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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:58 AM
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Dying for TEPCO

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ME04Dh01.html


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While Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) experiences difficulties in recruiting workers willing to go to Fukushima to clean up the damaged reactors, the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to conduct an epidemiological survey on the catastrophe. This is the first of two reports offering a worker-centered analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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In the titanic struggle to bring to closure the dangerous situation at Fukushima Nuclear Plant No1, there are many signs that TEPCO is facing great difficulties in finding workers. At present, there are nearly 700 people at the site. As in ordinary times, workers rotate so as to limit the cumulative dose of radiation inherent in maintenance and cleanup work at the nuclear site. But this time, the risks are greater, and the method of recruitment unusual.

Job offers come not from TEPCO but from Mizukami Kogyo, a company whose business is construction and cleaning maintenance. The description indicates only that the work is at a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture. The job is specified as three hours per day at an hourly wage of 10,000 yen (about US$122). There is no information about danger, only the suggestion to ask the employer for further details on food, lodging, transportation and insurance.

Those who answer these offers may have little awareness of the dangers and they are likely to have few other job opportunities. A rate of $122 an hour is hardly a king's ransom given the risk of cancer from high radiation levels. But TEPCO and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) keep diffusing their usual propaganda to minimize the radiation risks.

Rumor has it that many of the cleanup workers are burakumin (a minority group dating from Japan's feudal era and still often associated with discrimination). This cannot be verified, but it would be congruent with the logic of the nuclear industry and the difficult job situation of day laborers. Because of ostracism, some burakumin are also involved with yakuza, or organized crime groups. Therefore, it would not be surprising that yakuza-burakumin recruit other burakumin to go to Fukushima. Yakuza are active in recruiting day laborers of the yoseba (communities for day laborers): Sanya in Tokyo, Kotobukicho in Yokohama, and Kamagasaki in Osaka. People who live in precarious conditions are then exposed to high levels of radiation, doing the most dirty and dangerous jobs in the nuclear plants, then are sent back to the yoseba. Those who fall ill will not even appear in the statistics. <1>
-long snip of history of workers at the plants-
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Japan Barons use slaves just as our US Barons do
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:02 AM
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1. Send in the fucking CEO, the board of directors, and the investors!
Make them clean up the mess they made!

It won't hurt them to work for a living!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:17 AM
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3. + 1
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:06 AM
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2. The first responders didn't enjoy the first in equipment, IIRC.
Thank you for the heads-up, ensho. Burakumin, in word and deed.
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