Fukushima Mother: ‘Strange smell’ at start of nuclear disaster — Health of entire family has deteriorated — More people who stayed have died, more kids have leukemia and cancer — All our thyroid exams turned out totally different when tested in Tokyo (VIDEO)

Published: December 25th, 2013 at 9:26 am ET


Mother speaking at Fukushima Collective Evacuation Trial Team press conference on Dec. 4, 2013, transcribed by Kiiko and translated by Fukushima Voice, Published Dec. 22, 2013:

[…] I still remember how it was very hard for me and my children to breathe due to strange smell […] Every day the government and specialists said […] “There is no immediate health effect.” […] we ate local vegetables and drank tap water. […] I began to have dry coughs of unknown etiology. When I went to a hospital, I was told “An increasing number of people had the same symptom.” […] My son [and] many others around us, at all ages, also complained of bone pain in the soles of their feet. […] Health of all the family members quickly deteriorated during the period awaiting evacuation. […] My dry cough got so bad to the point of nearly choking in the middle of the night […] arm bone pain was so bad that I could barely open and close doors. […] My grade school age son continued to have nausea and headache […] they found blood in his urine […] he often had diarrhea. I also began to have continuing nausea, headache and diarrhea. […] my son’s blood pressure had gone down to 82/50. […] [We] went to a hospital in Tokyo for thyroid examination. […] all of us had results which were totally different from the results in Fukushima [son diagnosed with thyroid adenomatous goiter and lymphadenopathy with over 10 lymph nodes involved]. When I took him to a hospital in Yamanashi, he was diagnosed with “autonomic nervous system disorder.” […] More people who remained in Fukushima are suffering from the same symptoms as mine. More people have died. There are more children who got leukemia, who began to have bloody noses and who have thyroid cancer. […]

Watch the press conference here

Published: December 25th, 2013 at 9:26 am ET


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81 comments to Fukushima Mother: ‘Strange smell’ at start of nuclear disaster — Health of entire family has deteriorated — More people who stayed have died, more kids have leukemia and cancer — All our thyroid exams turned out totally different when tested in Tokyo (VIDEO)

  • markww markww






    • harengus_acidophilus

      Your shift-lock key is damaged.

      Pls. take a new keyboard!


      • bsgcic bsgcic

        Harengus, Markww makes a lot of very helpful contributions to the site and has been since 2011. So what if he uses all caps. The info he provides is great and much appreciated!

        • harengus_acidophilus

          Reputation(?) is no reason for crying constantly.

          Never ever.

          To fight nuclear in a chemical way is STUPID!
          Hydrocarbons can't explode w/o Oxygene.

          Just two ideas of your "beloved cryer".


    • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

      That beach is well known and will soon (between now and March 10th) with people when the Mavericks Invitational surf contest is held. Perhaps, since the government is obviously not going to do anything until the populous makes them, anyone on the coast with a GC needs to take a short video of their counts and location and post them on YouTube. That way a search will show dozens of videos & with luck it'll reach a critical mass…no pun intended.

    • Thanks for the videos, Mark.

      I've been doing lots of rain tests myself in Portland, OR with my Inspector. Highest measurement was 10-times background (350 CPM) a couple months ago.

      I find the second video you posted most concerning, the one from today on a northern California beach. I've never seen elevated levels in the air near breaking waves.

      I'm taking my video camera and Inspector to the beach now. It'll take me a couple hours to get to Cannon Beach. Clear day, 50 degrees at the moment.

      Merry Christmas to all you enewsers. Be safe.

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      • HoTaters HoTaters

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  • lovE lovE


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    There had to have been a smell..

    • Many people have reported either a 'metallic' smell or taste after a nuclear accident.

      At low doses, radiation is invisible, tasteless, odorless, and gives no warning.

      • SnorkY2K

        Except extremely high doses of alpha. It can statically charge your arm hair. however, it quickly ionized the air and would dissipate the charge and the hair would lay back down. I could feel it when I walked by and someone opened the pot. So, if the pot was already open when you walked by you would not feel it.


