I have same sentiments as DMcCunney. Indeed Yoshida is hero and he will be always be venerated as so.
Junoko, you missed the opportunity to interview him, however, he must have been interviewd by others. Please elobrate more on these interviews. Masao Yoshida RIP and Jepco must establist some form of annual hero award for engineers.
It takes a very special kind of person to do the right thing in a crisis against misguided administrative guidance. Yoshida's actions made a big difference in a very serious situation. His modesty in not discussing the decision until 2 months later demonstrates his commitment to doing what was needed rather than trying to glorify himself. Tepco was lucky to have him as an employee - as was his nation.
I whole-heartedly agree with your sentiment, DMcCunney.
Unlike most of us who are creatures of habit -- doing what we are told to do, Yoshida, as a guy in charge at ground zero, wasn't afraid of being defiant.
True, Yoshida's esophageal cancer is believed to be unrelated to his exposure to radiation. But the level of radition many among "Fukushima 50" were exposed to still remains a concern.
Just for clarification, during the crisis, two workers died at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The two workers had gone to check reactor 4 after the first quake occurred. They died after being caught by the tsunami in the turbine building.
Thank you, Junko. Masao Yoshida was a true hero, and I hope he gets the posthumous recognition he deserves. I was impressed by his actions, and especially impressed by the fact that he ignored his instructions, did what he knew needed to be done, and simply didn't bother to mention what he had done until after it was all over. That's a degree of moral courage rare anywhere in the world, and even rarer for cultural reasons in Japan.
I also hope his actions will be publicized in Japan, and serve as an example for what others in analogous positions might be called upon to do, and how they should behave if they are.
I regret I never met him. He's someone I'd be honored to know.
(I do wish the bit that Temco says the esophogeal cancer was unrelated to exposure at Fukashima wasn't the last sentence in the article. People who just see the headline will assume it was radiation exposure at Fukashima that caused it, when in fact, I'm unaware of any illnesses or deaths attributable to radiation exposure at the plant.)