Japanese Elders Volunteer For Fukushima ‘Suicide Corp’

The Raw Story reports:

As roughly 450 workers remain at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the world watches with increasing anxiety at what will become of them.

Unable to take the suspense and the guilt at being among those who promoted the reactors to begin with, a group of Japanese seniors have stepped up to offer their services to their country one last time.

Called the “suicide corps” by one official, they say all they want to do is be of service if the jobs might risk the lives of younger people. While the government hasn’t yet said whether they would be used for any such purpose, talks were reportedly underway.

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  • Marssuit

    This is somehow beautiful

  • Marssuit

    This is somehow beautiful

  • Anonymous

    The Japanese people have always been willing to make sacrifices for each other. Some of their traditions may seem extreme to westerners but their spirit is very noble, honorable and it insures their very survival.

    It would be nice if we had that kind of social solidarity here in the US. There is some, but not nearly enough… 

  • GoodDoktorBad

    The Japanese people have always been willing to make sacrifices for each other. Some of their traditions may seem extreme to westerners but their spirit is very noble, honorable and it insures their very survival.

    It would be nice if we had that kind of social solidarity here in the US. There is some, but not nearly enough… 

    • SF2K01

      Well to be objective, the suicide rate is really high in Japan due to a lot of factors. The offer is a good and logical one, but the drive behind it could be as simple as self blame. Since, in their mind, the melt down is their fault, they deserve to die for it. That’s a strong point in their culture if anything.

      Aside from that I’m not entirely sure we wouldn’t have our own group of people willing to do this if a similar situation occurred in the US. Sure a lot of things suck here, but we’re not totally morally bankrupt either.

      • Syber_punk

        are we forgetting about he 9/11 firefighters that knew going into the towers that dark day that chances were the were not going to come out… Americans have a selective memory to much media is the problem

        • GoodDoktorBad

          No, we’re not forgetting. Of course there are alot of good people everywhere willing to sacrifice for others.
          The article was about Japan remember? Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

      • GoodDoktorBad

        It seems that the Japanese (and others) take failure and mistakes pretty hard. A certain cultural bias toward 
        discipline and perfectionism both serves to create great achievements and gut wrenching failures. 

        As you say, it can be a strong point, but it can also be a point of weakness depending on how much people choose to kick themselves (ie. “the suicide rate is really high in Japan”) rather than learn from their mistakes and move on. 

        Mistakes are shunned and the perpetrators shamed. This is largely self defeating since mistakes and failures are actually the same as the scientific method of trial and error. It is essentially the only way mankind has ever learned to do anything.

        • Blur

          you guys are talking about it like it’s harikari or something… geez.. so dramatic.

          • SF2K01

            People choosing to offer up their life is very serious. In a way, yes it is a modern harikari. Just because it doesn’t literally involve spilling your guts on the floor doesn’t make it any less symbolic of an act.

          • GoodDoktorBad

            Not nearly as quick and relatively painless compared to a slow agonizing death from radiation exposure…
            Frankly its far more dramatic than Harikari.

  • Ronniedobbs

    american ceos could learn something from this….

  • Ronniedobbs

    american ceos could learn something from this….

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Don’t hold your breath…

  • Anonymous

    Don’t hold your breath…

  • Hadrian999

    good for them the straw death is no way to go, dieing on your feet is the best way, fighting for something

  • Hadrian999

    good for them the straw death is no way to go, dieing on your feet is the best way, fighting for something

  • jelyfish

    Propaganda piece… Plain and simple. 

  • jelyfish

    Propaganda piece… Plain and simple. 

    • Hadrian999

      for what exactly?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrico Jeff Deuparo

      yeah what to you mean? because of Japan in WWII? get real!

  • Hadrian999

    for what exactly?

  • Anonymous

    Well to be objective, the suicide rate is really high in Japan due to a lot of factors. The offer is a good and logical one, but the drive behind it could be as simple as self blame. Since, in their mind, the melt down is their fault, they deserve to die for it. That’s a strong point in their culture if anything.

    Aside from that I’m not entirely sure we wouldn’t have our own group of people willing to do this if a similar situation occurred in the US. Sure a lot of things suck here, but we’re not totally morally bankrupt either.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Patriots.

    America, learn to fucking play.

  • Mr. Coffee

    Patriots.

    America, learn to fucking play.

  • justagirl

    wow.  in america, all we have to worry about is renewing senior driver’s licenses.  can you imagine?  

  • justagirl

    wow.  in america, all we have to worry about is renewing senior driver’s licenses.  can you imagine?  

  • Syber_punk

    are we forgetting about he 9/11 firefighters that knew going into the towers that dark day that chances were the were not going to come out… Americans have a selective memory to much media is the problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrico Jeff Deuparo

    yeah what to you mean? because of Japan in WWII? get real!

  • Anonymous

    No, we’re not forgetting. Of course there are alot of good people everywhere willing to sacrifice for others.
    The article was about Japan remember? Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  • Anonymous

    It seems that the Japanese (and others) take failure and mistakes pretty hard. A certain cultural bias toward 
    discipline and perfectionism both serves to create great achievements and gut wrenching failures. 

    As you say, it can be a strong point, but it can also be a point of weakness depending on how much people choose to kick themselves rather than learn from their mistakes and move on. 

    Mistakes are shunned and the perpetrators shamed. This is largely self defeating since mistakes and failures are actually the same as the scientific method of trial and error. It is essentially the only way mankind has ever learned to do anything. 

  • Blur

    you guys are talking about it like it’s harikari or something… geez.. so dramatic.

  • Anonymous

    People choosing to offer up their life is very serious. In a way, yes it is a modern harikari. Just because it doesn’t literally involve spilling your guts on the floor doesn’t make it any less symbolic of an act.

  • Anonymous

    Not nearly as quick and relatively painless compared to a slow agonizing death from radiation exposure…
    Frankly its far more dramatic than Harikari.

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