      I watched a video yesterday which was very well done regarding Chernobyl. In the main, the video tells the tale of what went on in the control center. After the explosions. someone mentions the smell..
      If this smell is the same as at Chernobyl during that melt-down, then it seems safe to conclude that the smell is created during a meltdown. One could research Three mile island data as well.
      The video gave me a cold look at what we may be in for.
      I will post the link as soon as I can find it again..

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Sensoric sensations and mother's care …

    This is to much rationality for me.
    I need more emotions! <(/sarc>


  • artika rama

    Well after that tsunami its no wonder there was a smell , doesnt necessarily mean much or related to radiation .
    Keeping those people near fukushima after those explosions were nothing short of murder.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Pulverized nuclear fuel has a smell..bet.

      • Bones Bones

        Farmers near TMI tasted weird things, one said like a battery. (Anyone remember the 9volt on your tongue in school :-)?) Entire livestocks died and some of those people who live real close eventually died of cancers and leukemias, weird stuff. I had a buddy at 16 who got leukemia, luckily he beat it with some love from his family and friends.

  • artika rama

    It might but have you seen the carnage after the tsunami ,, i am sure that has a smell too ,,

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I doubt that .. is what she is talking about.
    Death has it's own smells.

  • artika rama

    Who knows . Never heard anything about the smell of radioactive isotopes before but i guess not many people have experienced it that way. Three simultaneuops meltdowns is unheard of in the history. Maybe it has a smell ,,,,,

    • Bones Bones

      Well, think of it like this. Does iodine have a smell and taste? Sulfur? Just about every element I can think of has a taste and obviously then a smell. I don't see the elements, which are isotopes since they are radioactive, being any different than non-radioactive elements. It makes absolute sense to taste and smell the fuel particles.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Reported often here and elsewhere, where people have reported re: Fukushima. Not news to us who have followed news here for almost three (3) years. Perhaps news to you? New 'newser? Welcome, you might want to browse the archives and see what people and stories reported about the metallic taste and odor when the plumes were coming out of the plant, esp. March – May 2011, and through August, 2011.

      • Tasting and smelling radiation may be possible. But it is important to understand that just because you taste and smell nothing, does not mean there is no dangerous radiation and that you are 'safe'.

        Do not rely on your senses to warn you about hazardous radiation in air, water, food, soil, etc.

        Buy a high quality pancake style Geiger counter and keep it turned on. Have a high radiation trigger alarm turned on at 100 CPM. This is the only way you will be warned.

        Second best is to check the citizen radiation monitoring network, but who does that on a daily basis?

  • OldFool

    All the symptoms described (especially diarrhea, headache, fever, low blood pressure, etc.) are consistent with a radiation dose in the range of 200 REM to 600 REM (RAD = REM for xray and gamma radiation). The bone pain and the bleeding is indicating serious bone marrow damage (megakaryocytes in the bone marrow make the platelets needed for blood clotting). These symptoms indicate a severe level of radiation exposure. Their immune systems have probably been almost erased. If they had been evacuated immediately, they would not be dying like this. This will be a great disgrace if people ever figure it out. What a disgrace.

  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    Not funny haha… but funny peculiar.. that those who say we have evolved from the apes, don't think about what they are actually saying. For example, male apes, and in fact most animal species, may contest with another male, in conquest of a female.. and they may seek to annihilate the opposer so that their blood line prevails.

    Humans who are supposed to have evolved from these apes, murder their own species, male and female and child for money or prestige, so there will actually be no more more bloodlines left at all.

    Now, you tell me, where is the evolution in that? Err.. not there right?

    Says a lot for the not-able-to-think-straight evolutionists, doesn't it?

    Just a thought to chew on with all this murdering going on around the world as we sit and contemplate our navels.

    • soern

      "Says a lot for the not-able-to-think-straight evolutionists, doesn't it?"
      Your comment seems to be partly OT and religious also.
      I'm shure you will find some creationists forum to discuss your issue.

