Jul 10


Former Fukushima Nuclear Plant Head Masao Yoshida, an engineer by training, led the fight to bring the Fukushima nuclear station under control in the immediate aftermath of Japan’s strongest earthquake on record and an ensuing tsunami that hit the plant on March 11, 2011, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Photographer: Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

Leader Of Fukushima Explosion Response Team Dies From Cancer (ZeroHedge, July 10, 2013):

With a ridiculous monetarist experiment that is doomed to fail, currently raging in Japan, where girl bands plaud the masculinity of deranged FX and stock traders, it is easy to forget that some two years ago the country suffered the worst nuclear disaster in history. And what is worse, the delayed consequences, all of them tragic, will stay with Japan for the years and decades to come. We got a very sad reminder of the true Japanese tragedy (because deflation is only “horrible” if you live outside your means) earlier when we read that Masao Yoshida, the plant manager who led the fight to bring Japan’s Fukushima atomic station under control during the 2011 nuclear disaster, has died from esophageal cancer. He was 58. He died on July 9 at a hospital in Tokyo, according to a statement from Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

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Dec 11

No. 1 plant’s ex-chief has esophageal cancer, utility says (Japan Times, Dec. 10, 2011):

Masao Yoshida, the former head of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, has esophageal cancer, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday.

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