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(Independent)   One of the Fukushima fifty finally breaks the silence and tells his story   (independent.co.uk) divider line 48
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2013-03-02 10:42:00 AM
He still has a tiny, tiny penis.
 
2013-03-02 10:47:18 AM

omnibus_necanda_sunt: He still has a tiny, tiny penis.


But, gigantic brass balls.

/ this post is dedicated to the fifty!
 
2013-03-02 10:58:13 AM
Mr Yoshizawa is shadowed throughout his interviews by a PR minder

Yes, and from there on I doubted everything good he said. Is this North Korea or what?
 
2013-03-02 11:01:20 AM
Good thing it wasn't worse. Because sixty people would screw up the alliteration. And then where would we be? Not in a world I want to live in. That's for sure.
 
2013-03-02 11:03:05 AM
That is a level of courage every man wishes they had but are afraid to find out.  Those people who stayed should be setup for life by the company.  What little remains after that dose of radiation.
 
2013-03-02 11:04:47 AM
And I know the name is Fukushima Fifty.  But a few posters don't seem to be actually reading the article.

"In the media the Fukushima 50 was born, although Mr Yoshizawa says that in reality there were 70 of them, mostly in their middle age."
 
2013-03-02 11:05:27 AM
Hero? He was just doing his job.
 
2013-03-02 11:09:22 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: Hero? He was just doing his job.


If people can be monsters while "just following orders", other can be heroes for "just doing their jobs".
 
2013-03-02 11:10:02 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-02 11:10:08 AM
Anyone else find it funny that the article is equally focussed on trying to blame a natural disaster on the management of Tepco as it is on exposing the "heroics" of the workers?
 
2013-03-02 11:11:11 AM
It's not newsworthy until they develop super powers.
 
2013-03-02 11:11:35 AM
I clicked on the link and hit a paywall. Thanks subby.
 
2013-03-02 11:12:07 AM
Working in shifts, surviving on biscuits and sleeping when he could inside the radiation-proofed bunker, Mr Yoshizawa lost weight and grew a beard.

But he still looked radiant.
 
2013-03-02 11:21:23 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: Hero? He was just doing his job.


Kinda like how all the police in newtown are heroes even though 20 kids are dead.
 
2013-03-02 11:21:33 AM

Fuggin Bizzy: Hero? He was just doing his job.



www.skywaspink.com
 
2013-03-02 11:24:52 AM
One of the Fukushima fifty finally breaks the silence and tells his story

But what about the Bukakke fifty? When will their story be told?
 
2013-03-02 11:25:25 AM
To hell with the   Fukushima Fifty. I want to hear about Fox Force Five.
 
2013-03-02 11:27:12 AM
I don't think Japanese are weird for putting company before family. If I were Japanese I would too.
 
2013-03-02 11:29:19 AM

GiraffeWaffles: Anyone else find it funny that the article is equally focussed on trying to blame a natural disaster on the management of Tepco as it is on exposing the "heroics" of the workers?


Not me.  The article is trying to show what the workers had to deal with when they tried to save the plant.  The management of the plant would be one of the difficulties.
 
2013-03-02 11:33:22 AM
I got less than a quarter of the way through and I had to stop. I'm sure this guy's story is amazing, but the writer is way too melodramatic.
 
2013-03-02 11:35:15 AM

NarrMaster: Fuggin Bizzy: Hero? He was just doing his job.

If people can be monsters while "just following orders", other can be heroes for "just doing their jobs".


This.
 
2013-03-02 11:37:14 AM
Mr Yoshizawa is shadowed throughout his interviews by a PR minder

And therefore not a single word in the article can be trusted...
 
2013-03-02 11:42:03 AM
It only takes uncooled fuel rods 15 hours to melt through the containment vessel.


Wow
 
2013-03-02 11:42:22 AM

TOWG: I clicked on the link and hit a paywall. Thanks subby.


That bothers you but being on Fark with Featured Sponsors, ads everywhere and when you have adblock on a dialog begging you to turn off adblock doesn't bother you?
 
2013-03-02 11:45:30 AM

Supracentral: Mr Yoshizawa is shadowed throughout his interviews by a PR minder

And therefore not a single word in the article can be trusted...


Makes me wonder what would have happened during the interview, had the guy said something he wasn't supposed to.

"And then a baby godzilla appeared from one of our reactors....choke! strangle! *sub-dermal shock collar*I...I.. Mean during the chaos we saw this amazing glow, and for a moment we thought we saw an angelic figure,"
 
2013-03-02 11:51:37 AM
What happened to all the people crying about the end of the world because of what happened in Fukushima? Hah!
 
2013-03-02 11:52:40 AM
Link

They did a great job. Look at the results.

Seafood in the Pacific is radioactive. Great job.
 
2013-03-02 11:55:20 AM
And Yoko the Cat never said a mumbling word.
 
