He stayed at his post when the others ran.
The former Fukushima supervisor of damage control works at the tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant has died of cancer. His decision not to follow a corporate order prevented Chernobyl-like explosions of overheated Fukushima reactors.
Masao Yoshida, 58, died at a Tokyo hospital of esophageal cancer on July 9, 2013. Doctors have maintained repeatedly that Yoshida’s illness has had nothing to do with exposure to high doses of radiation.
Yoshida is believed to have prevented the world’s worst atomic accident in 25 years after the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986.
After March 11, 2011, when an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima nuclear plant, General Manager in the Nuclear Asset Management Department of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TEPCO) Masao Yoshida remained in charge of the rectification of the consequences of the disaster for more than six months, barely leaving the station.
He kept water flowing after being ordered to stop. He was a professional engineer, so he knew what would happen to him, yet he stayed.
Dude had balls.
In a world where financial criminals are heralded as great men, we should force the world to celebrate a real hero.
The Devil at Fukushima may be forgotten for now, but soon it will be the talk of every town all over the world. The Devil is patient.