Yasutel Yamada, a veteran engineer of 72 year old, former employee of Sumitomo Metal Industries, Co. Ltd, founded the organization to volunteer to build a permanent cooling system at Fukushima Daiichi.

To become a volunteer, you have to have a professional background in engineering, etc. and are minimum of age 60 year old and capable of working in harsh environment.

His reasonings are:

  • Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors need to be cooled for next 10 years without interruption to avoid further accidents.
  • Current cooling system cannot be sustained as it is temporary in nature and it has to be replaced with a permanent cooling system.
  • To build a alternative cooling system at highly contaminated environment at Fukushima Daiichi premise is hazardous.
  • Currently many works are being done by unskilled laborers, sometimes brought in without their knowledge that they work at Fukushima Daiichi. New system cannot be built by unskilled laborers.
  • The work environment is more hazardous for young people as their body is more susceptible to radiation than older people’s.

Mr. Yamada said in interviews that:

  • Their idea to found the organization has come from discussions among engineers.
  • To design the cooling system may be a easier part. To build the system professionally on the highly contaminated premise is difficult part.
  • 60 year old age limit is simply because older people are not susceptible to radiation as younger people. And younger people should not be exposed to the environment to build a new cooling system on the premise of Fukushima Daiichi.
  • It is not a matter of heroism, or they do not intend to be a Kamikaze suicide mission. But he has a sense of guilt to have allowed this accident happened and has obligation for future generation to avoid the current situation getting worse.
  • Japanese people think that the situation has stabilized. But the entire world except Japan knows that Japan is skating on thin ice.

As of June 15, 2011, they have 318 members and 1,185 supporters according to their web site.

Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University is one of the members.

He works at Research Nuclear Institute at Kyoto University and is long time opponent of nuclear power plants. He is frequently interviewed by non main stream media since Fukushima Daiichi accident. He revealed that he is one of the members in one of interviews, when the interviewer was talking about  Mr. Yamada’s new organization in a skeptical tone. (Separate post later on him. – Here it is.)

Skilled Veterans Corps at the Fukusima-Daiichi Nuclear Power:

Proposal for a Skilled Veterans Corps to install an alternative cooling system at the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: http://bouhatsusoshi.jp/english

If you are not following Fukushima Daiichi accident recently, I like Arnold (Arnie) Gundersen’s web site:
Fairewinds Associates: http://www.fairewinds.com/

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