framework, i.e. India, Pakistan and Israel. (He is skeptical about the existence of the nukes in North Korea because from the nuclear scientist's point of view, the country has yet to acquire all of the three essential technologies.) And this de facto nuclear power is the country named Japan.

In 1968, then Prime Minister Eisaku Sato (to be profiled later) announced his Three Non-Nuclear Principles, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1974. But the fact of the matter remains that the Japanese government has long complied with the U.S. demand that the deployment of tactical nukes in Japan, especially bases in Okinawa, should be tolerated.

The last part of his presentation was devoted to summarizing the situation facing the Okinawans today.

In 1972, the Okinawa Islands, along with Daito islet, were returned to Japan according to the "Agreement between Japan and the United States of America Concerning the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Island" countersigned between Eisaku Sato and Richard Nixon. But that didn't make a bit of difference because Hirohito's memo of 1947 and the security treaty of 1960 weren't superseded by the agreement.

In August 2004, a U.S. Marine CH-53D copter crashed into the campus of the International University of Okinawa.

As shown in the photo embedded above, the campus was immediately sealed off and the Japanese police stood guard outside the barricades to stop students, faculty members and other onlookers from interfering with the work being done inside. As you can see in the picture, one of the guys working on the removal of the debris was wearing a coverall and using a Geiger counter.

Koide explained: "Since a small crack in the blade can cause a serious accident, every helicopter is equipped with crack detection devices which have a certain amount of Strontium 90 in them." Although this may not constitute a violation of Sato's principle, the accident refueled the wrath among Okinawans of the situation they were in for almost six decades.

Here is an incomplete list of criminals whose names were mentioned, explicitly or implicitly, by Mr. Koide.

● Matthew C. Perry
● Harry S. Truman
● Ruth Benedict
● Douglas MacArthur
● Dwight Eisenhower
● Barack Hussein Obama
● Shigeru Yoshida who served as Prime Minister during 1946-47 and 1949-54
● Yoshida's grandson Taro Aso who served as PM during 2008-9
● Nobusuke Kishi, who was an undercover CIA agent disguised as PM during 1957-60
● Kishi's younger brother Eisaku Sato, who was PM during 1964-72
● Sato's grandnephew Shinzo Abe, who was PM during 2006-7 and came back to the same position in 2012
● Kazumi Matsui, current Hiroshima Mayor who let more than 70 Hiroshima citizens die in huge landslides while he was chanting the same old incantation for a nuclear-free world toward the 69th anniversary
● Emperor Hirohito
● Hirohito's son Akihito.

The list will go on and on if we omit small fish the no-nonsense nuclear scientist didn't even think were worth mentioning, e.g. Ching Chong Chang and ベンジャミン古歩道.

I don't know, neither do I want to know, if some of them are Freemasons or their minions. So many Americans, and Japanese alike, have given us paper-thin excuses such as "I didn't vote for Obama," or "I don't support Abe," etc. But so what?

If you are an American, you can't deny you are part of America. It's OK if you are still determined to deny that. But beware the Japanese are the people who have been defended by 神風, or Divine Wind, in the face of a crisis. And this time around 偏西風, or Subtropical Westerlies, have sometimes taken Divine Wind's place to send Cesium 137 and other radioactive materials westward. .

Here again, let me reiterate the most fundamental thing about life.

No one but yourself can manipulate you. A French philosopher put it this way:

We are our choices.

It's an extremely unusual thing that a 65-year-old top-notch scientist like Koide has yet to be promoted to a higher position than an associate professor. He didn't say a word about it. He just hinted that Shozo Tanaka is his lifetime role model.

In concluding his remarkable presentation, Mr. Hiroaki Koide quoted the old saying that goes: "An ignorant leader for ignorant people." He wanted to say each individual citizen deserves all the pain inflicted on him with the only exception of children.

I don't think you are willing to study Japanese as hard as we do English because the only Japanese words you have to know are 偉大な日本国民はアメリカ人にとって大切な友達 ("The great Japanese people are our important friends.") After all most of us are vassals and serfs living in America's far-eastern fiefdom.

