In a spirit reminiscent of the kamikazes of WWII, more than 200 elderly Japanese have volunteered to clean up the Fukushima power station. They claim they are just being practical. Yasuteru Yamada, a retired engineer, explains it this way,"I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live. 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."
The government, however, is hesitant to let the volunteers into the radioactive power station. Yamada and the others have been lobbying for permission to help with the clean up. He says: "At this moment I can say that I am talking with many key government and Tepco people. But I am sorry I can't say any more at this moment. It is on the way but it is a very, very sensitive issue politically."
But when people do not have a religious belief, they are more likely to take responsibility for their own actions, and have a greater understanding of the problems mankind is creating on this planet. The religious are more likely to wait for their maker to step in to sort it all out for them.