NHK WORLD, July 9, 2013: The former head of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has died of esophageal cancer. [...] [Masao Yoshida] was 58 years old. [...] He left the post in December  after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. In July 2012, he had surgery after a brain hemorrhage. [...] Yoshida said knowledge should be gathered from around the world to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant [...]
Bloomberg: [...] Yoshida thought several times that workers at the plant were going to perish, he told reporters who visited the Fukushima station on Nov. 12, 2011, the Mainichi newspaper reported. Yoshida had thought plant operators might completely lose control as the meltdowns accelerated, he told reporters. [...] “He was such a born leader that his subordinates were ready to die alongside him,” said Ryusho Kadota, who interviewed Yoshida and other members of the Fifty for his book “The Man Who Stared Down Death.” “If Yoshida hadn’t been plant manager, Tokyo would be a no-man’s land right now.”
Wall St. Journal: [...] A Tepco spokesman said Mr. Yoshida had been exposed to approximately 70 millisieverts of radiation following the March 11 disaster, but cited his doctors as saying it would take at least five years for the effects of radiation to develop into a cancer. “We believe that the possibility of radiation having had an effect on his illness was very low,” he said. [...] [Journalist Ryusho Kadota] recalled how during an interview last year, Mr. Yoshida told him that he believed the disaster would have expanded to a scale “10 times that of Chernobyl” if they hadn’t worked to prevent it from worsening.
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Published: July 9th, 2013 at 8:43 am ET