But just in case, I'll embed below here the YouTube videos of Mr. Koide's lecture. If you carefully look at his presentation slides, you will know there still are a small number of Japanese individuals who refuse to observe the rules of the game unilaterally imposed by American apes.

POSTSCRIPT September 7: If I had attended Mr. Koide's class, I would have asked him this question, if nothing else, in the Q&A time: "Mr. Koide, I'm afraid iPhone and other types of mobile devices are more or less hazardous to mental and physical health. Could you give us some quantitative data to prove or disprove my fear?"

POSTSCRIPT September 8: In response to the above question Mr. Koide took his precious time to give me a mail this morning. He explained he and his colleagues in the institute specialize in "Ionizing Radiation" (電離放射線) which is normally dealt with separately from Non-Ionizing Radiation (電磁波.) But he referred me to his old friend who has long been investigating the health hazard of Non-Ionizing Radiation. Also Mr. Koide sent me a report he wrote ten years ago in the wake of the helicopter crash into the campus of the International University of Okinawa, in which he detailed how Strontium 90 affects the human body. Now I got a lot of homework.

POSTSCRIPT September 10: Since the document in question was declassified, Japanese dupes have been told that the message was verbally conveyed by this "adviser to Emperor" named Hidenari Terasaki to William J. Sebald, then U.S. Ambassador to Japan ad interim, who then passed it on to Douglas MacArthur in writing. But I don't believe that's how it actually happened. There wasn't, and still isn't, a single Japanese individual who was able to verbally articulate an intricate message like this one. According to Japanese newspapers, the 12,000-plus page "Annals of Emperor Showa" released yesterday by the Imperial Household Agency do not specifically answer the question as to whether Hirohito actually made "such a remark." Obviously, the Japanese people are now given a meticulously cooked "history" which is the 21st century version of Kojiki and Nihon-shoki compiled in the early-8th century by court-retained historians. It's about time we should realize it's a total waste of time to seriously discuss the myth about this fake nationhood at face value.


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HIROSHIMA, OKINAWA and FUKUSHIMA were offered to Americans as sacrifices - ISN'T THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH?
Authored by: samwidge on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 12:40 AM JST

As usual, you bring things up that just cannot be understood, questions that cannot be answered.

Much younger than you, I was born during the war. By war's end I began to understand adults' anguish and anger. As far as wisdom is concerned, there is no reason to expect wisdom. The anger here in the United States was overwhelming as it surely must have been in Japan.

A friend told me that half the men in his peer group who left for war from Missoula, Montana died and they died terrible deaths. Most of the rest were wounded.

So many years gone and still not a day goes by without some mention of WWII. Some of those mentions are reasonable and some are outrageous and ill-informed. I simply do not know how you can so carefully make sense of it!

As to where the big bombs landed; we are taught that weather and distance were the major issues of location. Not so?

Your note about conspiracy theorists "... give gullible people an extremely poisonous illusion..." says volumes. In fact, it was a miserable war and none of its fallout, direct or indirect, is without "extremely poisonous illusion." The anger remains. I am of the impression that those people who broke through some of that anger to help rebuild Japan (and the U.S.) did so because of their religious teachings. As usual, you will undoubtedly take issue with that and I will be unable to say whether you are right or wrong.

Our people still wonder how bad it might have been if a conquering Japanese Army had landed here full of the same lingering anger but without the teachings of faith. Our people still presume that the Japanese soldier had none of that kind of teaching.

Your thoughts on this phase of the discussion will be very intriguing. This question is current because the religious people of Islam conducting their current war against us are openly focused on beheading any and all of Western World people without compassion of any kind. They are said to have no interest in understanding why we do as we do and no interest in friendship of any kind.

"... the war isn't over yet?" That would be correct though I sense this in a different way from you.

