Japanese retirees replacing younger generation to repair Fukushima
Making a difference
Older people taking the risk is much less damaging to our society than asking the younger generation following us to take it. -, retired scientist
Shiotani and an old friend, former plant engineer Fukushima, causing the world’s worst nuclear accident since ., founded the Skilled Veterans Corps (SVC) in April, less than a month after a tsunami overwhelmed the cooling system at
By writing letters and e-mails, using, and sending out a call to action at various blogs, the two men have drawn more than 300 retired engineers and scientists, ranging in age from 60 to 78, into their group. All are offering to use their skills and experience to help cool the reactors following the partial meltdown at the heavily contaminated site.
To my surprise we’ve received quite a large number of favorable responses. They all say they think it’s their duty not to leave this negative heritage to younger generations.
Seven members of the veterans group worked at Fukushima during their active careers, he adds. “They feel like mothers who have lost their children.”
With their backgrounds as nuclear plant designers, electrical engineers, radiation regulators, and physicists, the retirees “could if they wish get a decent job at Fukushima, but they have chosen us,” says Shiotani.
They [retiree volunteers] want to work not for money, but for something fundamental and essential for society.