  • Like we keep saying; the nuclear industry and those supporting it; politicians, medical professionals, city officials, and assorted other ilks are part of a death cult, worshiping at the skulls and bones filled altar of the Sun God RA and his consort Diation…

    Everyone in the world is being asked to sacrifice their lives right now to the Sun God RA and the three holy trinities Alpha, Beta, Gamma… Ra's son Neutron is thrown in for free.

    Everyone inhaled hot particles, and NO ONE was warned. The only difference between people is how many hot particles were inhaled.. less in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Now the ocean is the next 'dosing' via seafood, sea vegetables.

    The Sun God RA is a jealous god and wants all life to be sacrificed to Him… he will not rest until all life has been sacrificed.

    The death cult will make sure of that.

    • artika rama

      I guess the sun god RA is not the sun god at all , he might be the RAdiation god , and has been fooling those egyptians for centuries. Just saying .

      • No offense meant to the Egyptians or their belief system, which is why put it together in these terms;

        RA + Diation = RADiation

        • artika rama

          Exactly ,, but even you did, offended them , they are all dead for a few thousand years , their civilisation is long gone , so dont worry much about it 🙂 I am not trying to be funny actually but against the idiocy of the people causing these kind of disasters ,,,, i guess you can see it as a stress reaction to the situation ,, if that makes any sense. Just shocked of what we hear everyday about fukushima and how catastrophic it is and more you learn the worse it gets . So its just the nerves i guess ,, trying to make stupid jokes about it .

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            artika rama, when you've been around here as long as we have, reading this stuff day in and day out, you may find you REQUIRE a sense of humor. It might help you to find some comic relief for yourself. Many of us joke around here. Yes, and it does help relieve stress. But speaking only for myself. I appreciate the wittiness of the comments.

            Do you like Monty Python? If you aren't familiar with Monty Python, go watch "The Life of Brian" and then come back and tell me about any new one-liners you learn, OK? It might do your heart good.

            And "always look at the bright side of life, dee dum, dee dum, dee dum, dee dum."



  • yohananw

    Radiation is considered odorless. The difficulty "to breathe due to strange smell" could have been caused by a real odor or imagined as caused by anxiety — or it could have been a real illusion, a possible physiological effect of acute radiation exposure on perception of smell.

    1: Stevenson RJ. Olfactory illusions: where are they? Conscious Cogn. 2011 Dec;20(4):1887-98. Review. PubMed PMID: 21652222.
    Abstract: >It has been suggested that there maybe no olfactory illusions. This manuscript examines this claim and argues that it arises because olfactory illusions are not typically accompanied by an awareness of their illusory nature… <

    2: Ophir D, Guterman A, Gross-Isseroff R. Changes in smell acuity induced by radiation exposure of the olfactory mucosa. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988 Aug;114(8):853-5. PubMed PMID: 3390326.

    3: KOZNOVA LB. [Olfactory disorders in human subjects exposed to radiations]. Med Radiol (Mosk). 1957 May-Apr;2(2):26-30. Russian. PubMed PMID: 13450994.

    Among adverse effects of chemo- and radio-therapy are loss of taste and smell qualities.

    The reported smell may be similar to the psychoacoustic phenomenon of hearing the sound of rain or the sound of wind in tree leaves even though there is quiet and no rain as reported by some people who were exposed to acute radiation. With more events, such anecdotal signs may be studied…

    • artika rama

      How about Dead bodies lying around putrifying : oil and petrol and all kinds of chemicals leaking from the cars and petrol stations and shops ; household cleaning materials ; industrial materials from factories : how about sewage and fish and dead animals all over the place ,, and so on and on ,, i am sure you all must have seen the aftermath of that tsunami. .

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        So what's your point, artika rama? Are you a new troll?

        • artika rama

          My point was that there were a lot of stuff after tsunami to cause a weird smell ,, that a weird smell wouldnt necessarily mean something related to the radiation .
          No i am not a troll ,, just critical of everything thats thrown at me as news nowadays ,, trying to see the trees through the forest since so much misinfo is going around .

    • soern

      interesting point as it is also known that our pupills in our eyes react on ultra sound which we can't hear by our ears.
      So it seems to be thinkable that our senses register radiation by giving us a smell or sound or something else, as we lack a specified organ for receiving radiation readings.
      This could be a good topic for research.