2013-03-02 12:00:01 PM
I can see a B grade world disaster film being inspired by his story
"Return to Nuclear Meltodwn" or "Welcome to FukushimOhhhmygod The World is Ending"
 
2013-03-02 12:03:12 PM

styckx: TOWG: I clicked on the link and hit a paywall. Thanks subby.

That bothers you but being on Fark with Featured Sponsors, ads everywhere and when you have adblock on a dialog begging you to turn off adblock doesn't bother you?


Meh, just go to m.fark.com and you won't have to worry about any of that except one small ad at the top.
 
2013-03-02 12:10:51 PM

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Link

They did a great job. Look at the results.

Seafood in the Pacific is radioactive. Great job.


As opposed to it being 50X worse if they hadn't jumped in? Sure. All i see there are slightly above average readings.
 
2013-03-02 12:13:12 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-02 12:13:36 PM
I blame Harry S. Truman.
 
2013-03-02 12:14:31 PM
Tepco can go f*ck itself with something large and rusty and sharp, but these guys *are* heroes. Thank you, Fukushima Five-O.
 
2013-03-02 12:27:20 PM

ThunderPelvis: Tepco can go f*ck itself with something large and rusty and sharp, but these guys *are* heroes. Thank you, Fukushima Five-O.


+1
 
2013-03-02 12:33:13 PM

styckx: TOWG: I clicked on the link and hit a paywall. Thanks subby.

That bothers you but being on Fark with Featured Sponsors, ads everywhere and when you have adblock on a dialog begging you to turn off adblock doesn't bother you?


I don't click on feature sponsor stuff, don't pay attention to any ads(do enjoy the t-shirt models tho!), don't know what an adblock dialog is, but did want RTFA so, yeah, it does bother me a little.
 
2013-03-02 12:47:43 PM
I am one of the Hurricane Sandy Seventy. We are the ones who rushed to the hardware store and bought expensive Honda generators but did not need them. We are easily recognized by our new, unused generators and gas cans. Out children are taunted at school and our wives complain about the unnecessary purchase of a generator. Still, we go on knowing in our hearts we did the right thing.
 
2013-03-02 12:48:20 PM
From the article:

"Stress, divorce and suicides and plague the evacuees."

How's your proofreader?
 
2013-03-02 12:59:41 PM

GiraffeWaffles: Anyone else find it funny that the article is equally focussed on trying to blame a natural disaster on the management of Tepco as it is on exposing the "heroics" of the workers?


No. Probably because we realize that no one is trying to blame a natural disaster (earthquake, tsunami) on Tepco, just criticizing their criminal irresponsibility that nearly led to a man-made disaster that was probably averted by these plant workers choosing to put themselves in mortal danger for the greater good. Which I suppose is as good a definition of heroism as any.
 
2013-03-02 01:09:14 PM

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Seafood in the Pacific is radioactive. Great job.


Fukushima made it worse, but the oceans have been radioactive for a long time (not even counting the naturally occurring isotopes). Mostly from a few decades of above-ground weapons testing.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-02 01:23:46 PM
The one thing you can count on from all Nuke plant disasters (TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima) is that we always learn better ways of being prepared for contingencies that weren't accounted for.
In hindsight, you always wonder how these things were't thought of (we need power to maintain cooling, so let's put our backup generators somewhere safe). In this case, coastal plants have relocated backup generators to remote, high-ground areas.
 
2013-03-02 01:30:07 PM

Ivo Shandor: yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Seafood in the Pacific is radioactive. Great job.

Fukushima made it worse, but the oceans have been radioactive for a long time (not even counting the naturally occurring isotopes). Mostly from a few decades of above-ground weapons testing.

[i.imgur.com image 699x347]


Nuclear testing time-lapse video.  I'm not sure how many of these are atmospheric versus underground, but I had no idea there were so many.  Some amusing derp in the comments too.
 
2013-03-02 01:37:21 PM
They should not have to pay any taxes again, ever.

s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-03-02 02:22:00 PM
Fifty Spocks....
elliedi.com
 
2013-03-02 03:35:17 PM

miniflea: Ivo Shandor: yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Seafood in the Pacific is radioactive. Great job.

Fukushima made it worse, but the oceans have been radioactive for a long time (not even counting the naturally occurring isotopes). Mostly from a few decades of above-ground weapons testing.

[i.imgur.com image 699x347]

Nuclear testing time-lapse video.  I'm not sure how many of these are atmospheric versus underground, but I had no idea there were so many.  Some amusing derp in the comments too.


Anything after 1963 was underground testing
 
2013-03-02 04:40:36 PM
Why only fifty? Why not seventy?
 
2013-03-02 05:39:32 PM
Why do they call them "Fukushima Fifty"? Doesn't that sound too grand or scary?

Guy. "Haha, give me your sushi!"
Kid: "Noooo I'm hungry!"
Guy: "You dare say to an officer of the Fukushima Fifty?!"
Kid: "Oh my kami! Fukushima Fifty, I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart and the shame of my ancestors!"
 
2013-03-02 07:04:27 PM
"Fukushima Fifty" sounds better than "Sayonara Seventy".
 
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