By Kazuto Tatsuta
Published by Kodansha
Kazuto Tatsuta’s fascinating memoir of working as part of the clean-up crew on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the catastrophic events of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Shying away from sensationalist details, Tatsuta’s concern is with the day-to-day details of the job, and the lives that the clean-up workers lead. From the routine of suiting up, to recreation options, to the management of radiation exposure, it’s a compelling read from the front lines of one of the worst nuclear plant disasters in history.