When I started to write this blog, I thought it was a good opportunity for us to reconsider our way of life. I enjoy living in this country, so rich in manufactured products such as cars, home appliances, PCs and so on. We are surrounded by convenient tools that make living easy. In mid-winter, I could relax in a polo shirt. I felt that was natural.
I had been enjoying maguro sashimi, imported from the Mediterranean Sea, almost every other day. I knew it was not the best habit in terms of energy consumption. But, there was plenty at the market. This was also natural.
Since the quake happened, we are living with only 60 percent of the normal electricity supply. As a result of this new economy of use, we put on more clothing –- the polo shirt gets supplemented by a long-sleeve fleece jacket. And for seafood, we eat smaller fishes like sardines, as we did in childhood. It is nice and tasty.
I have been reminded of a way of life we were satisfied with 50 years ago. We were mindful of the natural world and had no fear of wasting much energy.
Nuclear power created 30 percent of Japan’s energy. This system has merits for countries like Japan. We cannot ignore this merit. However, we cannot endure the tragedy going on.
Our life now must not be seen as simply an extension of the past life that we have been enjoying for the last 50 years. In August 1945, the Japanese people discovered who we were. We forced to face the given situation as a nation.
It is absolutely clear that our country must survive as one that creates natural energy, not just one that economizes use of existing energy sources. Fortunately, we have not lost our ability to innovate technology, nor have we lost our ability to recover from tragedy with a united will.
Thank you for sympathies from all over the world. We recognize that we are admired for our behavior when it happened. We think those manners are quite natural. Even in stunning circumstances, we still had this sense in our DNA.
We have to recognize that our total resources are not large, and limit our energy-consumptive life. Recognizing what our country can do is great prophecy of what we shall do. All Japanese cry for and regret what people have suffered. But despite the many tears, we must not lose this consciousness of our fortitude.
I can see what we will do going forward with our energy use, and it is not so far beyond the point I had already reached on this diet. As I mentioned, I managed a 21 percent decrease of electricity consumption in February compared with January by taking steps on the diet. I hope we can become admirable as an energy-creative nation in the near future.
This must be my last entry on the Energy Diet blog. Thank you for reading my posts in these recent weeks.