#125 EM Disaster Recovery Support Projects in 2017

The certified non-profit corporation, United Networks for Earth Environment (U-net) has been developing various EM disaster recovery support projects since the beginning the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, not only in Eastern Japan, but also where there was flood damage in various places, and after the Kumamoto Earthquake, and so on.

Among these, they are addressing radiation pollution control in Fukushima as their biggest issue. Last November 25, the 7th Environmental Forum, “EM Utsukushima Paradise 2017” was held. The following is a summary up to 20

Holding the 7th Environment Forum

The certified non-profit corporation, United Networks for Earth Environment (U-net)
Board Chairman, Teruo Higa

This Environmental Forum is held in order to help recover a beautiful Fukushima, “Utsukushima EM Paradise,” through the application of EM in Fukushima Prefecture to solve radioactive contamination in the wake of the damage caused by the March 11, 2011 disaster that occurred when the Eastern Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant sustained an accident during the Eastern Japan earthquake. This year will be the seventh Forum.

Since the 1st Forum, the following has been confirmed and various applications are moving forward.

1. In farmland where organic material was used, creating conditions where EM could fully function, and where cultivation management was done to increase the population of EM, absorption of radioactive cesium by the crops was completely suppressed. At the same time, yield and quality of the crops also improved.

2. In dairy farming using EM, not only were all the sanitation issues related to barns resolved, but even if the cows were given contaminated grass from the area, the level of radioactive cesium in the milk was below 5 Becquerel (the standard in Japan calls for a level below 50 Bq), and the radioactivity levels of meadows sprayed with their manure (slurry) became lower, and it was confirmed that the absorption of radioactive cesium by pasture grass was suppressed.

3. If you continue to spray activated EM, without exception the radioactive contamination level will be lowered, and if it is sprayed when the soil is moist after rain, etc., it will be even more effective.
4. When you use EM or EM・X GOLD it is possible to completely prevent damage caused by exposure to ionizing radiation, and it is also possible to prevent internal exposure.

5. EM has a significant effect on the suppression of radioactive strontium absorption in crops, which is expected to be a problem in the future.

6. There is also a reduction in the amount of radiation several dozens of meters from areas that have been sprayed with EM.

7. In follow up experiments by the Belarus National Radiobiology Research Institute and EM Research Organization it became clear that radiation cesium significantly decreases even in containers.

8. In order to publicize to the world the tremendous effects of EM, the movie “SOSEI-Rejuvenation” was completed, and has been in theatrical release since last year and more and more people are learning that radiation countermeasures are possible using EM.

9. By adding seawater or a salt similar to seawater to activate EM, adding charcoal to EM mudballs, and creating EM barriers, markedly reduces radioactivity, farming without agricultural chemicals becomes easy, and the soil also becomes remarkably fertile.

10. With multifaceted applications of EM technology, it is possible to produce high-quality agricultural crops that are safe and excellent for one’s health, to implement unsurpassed measures against birds and wild animals, as well fundamental countermeasures against harmful rumors regarding radioactivity levels in crops.

Based on this reality, in order to broaden the acceptance of the use of EM to eliminate radioactivity, from last fiscal year we have been shifting our emphasis to the utilization of EM, focusing on producers, and to sales of the products by these producers, who have been steadily advancing down the path of independence through the utilization of EM technology.

Based on these achievements in Fukushima, it became possible to clarify the utilization of EM in terms of quantum mechanics, which is covered in the book I co-authored with Ms. Mori and Mr. Shiratori, Everything About Love and Microorganisms (published by Hikaru Land.) This book was compiled to provide creative information that can be freely utilized for the future use of EM, and it is my hope that it will help raise the EM capabilities of stakeholders.

