Japan: Stop Howling, Act!

What happened in Japan a few days ago is a terrible thing but I am sad to see the way things are covered in the media and at the political level.

Japan has suffered one of the biggest earthquakes in the last 140 years and after the destruction caused by the tsunami they expect at least 10000 casualties. But our media in Europe are only speaking about the possible nuclear catastrophe and rarely speak about the people in Japan who lost everything: a parent, a friend, their house, car etc. Some countries are even checking already the level of radioactivity of the Japanese products imported (sent before the earthquake because the Japanese industry is down), others are checking the air pollution even if they are located 3000 km away from Japan and not in the direction of the winds!

This treatment of information is revolting as it only emphasizes the human appetite for cataastrophe.

I am not trying to minimize the nuclear accident but I think that we have to focus primarily on what is important: the people in difficulty trying to survive after the tsunami.

Can we individually do anything about the nuclear problem? Can we seriously howl with the politicians and the media and use this accident as an excuse to stop our own nuclear plants?

We are behaving like a drunk driver blaming a tree for destroying his car after a crash. The nuclear problem is not the cause of the problem but a negative consequence of the tsunami so we must first do whatever we can to help the Japanese people.

Be logical:

  1. The moment it is dangerous to go to Tokyo because of the radiations, the airlines will stop their flights.
  2. The moment it will be risky for your health to go to Japan, the Japanese government and our own governments will prevent us to go there.
  3. The Japanese are the most experienced people to deal with nuclear problems.

So we must redefine our priorities:

  1. While the nuclear specialists (from Japan, the USA, the IAEA) do their best to contain the nuclear risks, our job is to support the victims of the tsunami.

    In the last days I have seen many Bujinkan groups organizing seminars to collect money for Japan and one dôjô is going to give the benefits to the Japanese red cross. This is the Bujinkan I like.

  2. Whether nuclear power is “good” or “bad” is not of our concern. We must only do our best to live a happy life where we are.

    We often have the feeling that our governments are not always telling us the truth, but there is nothing we can do about it. But as Bujinkan members we should listen to Sensei when he stresses the importance of being happy. So let’s recenter our lives to be happy and stop howling with the crowd.

  3. The nuclear catastrophe is only a scapegoat. We are the ones to blame because we were unable to develop (in the 20th century) a society fuelled by nuclear power (80% of the electricity in France). As long as we do not find a real alternative to nuclear power we have to live with it.

    We are responsible. Accept that and move on as the Japanese did, do and will always do. Sensei was still teaching on Sunday (not on Tuesday as the Budôkan was closed) and I guess he will teach on Friday, so keep going!

As far as I am concerned, I will continue to support the Japanese as much as I can and I am still planning to train with Sôke next April.

If you want to actively help Japan, the best support you can give is to continue to travel to Japan as long as:

  1. Sensei is teaching his regular classes,
  2. the airlines are allowed to land at Narita airport,
  3. our governments let us travel to Tokyo.

The Bujinkan is teaching us to be ourselves and not to behave as a flock of sheeps. It is time to show the world that you didn’t train for nothing during all these years.

And remember that “tsunami” 津浪 is a Japanese word!

See you soon on the mats in Noda.

    Nuclear Info

    Fukushima nuclear plant

    As for many of you I have been watching extensively the frenzy around the nuclear problem in Japan. Journalists are speaking without knowing and they are “honestly” transforming the news (I think it is hopeless) to get more viewers. At the same time our politicians see here a good way to cash easy votes. Do not believe everything on the news, make you own inquiry. I do not want to minimize the nuclear accident that happened but the attitude of the media is just not correct.

    For those interested and concerning the nuclear problem, I received this link today and I thought that it would help many to understand what is a nucelar plant and what has happened in Japan after the earthquake and the Tsunami: http://theenergycollective.com/barrybrook/53461/fukushima-nuclear-accident-simple-and-accurate-explanation

    As far as I know, the main problems that our Japanese friends are facing are the repeated earthquakes and the consequences of the Tsunami. Relatively (so far) the nuclear problem seems to me as not being so important. Thousands of people have died because of the tsunami and the country will have difficulties with food, gas, and elctricity.

    I hope that all our friends there will get over these bad times and that Japan will recover fast from this nightmare.

    Also I invite you to read Duncan’s last post with the possible interpretations of the theme of the year: kihon happô at http://tazziedevil.wordpress.com/ it is excellent!

    I am still going to Noda mid April (unless our politicians forbide it and/or the situation evolves in an unexpected dramatic manner).


    Earthquake in Japan


    Dear friends,

    March 11, 2011, major earthquake & tsunami in Japan

    I hope that Hatsumi sensei, the Japanese Shihan, and all our friends training and/or living in Japan are in good health after this major earthquake (8.9 on the richter scale).

    Stay tune with facebook as many of our friends in Japan communicate  through this network.


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