The Brave 50 Left Behind To Stop A Meltdown

I was listening to the news about the power plant in Japan which employed 1400 people, out of all of the employees, a handful stayed behind to stop a total melt down, going beyond the exposure of radiation. All I could think about is the mothers, fathers and sons and daughters there sacrifice they are making to save other lives. This country is filled with a very proud nation, they are not known to complain or yell or speak ill will about each other.

In one of the news reels, there was this elderly gentlemen who by rights should have eaten was given to him and because there were so many people and so little food to go round, he handed his soup to another. There were no out breaks of riots because of little or no water or food, they knew that this could happen. So they divided the food they did have along with the water so that others could eat and drink. This is a fine example of a nation that stands strong on there convictions. I was taken back by this part where a man had a name on a sign where he was looking for his wife and I could see the look in his eyes of hopelessness and the hurt and reality that she may not be alive.

This showed me that no matter where you are or who you are, we all have this one thing common with others, human suffering and empathy. We as a breed to do great things i a crises such as this can really shine. if any of you who are from Japan, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Show them that they are not forgotten. Keep the message of hope alive.
redtailfree48 redtailfree48
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15 Responses Mar 15, 2011

The story wasn't from the Japanese media, where this information came from. It was from a reliable source. As I've said these people stood there facing death in the eye to save other people's lives . An ultimate gift to there people, in which will be rewarded in heaven. My point is even if media distorts or embellishes, I know by being a avid scientist myself, depending on how many rads these people are facing, even lead lined suits can only protect them at a certain level considering the thickness of there suits. What makes even more more difficult is that the plutonium is weapons grade, meaning the grade is raw not refined.

I think the we are too quick to criticize and second guess. We should support and pray for the people of Japan. Your story was very well written. Thank you for sharing!

We did Sister on a few occasions. One remember 9-11, two, katrina and three Oil spill out in the gulf.<br />
and WW2 pearl harbor. Humans are destined to do great things. Faith and compassion is the key.

An redtail, I apologize for ****** on your thread. I DO admire the 200 at the Fukushima plant. I an their families know they are likely servin death sentences there. Bout as noble as humans come.<br />
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But I don' think we'll get a clear picture if all we do is listen to the Japanese media on this one. As a friend of mine pointed out, you can be calm, reserved and obedient to a fault.<br />
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An frankly, I see very lil dignity an love comin from that city of 13 million less than 3 hours away. This is the nation that pioneered off road vehicles ... an cannot get to their own in such a time of desperation.

Thank you so much for this story. Amidst tragedy, seeing the human condition rise to the challenge is soothing on the pain from the tragedy itself. Bad things happen. What a blessing that humans can choose to face crisis and devastation with such dignity and love of their fellow man! I hope beyond all hope that we too can find this strength of character when we face our end hour.

In one particularly shocking incident, Japan's self-defence force discovered 128 elderly people abandoned by medical staff at a hospital six miles from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. Most of them were comatose and 14 died shortly afterwards.<br />
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from the BBC<br />
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There are 200 workers at the nuclear plant - working in shifts of 50.<br />
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This area of Japan is populated by the elderly ... the young have moved off to other cities where prospects are better. The elderly have been taken to large shelters, mos often poorly heated or un-heated gymnasiums. They are dying there and on there way to these gymnasiums. They have been promised that the medicines they so badly need should arrive next week. They are going days without meat.<br />
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I can admire many aspects of Japanese culture. But I am willing to admit that should this be MY parents treated this way, in one of the world's wealthiest nations, I would indeed be raising holy hell. This area is a mere 175 miles from one of the richest cities on the earth. They could have WALKED medicine and fuel to these people by now.<br />
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Like all of you, I was at first impressed by the calm display of nationalism shown by the people of Myagi Prefecture. Now I worry their 'good behavior' is gonna cost them their lives. HOW can it be they go hungry an without medical attention a mere 175 miles from Tokyo?<br />
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Frankly ... my admiration has waned.

yes I agree with you redtailfree ... their behaviour has been exemplary ... incredible in fact. the more news reports I see and hear the more I am filled with admiration for the way they are dealing with their dreadful situation ... such dignity and so unselfish.

Its the need of the many that outweigh the need of the few. Its said that even one grain of sand can tilt the balance of the scale, so even one more person can make the difference between life and death.

That is a very special breed of people isn't it?

It says a lot about the people.<br />
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I still remember seeing a Japanese emergency response team in New Zealand after their earthquake and thinking that they came a long way from home to help others.

My thoughts and prayers are with them all. Life can change in an instant!

thanks to you all for reading, pass this message on to those who feel that they haven't been given a fair shake, this isn't to think less of what ever it may be that is causing discomfort or discontent. they are still very real.

The resilience and strength of the human spirit never fails to amaze me, even in the cynical world we live in today. My thoughts and prayers go out to the nation of Japan and everyone affected by this devastating crisis. <br />
Thanks for sharing that rtf48.