GE manager who helped build reactor had his remains interred in prefecture

via American’s Fukushima legacy lives on | The Japan Times Online.

Say, what? Yes, it’s true! A former GE manager lies buried in Fukushima, just a few kilometres from the plant now known throughout the world. He was brought in as Japan had insufficient nuclear plant technology and know-how at that time.

The title of the article seems a little awkward. What was his legacy? The plant? The disaster? I wonder what he would think about the present crisis? Would he feel responsible in some way?

In the cemetery of Hosenji, a Buddhist temple about 8 km south of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, lie the remains of an American who worked as a General Electric Co. manager when the project to build the first reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 complex was under way.

Edward Cook, a native of San Jose, California, had returned to the United States in 1971, but after his death at age 56 in 1979 his ashes were interred at the cemetery in accordance with his wishes to rest near the Fukushima plant.

“He used to say, ‘After I die, I want to become part of the soil here so that I can help beautiful blossoms grow,’ ”

After Cook died, his Japanese friends … searched for a Buddhist temple that would take in his remains. His wife visited the country in 1980 to lay him in his final resting place at Hosenji Temple.