Japanese author pens 'human drama' during Fukushima nuclear disaster in new book

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:24 hrs

A new book has revealed the whole 'human drama' that went on during the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan after it endured massive catastrophe due to an earthquake accompanied by a tsunami.

Till now, a little had been known about the plant workers who came to be dubbed the "Fukushima 50," fought against incredible odds to avert the reactor explosions due to a triple meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant that would have led to the contamination of all eastern Japan.

Freelance journalist Ryusho Kadota, author of the book "Shi no Fuchi wo Mita Otoko: Yoshida Masao to Fukushima Daiichi Genpatsu no 500 Nichi" ("A Man Who was on the Brink of Death: Masao Yoshida and the Fukushima No. 1 Plant's 500 Days"), managed to interview more than 90 people involved in the containment effort and their family members, Self-Defense Forces personnel and others, The Japan Times reports.

According to the paper, Kadota, an award-winning journalist, writes in the book that he wanted to know how people reacted and felt as they desperately battled the world's worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

The book, which was released Nov. 25, delves into the backgrounds of many of the workers and the reactions of their families while they were working desperately in the central control room of reactors 1 and 2. Unusual for a book in Japan, most of their real names were used, the paper said.

Investigation panels set up by the government and the Diet also interviewed many engineers, but only the names of Tepco executives have been released, it added. (ANI)

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