My wife and I are safe following the tragedy in northern Japan on Friday.
The Japanese government has announced that it will cut 25 percent of our electricity supply to compensate for structural damage caused by the earthquake.
It is more than easy for us to accommodate this change. Even if the country were not in such extraordinary circumstances, I could manage a certain economization of electricity without doing anything extra. My electric bill for February proved to be 20 percent lower than the previous month, which I attribute to our experiments on reducing electricity use on this diet.
We are seeing such tragedies in every minute, and we feel we will do as much as we can. From today, our family will stop using lights except for LED lights. Maintaining our quality of life doesn’t matter at all. I tried to look over the surroundings from my window in Kamakura — presumably, many of us are doing this. It is a much darker town tonight than on an ordinary Sunday evening.
I do not want any sense of luxury, such as floor heating, a bright living room at night and so on. We will share the mindset of people at the quake site. Whatever we can do, we will do.
I want to express our sincere thanks to your global sympathy for us. We are OK.