Volunteering to take the place of younger workers at the power station is not brave, Mr Yamada says, but logical.
Mr Yamada has been getting back in touch with old friends via e-mail and even messages on Twitter. “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.”
There’s a video interview in English here. The stupidest part of the interview is when the BBC reporter asks: “Are you kamikaze pensioners?” I love how the guy being interviewed politely says, no, not at all. “We are not kamikaze. The kamikaze were something strange, no risk management there.”
via the BBC