Japan Sacrificing Its Elders to Nuclear Fallout

Having utterly failed to anticipate the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster following the earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government and its parasite nuclear industry plod along amidst a worsening situation. They’ve dumped coolants from helicopters, brought in huge cranes, dug holes– all to no avail. They’ve tried humans in the form of nuclear plant workers, but they have begun to die by the ones and twos. In the meantime, there has been no serious consideration of criminal indictments against the government and industry officials responsible for this incredible industrial failure.

Finally they’ve been handed a genius solution: mass suicide by old people in the spirit of national pride. These volunteers will willingly march forward into the valley of death.  If they get cancer, the thinking goes, it won’t hit them until they are dead anyhow. And they will provide a valuable service to society: saving the young men and women  so they can procreate and provide labor for years to come. And it’s all being done amidst a wonderful flowering of national patriotism.

The death march of the old is described in the New York Times.

Seemingly against logic, 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 Daiichi 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 that, someone should do the work,” said Mr. Yamada, a retired plant engineer who had worked for Sumitomo Metal Industries. “It would benefit society if the older generation took the job because we will get less damage from working there.”

3 responses to “Japan Sacrificing Its Elders to Nuclear Fallout

  1. jane preston

    wow……………having kids and grandkids, maybe I would choose to do the same thing….and at the rate this country (the US) is going, maybe I might even get the chance!

  2. Elizabeth A. Rogers

    Although I have some real concerns about the ethics of the situation, to say nothing of the gross negligence and secretiveness of the Japanese government, I think Jane Preston has a point. Unfortunately, she may also be right that we older Americans may indeed get the chance (see Fort Calhoun and Cooper, Nebraska)! I’m probably completely crazy to hope that the lesson will be learned once and for all that nuclear power is not–repeat, not!–safe. Our nation needs to pull out all the stops to develop alternative forms of energy that won’t poison humans, animals, crops or the planet we inhabit; in addition, think of all the jobs that an all-out effort similar to JFK’s call to put a man on the moon could create!

  3. In 1945, off Okinawa, it was the young who were sacrificed during Kamakaze missions – so a bit different angle. But not really, the elders decided then, too.

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