So much to say and it would take two more lifetimes for each of us to fully understand the other. I can tell you that your impression of Masons in Masonry is far off the mark. The concept remains huge and hugely misunderstood even by our own people. It is simply impossible for me to explain because I cannot bring the evidence to you -- huge buildings, methods of voting, customs of free education, learning how to trust strangers, the right to exercise faith or the lack of faith. The evidence list extends for miles, for years and for dimensions.

As far as nuclear power is concerned; I favor it. Pandora's Box has been opened. There is no turning back. Individuals in every nation have the knowledge and have the ability to advance nuclear art.You won't take that away from them. Mankind is trapped by relentless population expansion. The image of a bear gnawing its foot off to escape a trap comes to mind. Ultimately, the bear will die anyway.

It is difficult for each of our societies to understand the other. Clearly, you retain immense personal anger and a powerful sense of loss. I am fortunate in being younger than you and do not bear the anger. You would not so frequently use hyperbole and use pointlessly offensive expressions like"... the game imposed by American apes" if you did not have that anger and loss.

I don't know -- Perhaps I do that somehow, too. The ultimate victor will be neither of us but will be one who can teach us to use every mote of our existences to get around this overwhelming undercurrent.

It is hard to describe or explain the battles going on here in this nation. Obviously they are much smaller but no less intense. Our battles are changing frequently and it seems that people really want only to hate. As an example, our people were crazy about President Obama five-years ago. Now there is immense opposition t the man.

All of this is why I so deeply appreciate your willingness to write and to correspond. Thanks for that.
HIROSHIMA, OKINAWA and FUKUSHIMA were offered to Americans as sacrifices - ISN'T THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH?
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 02:51 PM JST

Welcome back, Samwidge.

Before commenting on your post, let us be reminded once again that unlike in business, reaching an agreement is the farthest thing from our goal. Differences are the only source of nutrition for our conversation.

Let us not be mistaken, however; this doesn't mean we needn't define every keyword very precisely in our discussion. Without defining keywords, we will end up in a futile exchange of blah, blah, blah.

Obviously one of your most important keywords is UNDERSTAND. I have studied English for the last 65 years or so to understand Westerners, especially American people. I don’t know how long, or hard, you have studied Japanese to understand us. But if you think you can understand a foreign culture without learning its language throughout your lifetime, you’ve got to educate me on how exactly you define the English word.

Then let's talk about another favorite word of yours ANGER. You wrote: "Clearly, you retain immense personal anger and a powerful sense of loss." I don't understand what you meant by these words until you define for me the meaning of the word "anger."

Just for your information, I always define the word like this: "Anger is a strong desire to undo something or someone that you can’t undo, or more typically, you don’t want to undo deep inside." It's for that very reason that I wrote the idea being diffused by conspiracy theorists is extremely poisonous.

In short, I've never harbored a bit of anger against American "apes."

As I've written in the postscript to my piece, I am mad at these Sumaho-addicted people surrounding me TODAY, HERE simply because I have yet to write them off altogether.

Another keyword, obviously, is APE. As usual you say it's my signature hyperbole. But I'm afraid the "terrorist" group that beheaded the American journalist would say, "Hey, Yamamoto, you are too nice to American apes. You should behead these apes like we do." BTW: I would appreciate it very much if you disambiguate the word "terrorist," as well.

So the most important thing here is, again, how to define the ape against the human being. To me the ONLY difference between the two animals lies in the fact that man is, unlike the ape, (potentially) capable of CREATIVE THINKING which is the only enabler of creative evolution.

I think I have defined what exactly I mean by these words, creative and thinking, in the last 15 months or so. Maybe I’ll attempt to further clarify my definitions, if time permits me to complete what’s already in the pipeline, so this humble blogger can be UNDERSTOOD in your country.

HIROSHIMA, OKINAWA and FUKUSHIMA were offered to Americans as sacrifices - ISN'T THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH?
Authored by: samwidge on Sunday, September 14 2014 @ 09:50 AM JST

We think of anger as being, "a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong." There is no sense of undoing here. For instance; People worldwide experience increasing anger against Islamic militants. There is little desire to undo the damage nor even to bring victims back to life. The people who are angry only wish to punish and to eliminate the perpetrators.