    • Bones Bones

      These people were ingesting and breathing actual fuel particles and probably in extremely high amounts. If you tasted an element like iodine would it have a certain taste? Radioactive elements are no different. As long as the concentration is large enough, you will taste the metals and all the other radioactive isotopes. Do you taste the pollution you breathe in? No because, while dangerous to health, the concentration is too low for us to notice. When you do, you know it's dangerous. We evolved with the earth and as such can taste these things. Like earlier, around TMI, and I mean very close to TMI, farmers and residents tasted a metallic taste like a battery, one described, in their mouths and nose. My mom, did not as she lived a couple hours away. Farmers live stocks died and many people very close have died of strange diseases and cancers.

      • Bones Bones

        Just saying it is one hundred percent possible to taste and smell elements. That logically extends to the different isotopes of the elements as long as you are exposed to enough of it.

        • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

          bones, i agree. i lived about 15 miles south of tmi and was in tenth grade when it happened. i remember being really tired, mouth tasted like lead solder and every now and then i felt a warm air, not blowing just still and warm and i would get 'tunnel hearing' for lack of a better word.

    • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

      "Cooper interviewed by EON, published Dec. 20, 2013: (at 4:30 in) “As soon as you step foot on the flight deck and went outside you had this taste of like aluminum foil.”[…] (at 10:45 in) We thought that we had felt a plume because there was kind of this warm air that went past the ship and you could kind of tell the differences between jet exhaust — we didn’t have any jets going around at the time. It was like 20 degrees outside and you could feel this warm air and you kind of enjoyed it at first and then you’re like, ‘Is that aluminum foil that I taste?’


    • We Not They Finally

      It would at least be a MORAL victory to have all of Fukushima Medical University thrown into jail. Parents were routinely prevented from getting second opinions on their children's thyroid abnormalities and/or telling them to just come back in two years. I guess that was assuming that the child would still be alive….

      No wonder they got different results in Tokyo. Though God knows if they are thorough or responsible as they need to be there, either.

    • We Not They Finally

      yohonanw, you must be kidding! They ALL had the same "psychosomatic smell"? Give it a rest! Don't think for a second that WHATEVER they ALL experienced, was not directly related to the very real medical illnesses of ALL of them.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      phantom odor is also due to brain damage. There are quite a number of people suffering from phantom or lingering odor of smoke/fried onions/cigarette/burning rubber. The medical community has no answer for this, illustrating the limits of their understanding. Actually, you can just stick you nose in a stainless steel pan and smell metal, and how many metal ions are supposedly being released in that case?

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        To what people are you referring, CodeShutdown? Not clear from your statement to whom you are referring, when you discuss large numbers of people smelling phantom odors. Yes, it happens, but lots of people in geographically diverse locations have reported the metallic taste/smell, corroborating one anothers' reports.

        Toxic mold exposure can also cause phantom odors, and odors to be greatly magnified. I've experienced that, twice, when exposed to toxic molds of certain types.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          Ho Taters, I was trying to show that "odors" can be real even if it is said something is odorless. This can be caused by direct affront to olfactory nerves, or even in the brain. Its easy to smell stainless steel

          I suffered from phantom odors of smoke. Its a very real phenomenon, and it turns out quite a number of people have been having this. My theory was a combination of mold and actual molecules that would otherwise be odorless. No scientist or doctor can convince a sufferer that its just psychological.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What's that smell in the air – in the clouds and mist?


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Bleachy metallic..ya..like the taste in our mouths ..amplified.
    Probably a smell..best noted in the nose..as opposed to the air.

  • OldFool

    If memory is correct, the iodine isotopes and tin isotopes would leave a metallic taste and also probably activate smell neurons. They got hit with a massive dose of radiation. This is not something for snide comments and stupid jokes. This was an atrocity.

    • artika rama

      It is and still going on , very true , and we all are going to be effected becouse of it ,, but against the lunacy thats still going on , one needs to get a bit crazy , as SEAL says , or we will not survive ,
      these are not really funny jokes , if you know what i mean .

