I know we’re all still thinking about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan resulting in hundreds dead and thousands still missing. The aftermath of this disaster got even worse with a near nuclear reactor meltdown, escaped prisoners rioting in the streets, and contaminated food potentially giving people radiation poison.

In the middle of all this, I would like you to all get to know Mr. Akaiwa Hideaki (family name first per Japanese tradition) who has taken it upon himself to become a real life Aquaman. This 43-year-old man managed to escape the carnage of Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture only to learn that his wife was one of the missing people. He then pulls out the cliche superhero antics and goes off to rescue her. Keep in mind, this man plans to attempt a disaster movie style rescue like he was starring in 2012 with no stuntmen, no CGI, and some real life-threatening danger.

Mr. Akaiwa collects a pocketknife, a canteen, a flashlight, a change of clothes, and his trusty backpack, wrapping his legs in plastic before taking off to rescue his wife. Long story short, he saves his wife of 20 years. Then he does this again the next day when he realizes his mother is missing. Now that he has two rescues under his belt, he decides that heroes don’t just save their own, but they save everyone. Now Mr. Akaiwa spends his days rescuing people each day because sometimes basic survival requires super heroics.

What does this have to do with tech? Not much, but I thought it was a story worth sharing.

Source: Badass of the Week

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