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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
_hm   7/12/2013 8:26:14 PM
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In hindsight, most of inactions were prudent! Looking at complexity of situation, not many people knew what is happening. It would not have been sensible to give confusing and ambiguous information to otherwise innocent common person.

 

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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
junko.yoshida   7/12/2013 2:05:42 PM
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You're welcome, DMcCunney. Your kind words are much appreciated.

Yes, any English translations of those books I mentioned appear in the U.S., I will surely let you know.

As one of the editors who worked on that digital issue (and I tell you every single person on the staff really rose to the occasion), the issue is still close to my heart.

For anyone who might have missed our digital edition then, here's the linke:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cmp/eetimes032811_japan/#/1/OnePage

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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
DMcCunney   7/12/2013 1:19:36 PM
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If you find they have been translated, please let us know.  Both are books I'd love to read.

And kudos on EETimes' coverage of Fukashima.  It was simply the best I saw, and I learned far more about what actually happened from EETimes coverage than from any other source,

For instance, they key fact for me was that the backup generators for the cooling system were sited where they, too, could be taken out by the tsunami, and were.  Had they been in a safer location, the Fukashima disaster might not have occurred.  The problem wasn't that it was a nuclear plant - it was a bad design decision when it was constructed.  (And I suspect there is still waffling and finger-pointing about just who made the decision to put the backup systems where they were.)

I didn't see critical details like that in other coverage.  Mostly, I saw nuclear hysteria.

Thank you for doing it right.

 

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docdivakar   7/11/2013 9:08:09 PM
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Thank you Junko for this soberingly somber writeup. In my dictionary, Masao Yoshida is a great hero and I hope one day kids in Japan will read stories about him in their text books. In an instant, he saw the good he could do at the cost of greatest personal sacrifice, one's own life.

MP Divakar

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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
junko.yoshida   7/11/2013 6:49:23 PM
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Yes, I would love to see that movie too!

I must, however, point out that much of the Japanese people "keeping calm" during the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant disaster turns out to be the result of the electric company (Tepco) not disclosing information, the Japan's prime minister's office (deeply skeptical of Tepco) not fully grasping the situation, and Japanese bureacrats (who intensely disliked the prime minister) hesitent to advise and make decisions. It turns out a lot of "indecisions" and "inactions" kept many people in dark. It wasn't all that good thing.

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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
_hm   7/11/2013 6:41:42 PM
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Will there be Hollywood movie based on this event an book? Main aspect is for new generation to learn so many critical aspects from this type of epics.

As it was Japan and juggernaut of Japanese people, the situation was so much controlled. Imagination of other country and people in similar situation could have been much worse.

 

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selinz   7/11/2013 4:45:31 PM
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I agree. My immediate assumption was that radiation caused the cancer that killed him. I'm glad that wasn't the case and the assumption prompted me to read the article. That's a good thing, as he is to be lauded.

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junko.yoshida   7/11/2013 3:06:09 PM
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Luis, I am glad you find the story inspiring. Masao Yoshida WAS inspiring.

I think we always need to keep in mind that behind every challenge, every design effort and every new creation, there is a story we haven't told.

I want our readers to share with us their stories! 

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Real heroes are unknown
Luis Sanchez   7/11/2013 12:53:23 PM
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Many times I've read an article of yours Junko and I've been inspired. You bring us the human side of the electronic's industry. I think at the bottom of all fields in society lies the human heart and heroes and foes putting up a scene. 

In this tale of a hero we find sacrifice and the clear traits of a leader. Many times we do the right thing when following orders. Sometimes the right thing is not to follow orders. To know when to do A or B, that is true leadership. 

Thanks for letting us know about this great engineer!

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Re: Masao Yoshida, hero
junko.yoshida   7/11/2013 11:40:53 AM
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Two Japanese books I mentioned in this article have detailed descriptions on what happened  among decision makers (or non-decision makers) during the crisis.

Funabashi's book "Countdown to Meltdown" meticulously chronicled and documented the course of events -- involving all the cast of characters such as politicians, beauraucrats, Tepco executives and scientists. Of particular interest to me was how Washington responded to the whole thing (at one point Japan was completely losing credibility among the U.S. government officials). This is an award-winning, epic documentary book.

Meanwhile, Kadota's book shed light on those men who worked at Fukushima nuclear powre plant in 500 days after the tsunami/earthquake. The book is more of an emotional human story, depicting what they were thinking then, what actions they took and what they said to each other.

I hope both books will be translated in English soon! 

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