And Then A Hero Comes Along…250 Heroes, To Be Precise

2 Jun
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I read the following story over on Cubik’s Rube.  He and I agree on very little – so little, in fact, that he hardly ever bothers to answer my rare comments on his posts.  I assume he feels, like I do, that we’d both be wasting our time.  But this case is different: we both agree that Japan’s senior citizens are incredible.

A group called the Skilled Veterans Corps are working to fix the problems at Fukushima.  From CNN:

…three retirees sit in a cramped room, hunched over their computers and mobile phones. They look like the planning committee for a neighborhood senior breakfast, not the leaders of a 250-member team attempting to defuse one of the worst nuclear meltdowns in history.

But that’s exactly what 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada hopes his seniors group, the Skilled Veterans Corps, will do: help end the crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The group, consisting only of retirees age 60 and up, says it is uniquely poised to work at the radiation-contaminated plant, as the cells of an older person’s body divide more slowly than a younger individual.

This post is short because there are no words to express how much admiration I feel at their selflessness.

28 Responses to “And Then A Hero Comes Along…250 Heroes, To Be Precise”

  1. mairedubhtx June 2, 2011 at 15:20 #

    The Japanese senior citizens are certainly selfless. I admire them.


  2. vivinfrance June 2, 2011 at 15:32 #

    That gives me hope for the human race. Thank you for posting this uplifting story.

    Quilters all over the world aresending quilts to Japan, although at first we were told to hold our horses, as things were so chaotic there that they couldn’t deal with them. Now the quilts are flowing.


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2011 at 21:19 #

      That’s wonderful news. You should blog about it; I’d love to know more, and I’m sure other people would, too. Once a new news item comes along, tragic stories like the tsunami are forgotten.


  3. gigihawaii June 2, 2011 at 15:47 #

    I feel so sad about the misery that the Japanese are going through right now. But, what a strong and resilient people they are!


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2011 at 21:20 #

      They are amazing. I have so much admiration for them.


  4. slpmartin June 2, 2011 at 16:09 #

    One must admire such behavior.


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2011 at 21:22 #

      Incredible…I keep saying it, but it’s true.


  5. earlybird June 2, 2011 at 16:14 #

    Thank you for telling me about this. How amazing. Full of admiration.


  6. speccy June 2, 2011 at 16:25 #

    Amazing, properly awesome stuff


  7. Cindy June 2, 2011 at 16:30 #

    Inspiring, moving.


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2011 at 21:24 #

      I wonder how many people here would make the same sacrifice?


  8. nrhatch June 2, 2011 at 17:40 #

    Go team!


  9. barb19 June 2, 2011 at 22:19 #

    The Japanese are quite an amazing race – we should take note! Thanks for posting this Tilly.


  10. Katherine Gordy Levine June 2, 2011 at 23:05 #

    Used your blog and their story in a From the Downhill Slope post. Thank you for pointing me to this.


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2011 at 23:07 #

      I just read your post; the dancing elderly people in wheelchairs were inspirational.

      Thanks for using my post 🙂


  11. Paula Tohline Calhoun June 2, 2011 at 23:29 #

    Thanks for this one, Tilly! I’ll be reading all those articles. . .


  12. writerJames June 3, 2011 at 00:09 #

    Surely you’re over-stating it, I bet we agree on all kinds of things! Like… Jesus? No, wait, not Jesus. Monarchy? D’oh, guess not… The coalition government! …Oh, right. Drat. Um…

    Oh, Maltesers! Those things are amazing. See, we’re totally in sync on the really important stuff.

    Anyway. I know I don’t reply to many comments, and I apologise if I end up seeming somewhat stand-offish – I have this vague notion that I ought mostly to stay out of my own comments threads and let discussion thrive there however it may, independently of my intentions. But I don’t really have enough of a fanbase for that, so in practice the occasional comment just tends to get left out in the cold :-\ Ho-hum. I do appreciate you sticking around, anyway.


    • Tilly Bud June 3, 2011 at 08:42 #

      Welcome to the Lion’s Den! Anyone in favour of Maltesers is all right in my book (so long as they don’t ask for any of mine).

      I’m glad to know it’s not contempt that stops you commenting, though I get why it might be 🙂

      I often disagree with what you say, but not always. I’m not looking for a fight so I don’t comment much. I know there are billions of people out there who think differently to me; I respect that, but I also like to know what it is some of them think, and why. I am often challenged by your posts, and I have to look at what I believe and justify it as a result – not defensively; but weighing up. It’s not always easy! Thanks. 🙂


  13. eof737 June 3, 2011 at 06:28 #

    Kudos to them… What an uplifting piece on the gift of experience…. age must count for something! 🙂


  14. kateshrewsday June 3, 2011 at 07:08 #

    Extraordinary, Tilly. Momentous times for Japan. I wish them well.


  15. sarsm June 7, 2011 at 13:01 #

    Just amazing. Thank you for posting this Tilly.



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