Here's an ABC News piece on those unsung heroes. They truly deserve the highest level of respect and gratitude.
It seems that many of them are older, near retirement age. The rationale for preferring older volunteers over younger ones? -- that they would most likely die of old age before they would die of the types of cancers that can be caused by elevated radiation exposure.
Maybe now is not the best time to bring this up, but I had always thought the Japanese scientists and engineers have been so hot to trot on the development of robots, precisely with this type of disasterous scenarios in mind. Where are their robots???
Bob, very good points. You articulated it so beautifully. Certainly, risking one's life, isn't in the job description of any engineers.
I just wish we could put those people's names and faces to the stories we tell in our history.
Ours is not a glamorous profession. We are rarely in any spotlights. Unlike police, fire fighters, and our military, who know that their profession involves risk, engineers and technicians are not generally called upon to demonstrate bravery in the face of physical harm.
At Fukushima, however, these people will do what no one else—rock star, movie personality, politician, “activist”, or other society tinsel or froth—can do: sacrifice their health and possibly their lives to save their countrymen.
Without glitter. Without glamour. What is sufficient to honor them?