29 Jun '11, 12am

*respect* Elderly make the 'sacrifice' in Fukushima clean-up efforts, to spare younger Japanese from the dangers

TOKYO - By any measure, the thousands of people toiling to cool the crippled nuclear reactors in Fukushima are engaged in jobs that the Japanese consider kitanai, kitsui and kiken, or dirty, difficult and dangerous. Seemingly against logic, Mr Yasuteru Yamada, 72, is eager for the chance to take part. After seeing hundreds of younger men on television struggle to control the damage at the power plant, Mr Yamada struck on an idea: Recruit other older engineers and other specialists to help tame the rogue reactors. Not only do they have some of the skills needed but, because of their advanced age, they are at less risk of getting cancer and other diseases that develop slowly as a result of exposure to high levels of radiation. Their volunteering would spare younger Japanese from dangers that could leave them childless, or worse. "We have to contain this accident, and for tha...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110629-0000211/Elders...

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