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Masao Yoshida, Director of Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Plant, Has Died 119

Doofus writes "Masao Yoshida, director of the Daichii Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, has passed away. Colleagues and politicos in Japan praised his disobedience during the post-tsunami meltdown and credited him with preventing much more widespread and intense damage. From the article: 'On March 12, a day after the tsunami, Mr. Yoshida ignored an order from Tepco headquarters to stop pumping seawater into a reactor to try and cool it because of concerns that ocean water would corrode the equipment. Tepco initially said it would penalize Mr. Yoshida even though Sakae Muto, then a vice president at the utility, said it was a technically appropriate decision. Mr. Yoshida received no more than a verbal reprimand after then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan defended the plant chief, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. "I bow in respect for his leadership and decision-making," Kan said Tuesday in a message posted on his Twitter account.'"
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Masao Yoshida, Director of Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Plant, Has Died

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  • Re:Tepco (Score:5, Interesting)

    by compro01 ( 777531 ) on Wednesday July 10, 2013 @02:20PM (#44241775)

    Besides, esophageal cancer is so common in old men of 58 years.

    Yes, esophageal cancer is very common in old men of 58 years who smoke like chimneys.

  • by slew ( 2918 ) on Wednesday July 10, 2013 @06:06PM (#44244431)

    But what he did was heroic. Especially in a society that empahsizes respect for superiors. In the US, we wouldn't think twice about second guessing a higher up if we thought there was an inherent risk but this is almost unheard of in the Asian culture. Anata ni keii, Yoshida-san.

    I find it ironic that often the celebrated hero of most stories is the singular person who undertakes the final risky, but ultimatly successful course of action to save the day in a tragic situation, where real unsung heros would be the many folks who make the sacrifices necessary to plan for and/or mitigate the tragic situations before they happen.

    Maybe this obsession for hollywood-style heros is why no heroes ever emerged that would have fought for emergency diesel supplies, or higher seawalls that might have prevented or reduced the scale of this disaster. Such heroes would likely have paid a big price for their second guessing and their sacrifice would likely have gone unrecognized.

  • by drolli ( 522659 ) on Wednesday July 10, 2013 @07:02PM (#44245013) Journal

    > In the US, we wouldn't think twice about second guessing a higher up

    Obviously you have *not* read the report on the TMI incident

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