Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station.

The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.

They say they should be facing the dangers of radiation, not the young.

It was while watching the television news that Yasuteru Yamada decided it was time for his generation to stand up.

No longer could he be just an observer of the struggle to stabilise the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The retired engineer is reporting back for duty at the age of 72, and he is organising a team of pensioners to go with him.

For weeks now Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with old friends, sending out e-mails and even messages on Twitter.

Volunteering to take the place of younger workers at the power station is not brave, Mr Yamada says, but logical.

“I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,” he says.

“Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”

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Tradicionalmente los católicos recordamos con afecto y devoción a la Virgen María en el mes de mayo. Para algunos puede ser sólo una costumbre; para otros, no significa casi nada; para otros, la devoción raya en superstición. Sin embargo, hay un buen número, un enorme número de católicos que han descubierto en María su gran amiga y aliada: aquella que nos ofrece a Jesús, y que por eso, sobre todo por eso, es nuestra Madre en el orden de la gracia. Ahora la pregunta es: ¿En qué momento María se volvió tu amiga y aliada?

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