As Japanese workers continue their desperate efforts to avert a complete nuclear catastrophe, the United States begins evacuating its citizens from the country, and people the world over stock up on potassium iodide pills, 71-year-old Kazuko Yamashita doesn't quite get what all the fuss is about. Compared to surviving the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, as she did, this all seems like a minor inconvenience.
"I may be a bit too callous about this due to the fact that I was really heavily exposed to radiation, but I don't think this is anything to turn pale over," she told Reuters.
"People seem to be much too sensitive, though of course it's not really for me to say, and heavy radiation exposure is a serious thing. But I was 3.6 km (2.2 miles) from the bomb, and they've evacuated for 20 km (around the stricken nuclear plant). I really don't understand this kind of feeling."
In that case, there's a real shortage of workers at the nuclear plant right now, so ...