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Figure 1 shows the volunteers’ independent efforts to reduce radioactivity. The utilization of EM branches off from each group, has become more widespread, and steady results are being achieved. A part of the activities of currently done by each volunteer group is as shown in the photograph. At the Fukushima Forum, I received rice from the Kikuchi Farm (in the center of the photos) that has been cultivated with EM for over 25 years. The rice had the highest hado wave value among over ten samples of rice sent to me this year and I thought it convincingly showed the power of EM. I also got a handmade brochure so I will introduce it as is.

The principle of quantum mechanical function of EM is summarized in the Higa Theory that microorganisms undergo atomic conversion. Its ultimate form can be expressed thusly: “The most noble human noble thought (love) is a switch, stimulating the gravitator that revitalizing microorganisms like EM have; gravity acts as a universal superconducting element, and infinite energy can be obtained from gravitational waves that control all of the universe.”

The most basic application is to use seawater or the water equivalent, make good quality activated EM solution, make an energy field and barrier using charcoal and salt, and simply repeat over and over making thorough use of EM. From a quantum mechanics point of view, it is quality over quantity; if the quality is the same, the results will differ depending on the number of times you use it.

This number of times used is called quantum overlay effect. In other words, the number of times you carefully and wholeheartedly apply EM, is exactly recorded as is in the crops.

Mr. Tabata in Fukui Prefecture is a very notable person for having used EM for the first time in rice fields in Japan and for having contributed to the development of nature farming methods; the way he handles EM with such care was outstanding. The farmers who started to use EM later used a large amount of EM and attempted to outdo Mr. Tabata, but the hado wave value of his rice was always at the top, and no one was able to overtake it. Mr. Tabata lived for over 90 years and he was active his entire life. After that his son took over and he has been sending me rice every year. The hado wave value of his rice has increased year by year, reaching a level that no one can exceed.

However, I got Mr. Kikuchi’s rice for the first time this year and the hado wave of his rice was above the wave value of Mr. Tabata’s rice. Mr. Kikuchi started using EM five to 6 years later than Mr. Tabata, and his special care towards EM was basically the same as Mr. Tabata.

Mr. Kikuchi provided much valuable information at the study meeting on radiation contamination countermeasures in Fukushima, namely that the amount of radioactive cesium is extremely low in fields and rice fields where EM cultivation has been continued. The amount of radiation in left over potatoes put in a recycling bucket with EM ceramics decreased remarkably. Furthermore, the amount of radiation in the dried persimmons treated with activated EM has become significantly lower. In addition, I also received reports on various cases in which EM cultivated rice is able to resist disastrous weather.

Since EM has the power to make harmful energy such as radioactivity useful, I believe that the wave value of Mr. Kikuchi’s rice was enhanced through this power, putting it at the top. When I have the opportunity I would like to talk about the principle of quantum overlay effect, which is the essential part of EM utilization technology.

What was very clear this time is that the rice with wave values reaching the level of Mr. Tabata’s or Mr. Kikuchi’s is the best, most healthful rice, and even if only 1 to 3% of it is mixed in with ordinary rice it will become rice with a very high wave value. Therefore, I hope these results will be utilized in everyday use of rice, or in commercial use.

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Greetings from Kikuchi Farm!
I have been using EM for almost 27 years. Since I heard that vitamins and minerals in vegetables are steadily decreasing due to the use of chemical fertilizers, I wanted to provide safe and nutritious food for our families. Thus, I began using organic fertilizer mixed with EM (effective microorganisms) in rice bran, oil cake and fish cakes.

Thanks to EM, even with the bad weather this year, we had fine ears of rice. I have been implementing what I have learned. If you like the rice, we can take some limited number of orders.

