by: Dakshana Bascaramurty Globe and Mail Blog
Talk about taking one for the team.
When an earthquake hit Japan almost three months ago, setting off an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, we expected the young, fit and able-bodied to take care of the repairs, right?
But as radiation continues to leak out of the plant, an unexpected group has stepped up to help.
Despite Mr. Yamada’s persistent lobbying, however, the government has not yet given the Skilled Veterans Corps permission to enter the area surrounding the plant.
Some bloggers have referred to the self-sacrificing group as the Suicide Corps and compared their resolve to that of the Second World War’s kamikaze pilots, who boldly took on suicide missions.
Mr. Yamada dismissed the comparison: “We are not kamikaze. The kamikaze were something strange, no risk management there. They were going to die. But we are going to come back. We have to work but never die.”