This will explain why so few people try to understand enemies or to reach accord with them

You are correct in that few of us attempt to learn about the Japanese and that fewer attempt do so through the language. For Americans, we have so much to study of non-Americans and we must do so all at once!

There are those among speakers of English who make more effort to understand the Japanese than any other. News today advises that Australia aims to ignore its own capability and purchase Japanese Submarines;

You are one of the few who will understand the many dimensions of this decision. The change is big far beyond the ability of eight or ten books to describe.

Those books could only help explain all technical aspects and a very few social aspects of the decision. It takes more than one generation for Japanese to understand this country poorly while some European immigrants completely fail after even the tenth generation.

This is why we honor differences rather than mere similarities. We only have time to understand the differences. The similarities are too many with too little benefit.

Interesting that you should ask for disambiguation of the word, "terrorist." I wanted to get the quickest, simplest definition and found that has it wrong! A terrorist is simply one who incites fear, terror. The Islamic people now doing so much damage worldwide are considered terrorists because they communicate almost exclusively by creating fear. In their own languages and in other languages they ask for no serious alternative to fear. They tell you and me to "convert" to their religion without giving us a chance to understand that religion or to justify it. The only alternative offered for these thousand or so years is death.

You are correct in presuming that we do not always understand you but you come closer to creating understanding across a language barrier than anyone I know. You communicate hundreds of thousands of ideas with few words. There may not be comprehension in everything but you offer vast assistance with a colossal array of concepts. We need you to continue this.
HIROSHIMA, OKINAWA and FUKUSHIMA were offered to Americans as sacrifices - ISN'T THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH?
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, September 15 2014 @ 05:18 PM JST

Thank you so much for educating me on the American way of getting angry.

I was really amazed because I interpreted your definition to mean that when people in your country get angry, they are driven by reason. Now it seems they have been trained to get mad rationally. In the rest of the world, we get mad when our reason is hijacked by an irrational fury.

It was equally astounding to know what this reason actually is. According to your explanation, angry Americans are overwhelmed by a sense of duty to "punish and eliminate" bad guys such as Islamic terrorists.

This indicates that it’s always a cop’s indignation. In other words, American people think their responsibility is always to police the rest of the world. In my humble opinion, however, they should police themselves, first and foremost.

Didn't John Quincy Adams say, "America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy"?

Your definition of a terrorist was even more enlightening as well as entertaining. You wrote: "A terrorist is simply one who incites fear, terror." I can't agree more that a terrorist terrifies. But if you weren't pulling my leg with this truism, it leaves me wondering what you call these gentlemen such as, say, Harry S. Truman and his people.

Your people incinerated more than a hundred thousand citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, slaughtered another hundreds of thousands of people living in downtown Tokyo earlier in the same year, and took many more lives, when you could have instantly brought the war to an end just by destroying Emperor Hirohito who'd holed up in the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. At least since November 1944, the guy was literally a sitting duck.

If you don't think the American people are the worst type of terrorists in history, you should give us a sensible reason.

And last but not least, you don't have to understand 150 different peoples. Who said you should? To begin with, it's impossible to learn dozens of foreign languages spoken by them in your lifetime. An empty lip service aside, you've got to live as long as a redwood tree because it would take you a lifetime to systematically learn a single foreign language.

Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 06:02 AM JST
Mr. Takashi Hirose needed to take a course that all politicians take: rehearsal training. I learned of this method when I returned to school at the age of forty. One of the students worked at a company that trained politicians on how to deal with the media and the opposition. The method involved video recording the candidate and groups of the staff that were role playing as reporters. They would ask questions of the candidate, watch his response, and note the errors he made. Then, after coaching him on how to respond so that he looked as though he were really knowledgeable, they would repeat the questions again, multiple times, until they felt that he/she could respond spontaneously in the expected confident, authoritative manner--as a leader. Of course, most citizen activists don't think that this kind of training is necessary, thus, most fail to gain the necessary image of credibility. While the person may be truthful and honest, it's getting the message across to reach the targeted audience that wins the day. All professional politicians know this.