24 Tsukiyobatake, Tosawa, Nihonmatsu City
Kikuchi Farm
Hajime Kikuchi
Tel: 0243-46-2864 Fax: 0243-46-2865
Cell phone: 080-6008-3490

Radioactivity (Nuclide) Inspection Report 52680
Client Name: EM Research Organization, Inc.
Sample Name: Kikuchi Farm White Rice (FY 2017)
Sample Volume: 1050g
Result Reporting Date: November 9, 2017
Reporting Number: RIN17EH009CR2

Representative Director Yoshino Hanawa

1-1-40 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-City
c/o Yokohama Municipal Collaboration Research Center
TEL: 045-718-5457 FAX 045-502-4555

ISO/IEC 17025 Certified Analytical Institution (PJLA L12-175)
Radioactive Substance Nuclide Analysis (Cs134, Cs137, 1131)

Inspection and Method for Evaluation: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Measurement of nuclide by Ge y ray spectrometer according to Manual of radiation measurements of food in emergencies. (Measurement of nuclide at minimum determination limit 1 Bq/kg)

Analysis result: Ge determination 1

Nuclide Analysis of items subject to classification Measured Value Unit Minimum determination limit
Iodine-131 Rice ND Bq/kg 0.7 Bq/kg
Caesium-134 In Japan, the total regulation value ND Bq/kg 0.8 Bq/kg
Caesium-137 In Japan, the total regulation value ND Bq/kg 1.0 Bq/kg
Radioactive cesium meter Rice ND Bq/kg

When the measured value is expressed as ND, it means not detected (Not Detected) at the minimum determination limit.

Minimum determination limit: minimum determination limit when measuring based on background, etc. for each measurement.
(Depending on the amount of the specimen and the state of nuclide in the specimen, minimum determination limit may be higher by actual measurement.)

Bron: https://emrojapan.com/living/

Better Farming for Better Life, Kolkata, India

EM Bokashi for Free

EM treated field (right) and conventional farming field (left)

In Nebadhai Duttapukur town located in the suburbs of Kolkata, India farmers are using EM Bokashi and EM fertilizer thanks to the support of the Rotary International.
Rotary International is an international NPO group that gather business and professional leaders in order to provide goodwill and services to develop business and comunity life as well as spread peace throughout the world.

Happy Farmers

EM treated farm (left) and conventional farm (right)

Farmers in this area are dedicated to cultivate chilli pepper, japanese radish, eggplant and beet.
They are impressed with their beautiful harvest and outstanding differences between the results using EM Bokashi and EM compost compared with conventional farming.

Quality of harvest and yield improved, helping farmers to grow their incomes while changed for better their safe labor environment.

Happy farmers with great harvest

Greener and bigger beets

Farmers working safely

Conventional treated eggplant

EM treated eggplant


Bron: https://emrojapan.com/case/detail/105

Agriton op de Bio-Beurs

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De Bio-beurs is dé vakbeurs voor de biologische sector. De beurs richt zich op iedereen die werkzaam is in de biologische sector: van boer, via handel en verwerking tot en met winkeliers. Ook adviseurs en onderzoekers vinden er hun plek. Alle producten op de Bio-beurs zijn (mits mogelijk) gecertificeerd als biologisch product.

Wil je informatie over trends en innovatie in de biologische sector dan is de Bio-beurs dé plek. Je vindt er culinaire masterclasses, inhoudelijke workshops, product innovaties, ontwikkelingen in de mechanisatie, kennis over omschakelen en nog veel meer!

EM Agriton Natuurlijk Actief staat er zoals elk jaar ook weer!

Wees welkom op stand nummer 261.

Bron: https://www.emnatuurlijkactief.nl/3513-2/

Bacterial communities use sophisticated strategy to communicate over long distances

Brewed coffee, oil extraction, and now communication in bacterial communities can be explained by a phenomenon known as percolation. Credit: Suel Lab, UC San Diego

It’s the way we end up with a fresh cup of coffee from a clump of beans. It’s how ocean oil rigs extract petroleum from dense rock formations beneath the seafloor. It even helps explain how forest fires spread.

A theory known as “percolation” is now helping microbiologists at the University of California San Diego explain how communities of bacteria can effectively relay signals across long distances. Once regarded as a simple cluster of microorganisms, communities of bacteria—also called “biofilms”—have been found to utilize ion channels for electrochemical communication that helps the community thrive and survive threats, such as chemical attacks from antibiotics.

