After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure.

Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.

The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.

They say they should be facing the dangers of radiation, not the young.

It was while watching the television news that Yasuteru Yamada decided it was time for his generation to stand up.

No longer could he be just an observer of the struggle to stabilise the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The retired engineer is reporting back for duty at the age of 72, and he is organising a team of pensioners to go with him.

For weeks now Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with o… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

14 thoughts on “After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure.”

  1. apeliott

    I was in Tokyo when it happened and remember seeing two buildings bumping into each other during the quake.

    We just had another big one a few hours ago that woke me up. It’s been 10 years since Fukushima and some believe we will have another huge one in a couple of days.

  2. Reach-

    “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”

  3. nowhereman136

    Funfact: While Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant had a meltdown, Fukushima Daini Nuclear plant, which was closer to the epicenter of the earthquake, was relatively undamaged. The Daini plant had updated safety features and had not ignored inspection warnings like Daiichi allegedly did.

  4. RJPeaches

    *The elderly although slow and dangerous behind the wheel can serve a purpose.*

  5. Downvote_me_dumbass

    From a strictly logical point of view, having the elderly do it, reduces the chances of young having birth defects for their offspring or future health issues. The elderly probably figured if they get sick that it’s less of an issue (in terms of how many years they would have issues vs. a younger person possibly having many years of health issues) in the grand scheme of things.

  6. ibepollan

    Meanwhile in America Boomers would be complaining how kids are lazy and don’t do anything

  7. gurgleslurp

    Just dying to get back into work force.

  8. SquidwardsKeef

    I member when this happened. Are we dealing with kids who weren’t around when this happened? Jesus

  9. unknownredditor1994

    That would never happen in the US. There’s be a whole lot of “respect your elders” type of banter and how the young need to take care of them now

  10. ModsRGayAdminsBigGay

    They did it because it takes decades to develop the cancer from radiation that would kill you. They didn’t have decades to live before and most of them are dead now from other causes.

  11. Mayhemic-Destruction

    in america boomers are trying to kill the young

  12. Kill_the_rich999

    If this happened in the US, we would make prisoners do it for $0.30/hr.

  13. BamBamBob

    One lady stayed at her post announcing on the emergency speakers, telling people to evacuate, when the tsunami killed her. Her name was Miki Endo.

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