If it was a just world, which it isn't, but for argument's sake, let's say it is. The cynic named Susumu Nishibe should be required to live, say, ten years, in the Fukushima exclusion zone. "Yes, brother, why this is as safe as what that great man, British "scientist" James Lovelock said in his book, 'The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity,' that, to paraphrase his insane rant, 'Why spent nuclear fuel is so safe that I'd gladly have a brick of it underneath my bed to keep me warm in the winter.'" Are these kinds of people really human, or are they the actual space aliens that everyone assumes must be among us? My neighbor slept with radioactive poisoning for his skin cancer. He's now in a hospital bed, dying of what the radiation has done to his body.

Internalizing the issue is paramount. Are you pissed, say, that government workers are getting three times the wages and pension benefits that you get in the private sector? Start doing something about it. What can I do?, you say. Well, start thinking of getting an independent income source. As long as you are a slave to some employer, you will always be earning less than your worth. "But I don't know what I can do that will earn me a private income." Then you don't know who you are. You might want to study what former New York City school teacher, John Taylor Gatto has to say about what a real education is, and how a real education will steer you toward your own independent life--a life that is the envy of those fools that were schooled sheep. This is a five hour interview series that

may help you, or it may not, but it is one path to enter the stream that leads to independence, which leads to financial independence, which leads to you and others having the funds available beyond your normal wage slave income that will allow you to have political power.
In Mao's China, power comes out of the barrel of a gun. In the West, it comes out of the bank account of financially secure people.

As for the "Banzai Cliff" waste of precious life, I'm reminded of the "Heaven's Gate" cult in California.

They were willing and active participants in a mass suicide ritual. The key word here is "ritual."

Magic, meaning some force beyond us that has hidden influences on our lives. Rituals can be viewed as attempts to recreate those desired experiences of magic for the believers--Mohamed being an alleged echo chamber for "God or Allah." The claimed resurrection of Jesus after three days. The faith healer making the cripple, or apparent cripples, walk. The phone rings, just when you are thinking of the very person that is calling you. Jung tried to label some of these inexplicable phenomena as "synchronicities--meaningful coincidences. Then there are those that say that our lives are predestined, that if we were able to race ahead of time, we'd see our fate, our death date, our horrors and joys in this measure of time, this illusion called time. What all of us know, secretly in our private moments that are hard to admit: most of us live hollow lives, are the hollow men with heads of straw, as the poet reminds us. Lives that are frequently meaningless. As the Moody Blues lyric told us, "Bed-sitter people that are useless and use spent."

Karl Marx told us that "religion is the opium of the masses," implying that it was just magic, but even in communist Russia, masses of people secretly practiced this vital magic--vital because the communists made a normal peasant life even more painful that it needed to be.

But not only has magic had a stake driven into its heart, it has been cremated and buried. What happens to buried people? No one comes to the burial site to remember the dead, eventually.

Nuclear power? Nuclear weapons? War with Russia or war with China for the Japanese? Death, extinction, nothingness--Mu in Chinese.

But wait, aren't we talking about Hirose and his battle? Is he a heroic figure, or has he wasted his life tilting at windmills? What are we, but a kind of bug, clutching the ground. We will all die in our time--whether we put an Old or New Testament view on it, or a Buddhist view on it, or a channeled view of Allah from Mohamed on it, or rationalize it with the Hindu view of Karma, we all will die, go extinct, hope for something afterwards, but rationally speaking, and more than likely, our consciousness will disappear forever, the light go out forever. The "I" we were told from birth that we were, will be cruelly exposed as our illusion fades to nothingness.