The findings, led by Joseph Larkin and senior author Gürol Süel of UC San Diego, are published July 25 in the journal Cell Systems.

Biofilm communities inhabit locations all around us, from soil to drain pipes to the surface of our teeth. Cells at the edge of these communities tend to grow more robustly than their interior counterparts because they have access to more nutrients. To keep this edge growth in check and ensure the entire community is fit and balanced, the “hungry” members of the biofilm interior send electrochemical signals to members at the exterior. These signals halt consumption at the edge, allowing nutrients to pass through to the interior cells to avoid starvation.

“This keeps the interior fed well enough and if a chemical attack comes and takes out some of the exterior cells, then the protected interior is able to continue and the whole population can survive,” said Larkin, a UC San Diego Biological Sciences postdoctoral scholar. “It is essential that the electrochemical signal be consistently transmitted all the way to the biofilm edge because that is the place where the growth must be stopped for the community to reap the most benefit from signaling.”

Cells colored blue (firing cells), black (not firing) and orange/pink (part of a “percolated” cluster) illustrate the strategy communities of bacteria employ to communicate through electrical signals. Credit: Suel Lab, UC San Diego

In approaching their new study, the researchers sought to explain how  are able to propagate these electrochemical communication signals. Unlike neurons that have designated structures to relay electrochemical signals known as axons, bacterial communities lack such sophisticated structures. This provoked the question of how bacteria could relay signals so effectively over long distances within the community.

After sifting through vast amounts of bacterial data, the UC San Diego researchers began collaborating with Purdue University’s Andrew Mugler and Xiaoling Zhai, who proposed the idea that percolation theory could explain how bacterial communities may be propagating signals from cell to cell.

Percolation theory has been around since the 1950s and has helped physicists describe how signals are transmitted across a medium or network of diverse components. In a coffee maker, hot water percolates through individual coffee grounds into a carafe. In the oil industry, drillers maximize their yield by extracting petroleum from percolated sands, where the bedrock is porous enough to allow oil to flow over a large area.

In a community of bacteria, signals pass from cell to cell in a connected path over a distance of hundreds of cells. Using fluorescence microscopes, the researchers were able to track individual cells that were “firing” (transmitting a signal). The scientists found that the fraction of firing cells and their distribution in space precisely matched theoretical predictions of the onset of percolation. In other words, the bacterial community had a fraction of firing cells that was precisely at the tipping point between having no connectivity and full connectivity among , also known as a critical phase transition point.

“We’re all familiar with how we make coffee through percolation and it’s an interesting twist that bacteria appear to use the same concept to accomplish the very complicated task of efficiently relaying an electrochemical signal over very  from cell to cell,” said Süel.

“It’s interesting that these bacteria, which are so-called simple, single-cell organisms, are using a fairly sophisticated strategy to solve this community-level problem,” said Larkin. “It’s sophisticated enough that we humans are using it to extract oil, for example.”

Bron: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-bacterial-sophisticated-strategy-distances.html#jCp

#124 Full-scale creation of salt into fertilizer through the atomic conversion power of EM

With the cooperation of many stakeholders, the multipurpose method of salt utilizing the atomic conversion power of EM that began three years ago has been steadily achieving results. Initially it seemed too incredible a story to be true, so most people have been hesitant about using more than one-third to one-fifth of the amount of salt I discussed.

As a result, quite a few people did not trust my suggestions, and we heard such comments as, “The weeds grew abnormally and weeding was very difficult,” or “The salt fertilized the weeds,” and so on. On the other hand, in successful cases that made proper use of salt, people made such comments as, “I never dreamed that agriculture could be done so easily without any weeds,” or “With this method, anyone can do the ideal agriculture,” etc., praising the utilization of salt.