  • artika rama

    Best wishes to everyone ,
    I am checking out .

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    500km of high contamination with a lethal dose level of 3 years on site and an epidemiology of unknown scale. The desolate ghost town of a once thriving civilization will become evident as accumulation becomes unbearable to the populations health.

  • yohananw

    to artika rama,
    You're probably right about source of smell if the report was from the tsunami-affected coast and river valleys. The translation is not clear where in the F. Prefecture the smell was noted.
    So long, seasons greets and check back in whenever.

  • pkjn

    Did the National Security Agency conceal Fukushima meltdown from military sent into area?
    Washington Times

    December 24, 2013 – As over 50 US Navy sailors who served about the USS Ronald Reagan responding to the 2011 Fukushima disaster report falling ill to cancer, it is critical to ascertain if the National Security Agency intercepted telephone and email communications from Tokyo Electric.

    The question of whether the spy agency already knew that Tokyo Electric was covering up the multi-reactor meltdown at the time the Pentagon ordered sailors into harm’s way during “Operation Tomodachi” needs to be answered.

    It would be hard to imagine that the National Security Agency was not using all available surveillance technology and Japanese translators to monitor the unfolding Tokyo Electric catastrophe, continually providing the Obama Administration with frequent updates on the unfolding situation.


  • Angela_R

    I personally believe that the concern for the future of all children is the primary motivation for the objections to Nuclear Power.

    To those who support Nuclear Power, I request that you
    please explain why the following horrific incidences are occurring:


  • jec jec

    "Thyroid adenomatous goiter" has over 30% chance of cancer, IF the ultrasound showed an calcifications, its a marker for immediate surgery. See:

    This article mentions 1 YEAR latency for cancer, and that malignant cancers form faster!

    I hope the families can get medical care to diagnosis these diseases before they spread further into the children;s systems. This also pertains to USA West Coast or whereever children are exposed (adults as well). I am somewhat of an expert on this partical cancer, two daugters exposed, one with cancer OUTSIDE the thyroid, the second just diagnosed and in the initial process.

    • We Not They Finally

      Are you in Japan?

    • Sparky Sparky

      @jec, I'm sorry about your two daughters' cancer diagnoses. I hope that they beat this and stay otherwise healthy. You're a very strong, informed advocate and obviously a very loving, concerned parent. I'm sure you'll do your very best for them. 'Sending good vibes to you and your family for a healthy and safe 2014.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      jec, would you please write to me off-list? I was found to have several complex cysts in my thyroid late in 2011 or early in 2012. They were 7mm and smaller, as I recall.

      Do I need to have ultrasound exams to have them periodically checked? I only had one very, very tiny one prior to March, 2011. That one was found in a CT scan for cardio-pulmonary issues, back in January, 2010.

      Whatever was found after 3/11 may be related to Fuky exposure.

      Also now have complex cysts on both kidneys which were not there prior to 3/11.


  • Occupant Occupant

    Smell was still better than a new TV made in China.

  • Dr. Paolo Scampa – 9 Tons Of Radiotoxic Isotopes Came Out Of Fukushima, Enough To Kill The Whole Human Race By Internal Radiation; via @AGreenRoad

  • Nuclear Plants Are Six Times More Expensive To Operate Than ANY Other Type Of Power Plants; via @AGreenRoad

  • snowwy snowwy

    "The reactor was on fire. I remember one of my friends saying, “It smells of reactor.” It was an indescribable smell.

    I wouldn’t say that there was no smell or taste. There was an odour, an inexplicable odour. It wasn’t a spring or autumn smell, it was something completely different and it wasn’t the smell of earth either. It made you cough and your eyes water."