What conclusions can a rational, thinking person draw?
Fukushima is a blip on the historical map of the universe. Hirose is also a blip on the historical record. So are you and I. A kind of human animal existed tens of thousands of years ago on this cooling cinder, and they, too, are a blip. Life is short. Time waits for no one. Does this kind of knowledge in early life help one to live a more genuine life that one reflects back on with gratitude as one's story comes to the final chapter, or does a person have a lifetime of regret, unable to integrate this knowledge into one's life? Hirose, Fukushima, Tokyo Free Press--who will remember these people in two hundred years? How can we remember when most communications are electronic, subject to erasure from some massive coronal mass ejection from the sun. Historically, the ancient thoughts, histories, and ideas were on some form of writing--paper, papyrus, or stone? Will all this time period, in which we live and are the moving figures, disappear like us, as the grass grows over our decomposed bodies or ashes?

This train seems to have jumped track, but I'm just thinking out loud here.
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 06:25 AM JST

Thanks much.

I think I need some time to sleep before possibly becoming able to digest your thoughts.

But in the interim, there's one important thing to note: To you Westerners, and yellow Yankees alike, Mu is the conclusion, while to Buddhists like me, nothingness is the point where we start off our journey. In this context we are 180-degrees different.

Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 04:34 PM JST

As to your tricky comment on Mr. Hirose. I took it as a sarcasm (as usual) that actually meant the opposite. On that assumption, I can't agree more. What he has to do before anything else is to UNLEARN politics. His problem is that his colleagues and followers would never let him go in that direction.

As for Nishibe, I still think he was absolutely right on the premise that he was playing Devil's Advocate. It's important to note he never said it's safe to live in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant. If someone had said such a thing, he would have laughed it off, saying, "Don't be silly. You should relearn man's history before saying such a childish thing."

As to the meaning of the word "internalize," our ways of thinking are a little different. Take Mr. Koide for example. I don't think he is a perfect person. Who can be perfect, except for these gurus like Jim Jones of the People's Temple?

But what impressed me is the fact that he has willingly accepted all the consequences of his choice. He didn't seek for a doctorate, in part because he knew it was worthless, and in part because he knew the academic establishment wouldn't give it to the top-notch nuclear scientist, anyway. That is why the 65-year-old still remains an assistant professor. In short he didn't cherry-pick.

Like him, I am a guy who never says: "I oppose technologies at large, be it automotive technology, computer technology or medical technology. But it's a different story when it comes to my everyday use of these technological products such as the car, the PC, the electricity, the television set, processed food, or medicine. I don't like them, but it can't be helped." I'm inclined to call it Al Gore Syndrome, i.e. premature senility.

In this respect I repeatedly come back to AA's Serenity Prayer which is very close (but not really identical) to Buddha's tenet.

As you know, the Serenity Prayer goes like this: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

It's easy to chant these words. But it's very hard for immature people, perhaps including myself, to practice "acceptance," "courage" and "wisdom" everyday.

This is what I mean by the word "internalization."

HIROSHIMA, OKINAWA and FUKUSHIMA were offered to Americans as sacrifices - ISN'T THAT MORE THAN ENOUGH?
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, September 06 2014 @ 11:33 AM JST
I understood "mu" as it is explained in the Zen koan, Zhaozhou's (Joshu) Dog, case #1 in The Gateless Gate.

This wikipedia entry translates it this way:

A monk asked Zhaozhou, "Does a dog have Buddha-nature or not?"
Zhaozhou replied, "Wú."

Translators often render Zhaozhou's answer as mu from Japanese retellings. Normally, wu and mu mean no, not, without, "nothing", or nonexistence. It is the single most common character in the entire Chinese Buddhist canon. It serves to translate a number of terms which are standard in Indian Buddhism. Centuries earlier, the same Chinese character appeared at the end of verse 40 of Lao Zi's Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) in a line sometimes translated as "existence emerges from nonexistence". Mahayana Buddhist doctrine codified in the Nirvana Sutra held that all sentient beings, including animals, possess the capacity for enlightenment. However, the commentary of teachers in the Linji (Rinzai in Japanese) tradition tends to emphasize that this kōan dialog consists of a challenge the monk posed to Zhaozhou to demonstrate Buddha-nature without becoming entangled in doctrine; and that this interpretation only has meaning to a meditator who contemplates the kōan.

I know that your version of Buddhism is 180 degrees opposite to this, but this is where I got the reference.