This is a truly inspiring act of self-sacrifice.
A group of senior citizens in Japan are trying to organize their return to work at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is still a radioactive hazard zone, in order to spare a younger generation from being exposed to nuclear contamination.
72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada says there is a simple reason why his group of seniors need to work:
"We have to work instead of them. Elders have less sensitivity to radiation. Therefore, we have to work."
It is true that cells in an older person’s body divide more slowly than a younger person’s, so older people would be less affected by the dangerous working conditions.
Some are critical of the group, calling them a “suicide corps.”
Masaaki Takahashi, 65, rejects this criticism:
"I want them to stop calling us the 'suicide corps' or kamikazes. We're doing nothing special. I simply think I have to do something and I can't allow just young people to do this."
Please send your love and donations to Japan — they still need it!