Prior to this article, in the 124th issue of DND we published an article entitled “A Demonstration Experiment of Making Salt into Fertilizer Utilizing EM Technology.” It is impossible for any expert to have any complaints about this experimental method and results. Atomic conversion relating to salt fertilization by EM is certainly occurring.

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Sunshine Farm, an agricultural production corporation, has been transformed into a system centered on activated EM solution with seawater, salt and homemade bokashi made with EM-bred chicken droppings, and they often use about 2 tons of salt per 1,000 m2. (Photo 1)
They also take all possible measures in weeding, and they can reduce the amount to salt by about 50% for each planting.

Although it is not clear what the limits are for the amount of salt that can be applied, I believe it is determined by the way the energy field is created, and by the targeted yield.

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Photo 2 shows the result of conducting EM cultivation for the first time using 1 ton of activated EM solution with seawater per 1,000 m2, 180 liters of rectified smoked charcoal, 150kg of bokashi and 500 kg of salt were applied per 1,000 m2 s a month before planting rice. Here EM rectification barriers were set underground and aboveground. Because of a lack of sunshine this year the harvest in surrounding rice fields was barely 6 bales per 1,000 m2, however using EM salt cultivation they harvested 8 bales of high quality rice as shown in Photo 3.

The Hado wave of white rice is also at the highest level, like an expert who has been working with EM for 10 years. After this, as a fall to early winter treatment, 500 kg of salt per 1,000 m2 is applied, 300 to 500 liters activated EM is sprayed, shallow plowing of 5 to 10 cm is done, which completely suppresses weeds and promotes decomposition of rice straw.

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After that, the same treatment is carried out 30 to 40 days before planting rice, and
Then just ploughing and irrigating the rice paddies, and planning rice seedlings; this method allows direct sowing.

After rice planting, if you spray 30-50 liters of stock solution of activated EM with seawater per 1,000 m2 twice a month on the leaf surfaces, it will be possible to ward off all insect pests.

If you repeat this application method, the yield and quality will improve every year, and eventually reaching a harvest where 25 to 30 bales will become a reality, which makes it possible to solve the most basic food problems. The point is to strengthen the barrier power and increase the level of the energy field; also, as I mentioned in the previous issue, a prayerful, grateful attitude toward EM is essential.

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Recently I heard many people say that they understand the effects of salt, but that it is hard to spray. If you are going to implement this application method, make sure you make full use of a Compost Caster like the one in Photo 4. Spread 500 kg of salt per 1,000 m2 in two applications as shown in Photo 5. Each application takes only 10 or 15 minutes. In orchards you can use the Fruits Caster as in Photo 6.

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For Broadcasting Chemical Fertilizer in Orchards! FC1210

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Fruits Caster

Hopper Capacity 120 liters
Spreads to a Maximum width of 8.0m

It can be mounted on the carrier of a transport trolley.
Easy operation enables granular and sandy fertilizer to be spread

Chicken dropping agitator
Good for spreading dried granular chicken droppings and the like, which are liable to cause bridge phenomenon.

Model Capacity (L)


Machinery Size (cm)

Length x Width x Height



Engine output

(kW { PS})

Fuel used Maximum Spraying


FC1210 120 1170 x 880 x 730 53 2.1 {2.8} Gasoline 8

If these methods of salt spreading and foliar application of activated EM with seawater (stock solution diluted 20-fold) are used in tandem, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides will be completely unnecessary. Concrete guidance and accommodation regarding this course of technologies is provided only to those who have become members of the certified NPO corporation United Networks for Earth Environment (U-net).

This structure is designed to correctly use EM, the results designed to improve the environment, protect the health of people, and actively preserve biodiversity. I am hoping that as many people as possible will agree with these aims.

Bron: https://emrojapan.com/living/

A week of holiday junk food could derail your gut microbiome

We’re right between Christmas and New Years—that time of the year when we often allow ourselves to indulge in deliciously sweet and savory treats. For one week out of the whole year, that’s absolutely fine. Moderation is key to maintaining a healthy diet all year round.

