Older Heroes Step Up in Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Friday, 27 May 2011 12:28 PM

By Martin Gould

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Like a team of superheroes, a group of 160 elderly engineers are ready to give their lives to save Japan from nuclear disaster.

The Skilled Veterans Corps, all of them over 60, plan to go into the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant to spare younger colleagues with more to live for, reports the Daily Telegraph.

older heroes japan"We shouldn't leave the work only to young engineers," said the group’s leader, Yasuteru Yamada, 72.

"Young people, especially those who have children in future, should not be exposed to radiation."

Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami severely damaged the plant, workers have tried to stop radiation leakage with varying degrees of success.

The older group says many of the people currently willing to risk going into the plant do not have the right skills.

They though have decades of experience in nuclear and civil engineering.

Many politicians in Japan support the move despite some criticism comparing the skilled vetarans with World War ii kamikaze pilots.

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