We Promise to Fix It Back – Short Essay by Michael Stone

reactor2A FILMMAKER AND A WRITER head to Japan post-tsunami and partial Fukushima meltdown to see how the Japanese are responding to the crisis. Two perspectives, aligned yet different – that’s the beauty of two artists tackling the same questions through their own medium.

Michael Stone shares his thoughts in “We Promise to Fix It Back” a short essay now available as a PDF download. Please tweet, Facebook, email, and share widely.

An excerpt:

“We promise to fix it back. How can anyone repair what has happened there? Where do we even start? Is it with these small acts of kindness?

What does the dharma have to offer us in confronting our addiction to massive amounts of energy and a growth-based economy that has outgrown the limits of the biosphere?

Will this catastrophe in Japan change us and lead to a more innovative, caring and interconnected way of living? Will the outbreaks of altruism and civic enthusiasm propel us to take similar steps? Will we demand ingenious forms of accountability? I decide definitively not to cancel my ticket to Japan. I need to see what I can learn about a Bodhisattva path through the lessons that Fukushima offers.”

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Tepco’s ‘Fukushima Fifty’ Leader Yoshida Dies of Cancer

Bloomberg reports:

Masao Yoshida, the plant manager who led the fight to bring Japan’s Fukushima atomic station under control during the 2011 nuclear disaster, has died. He was 58.

He died on July 9 at a hospital in Tokyo, according to a statement from Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501)., the operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. The cause was esophageal cancer, the statement said. The illness was unrelated to the radiation exposure after the nuclear accident, according to Tepco, as Tokyo Electric is known.

Yoshida, an engineer by training, directed workers to stop the reactors from overheating after Japan’s strongest earthquake on record and an ensuing tsunami hit the plant on March 11, 2011, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. He stayed at the plant, helming the disaster response for almost nine months.
“I can not imagine how hard it was for him,” Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice-chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, said in an interview. “He had to make a decision that most of the on-site workers should leave because the situation was getting worse and he also had to have some of his staff remain to work with him. That was probably the hardest decision he ever had to make.”

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