But it’s important not to completely neglect your fruits and vegetables, and not just for the vitamins and other nutrients they provide. Yup: we’re talking about fiber.

The amount of fiber in a person’s diet can affect weight, blood sugar, insulin regulation, and gut health. But scientists still don’t completely understand how fiber makes all this happen. A pair of 2017 studies in the journal Cell attempt to understand why fiber is so important. In a study with mice, researchers found that just three days on a low fiber diet can change gut microbe diversity, and alter the protective mucus-y layer that forms a sort of seal between your intestinal cells and the surrounding food and bacteria.

Humans can’t actually digest and use any of the fiber we eat. It just passes on through. So why is it so good for us?

Most of the food we eat is quickly broken down in the high-acidity environment of the stomach, then absorbed there and in our small intestines. But fiber survives this entire process and makes its way to the colon unscathed, where it’s feasted upon by resident bacteria of the large intestine. Consequently, the more fiber we eat, the more energy we can provide our microbes, and the more abundant and diverse they become. Our microbes then, in turn, do all sorts of good things for us—like help us digest certain foods, regulate our metabolism and blood sugar, and maintain a healthy weight. Research suggests that the healthiest gut microbiome is one full of a diverse flourish of flora, so it follows that high doses of fiber help keep us healthy.

But what happens if you take a few days—or even a week—off your fastidious fiber foraging in favor of more frivolous feasts? Researchers found that after just three to seven days on a low-fiber diet, mice microbiomes changed and shrank, becoming less diverse as various bacterial species died off. Additionally, the key layer of mucus that protects the lining of the intestine started to break down. That allows bacteria to reach the gut lining, triggering widespread inflammation which can contribute to metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity.

So-called Western diets, featuring more heavily processed foods that are thus lower in fiber, have long been associated with a slew of health issues like diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory diseases (like IBD). And research indicates that many people with these conditions have altered microbial diversity. The new study shows just how quickly these microbes start dying off—just one week after a dietary shift.

When researchers switched the mice onto diets with lots of a fiber called inulin, the change did create a more diverse and microbe-friendly gut. Unfortunately, their mousy microbiomes never quite reached the level of diversity seen at the start of the study.

What does this mean for me?

Fiber is really, really important. Although it’s fine to indulge in foods that are not considered the healthiest, we should probably never completely neglect fiber. Anxiety over packing on a pound or two might have you counting calories and denying yourself cookies, but you’d be much better off focusing your efforts on keeping fruits and veggies in the mix as you enjoy treats in moderation.

And while you’re at it, keep high-fiber diets in your heart every day of the year. Americans, on average, consume just 15 grams of fiber daily, which is something like half the recommended amount. Even if you meet that recommended threshold, you can do better: a study done this year analyzing the diets of the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer tribe in Africa, found that they eat, on average, 100 grams of fiber a day. They tend to live long and healthy lives, and they definitely have healthier guts.

Of course, the entire world can’t go back to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Instead, researchers are figuring out which microbes help our guts (and how) so we can harness them to treat and reverse certain diseases. But in the meantime, you should definitely eat more fruits and vegetables.

Bron: https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/12/26/a-week-of-holiday-junk-food-could-derail-your-gut-microbiome/

#123 The Truth about EM: Everything About Love and Microorganisms Part 2

It has been about a month since Everything About Love and Microorganisms was published. It is in its third printing now, and we have been very pleased to hear that readers are re-learning the fundamental power of EM and are taking on new challenges.

This book begins with the comment that the image of the quantum mechanical world is the world of the gods, and as a kind of conclusion the book ends by saying that thoughts are feelings, desires and prayers, which mean that everything depends on that level.

However, sometimes I hear an odd question: “So what can I do?”

I tell people, “It’s easy.” Just express your gratitude to EM, saying it out loud, thanking it and asking it to do a good job. You can express this gratitude ten or twenty times a day–even a 100 times. If you treated EM poorly in the past and you failed or had doubts about EM, simply apologize to EM, and express your gratitude.