  • Ontological Ontological

    Tin taste comes from many metals, that can become free ion. In the past gold miners claimed they could taste the mother load in the surrounding soil, and thus knew where to dig. When you use a Tesla coil there is a ion damped smell from ozone production, and a copper taste from freed up electrons in the copper coil. Staying inside is recommended when this strange sensation of metallic taste, and smell like that of a thunderstorm approaching are combined in the air. I have a theory about what the combined feeling of ion damping, the resulting smell and metallic taste many of us out there are experiencing is. Xenon 133 becomes Cesium 137 at half life about 30 or so days later. I would presume a large ion damping field would result, as the Xe 133 gas becomes metal Cesium 137/134 once again.
    Between this and the billions of U/PU filled Bucky balls I would say, our sunny day just got a bit stormy. Watch out for rad-snow, the northern jet stream, black rain, cesium chloride rain, and neutron bursts from ion charged lightning.
    N. Jet is a bit north of my location tonight, and the readings are already peaked @ 700+ cpm total beta, our ave was 120cpm (bad enough)on the worst days last year at this time! We had a 1k+ night last week here.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Ontological, where are you, at least roughly speaking?

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Sacramento, CA at 300+ CPM earlier today. The highest readings I've seen, so far. Now back down in the low 100's, at 115 or so, last time I checked.

      • Ontological Ontological

        I am in S Nv 4000 feet up in the Spring Mt range Mojave desert HoTaters. Those 300 readings are average as of late, for many west coast areas. Been scary, I have been bringing my dosimeter everywhere to be sure what we get for food etc. is ok. Much of the organic veggies are 600 to 700 cpm total beta before they are washed and some remains over 500 cpm. Leeks are a bit warm when we bring 'em home, but over time they drop, no doubt Iodine 131 in the greens. And yep some of the taters, are getting hot. Just a horrible situation. New jingle for the Mark 1 team, GE we bring an end to life.

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    From a link on MarkWW's link:
    Meanwhile, a government panel on compensation payment guidelines said Thursday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. should pay an additional ¥7 million each to people with homes in a zone designated as difficult to return to, near the crippled power plant.

    The lump-sum payment is intended to compensate for the emotional distress of not being able to return to their homes and region for a long time. The number of recipients and what redress they may already have received was not disclosed."

    That's like a whole $7000 dollars. And it's just a recommendation since the article announces the cleanup is delayed until 2017 assuming sufficient workers and dump space.


    Read 'em and weep….

    • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

      Heron weeps for his lousy arithmetic:
      @ 100 yen/dollar, ¥7 million = $70,000.

      • flatsville

        Blue Heron,

        There must be a Japanese equivalent to what we call "Jingle Mail" where an underwater homeowner mails the keys back to the bank with a note that says, "Good Luck. It's your problem now."

        If I still had a mortgage on one of those houses, I would take that $70,000 and run like hell…after making a stop at the post office.

  • Styxhexenhammer666 Styxhexenhammer666

    Of course radiation has a flavor/smell. Electricity doesn't, in the strictest sense, have a flavor or smell, but I got hit by lightning through a screen door and I can tell you, you can "taste" and "smell" it anyways- smells kind of like ozone, tastes like a battery (which also has no flavor, in the chemical sense, but is tasted anyways, like a 9-volt on the tongue.)

    Enough of it, and your olfactory receptors and taste buds are probably getting degraded by the radiation itself- might be you're tasting/smelling the death of your own cells.

    Which is a truly morbid thought.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    That is an aspect ..as radiation affects the mucous membranes.. dehydrating ..leading to the availability of secondary pathogenic disease entry.

  • artika rama

    SOme info i came across about the strange metallic taste

  • pkjn

    More people who remained in Fukushima are suffering from the same symptoms as mine. More people have died.
    December 22, 2013 Fukushima Voice version 2e

    Every day Japanese government and specialists said on TV, "There is NO worry." and "There is NO immediate health effect."
    We all underwent the examination including the daughter who did NOT qualify for the thyroid examination, and it turns out we all had thyroid cysts.

    There were some spots with air dose level of 2.0 μSv/h inside the property boundaries.
    I discussed with the school principal the thyroid issues in my children, but all I got back was an unbelievable answer, "I think even 5 mSv annually is fine."

    As I wanted to move to the west of Tokyo, we ended up evacuating to Yamanashi Prefecture.
    We NO longer have abnormal symptoms we used to get in Fukushima.
    I would like Japanese government and Tokyo Electric to reveal the truth and own up their responsibilities and do what they need to do.