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Spain honors Japanese nuclear first-responders

Spain honors Japanese nuclear first-responders

Crews in Japan that worked to bring the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant under control after last March's earthquake and tsunami have won a Prince of Asturias humanitarian award in Spain, the foundation behind the prize said Wednesday.
The foundation said the crews had risked their lives to save others by struggling to keep the radiation disaster from spreading.
It singled out three specific groups of workers: employees of the TEPCO company that operated the plant, firefighters that worked to keep the plant cool, and armed forces personnel who used helicopters to splash the plant with water, inspect it from the air, cordon off an exclusion zone or evacuate people.
The statement said that those involved represent "the highest values of the human condition."
"The behavior of these people also incarnates the most deeply rooted values in Japanese society, such as the sense of duty, personal and family sacrifice in the interest of the common good, dignity in the face of adversity, humility, generosity and bravery," the statement said.
The Prince of Asturias awards are handed out yearly in eight categories including arts, literature, communications and scientific research.
The one announced Wednesday is the last this year. It corresponds to a category called Concord and goes to a person or people who stand out in their work toward goals like peace or their fight against woes like injustice, poverty or sickness.
Each Asturias prize comes with a (EURO)50,000 ($70,000) cash stipend and a sculpture by the Spanish artist Joan Miro. The prizes are physically given out in October in the northern city of Oviedo, capital of the Asturias region.
The crews that worked on the Fukushima disaster were nominated for an Asturias prize by the private, Madrid-based Spain-Japan Foundation, which works to encourage economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.


Updated : 2021-05-11 14:16 GMT+08:00