The effects depend on the amount of altruistic feelings, and correlates to the amount of gratitude and love one has. The basic idea is to make high quality activated EM solution and always express one’s thanks (Hado waves) to the container and tank, adding a prayer that the effects of EM will increase where it is applied.

In the third part of this book I praised Mr. Hidenori Ashikaga as “Mr. EM,” but everyone who has achieved miraculous results using EM has essentially been following the same mindset as Mr. Ashikaga. The following article is originally from one of the articles in Declaration of a Healthy Life, an EM information publication from EM Seikatsu, Inc. I would like to introduce this article again because it is a representative example of “the Truth of EM” and I hope that it will be useful for improving the power of EM for many EM users.

I lost everything because of the earthquake, but I couldn’t be happier.

Mr. Hidenori Ashikaga (Representative of Sanriku EM Study Group /
Chief Executive Officer of Riso Sangyo Co., Ltd., Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture)

The beautiful sea of Kesennuma is my heart’s true home

I am from Iwate Prefecture, and as a fifth grader in elementary school I climbed Mt. Murone. When I arrived at the summit the beautiful inner bay of Kesennuma leapt into my eyes. Later that year I went to Kesennuma Bay on a school excursion. We took an old, shabby bus there. Kids like me raised in the mountains grow up longing for the sea. When I was on the ship, I am from Iwate Prefecture, and as a fifth grader in elementary school I climbed Mt. Murone. When I arrived at the summit the beautiful inner bay of Kesennuma leapt into my eyes. Later that year I went to Kesennuma Bay on a school excursion. We took an old, shabby bus there. Kids like me raised in the mountains grow up longing for the sea. When I was on the ship, I could see the white sand at the bottom of the sea and it really moved me. Those are the kind of memories I have.

Fate led me to Kesennuma city again in 1972, where I got married. At that time the pollution of the sea had progressed to the point where it smelled really bad. When I told my wife, “I would like to clean up the ocean”, she said, “Are you crazy?” People didn’t care about protecting the environment at that time. Then, when I was over 40 years old, I was very sick but survived, and my wife told me, “You can do whatever you want.” I decided I really would like to clean up the sea at Kesennuma and make it as clean as it was in my childhood. I created a set of principles, and started various organizations, and I have been working on this ever since.

What we gained from the Great East Japan Earthquake

1.This is the place where Mr. Ashikaga’s shop and his house were located (Minami-cho, Kesennuma). It was located just off the coast and everything was swept away by the Tsunami.

2.At the site of the shop and his house sandbags are still stacked up six years later. They plan to build a new shop around the year 2020 after town planning is complete, after the local government has re-designated building lots.

3.Mr. Ashikaga is popular as a teacher of EM environmental education since 1998 at Aiko Kindergarten. Every year his teaching sparks great interest in EM in all the children. He is helping raise children to learn from nature, helping them to be moved by it and be full of hope for the future.

4.Since March 2017 he has set up a temporary shop in the parking lot of his current house. He plans to work here, with this as his base, until he rebuilds his shop in 2020. Temporary shop at the parking lot of his house. At the time we took this picture, they were still preparing to build the shop.

Things that the Great Tsunami could not take away

I lost everything, my house and shop in the tsunami and I was terribly depressed,
I felt there was nothing left, and I could not go on anymore. Three to four days after the earthquake, my wife began encouraging me every day saying, “You have your favorite volunteer work, your teaching, don’t you?” Women are strong. Well, she cannot help but be strong since she married a man like me who is still chasing after childhood dreams.

On the night of the tenth day, when I was worrying about what to do, Dr. Teruo Higa appeared in my dream like a big statue glaring at me, who was much smaller, with wild eyes. I snapped awake and saw it was still only 3 am. “I have to do something!” I told myself, and immediately began working out a plan. I asked myself what I could do with EM in these turbulent times, and in no time at all, I completed a plan to achieve the final goal. I was able to do this because I studied some business science since I was young, and had been influenced by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita (the founder of Panasonic).

