Since the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, former Shooto heavyweight champion and Pride veteran Enson Inoue has been tireless in his charity efforts, repeatedly traveling to northeast Japan to directly help those in need. On his last trip, Enson Inoue possibly made the greatest sacrifice of all – he risked his life by traveling to one of the most dangerous places on earth.
The last time I was up in Fukushima I met one of my friends for drinks. He’s a contractor who works inside the evacuation zone.
We were sitting at a bar and he told me, “Enson, if you want to go in, this is the time.”
I said, “What do you mean?”
He said, “The security. All the security is really going down. We can get you in easy.”[/quote]
I was with another friend so I asked if he could get him in too. He said OK, but because he isn’t Japanese, he has to hide under blankets.
I had bought two radiation meters, they were both geiger counters and dosimeters, and I wanted to put one inside of my suit and one outside of my suit.
What kind of suit?
Those white radiation suits you see on TV. They are thin, almost like paper.
They have to burn them after every time they go in so they had a bunch of them.
So what did you find out?
Well those suits aren’t working. They do nothing. If the meter on the outside of my suit was reading 19 micro seiverts or whatever, the one on the inside was reading around 17.
The suits don’t do jack s***. They aren’t protecting those workers. I don’t understand how those people are allowed to go in. They have a false sense of security.
Did you tell the contractors about this?
Yeah I showed my friend the meters, and he kind of freaked out, and said it was his last week working there.
You don’t feel anything, you get a real false sense of security. We weren’t really supposed to be there though so we didn’t talk to anybody else.
Once you were in there though, you went right up to the power plant?
Yeah, we just kept driving further and further in and there was no security or anything. We got to the plant and there was a checkpoint, but we just kind of waved our way through with these fake IDs and my other friend hid under some blankets.
What did you do in there?
We got out to take a few pictures, or whatever, but then our driver got really freaked out. We were right there, you know? We were standing right next to one of these reactors and it was completely blown up. Our driver jammed the car into reverse and raced out of there so we had to go too. We were never checked or monitored or anything.
Do the contractors hired to work in there have the same amount of information as you?
No, they don’t know anything. They take off their masks all the time, and they don’t have meters or anything. All the workers are like that. When they first started going in they were freaking out over every little thing, but as time goes by, because you don’t feel it or see it, you get careless.
You know what was crazy though? There is no one checking you as you leave either. We could have gone to a restaurant or something before cleaning and radiated all those other people. No one is really checking that. I was thinking about going to the doctor actually, just to check.
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