Group of Japanese Veterans volunteer for deadly service
Known as the Skilled Veterans Corp for Fukushima (SVCF), this brave group of retired engineers, construction workers and technical professionals, now 700 strong and all over the age of 60, have offered to help tackle the nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
Its founder, Yasuteru Yamada, believes that he and his fellow veterans should be facing the dangers of extreme radiation, not the young.
“By the time we develop cancer, we will be dead anyways,” Yamada has said, following a recent tour through the United States to promote the Veterans Corps. The retired engineer is prepared to give his life to help save his country, his people and the planet.
Government and TEPCO representatives refuse help
They made this offer just 4 weeks after the disaster struck in March 2011. Incredibly, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the private corporation responsible for the disaster, is unconditionally backed by Japanese Government representatives and still refuses the Veterans Corps help.
Yamada blames this cosy relationship for the continued danger and uncertainty surrounding Fukushima, and is applying pressure to allow global experts observational access to the cleanup, which will last for the next 20 to 40 years.
To learn more, visit the Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima website at www.svcf.jp/english
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