Experiences with EM and a once in a thousand year trial

I am a practical man, a doer. I think by myself, test things by myself, and learn through mistakes and actual practice. Before the earthquake, I had been making various kinds of activated EM solution. I can make around 1,000 kinds of basic activated EM. There are even more ways to apply it. I also made miso, bread, rice and vegetables all by myself.

When a sailor dies in an ocean-going fisheries ship going from Kesennuma to Hawaii to fish tuna, the funeral is held after the ship returns to port. I had experience with the countermeasures to deal with odors of the dead at that time, and I have been dealing with countermeasures against foul odors in municipal fisheries processing waste, for example, sharks and squid. Without these practical experiences, it was impossible for me to respond to the decay of corpses and dead fishes, and the combined pollution of sludge and heavy oil at the time of this disaster. With ordinary EM, it is impossible to eliminate such a foul smell. But if you have accumulated personal experiences, as I have done, you get inspiration from them and various applications will be effective.

The world of microorganisms is profound, so we must use them with a humble attitude. Very humbly. I always pray whenever I finish making activated EM solution. Then the power of EM will increase 20 or 30 times more than usual. That is the world of microorganisms.

I was lucky! I knew the way of overcoming this once in a thousand year trial.

I lost everything because of the earthquake, but I couldn’t be happier. Since I was familiar with EM, I had some experiences that were useful for society. Nothing could be more pleasing. There are many colleagues of mine who died in this earthquake. Farmers here have no houses or rice fields. Everyone has prioritized rebuilding their lives, so I think that we will steadily continue our EM volunteer activities.

What I Lost, What I Gained

〈What was lost〉
My house, shop, EM experimental data, EM volunteer work group members (earthquake disaster deaths), EM volunteer projects, my friend’s houses and fields

〈What remained〉
Personal EM practical experience, the good outcome of environmental education at kindergartens and elementary schools

〈What I gained〉
Personal experience that I could be useful using EM for society during this once-in-a-thousand year unprecedented natural disaster. Living a happy daily life, enjoying life and having a positive attitude. (“ATM” has become Mr. Ashikaga’s personal slogan–A as in “akaruku”—cheerfully, T as in “tanoshiku,” enjoyable, and M as in “maemukini,” thinking positively.)

The extent of damage at the time

Kesennuma City has an area of 333 km2 and a population of about 64,000 people. The number of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake totaled 1,433, including 1,170 direct deaths, 108 related deaths and 218 missing people. The number of damaged houses is 15,815. (As of February, 2017. Reference: Miyagi Prefecture official website)

Kesennuma City is the town with the largest volume of sharks caught in the country, and has long been known as a major shark fin production center. It is a lively town as a base for coastal fishing, offshore fishery and deep-sea fishery, and has a wide range of fishery industries ranging from related shipbuilding to fishery processing.

The tsunami that hit Kesennuma harbor was a coal black tsunami from sludge stirred up from the sea floor. 22 heavy oil tanks located in the coastal area were swept away, and the heavy oil that flowed out to the bay ignited and kept on burning for 72 hours. 14 large fishing boats anchored at the harbor were launched up onto the land by the powerful tsunami. Most of the marine processing plants were destroyed. Large amounts of fish, such as fish stored in freezers or refrigerators, were washed up on land, putrefied, and became a strong source of terrible odors. Large-scale sewage treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants of marine processing plants were also catastrophically damaged, and untreated sewage flowed into Kesennuma Bay for a long time.

Tsunami damage in Kesennuma City, Miyagi prefecture

Reference: Kesennuma City, Friday, March 11, 2011. Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake and Tsunami Inundation Map (Revised Edition)

The whole town of Kesennuma was filled with large amounts of dead fish.

The state of Kesennuma City at that time

Bron: https://emrojapan.com/living/120